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Old 02-03-2016, 07:05 PM   #21
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:34 AM   #22
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I got mine 1974 MT 34 with L120 working good for 10k. For next 7 month, I was on "hard" working on this boat. Bottom: fix blisters, glass all, but the engine intake, trough hulls. Do not have gen nor a/c installed and have composting toilet. I did scrape paint to fiberglass and repainted with epoxy. Painted above water line. Redone all around plywood, Top deck. New shaft and bearings. New packings. New fresh and raw water pumps. Hoses,belt and many other maintenance. So far, I got at least another 10K in it and the work is not done. Currently floating at slip and finishing cosmetics. A lot of work, but I love this boat. Still have to figure out how to put some kind of fuel indicators - have none. Do not know how much fuel I got in tanks.
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:42 AM   #23
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Use a dipstick. The last 34 I was on, an '83, fuel dropped straight into the tanks from the fill.
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:56 AM   #24
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I wish that I could, but mine do not have a straight drop from fill cap - it curves. I saw on other boats, that they have plastic or glass tube on the front side of tank. but I do not have it. I will have to empty on tank at the time and attach one. I am suspecting, that I have at least 80G in each tank and will take a lot of 5g cans to empty the tank. Not much of a option at this point.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:02 AM   #25
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Use a cloth or metal measuring tape with a non-snagging weight on the end.

Take tank outside measurements to figure gallon age and tape increments.

Or sight guages are pretty easy if you care to track down suitable components.

Electrical guages can be OK....some have no problems, many have some issues.

Tank sender air pressure system seems universally accepted as a good system.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:05 AM   #26
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Thanks, will try the tape.
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If you do not have too much snaking around a thin clear (no knots) 3/16 dowel with the end rounded can sometimes make the curves. I have also used a piece of 1/2w thin flat with end rounded. If there is only one bend start it with the bend planned for. It needs to be rounded to slide over the neck edge at the top of the tank
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:26 AM   #28
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Check further back by the fuel pickups. There will be a plug on the top of each tank that appears to have no purpose. Unscrew it and you may find it is a dipstick.

You will need to take out a drawer on one side of the salon and remove a cushion on the other to have room above to withdraw the full height of the dipstick.

At 1.5 gallons per hour you don't need to lose sleep over how much fuel you have in your two 150 gallon tanks.
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:09 PM   #29
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I did found the plugs. On left side, there in do dipstick - I guess that is lost, but on right side is return line going to that plug. I guess, that fuel level is equal in both tanks. I was under the impression, that the tanks were 100g each. It look like 2 barrels welded together, but it could be 150. I have no idea. Found out that the tank is full ( after using a dipstick) and some "nasty stuff" on the bottom (about an inch). Previous owner told me that engine burns 1g/hr, but he did not said at what rpm.
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:38 PM   #30
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Sometimes I think these cheap fixerupper boats should be avoided or bought just for the hull or hull and engine.

Then strip the rest off and build economically w plywood a cabin/house that's serviceable .. hard to look at but not tooo.

But the best advice to the OP would probably be to buy a smaller cheaper but better (more usable) boat. Unless what you actually desire is the path Sea Moose took mentioned in post #16. Then you should probably look at your past and see how your other projects have turned out.
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In hindsight... I would have been better off doing what you suggest, but for me personally the charm of these old trawlers is all the teak, which one would loose in a re-do unless a fortune was spent.

And I actually enjoyed the work...
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:24 PM   #32
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Yeah. Me too.
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Old 04-28-2016, 04:22 PM   #33
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Manyboats, not everybody likes little. My neice likes that show about tiny houses. I live in a tiny house compared to most, 1 bedroom 1 bathroom, big kitchen big living room and no room for guests. At one time it was the "guest house". It suits us because we're not here to often. My son and his family live in the big house and he takes care of everything. I've found that on boats, I like bigger much better.
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I once told my vavorite surveyor I had my eye on a CHB. She said "Eric .. You don't want a CHB". Decks and cabin as I recall. I rather like the boats. She lived on an old 40' wood Monk.
Eric, she was just prejudiced. Why do you think there are so many CHBs still out there, and going right back to the early 70s, mine among them..? Because yah can't kill them. They'll take a lot of flesh wounds, for sure, but they keep going. Their drive trains are legend, and they handle seas so well, everything on them is fixable, their hulls are really good, and well...they just look like proper boats, inside and out, and for the money nothing else comes close, is all else I can think of to say.

I love my old Clipper 34, even with all her imperfections, because none of those imperfections impair her doing what we want to do, and she'll do an honest 7kn @ 7 Lph forever. Yah just godda luv'em...
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Fine lookin' boat, Pete!
I covet your aft sun shade and the white painted trim makes it look modern in a good way.
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I love my old Clipper 34, even with all her imperfections, because none of those imperfections impair her doing what we want to do, and she'll do an honest 7kn @ 7 Lph forever. Yah just godda luv'em...

I couldn't agree more. But I just couldn't keep up with the maintenance on Moon Dance.
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