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Old 11-26-2013, 01:03 PM   #61
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Hi Miss Donna,

Here is a picture of my port shaft log. It uses 1/2" Duramax Ultra-X packing (I think). Does your shaft log look like this?



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Old 11-27-2013, 07:07 AM   #62
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Yes it does Pete, I got that done yesterday. Put in 5 rings, boy the water came gushing in when I removed the old. On to a oil change today while I wait out the weather. We are anxious to get south. Are you already in Florida?
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:13 AM   #63
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Pete, while I have you here. It looks more and more like my water tank has a leak or two.
I always run out of water when I try to anchor for a couple days and constantly have watering bilge I can't figure out the source of. I believe it is running forward in the stringers. How can I access the info on tank replacement?
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:05 AM   #64
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Hi Miss Donna,

No, I'm still in Maryland and it's cold (30s), wet and windy.

On your water tank problem. Wow, that's a two men and a boy job. The source of the leaks is crevice corrosion in the bottom of the aluminum tank. The bilge has salt water in it and the tank sits in the bottom of the bilge. Figure at least $1k. Basically you rip up the floor of the office, cut the tank in two and pull the pieces out. Then you have a tank builder weld up two smaller tanks, put them in where the old tank was and replace the floor. The expert on that is Emory Shover of "Southern Charm. He removed his tank and replaced it. He wrote up a detailed description of the job. Give him a post on the Boat US Connie forum and he will get back to you. If you can't get hold of him I have a copy of his paper on water tank replacement.

There's another guy who recently posted that he replaced his water tank with two poly tanks. I'll see if I can find him.

Sorry about the bad news.

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Old 11-27-2013, 05:22 PM   #65
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Ouch, that's what I figured. Just remodeled that room for Donnas office. I like the poly tank. See if you can find that fellow if you would Pete. Thanks and happy Turkey Day.
Emory, you out there dude?
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:33 PM   #66
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Hi Miss Donna,
Good luck with your water tank replacement and keep us posted. Mine is a 1985 CC500 and may have the same problem soon...

When you have time, can you load some pictures of your renovated den/office? (my wife is interested to see what you did).

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Old 11-27-2013, 06:37 PM   #67
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Does anyone had to replace the hot water heather from their Connie 500?
Based on what I see, no space is available to take the tank out !!

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Old 11-27-2013, 07:12 PM   #68
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Francois, I accept your challenge. I have not posted any photos on this forum or any other. You must have a larger water heater than I. It looks like mine would go out the engine room hatch. After that the next largest opening if it doesn't go through a door is a side window.. I have used the one next to the port door. If need be bigger, you take out tone of the rear windows. Happy Turkey Day.
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:16 PM   #70
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Francois, not a clue how to download photos. I removed sofa, installed laminate floor, 2 drawer base cabinets which I cut 4 1/2" of the bottom pieces to make desk height. That's all. Note that you need to buy cabinets that need assembly. They will not fit through door. The same goes for a nice size office chair.
Was able to send a pic of galley redo.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:31 AM   #71
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Thanks Miss Donna,
While we were cruising this last weekend near Port-Aransas Texas, I used only one engine for a while (as you did) and enjoyed the money saving !!
- Speed lost was about 1 knots
- Ruder angles stayed at about 15% deg.
- Temp stayed at 181 deg F
- Left the RPM at 1450

Thanks for the info on your cabin renovation. And about my water heather, I was able to fix it by replacing the element and water lead on pipe. This is a 20Gal thank and I don't see how it would come out! (but for now, all is fine).

Here's a picture of us cruising down the channel with all our bikes on the foredeck. Somehow, I need to find a better way to secure them.

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Old 12-02-2013, 02:10 PM   #72
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Question. I have been working a forum titled "Luxury on a miser budget". part of the discussion is replacing 454 or any larger gas pots in larger boats such as say 40 foot Chris. with small 50-75 HP diesels. Preferably older Perkins , Volvo,Ford to keep engine cost in line with the intent of converting a full accommodations boats currently on the market due to cost of operation, with these economical engines or for a trawler speed aficionado, luxury at a slow speed.
Having given you this background, what was your speed on twins running at 1450 RPM vs. the "1 knot drop" ? As stated in the above referenced forum, there are other factors involved to achieve the goal, however knowing actual performance of a offered scenario such as you post would be interesting.
To the Chris Craft forum, I have been impressed with the technical data that has been given on several of the post. Glad you folks discovered this Forum, as I did earlier this year. Good common sense,decorum, understanding, and sharing.
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Al, I see no reason to change engines on any boat unless they are shot. The expense in converting them could never be made up no matter how much fuel you would save. If someone wanted to do this just to sell a boat, they may be better just lowering the price. IMHO
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #74
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Hi Al,
My speed with 2 engines at 1450 RPM was about 10.2 knots, I lost about 1 knot when running on one engine. It is Patrick (Miss Donna) that gave me the idea and it appears to work for me...

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Francios- Sorry, I forgot a ingredient! What is your reduction gear ratio?

Miss Donna- The whole concept is not to sell a boat rather purchase one that is being allowed to sit because the cost of gas has exceeded the owners desire to run the boat. There are many of these situations even here in Ketchikan. Big gas engines in semi or planning hulls either demand a heavy use or throttle back. Throttling back seems to be a reluctant choice as the boats just sit and sit.
A person of modest wealth, of one I am, looking to upgrade to a larger boat with pleasant accommodation, that the more affluent are able to purchase as gold plated and can afford to run at cruising throttle as and by design. Yet, reality sets in with recognizing the very reason the purchase price is low and why. So, taking your time, watching, advertising, and gathering two small same Marine manufactured engines with 3:1 gears seems a pleasant part of the equation. Some do not think Ebay is a good place to obtain used engines. Buyer beware is in play at any junctor of a purchase. There are several National outlets for used marine diesel engines. The Perkins,Fords,Volvos
(Well maybe not Volvo) all NA and slower turning. are available in the $5-$7000.00 range rebuilt. Not uncommon to see a offer of a re power takeout.
Meanwhile, stripping out the gas pots, (Note that I am not advocating for purchase of a boat with LARGE diesel engines. That merits your observation)
Cleaning the engine room, and other household chores throughout the boat as the inventory of engines and accessories required is on going.
When you find the "Perfect Candidate" and make the purchase all you have to do then is;



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Old 12-03-2013, 08:07 AM   #76
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Peter, if you need help mailing to connies owners, I'll help you... Just let me know.

Also, I see 3 handles for fuel tank selection under the stairs heading to the master cabin, what does the middle one do?
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Hi Francois did you make it to Rockport? I am docked at Key Allegro look me up if over this way
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Hi Scottflys2
No, I'm at the corpus Christi Marina.
We went to key allegro a year ago and loved it. Kind of old docks and the restaurant is fabulous.
Have a great time...
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:24 PM   #79
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Gemba, is Rockport your home port?
If so, it is nice to know that another connie owner is close by
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Yes been there for about 10 years but live in San Antonio
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