Yanmar Exhaust Mixing Elbow – Remove/Replace

Today I removed, inspected, and reinstalled my exhaust mixing elbow.¬ As you know the engine manual says replace at 500 hours and they make two exhaust elbows.¬ One at approx. $260. and one at approx. $900.¬ Naturally, the C-387 has the larger, heavier, more expensive one, but it should last longer.¬ I talked with a fellow sailor who attended the Yanmar engine school and the mechanic/instructor said to inspect at recommended interval and only replace when needed.¬ I have 950 engine hrs. and my elbow looked good inside.¬ No visible wearing away of the metal or carbon build up.¬ The following is the procedure I recommend for removal: Remove raw water hose. Unbolt 4 nuts and remove elbow. Have someone hold exhaust hose (3 3/8 in. O.D.) while you twist elbow out. The exhaust hose is large and only slightly flexible.¬ I was unable to¬ remove it from the elbow

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Refinishing Teak

[Found this on another Catalina site and thought I would pass it on] I’m going to put on my ‘wood butcher’ hat and share some ‘old school’¬ information about oil finishes. A lot of teak oil sold today is of low quality and produces inferior results…this leads to poor performance which, in turn, leads folks to purchase other easy to use products which though more durable, are often inferior in appearance. Good teak oil is often expensive when purchased in marine stores, so most people will opt for the cheap stuff which has a low percentage of solids and may not have any UV protection added at all. The way oil finishes work is that they contain resins (solids) and solvents. The solvents allow the resins to be applied easily and to penetrate the wood fibers. When the solvents evaporate, the resins harden leaving a smooth and relatively durable finish.

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Replacing mattresses

My wife and I purchased a 380 last summer.There was lots of mould in the boat, and both the vee berth and aft cabin mattresses were dirty, smelly, and in need of cleaning and/or replacement. Our first thought was to steam clean them. Then we thought about replacing them outright. After some research we decided to go with new forward and aft cabin inner-spring mattresses from Riverside Mattress in North Carolina. http://www.riversidemattressinc.com The contact there was Carla, and she was great to work with.There is some work involved though. They send you a template for each cabin, which you have to return. I think it took about 4 weeks, and they were about half price what Catalina was going to charge. We are VERY happy with the end product, and they fit perfectly. We sleep better on the boat than we do at home. If you need more info, fire

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