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Forum: Welcome Mat Yesterday, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Lepke
Since all the corrosion is in the weld, I'd say...

Since all the corrosion is in the weld, I'd say the builder used a cheaper alloy stainless steel filler rod. But stainless steel, even 316 corrodes in the absence of oxygen because it can't form a...
Forum: Liveaboards 01-26-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 358
Posted By Lepke
My current boat is 83' and the smallest private...

My current boat is 83' and the smallest private boat I owned was 65'. I rarely stay at marinas so have no comment on finding marina space. However, I have always found a private or commercial dock I...
Forum: General Maintenance 01-25-2020, 11:22 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,578
Posted By Lepke
I've been refilling disposable propane bottles...

I've been refilling disposable propane bottles from a larger tank since the 1960s. It may be illegal and it may be unsafe, but I'm still here. I do toss the bottles if they have rust or any damage at...
Forum: General Discussion 01-25-2020, 11:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 636
Posted By Lepke
Since you're looking for a cheap, easier way to...

Since you're looking for a cheap, easier way to solve your tank problem... If the side or end can be accessed, you cut a hole clean the insides to remove diesel, and use a thick tank coating made for...
Forum: General Discussion 01-23-2020, 11:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,400
Posted By Lepke
Current 83', smallest past pleasure boat 65'.

Current 83', smallest past pleasure boat 65'.
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 01-23-2020, 11:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By Lepke
USCG Warns of Hazzardous Bars in PNW

https://www.workboat.com/news/government/coast-guard-reminds-mariners-of-hazardous-bar-conditions-in-pacific-northwest/?utm_source=marketo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newslett...
Forum: Power Systems 01-21-2020, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 260
Posted By Lepke
You probably have air in the injector tubes. As...

You probably have air in the injector tubes. As above, loosen the nut where the tube attaches to the injector. Put some rags to catch any fuel. If you slack all the nuts, you can crank the engine. It...
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 01-21-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 953
Posted By Lepke
Don't know Yanmars, but a lot of crankcase vents...

Don't know Yanmars, but a lot of crankcase vents have ways of stripping out the oil while letting the air pass thru. Sometimes with baffles or with some kind of media. Often it looks like steel wool....
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2020, 01:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 318
Posted By Lepke
Tides in Rio Vista are about 6 hours apart, If...

Tides in Rio Vista are about 6 hours apart, If you left at low tide (in Rio Vista) you should get a push most of the way. It depends on the the rivers stage and where in the monthly cycle you travel...
Forum: General Discussion 01-13-2020, 07:43 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,565
Posted By Lepke
Any 12v fuel pump that's rated for diesel and has...

Any 12v fuel pump that's rated for diesel and has a flow rate of double your max usage will work fine. I have a 12v pump on all my diesels for filter changes and bleeding. Each will run an engine on...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 01-13-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By Lepke
Because it's more accurate. But the cheap ones...

Because it's more accurate. But the cheap ones are accurate enough for what you need.
Forum: General Maintenance 01-11-2020, 11:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 409
Posted By Lepke
eBay or Amazon is the cheapest/fastest. They seem...

eBay or Amazon is the cheapest/fastest. They seem to last as long as originals.
Forum: Power Systems 01-11-2020, 11:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By Lepke
For cost, if it's used in tractors or industrial,...

For cost, if it's used in tractors or industrial, any larger tractor/farm supply.
https://www.parts4engines.com/ In the UK, but good service. Shipping reasonable.

https://www.agkits.com/ for...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 01-11-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,295
Posted By Lepke
Zinc melts at about 800F. A propane torch can...

Zinc melts at about 800F. A propane torch can reach 2000F. The base metal temp is raised a couple hundred degrees but not causing glowing. In hot dip galvanizing, the zinc is in a melted state. All...
Forum: Power Systems 01-10-2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 294
Posted By Lepke
Try tightening the nuts, but not too much. Old...

Try tightening the nuts, but not too much. Old style packing w/o grease can scar the shaft.

It may need new packing. It can be changed in the water.

A grease fitting on the water side of the...
Forum: Power Systems 01-10-2020, 08:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By Lepke
What I have on Perkins engine numbers:

What I have on Perkins engine numbers:
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 01-09-2020, 01:47 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,295
Posted By Lepke
Here:...

Here: https://www.amazon.com/Zinc-Extruded-99-9-Pure-Diameter/dp/B00881XT2O/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=zinc+rod&qid=1578552308&sr=8-4
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 01-07-2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,295
Posted By Lepke
Touching up galvanized gear with new zinc has...

Touching up galvanized gear with new zinc has been going on since torches were invented. I've been doing it since the 1960s.
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 01-06-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By Lepke
I use the heat from my Detroit mains. I have a...

I use the heat from my Detroit mains. I have a boiler, but I just use it as a tank and for the circulation pump. Both engines are plumbed, but I usually only have one supplying heat. My system is...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 01-06-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,295
Posted By Lepke
You can buy a zinc stick that is melted with a...

You can buy a zinc stick that is melted with a torch at most welding supply stores. 1 foot of 1/8" zinc wire is about $8 on Amazon. Zinc melts at under 800F. It helps to grind or sand the areas...
Forum: Power Systems 01-03-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 792
Posted By Lepke
Without a regulator, voltage increases with rpm....

Without a regulator, voltage increases with rpm. Most alternators are 3 phase AC and the diodes convert it into DC. The regulator sets the charge rate. So if it's overcharging, some part in the...
Forum: General Discussion 01-02-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,757
Posted By Lepke
I spent a lot of time commercial fishing off the...

I spent a lot of time commercial fishing off the North west coast. You get a better ride in deeper water. When running the coast I usually stay 25 miles out and try to be in 100 fathoms or more. As...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 12-31-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 234
Posted By Lepke
Any business making hydraulic hoses should be...

Any business making hydraulic hoses should be able to make them for you. Logging, farm, mine supply stores or a marine store catering to commercial fishing.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 12-30-2019, 04:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,962
Posted By Lepke
I use 8dc and 8dd batteries. I buy Dyno and they...

I use 8dc and 8dd batteries. I buy Dyno and they outlast any other same type batteries I've used. The deep cycle and starting batteries last about 10 years. My current boat came with 20 year old Dyno...
Forum: Power Systems 12-29-2019, 09:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 239
Posted By Lepke
I had a Minn Kota about 25lbs thrust and now have...

I had a Minn Kota about 25lbs thrust and now have a Newport Vessels 55lbs thrust used on a Livingston I use as a utility boat. Same starting battery for 5 years. A car battery of any type will last...
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