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Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 03-08-2018, 05:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,124
Posted By aboatman
I suspect if you owned one of those companies and...

I suspect if you owned one of those companies and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop equipment and software you would probably be reluctant to share it with your competitors.
Forum: Power Systems 03-08-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,906
Posted By aboatman
Yes, things do happen. Hard for some to believe...

Yes, things do happen. Hard for some to believe but they do happen.

Under normal conditions, the case of an oil filter should not rust out before it is replaced during normal maintenance. But,...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 03-08-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,124
Posted By aboatman
First of all, a lot of BS gets posted on the...

First of all, a lot of BS gets posted on the Internet so if this potentially affects you, I would wait and see what actually happens and how it affects you.

If you want crowd-sourced reviews of...
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,150
Posted By aboatman
OK, find the owner and buy it. I think your...

OK, find the owner and buy it. I think your chances of finding the exact flybridge you need in a junkyard are somewhere between slim and none.

And as GFC posted, replacing or repairing the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 705
Posted By aboatman
I got a letter from a third party documentation...

I got a letter from a third party documentation service a few weeks in advance of my USCG renewal notice. I ignored it.
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 705
Posted By aboatman
Coast Guard Documentation

Not long ago there was a thread on documentation and a few people speculated that extended documentation (more than one year) would be available. It is not.

I just got my letter and sent it back....
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,150
Posted By aboatman
Maybe you could cruise around looking for an...

Maybe you could cruise around looking for an abandoned boat the same as yours. Claim it for salvage and take the flybridge.
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 03-07-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 823
Posted By aboatman
Yes, the pump has an internal check valve and it...

Yes, the pump has an internal check valve and it can leak pressure back to the supply side Then the pump comes back on to bring the pressure back up.

You can install a check valve just before the...
Forum: Power Systems 03-07-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,906
Posted By aboatman
I remember seeing a photo and claim of a filter...

I remember seeing a photo and claim of a filter where the case rusted through and all the oil leaked out. This would probably ruin an engine if it wasn't noticed.

Being on the Internet, the whole...
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 802
Posted By aboatman
Taylor Made Vinyl Fender & Vinyl Buoy Limited...

Taylor Made Vinyl Fender & Vinyl Buoy Limited Warranty
"Lifetime" Limited Warranty applies to: Super GardTM, Hull GardŽ, Big BTM and SurvivorŽ fenders only.
One Year Limited Warranty applies to:...
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 802
Posted By aboatman
Perhaps but the warranty is from Taylor, not West...

Perhaps but the warranty is from Taylor, not West Marine. West marine is just being nice handling it instead of making us go through Taylor.

Yes, West Marine might just replace it or they might...
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,416
Posted By aboatman
I don't know what brand mine is but as far as I...

I don't know what brand mine is but as far as I know, it's never been serviced and it doesn't leak. There's a spare seal on the shaft that hasn't been used.

I'll find out the brand and...
Forum: Ocean Alexander 03-07-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,180
Posted By aboatman
An anchor is too big if it won't fit your pulpit...

An anchor is too big if it won't fit your pulpit or roller. It's too big if your windlass won't handle it.

With members and boats from all over the world and a wide range of boat sizes and types...
Forum: General Maintenance 03-07-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,345
Posted By aboatman
Yea, I wondered what size cleats would take 1/2"...

Yea, I wondered what size cleats would take 1/2" bolts.

It would have been an expensive mistake to buy and ship the wrong sized bolts, washers and nuts. Now that you know the correct size, you...
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,416
Posted By aboatman
Now I feel better.

Now I feel better.
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,416
Posted By aboatman
OK, now you guys have me afraid to leave port or...

OK, now you guys have me afraid to leave port or even start my engine!

Lots of failures can sink a boat so I'm wondering what the actual risk is. There are thousands of these seals out there and...
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 03-07-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,923
Posted By aboatman
You may find that this product works better in...

You may find that this product works better in the pictures than it does in real life. Remember, you don't have that extra person on board to use it. You'll have to fool with this and drive the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 592
Posted By aboatman
Yes, I would seek the advice of an experienced...

Yes, I would seek the advice of an experienced prop shop.

If there is a Mainship owner's group, someone may be able to help or at least get you started.
Forum: General Maintenance 03-07-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,301
Posted By aboatman
It will reduce the shine of paint. It's often...

It will reduce the shine of paint. It's often used to prepare old paint to accept new paint.

The basic rule of cleaning is to use the least aggressive product that will do the job. Don't use a...
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 802
Posted By aboatman
I would just take it to a different West Marine...

I would just take it to a different West Marine store. I think it helps if you bought the fender from them in the first place. Buying it on-line to save a few bucks and then expecting West Marine...
Forum: General Maintenance 03-07-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,666
Posted By aboatman
Fresh water flush eliminates much of the odor but...

Fresh water flush eliminates much of the odor but there is a cost in fresh water use (you never run out of sea water) and the replacement head is pretty expensive. It can also be a lot of work.

I...
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 03-06-2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,278
Posted By aboatman
I posted earlier that it's best to think the...

I posted earlier that it's best to think the other guy will not know what he is doing.

Since I'm usually operating from the flybridge, once I get the person's attention, I can usually wave or...
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 03-06-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,278
Posted By aboatman
And remember that many people operating boats...

And remember that many people operating boats don't actually know that.

The point is to get his/her attention and hope they realize that they are in a dangerous situation and need to take action...
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 03-06-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,278
Posted By aboatman
Correct but, 1) Most stock boat horns can't...

Correct but,

1) Most stock boat horns can't be heard far enough away to be effective. If yours is one of these, switch it out to something really loud or buy one of the portable canned air horns...
Forum: General Discussion 03-06-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 11,550
Posted By aboatman
Some stores are bigger than others and there are...

Some stores are bigger than others and there are smaller "West Marine Express" stores. If they don't have what you're looking for, they will get it. Sometimes tomorrow, sometimes within a week.
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