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Old 09-11-2014, 07:38 PM   #1
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Ladies and Gentlemen:

Bought a 45' Little Hoquiam trawler on Thursday. Drove it from North Vancouver to Sechelt Inlet on Friday and Saturday. Took wife and kids out on Sunday; autopilot quit. Monday, the genset refused to start and no shore power (yet) where I moor the thing. Yesterday I started her up when friends came to visit and see what I'd spent all the money on. Kill switch went all pacifist on me so it took a while to find the linkage on the engine that shuts off the diesel flow.

Does everybody go through this crap or is it just me? I'm beginning to think being a mechanical engineer isn't just an advantage but a necessity. Possibly as well being a diesel mechanic, electrician, plumber, contortionist (you should see the engine room) and OCD detailer.



I'll have lots of questions!

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Old 09-11-2014, 07:44 PM   #2
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:50 PM   #3
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Welcome. It has been said that the definition of cruising is fixing your boat in exotic places. I might add that the places can be also not so exotic.

That was an unusual set of circumstances that befell you, but not unheard of. I am assuming that you had a good hull and engine survey before closing the deal. If not, you are doing it now.

I hope things go better for you, and you and the family enjoy that boat. You have a wonderful cruising area.
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:44 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard. It sounds like you have a head start on the learning curve from most of us. The short answer is yes.
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:46 PM   #5
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:31 AM   #6
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Pretty standard Richard. Welcome to our world.

BTW, you can always tell a boater...

If you ask a guy to help fix an electrical outlet in your home, and he takes the couch apart that's in front of the outlet, instead of moving it, well...

He's a boater.
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:11 AM   #7
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Friend of mine triumphantly brought his new sailboat into the marina here in Kitimat after a blemish free trip from Vancouver. His whole extended family was there on the dock to greet him. He planned to give it a pulse in reverse to stop the boat and elegantly prop walk into the dock...but...he couldn't shift out of forward. Rammed the dock and scattered the relatives. You're off to a pretty good start, comparatively speaking
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:36 AM   #8
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Welcome aboard. She looks a nice 1974 boat.
Sounds fairly normal, for the early days & months of ownership, while you sort out the issues someone else put on hold.
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Old 12-18-2016, 06:39 PM   #9
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Hi Rich,

My wife & I owned the Perla Blanca for over 20 years. We had many exciting adventures on her between Washington State and Alaska. We traveled all of the outside waters as well as the inside. We would, very much, like to get in touch with you. (I know her systems inside and out!) Hopefully this post will get to you or, if not, perhaps one of the other forum members will know how to contact you.
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Hi Rich,
Hopefully this post will get to you or, if not, perhaps one of the other forum members will know how to contact you.
Just send him a PM (private message). You just click on his name at the left side of his post, and go from there. If you have a problem, holler.
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Old 12-18-2016, 08:40 PM   #11
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Welcome to boating and to TF
Lots of knowledge here and folks willing to share.
Consider it a learning experience and you will do fine.
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Old 12-18-2016, 09:42 PM   #12
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Old 12-18-2016, 11:10 PM   #14
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Welcome aboard and welcome to the very exclusive club of newbies!
Don't be discourage, don't be disappointed and just find pleasure in making your new boat your own boat.
I bought my first ever boat earlier this year. You must be ready to do maintenance, from mechanic, plumber, electricity, hydraulic or just cosmetic, it is just like a house with more systems to maintain. You got to get your hands dirty and keep it working.
First time I got in my sleep a fresh water pipe fitting broke and when I looked at the plumbing I found fitting everywhere. Previous owner was fixing by adding pieces of pipe. As a result I spent 2 days to rebuilt all the plumbing, now it is done, won't worry too much about it.
If I can give you one advice, better to to it well, whatever the effort, than patch it and worry if it will last.
But never ever be disappointed and discouraged, everything will come together and you will enjoy it like nothing else.
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Old 12-19-2016, 05:23 PM   #15
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I'm beginning to think being a mechanical engineer isn't just an advantage but a necessity. Possibly as well being a diesel mechanic, electrician, plumber, contortionist (you should see the engine room) and OCD detailer.
You've got it!

It takes some people a long to time realize what you just said. You'll do fine.

And, there WILL be times when nothing breaks.

Welcome aboard!
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Old 12-19-2016, 05:59 PM   #16
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Didn't Perla Blanca have a Chrysler diesel?

Where are you moored? I am in Pender Harbour.

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You've got it!

It takes some people a long to time realize what you just said. You'll do fine.

And, there WILL be times when nothing breaks.

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There will? When?
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Old 12-19-2016, 10:02 PM   #18
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Ladies and Gentlemen:

Bought a 45' Little Hoquiam trawler on Thursday. Drove it from North Vancouver to Sechelt Inlet on Friday and Saturday. Took wife and kids out on Sunday; autopilot quit. Monday, the genset refused to start and no shore power (yet) where I moor the thing. Yesterday I started her up when friends came to visit and see what I'd spent all the money on. Kill switch went all pacifist on me so it took a while to find the linkage on the engine that shuts off the diesel flow.

Does everybody go through this crap or is it just me? I'm beginning to think being a mechanical engineer isn't just an advantage but a necessity. Possibly as well being a diesel mechanic, electrician, plumber, contortionist (you should see the engine room) and OCD detailer.



I'll have lots of questions!

Richard
You seem to be a quick study and have figured out what boating is about especially in a used boat with any years on it. The best you can hope for is a previous owner who was a bit of a mechanical engineer and maintenance freak unfortunately that is not the rule. Some boat owners actually like the maintenance and rebuilding a few like it more than actually using the boat. I once met a guy who built beautiful small wooden boats and asked him how one of his boats preformed his answer he did not know because he did not like actually using the boats He just liked building them.
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Old 12-19-2016, 10:55 PM   #20
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