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Old 03-26-2013, 10:07 PM   #81
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What???!!!

You mean reading my dogs paw tracks is NOT the best way???

You must be joking!
Can anyone help me with why my clutch is hard to shift? Cable is solid and have hydraulic transfer... Any advise appreciated... Kink maybe??????
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:00 AM   #82
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OK, I have to cave in and post.

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Old 03-27-2013, 07:41 AM   #84
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Can anyone help me with why my clutch is hard to shift? Cable is solid and have hydraulic transfer... Any advise appreciated... Kink maybe??????
Start by disconnecting the cable from the transmission. This will let you determine if the stiffness is in the cable or transmission. If it's the cable (probably will be) disconnect the cable from the upper control mechanism. See if it's stiff to shift that without a cable attached (probably won't be).

If it's the cable (in all likelihood it will be) then you can try lubricating the cable, but replacing it will not be that expensive.

BTW if you have a flybridge (dual control stations) you have to check each one, and the combiner box.

All in all a fun use of a Sunday morning.

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Old 03-27-2013, 09:29 AM   #85
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Start by disconnecting the cable from the transmission. This will let you determine if the stiffness is in the cable or transmission. If it's the cable (probably will be) disconnect the cable from the upper control mechanism. See if it's stiff to shift that without a cable attached (probably won't be).

If it's the cable (in all likelihood it will be) then you can try lubricating the cable, but replacing it will not be that expensive.

BTW if you have a flybridge (dual control stations) you have to check each one, and the combiner box.

All in all a fun use of a Sunday morning.

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Thanks a lot for the info... I will try your suggestions... Where and what is a combiner box? This is my first rodeo with this problem.... I have a 32' GB woody 1969
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Thanks for adding the IR thermometer, that should have been on my top ten list, but I spaced out. Got mine at Radio Shack. Has been indispensable when an over heat alarm snesor went bad, etc. When we were cruising, always took it to the ER with me on en-route ER checks, tracked about 7 points including engines, transmissions, stuffing box, alternators, etc. I don't know that I'd call them a "tool" per se, since they are permanent, but also having mechanical gauges in the ER for critical measurements is extremely nice. As are the vacuum gauges on the Racors.
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Here are pics of a tool I had made for flush fitting filler caps for oil and water tanks. I left the design to the shipwright/metal fabricator, very happy with the result. The bar is flared at one end so it can`t separate from the plate. Works a treat.
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Waterproof grease the deck fill cap threads once or twice a year and you won't need a heavy fitting tool like that.

I like the tool though, nicely done.
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Here are pics of a tool I had made for flush fitting filler caps for oil and water tanks. I left the design to the shipwright/metal fabricator, very happy with the result. The bar is flared at one end so it can`t separate from the plate. Works a treat.


I would make one change to that tool - a hole for a lanyard to prevent dropping it overboard.

I don't mind too much losing the $2.00 plastic ones, but I suspect the tool pictured cost considerably more than that.
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Here are pics of a tool I had made for flush fitting filler caps for oil and water tanks. I left the design to the shipwright/metal fabricator, very happy with the result. The bar is flared at one end so it can`t separate from the plate. Works a treat.
Thanks for sharing Bruce, looks to be straightforward. I'll make one up while working on my davits.
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This came with my boat ...looks to be just a bent piece of stainless rod...

Works great as I can stick a finger in it and spin it quickly. Easy to tie a float to. Hangs up easily on my key rack.

Buy 2x the rod length and bend up 2.

An added bonus is that many of the plates have holes a little closer/farther apart...these spread easily enough.
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Speaking of tools...
Here's a deck plate key, shackle key, garboard drain plug wrench and bottle opener I made from a piece of stainless strap. Do you know, it took me about 3 dog beers to get that bottle opener right?



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Old 03-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #93
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Clectric,I grease the fuel caps as well.
Rwidman, The bulwarks keep the tool safe, without them a safety line is a must, I tie a line to the drill, screwdrivers etc,the Swiss Army knife has a neck lanyard. The tool cost was hidden in a big bill.
I like psneeld`s and jeffnick`s devices too.
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Seems like a lot of effort to do the same job, and less, than a $8 part:

Davis Universal Deck Plate Key

A pair of angled needle nose pliers works well too when you can't find the other thingy.
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Seems like a lot of effort to do the same job, and less, than a $8 part:

Davis Universal Deck Plate Key

A pair of angled needle nose pliers works well too when you can't find the other thingy.

Too small for leverage and no garboard drain plug wrench or bottle opener...nothing worse than sinking at the ramp without a beer.
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Seems like a lot of effort to do the same job, and less, than a $8 part:
I hear that line a lot George and it makes complete sense to me. The difference is I have a welding shop and the time to play. Besides that, I enjoy stuff like this as another form of relaxation

Jeff, that is one cool design that needs further "research" on my part
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Too small for leverage and no garboard drain plug wrench or bottle opener...nothing worse than sinking at the ramp without a beer.
Actually it can do those last two. As for the first, what are you doing, welding your deck plates in after every fill? Or just don't boat enough to use them very much? A little petroleum jelly goes a long way. Shouldn't need anything put your fingers for that drain plug, BTW. And you never want a single point of failure for opening beer. Ironically, my water fill is on the aft deck, and is slotted as well, and I use the end of a bottle opener on it.
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A toll that I missed during my cruise was a battery check. I think that is very important.
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I should have also included a small wet/dry shop vacuum; I was using old faithful yesterday while doing some bilge cleaning. What a great device for a cruising boat.
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Oh yes! Shop vac for sure! Very handy. We have a very small one to fit under the sink in one of the heads. As I used it last weekend I was thinking how great it is to have.
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