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Old 09-03-2015, 08:31 AM   #161
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One thing I do when I have a good number people on board - that's likely to attract the attention of a passing CG boat. Grab a PFD for everyone and strap them onto the bimini/canvas supports.

It has a dual purpose - they are right to hand if ever needed AND the CG see a vessel which, although there seems to be a good group of people aboard, also seems to be buttoned down!

Don't know if it works because in my 13 years in Florida waters I have only been inspected once !
In how it seems worded: Guess the CG must figure with everyone strapped onto bimini supports it's hard to have MOB!
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:34 AM   #162
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In how it seems worded: Guess the CG must figure with everyone strapped onto bimini supports it's hard to have MOB!
Sigh, we Brits gave you yanks a perfectly good language and you totally screwed it up!
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:39 AM   #163
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:49 AM   #164
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I like that idea. I also smear almost any rubber type components that require some lubrication like oil filter seals and impellers with a product from Dow Corning called Compound 4. Its a silicon dielectric grease which is commonly used in aviation on seals and things, has multiple uses in the marine environment and will ensure smooth operation of impellers and other components.
I found this worked well on small to medium sized impellers, but I was unable to get it to work on big, long impellers. The challenge increases as the impeller gets longer. If you attach the zip tie towards the edge of the impeller where it will compress the fins for entry into the pump body, it wants to slip off. And if part of the impeller is squished into the pump body and part is still outside, the impeller wants to pop out of the pump. If you put the zip tie near the center of the impeller, the fins at the edges would not be compressed enough. And yes, lots of silicon spray is required, but the resulting slipperiness also becomes part of the problem. My GB has Cummins QSC engines, and they were a real bear to change impellers on. That's where I sorted out the piston ring compressor trick.
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:51 AM   #165
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Sigh, we Brits gave you yanks a perfectly good language and you totally screwed it up!

Right? Two countries separated by a common language.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:47 PM   #166
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If you attach the zip tie towards the edge of the impeller where it will compress the fins for entry into the pump body, it wants to slip off. And if part of the impeller is squished into the pump body and part is still outside, the impeller wants to pop out of the pump. If you put the zip tie near the center of the impeller, the fins at the edges would not be compressed enough. And yes, lots of silicon spray is required, but the resulting slipperiness also becomes part of the problem.
Have you tried using more than one zip tie? The impellers on my engines are about 6"-7" long. I use one zip tie about 1" from the end, one near the middle, and one near the other end.

As I slide the impeller in I cut the first zip tie, slide it in further and cut the one in the middle and slide it most of the way in and cut the last one. Then, with a bit of a shove it slides right in.
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I know some have cut a section from the side of a milk gal jug and wrapped that around the larger impellers w zip ties outside the flexible plastic...does a better job of compressing evenly and easier to push the impeller into the cavity.

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Old 09-03-2015, 01:34 PM   #168
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Best idea I've had has been to try those miracle/expandable hoses. It was always a pain wrestling with conventional hoses. These new ones are light, stow easily, and don't kink. I carry a 100' foot hose for fresh water, and a 50' hose for the raw water washdown.

I had one fail after only a year. My current hoses are on year 3. Even if they all failed today these are SO much easier to handle around the boat that I'll never go back.

Sure, the ones from Home Depot aren't white, but I can live with that.
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Old 09-03-2015, 04:06 PM   #169
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Old 09-03-2015, 04:25 PM   #170
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Have you tried using more than one zip tie? The impellers on my engines are about 6"-7" long. I use one zip tie about 1" from the end, one near the middle, and one near the other end.

As I slide the impeller in I cut the first zip tie, slide it in further and cut the one in the middle and slide it most of the way in and cut the last one. Then, with a bit of a shove it slides right in.
No, I didn't try that. Once I dropped the $10 for a ring compressor, I just used that.
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Best idea I've had has been to try those miracle/expandable hoses. It was always a pain wrestling with conventional hoses. These new ones are light, stow easily, and don't kink. I carry a 100' foot hose for fresh water, and a 50' hose for the raw water washdown.

I had one fail after only a year. My current hoses are on year 3. Even if they all failed today these are SO much easier to handle around the boat that I'll never go back.

Sure, the ones from Home Depot aren't white, but I can live with that.
X1,000! Find the expandable hose with metal fittings, the ones w/ plastic breaks very easy....Great idea!
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:03 PM   #172
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As for the oil filter changes, 1) position bag 2)drill big holes in bottom of filter 3) go do something else for awhile 4) spin filter off.
One little sub-tip here....Before drilling, Break the filter loose a bit with your wrench so you know for sure you can get it off! Having a seized on filter already drilled with holes could be discouraging!
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Best idea I've had has been to try those miracle/expandable hoses. .
I need one of those. My current dock hose kinks by just looking at it...
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Don't know if this has been mentioned, but to remove old or stiff or tight hoses from fittings, particularly larger diameter hoses like raw water hoses, sanitation hoses, etc. playing a heat gun on the end does wonders. Same for installing very tight or stiff new hoses. A little bit of heat and they very often slide right on.
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:17 PM   #175
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Once I dropped the $10 for a ring compressor, I just used that.
Sounds like a good way to go instead of messing with milk jugs and zip ties. I would be leery of an unnoticed sharp or rough edge on a cinched up zip tie putting a nick in a brand new impellor.
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My problem with the bag is that oil leaks down the sides if loosened. Trying to turn it in a bag is greased pig wrestling.
Since the bag has no rigidity it cant be left alone while the oil drains.

Nobody beats me when it comes to making a mess.
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When our Boston Whaler tender gets dirty inside I put some water and soap into it, scrub it clean, then "vacuum" it out with a shop vac. Then rinse and repeat. Easy if you don't put in a lot of water.
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Trying to turn it in a bag is greased pig wrestling.
I wonder if a couple strips of carpet tape up the side of the filter would stop the pig rasslin'.
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Don't know if this has been mentioned, but to remove old or stiff or tight hoses from fittings, particularly larger diameter hoses like raw water hoses, sanitation hoses, etc. playing a heat gun on the end does wonders. Same for installing very tight or stiff new hoses. A little bit of heat and they very often slide right on.
In most cases you can just take a cotter pin puller tool and insert it between the hose and nipple and work it around between the two and break the hose free from the nipple pretty easily. And then pull the hose off. A butter knife works well too.

To remove old wire reinforced hoses I use a Dremel tool with a cut off disk attached to it. It cuts through the hose and wire in a snap. Or several snaps I guess I should say. :-)
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Quote To remove old wire reinforced hoses I use a Dremel tool with a cut off disk attached to it. It cuts through the hose and wire in a snap. Or several snaps I guess I should say. :-) End Quote

A Dremel is one of the best tools ever invented. I needed to replace a sanitation hose that was clamped to a holding tank fitting that could not be reached to undo a rearward facing clamp under the floor. There was no way to reach that clamp, BUT, a cutoff wheel on a Dremel cut that clamp off like in seconds.Sure better than cutting a hole in my parquet floor. The new clamp faces the right direction for easy removal.
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