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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 12:28 PM
Replies: 59
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Posted By Steve DAntonio
I would use the aforementioned TracEcological...

I would use the aforementioned TracEcological product, PSR. I've had excellent results with all of their products. Ultimately, however, the best way to remove deposits like these is manually, i.e....
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,120
Posted By Steve DAntonio
For those who have an interest, a more detailed...

For those who have an interest, a more detailed article on potable water systems...

Part 1 http://stevedmarineconsulting.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/WaterSystems152-02-Part-1.pdf

Part 2...
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,120
Posted By Steve DAntonio
I wholeheartedly agree with HypnoBob and others,...

I wholeheartedly agree with HypnoBob and others, aluminum is a very poor material choice for water tanks, however, I disagree with the suggestion that chlorine be removed from water entering the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-19-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,121
Posted By Steve DAntonio
Congratulations. I took hull #3 from...

Congratulations. I took hull #3 from Southampton, UK to Helgoland, Germany a few years ago, the conditions were horrendous, but the vessel handled it very well. You can read about it here...
Forum: General Discussion 03-18-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,595
Posted By Steve DAntonio
BTW, if your zincs last too long, something is...

BTW, if your zincs last too long, something is probably wrong, they should erode. If they aren't eroding (they are actually corroding), or if they are getting marine growth on them, they probably...
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,595
Posted By Steve DAntonio
I'm an advocate of isolation transformers...

I'm an advocate of isolation transformers (especially on metal boats but all hulls benefit), they are invaluable for a variety of reasons, detailed here...
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,595
Posted By Steve DAntonio
Fleming does do a good job of bonding, and the...

Fleming does do a good job of bonding, and the standard you are holding them to is very lofty indeed, the acceptable resistance between anode and protected metal is 1 ohm. Your regular inspections...
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,121
Posted By Steve DAntonio
https://www.flemingyachts.com/Venturer-Magazine[/u...

https://www.flemingyachts.com/Venturer-Magazine[/url] the issue that contains that article isn't; if anyone wants a copy email katie@stevedmarine.com and she'll send you a PDF.

The article is...
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,121
Posted By Steve DAntonio
CE certification is valuable in its own right,...

CE certification is valuable in its own right, however, like ABYC Standards, it cannot regulate for general boat building know-how and skills. I routinely inspect vessels built to CE, Transport...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,379
Posted By Steve DAntonio
They are both solid, proven designs, I've...

They are both solid, proven designs, I've inspected many N47s and KKY48s, and I have a number of clients happily cruising examples of each model for many years.

Naturally, there are differences....
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,595
Posted By Steve DAntonio
There are two approaches to underwater metal...

There are two approaches to underwater metal corrosion mitigation, bond and protect (with a sacrificial anode) or isolate. If you you take the latter approach, you are more vulnerable to stray...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,595
Posted By Steve DAntonio
Thanks Helm. That's the Reader's Digest version....

Thanks Helm. That's the Reader's Digest version. If you want a more thorough understanding of bonding (or if you have insomnia), here's the long version. ...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,121
Posted By Steve DAntonio
"ABYC standards are voluntary for a reason. ABYC...

"ABYC standards are voluntary for a reason. ABYC was formed back in the 1950's with two primary goals. The first goal was to improve safety for the boating public. The second goal of the larger boat...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,121
Posted By Steve DAntonio
In a word, absolutely. Here's an excerpt from an...

In a word, absolutely. Here's an excerpt from an article I just wrote, yet to be published, on the subject of selecting and working with a surveyor.

When and Why do you Need a Surveyor?

While...
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 03-15-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,727
Posted By Steve DAntonio
Peter: Just had another one of these...

Peter:

Just had another one of these failures within the last month. I've encountered enough of these failures that I now include a notation in my vessel inspection reports recommending...
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 03-15-2019, 08:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,727
Posted By Steve DAntonio
While on the subject of fire extinguishers, I'd...

While on the subject of fire extinguishers, I'd add this, other than run abouts, every vessel benefits from having at least one and ideally two hand held gaseous fire extinguishers, for use on small...
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 03-12-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,727
Posted By Steve DAntonio
Good point on the hydrostatic testing. ...

Good point on the hydrostatic testing. Requirements vary by jurisdiction, very few recreational small craft have their tanks hydro-tested. I'm not suggesting anyone not do it, just saying it isn't...
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 03-11-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,727
Posted By Steve DAntonio
Before you do anything you should educate...

Before you do anything you should educate yourself about this system. The type of system you have is called pre-engineered, there are several manufacturers, Fireboy, SeaFire and a handful of others....
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,029
Posted By Steve DAntonio
McMaster Carr has them,...

McMaster Carr has them, https://www.mcmaster.com/brass-valves Go for the UL Listed version (required for ABYC compliance), it only turns through 90 degrees, whereas the ordinary valve handle turns...
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,201
Posted By Steve DAntonio
Flatswing, I'm sure your advice is...

Flatswing, I'm sure your advice is well-intentioned, however, proper use of a moisture meter isn't something you pick up in a few hours, it's a skill that's learned from experience and from others...
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,490
Posted By Steve DAntonio
The do work, they have been scientifically proven...

The do work, they have been scientifically proven (I quoted one of the Department of Energy tests in the article I shared previously). However, in addition to actually working well, the reason they...
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2019, 06:40 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,490
Posted By Steve DAntonio
Interesting and not surprising, my experience...

Interesting and not surprising, my experience with centrifuges is they keep oil visibly cleaner, which is backed up in oil analysis reports.
Forum: General Discussion 03-06-2019, 06:19 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,490
Posted By Steve DAntonio
Delfin, was the oil new with the filter...

Delfin, was the oil new with the filter installation, or did it already have hours on it?
Forum: General Maintenance 03-04-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,500
Posted By Steve DAntonio
Graphite-based anti-seize should not be used in...

Graphite-based anti-seize should not be used in marine application, it is extremely noble, i.e. every other metal, when in contact with it and and electrolyte (seawater) will corrode. If you were...
Forum: General Discussion 03-03-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,202
Posted By Steve DAntonio
24 volt...

24 volt...
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