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Forum: Cruising and Events - East Coast 11-25-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,918
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Tarpon Springs is my home town and my typical...

Tarpon Springs is my home town and my typical boating activity ranges from St. Pete to Tarpon. My wife and I could meet up on a weekend.
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2019, 05:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,966
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
This is passionate about not fiberglassing over...

This is passionate about not fiberglassing over wooden boats--particularly vintage ones! I can't imagine the cost of removing all that fiberglass!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WF0Bqcvvsg
Forum: General Discussion 10-31-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,808
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
I would wear slippers too if I had that problem!...

I would wear slippers too if I had that problem! :eek:
Forum: General Discussion 10-31-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,808
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Perhaps their feet issues are partially from...

Perhaps their feet issues are partially from wearing shoes all the time. When I get home from work, the first thing that comes off are my shoes! I can't imagine wearing shoes all day--how...
Forum: General Discussion 10-28-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,808
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Well said. Wearing outdoor shoes in a home is...

Well said. Wearing outdoor shoes in a home is disgusting and I am one who never wears shoes on my boat or someone else's boat. Nothing worse than someone tromping on my Awlgrip decks with their...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 10-24-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,088
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
I am a ham radio operator who builds his own wire...

I am a ham radio operator who builds his own wire antenna arrays and equipment and am very familiar with the Western Union Splice. I am not surprised by the NASA results. I have several low band...
Forum: Power Systems 10-23-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 14,144
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:...

:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb: Well said!
Forum: Power Systems 10-23-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 14,144
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
I will agree with you on that! My wife...

I will agree with you on that! My wife constantly reminds me to enjoy the boat rather than obsess over mechanical and cosmetic issues! :blush:

Now, I have been in a situation where I needed...
Forum: Power Systems 10-23-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 14,144
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Professional Boatbuilder has a good write-up on...

Professional Boatbuilder has a good write-up on the subject:
https://www.proboat.com/2010/09/wide-open-throttle/

Most boaters underwork their diesels as it is and are afraid of pushing their...
Forum: Power Systems 10-23-2019, 06:16 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 14,144
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Or this could indicate problems such as barnacles...

Or this could indicate problems such as barnacles on your prop, dirty fuel, fouled bottom, etc. I run my boat briefly to WOT everytime I take her out as a diagnostic to ensure all is well. My prop...
Forum: General Discussion 10-17-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,210
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
My most successful projects on Sherpa have been...

My most successful projects on Sherpa have been when my wife was available to assist--from mechanical to fiberglass. She has a great eye for detail and we compliment each other extremely well. When...
Forum: General Discussion 10-17-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,210
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Thanks for sharing and I am glad you didn't have...

Thanks for sharing and I am glad you didn't have rats crawling around the bilge! I once found several dead crabs in my bilge. They apparently crawled from the dock, up the bow lines, and entered...
Forum: Marinas, Anchorage, Harbors, Slips and Storage 10-15-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,576
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
I've seen boaters mark their anchors with a red...

I've seen boaters mark their anchors with a red buoy. Some have recommended not marking the anchor because a boater could run over the buoy/line and pull the anchor out. I could see this being a...
Forum: Power Systems 10-13-2019, 08:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,007
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Results are "partially" in... Thanks again for...

Results are "partially" in... Thanks again for all the advice. For those that followed this post, I had suspected my transmission cooler was clogged. The heat exchanger was clear and I checked for...
Forum: Power Systems 10-09-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,007
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Good point. The transmission cooler is inside...

Good point. The transmission cooler is inside the transmission and after the sea strainer but before the raw water pump. There are two coolant pipes on either side of the transmission, which attach...
Forum: Power Systems 10-09-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,007
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
I was unable to make it to the boat last weekend...

I was unable to make it to the boat last weekend for the Barnacle Buster flush, but this Saturday is the day! I hope my hunch is correct and the issue is a restriction in the transmission cooler.
Forum: General Discussion 10-08-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,962
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
I appreciate everyone's response--very good...

I appreciate everyone's response--very good thoughts as always! I looked up three yacht clubs in the St. Pete/Tampa area and they all require sponsorship or were "by invite only", so that put a halt...
Forum: General Discussion 10-07-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,962
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Why join a yacht club?

Hoping to be a more "social" boater, I explored various yacht clubs in my area. The clubs generally had various activities and events--many would be of interest to my wife and daughter. Well, I...
Forum: Power Systems 10-03-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,007
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Jeff F and Kchace, Yes, I had suspected the...

Jeff F and Kchace,

Yes, I had suspected the engine was running too cold with the heater. It seemed to take way too long to reach operating temperature. The cabin heater was rather large, and I...
Forum: Power Systems 10-02-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,007
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
This is indeed a great source of information, and...

This is indeed a great source of information, and I will be following through on the advice given here. The MD2030 uses 3/4" hose. After the PO repowered the boat in 2006/7 from an 18HP Perkins, he...
Forum: Power Systems 10-02-2019, 08:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,007
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Hi, OC. The pump has about 75 hours on it since...

Hi, OC. The pump has about 75 hours on it since I replaced it. The old pump was definitely leaking. I didn't have any temp issues before replacing it--just water going in the bilge!
Forum: Power Systems 10-01-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,007
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Thanks. I checked the seacock and used a small...

Thanks. I checked the seacock and used a small screw driver to clear out a possible blockage. It appeared clear and I had water gushing out. I once had a barnacle growing inside the hose barb on my...
Forum: Power Systems 10-01-2019, 07:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,007
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Hmmm.... interesting. Yes, I used plugs supplied...

Hmmm.... interesting. Yes, I used plugs supplied by Volvo. I kept the hose barbs and could create a loop as you suggested.
Forum: Power Systems 10-01-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,007
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
I appreciate the document--very helpful. The...

I appreciate the document--very helpful. The transmission cooler is built in. There are two coolant pipes on either side for raw water flow. One coolant pipe is new, but I have not inspected the...
Forum: Power Systems 09-30-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,007
Posted By Vashon_Trawler
Hi, Pack. I hope you get your challenge fixed as...

Hi, Pack. I hope you get your challenge fixed as well. I replaced my thermostat about three years ago with the correct VP part. It was a pain to replace as one must pull the water pump. I went ahead...
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