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Old 08-15-2014, 11:56 PM   #81
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RT, I can't get shingles, I've been vaccinated.

you still may be able to get "the shakes"



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Old 08-16-2014, 12:15 AM   #82
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"you still may be able to get "the shakes""
Good one Hollywood! It took me a minute to remember that "shake" is another term for shingle.
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:53 AM   #83
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:35 AM   #84
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I carry my tow card, lots of fuel filters, spare water pump, spare alternator (mostly to allow me to operate while the alternator is being serviced), belts, fuses, and a sea anchor which would be d3ployed in the event of an engine failure somewhere too deep to anchor. This doesn't happen very often now that I'm out of Lake Superior. I've been towed once in about 45,000 cruising miles, and that was due to a wacky packing gland that I didn't want to deal with at the time. Yup, a second engine would have been handy.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:49 AM   #85
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OK how about this. What spare parts do you carry and why? What spare parts do you not carry and why?
Off the top of my head, filters, impellers, belts, fuses, wire, connectors, electric and duct tape, rescue tape, anchor and rode, propeller (it was on the boat when I bought it), oil, coolant, wooden and plastic plugs in case there's a hole in the hull, bulbs for the navigation lights, repair parts for the head, a bunch of tools and my TowBoatUS card. There are probably more that I've forgotten.

The list of what I don't carry would be everything else on the boat that might break and that would be a very long list. It would also be thousands of dollars and hundreds of pounds. It's impossible to predict just what will fail and when.

In the end, it's balancing cost and weight against the probability of failure and the danger that possible failure might cause. Crossing the Atlantic and cruising the AICW are two very different levels of risk. The spares I carry are based on my evaluation of the risk involved.

I think I mentioned above that on my last cruise, the windlass and potable water system's accumulator tank failed. Who would have had these on their spare parts list? One of the wiper motors wouldn't run and tripped the breaker. I was able to take it apart, free it up and lubricate the mechanism and that solved the problem. Is a spare wiper motor on most spare parts lists?
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Spares:

From my maintenance log, the following spares were used last season outside of normal maintenance :

Bilge Pump
Macerator pump
Fresh water pump
Racor filters – main engine
Stop solenoid wing engine
Running light bulb
Wind generator fuse
Genset impeller
Hose clamp
Float switch
Shower mixer
Shore Water hose repair
110 volt extension cord male plug
Magnet on chain counter
Watermaker diversion valve
Outboard Prop bushing
Washer/Dryer timer dial
Wind generator circuit board
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Old 08-16-2014, 09:39 AM   #87
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Spares:

From my maintenance log, the following spares were used outside of normal maintenance :

Bilge Pump
Macerator pump
Fresh water pump
Racor filters – main engine
Stop solenoid wing engine
Running light bulb
Wind generator fuse
Genset impeller
Hose clamp
Float switch
Shower mixer
Shore Water hose
110 volt extension cord male plug
Magnet on chain counter
Watermaker diversion valve
Outboard Prop bushing
Washer/Dryer timer dial
Wind generator circuit board
This is an example of our different needs. I have no genset, chain counter or watermaker.

I didn't list them as spare parts, but I do carry two drinking water hoses and two shore power cords, one 40' and one 50'. I have an adapter to use a 50 amp outlet and one to use a 15 amp household outlet. I have a bunch of extra lines and more fenders than I usually use at one time.

I have dozens of spare SS screws, sheet metal and machine and nuts.
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This thread should be two parts, one for those who travel where help is nearby and the other for no help nearby towing or otherwise. In the latter case a get home is much desired witness Nordhavn, Selene, Dashew, Watson, Seaton, Northern Marine etc success in selling vessels so equipped.

For the less well heeled traveling afar, pre emptive PM and spare parts with install knowledge rule the day.
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Old 08-16-2014, 09:55 AM   #89
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My top 10 modifiers for carrying spares....there's probably more but this usually targets my list pretty well....and sure some can be thought about in different ways just like we all think in different ways.

1. Is the system critical until I can effect repairs including getting parts?
2. Is the part critical to the system?
3. Is there an identical or "adaptable part" in a non-critical system that can be cannibalized?
4. Is the part comprised of wear parts or limited life parts (such as impellers)?
5. What is the life expectancy of an installed part (sure they can fail at any time...but history shows that worrying about certain things is foolish if you are 100 times more likely to just sink or get struck by lightning)?
6. Will the spare deteriorate to the point of uselessness? Can I arrest that by vacuum bagging?
7. Is there room to stow it?
8. Can I field replace it anyhow?
9. Do I have the tools/extras to install it/make it work?
10. Where does it fit in my budget?
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9. Do I have the tools/extras to install it/make it work?
10. Where does it fit in my budget?
psneeld hit on one thing that bit me on the keester a while back. I needed to tighten down the valve cover and my extension would not work without a universal socket thing. I should have that aboard but it wasn't. I managed to borrow one from a fisherman and make the repair but when I got to a town I bought one for Seaweed.

And from my ship stores made the fisherman's son a light that worked off his boat's battery. A spice bottle was the waterproof cover (drilled a hole in the lid, then sealed with silicone) and I used a spare socket and LED for the "works" part. It wasn't fancy but it worked.
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Ms. j. "... A spice bottle was the waterproof cover..." I must admit, that creation was very resourceful. Kudos to you. BUT if you had had a shingle, you could have glued/taped on a piece and made a nice stand base or handle.....Just sayin'...
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Actually RT Firefly I do have a collection of teak stir sticks... leftovers from the boat. I kept them although Kidlet in a moment of insanity threw away the two pre-filters for the water tank. She didn't understand. (sigh)

I'll keep cedar in mind if I ever run low.
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The rest are just small parts, hand tools, various sundry consumables and old fashioned ingenuity. But like Sunchaser so correctly pointed out, I boat in a full service area and that makes a huge difference. In a different location with long exposed runs I'd be appropriately prepared and far more self sufficient.
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