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Old 01-21-2018, 03:33 PM   #121
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Because, as the boat has been for sale, we had let our sub to the local Volunteer Marine Rescue folk lapse, otherwise the tow would have been free. There's a lesson there I guess.
Wifey B: Yeah, we know people here who dropped their tow membership when they put the boat on the market. Cost them several hundred when showing the boat. Once back at dock, was a 15 minute fix, but they couldn't take time to figure it out while stranded in the ICW.
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Old 01-21-2018, 04:17 PM   #122
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Ain't that the truth Mark. For anyone interested, the outcome to the problem that ruined my birthday cruise here... http://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/s...d-36335.html#8

...turned out to be something a couple of nips up with a spanner cured. Trouble is, I couldn't find the said fuel leak, as it was only revealed by pumping the lift pump vigorously for longer than I did. It was where the copper tubing fuel line joins (via a metal locking nut), to the on-engine 2º filters. It took the diesel mechanic, who had dealt with this sort of thing before, about half an hour to fix. The tiny leak allowed air to get in and cause an air-lock when we throttled off for the first anchorage. So, it cost me the four day cruise, and $520 for the tow back..! Because, as the boat has been for sale, we had let our sub to the local Volunteer Marine Rescue folk lapse, otherwise the tow would have been free. There's a lesson there I guess.
Sorry to hear about your pump failure, Peter. I've been waiting for that to happen for the 10 years I've owned FlyWright.

My boat came with electric fuel pumps inline to the lift pumps but they were never hooked up to 12V...just loose wires to nowhere. I recently connected them to 12V with a toggle switch to assist in bleeding the fuel system after filter service. A backup benefit is that if a lift pump fails, I can turn on the electric fuel pump on that side to pump fuel through the lift pump to the high pressure pump.

Some folks use externally mounted electric pumps as the lift pump replacement on some diesels.
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:04 PM   #123
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Well said, thank you for posting
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Old 02-18-2020, 11:58 PM   #124
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Very much appreciate the post and reminder of how special our experiences on the water are...cheers.
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Old 02-19-2020, 09:29 PM   #125
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My boat came with electric fuel pumps inline to the lift pumps but they were never hooked up to 12V...just loose wires to nowhere. I recently connected them to 12V with a toggle switch to assist in bleeding the fuel system after filter service. A backup benefit is that if a lift pump fails, I can turn on the electric fuel pump on that side to pump fuel through the lift pump to the high pressure pump.
I had to do that on a delivery once. Thanks for reminding me I need to pick up a couple of (the right capacity) electric lift pumps and install them. Somehow that hasn't made it to the top of the list yet. But it should.
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. So, it cost me the four day cruise, and $520 for the tow back..! Because, as the boat has been for sale, we had let our sub to the local Volunteer Marine Rescue folk lapse, otherwise the tow would have been free. There's a lesson there I guess.

Its been suggested to us a few times to do this but I just can't see a 35ft outboard powered power cat having the grunt to undertake a tow on a 70tonne trawler.
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jet thruster question

Anyone out here had any experience with Holland Jet Thruster?
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Hello! You look so happy in this photo. I see a cake on your table. Did you have a birthday?
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"Its been suggested to us a few times to do this but I just can't see a 35ft outboard powered power cat having the grunt to undertake a tow on a 70tonne trawler."

If there is little wind and current , weight is no problem , tho the tow will be fairly slow.
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We started the day planning on a 35 mile cruise around Aquidneck island, turned back do to fog 1/2 way thru and called an audible ending up at Potters Cove (Ri). Super calm can he’s the crickets from shore 500 yard off
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I was checking this post and realized it’s ten years old, where did the time go? Wow, it’s scary how fast time slips by and how short the runway is becoming. Looking back over the past 10 years I feel that we have not accomplished nearly what we had hoped to do with boating and blame myself. While we did spend the last five years designing, building and enjoying our last boat (Helmsman 38E) the plans to retire early and spend time exploring the ICW did not materialize.

Could we have shipped the boat to the east coast as planned and flown back and forth trying to find a few “two week” periods of vacation, sure but would it have made sense? Not for us so we passed. Now with the boat sold we find ourselves trying to decide what the boating future holds and to be honest it is a little unnerving weighing budget, desires, health and timing. What I would give to go back to 2005. But I guess that’s why we started our trawler adventure 15 years ago instead of waiting. Despite not covering all the miles we planned we did enjoy four boats and wouldn’t trade the experiences for anything.
For anyone thinking about buying a trawler and trying to decide if the timing is right or wait a few years for everything to line up, done wait. Do what you can now and start enjoying it. There are no guarantees in life and a partially accomplished dream is better than just dreaming.

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John, I always thought there was no one who enjoyed the building of his boats more than you did! (...and I mean that in the nicest of ways!)

Walt just took delivery of his Duffy. Maybe you could talk him into a SD Bay ride along. If I lived there without a boat, I'd be buying him lunch every week!!
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