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Old 09-09-2020, 04:45 PM   #21
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What a dope I YAM! Sorry, yes, of course, BOATdiesel.com. I was happy in my knowledge of my old Lehmans and did not pay a lot of attention to BOATdiesel.com over the years, only signing one a couple of times, but with this screaming animal of a Yanmar with turbo, I was encountering another world and immediately signed back onto BOATdiesel.com five years back when I bought the boat. I have learned tons about this engine since them, and seldom does a week go by without something new being revealed on BOATdiesel.com.

There, maybe I have typed it enough times to keep it straight ...
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AriesEnergy, it's becoming apparent that you would benefit from some hands on assistance with the boat equipment, operation and basic safety. If you'll be keeping the boat at a marina, talk to the dock master/manager for referrals to someone to show you around the boat in general. Most anyone with several years of boating experience on a few different boats can spend an hour or two on board with you and point out some basics. If you press the the wrong button or switch at the wrong time, you could cause damage or lose your anchor and chain right off the boat in 60 ft of water(they aren't always tied off to the boat). Well worth a $100 or so. You have a great new boat and I truly want to see you continue to have fun as you learn. Have you ever docked a twin engine boat of this type/size before? Lessons may even be in order!! Post more photos from your next visit please.
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Hey timb. Thank you for your suggestion. Yes! the anchor is functioning properly however, I only lowered the hook a few meters to test when we purchased. I should definitely send it all the way.



Regarding the through hulls, other than duct tape for a split hose, I only have those wooden plug/cork things tied to each seacock. Recommend any other safety precautions for a leaky through hull? Oh gosh. I better do some research too on where they all are on the boat.


Go to the hardware store and buy some new wax toilet bowl rings. They are the perfect consistency to seal even good sized holes quickly. Also, they are dirt cheap, like about five bucks or less.
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There should be a control center/panel somewhere around the lower helm for the Gen. You should not have to go the ER to turn it on. And there are no silly questions. I was in your shoes two years ago.

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My setup on Uniflite 42 is exactly as FoxTrotCharlie described. You want to make sure the AC is switched off before firing up genny. On mine there are two switches side by side turning AC/DC on/off with a red slide that won't let you have access to one side if the other side isn't off first. All on the AC panel. In the attached pic you can see them near the bottom. Top left are my genny start/stop right next to my favorite friend, the blower (I've got gassers).


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This is the only pic I have of the items above the lower helm (Dont mind the goofy evil seed in the window). Other than the radio, I wasn't 100 percent sure of some of the other equipment. Any assistance in identifying (from left to right would be most appreciated).

I will take better pics and post as soon as I can. Thank you, this newbie is certainly learning loads from you all.


Hey that's not your "goofy evil seed", that's your future helmsman practicing his signaling!
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Am also a new boat owner in the Bay Area. I have a 1986 Nova Sundeck----good luck. Let's compare notes om our boats.
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What do you mean you, " are commanding her from West Coast Canvas?"
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Where do you plan to moor in SF Bay? We brought a v similar boat, Ponderosa 42, down from Isleton in 2019. We’re in Emeryville Marina. I invite you to join us in this fine location. We can swap ideas and share in solutions.
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What do you mean you, " are commanding her from West Coast Canvas?"
It appears the Canvas Shop is at the head of the San Joaquin River. 65 mile ride to open water, San Pablo Bay.
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Hey, I found out what all the instruments are, seems I have everything! However, none of it is in any working order cept the compass and the stereo haha. Everything else is just there for vintage nostalgia
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Thanks for the marine/boat diesel link fellas. Much appreciated. Oh, I've learned so much the past few days.
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it's BOATdiesel.com right? lol.
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oh crap. ive been doing it wrong all this time. I've been putting the "@" sign like its instagram. rookie move.
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AriesEnergy, it's becoming apparent that you would benefit from some hands on assistance with the boat equipment, operation and basic safety. If you'll be keeping the boat at a marina, talk to the dock master/manager for referrals to someone to show you around the boat in general. Most anyone with several years of boating experience on a few different boats can spend an hour or two on board with you and point out some basics. If you press the the wrong button or switch at the wrong time, you could cause damage or lose your anchor and chain right off the boat in 60 ft of water(they aren't always tied off to the boat). Well worth a $100 or so. You have a great new boat and I truly want to see you continue to have fun as you learn. Have you ever docked a twin engine boat of this type/size before? Lessons may even be in order!! Post more photos from your next visit please.

I agree. I certainly do need hands on assistance. We are out on the water this Friday for a good 8 hours so I plan to soak up as much info as I can from the Captain. I have ZERO experience with twin engines period or of a vessel of this size. I have plenty of hours on the water, meaning like the local lakes in Northern Cali - goosin around some wake boats, I am a mechanic in my downtime (little sister of 3 brothers, all hardcore Chevy draggers) I have a REAL nice 1967 Conv. Chevelle, been wrenching all my life.

Absolutely NONE of that has prepared me for owning a 42 footer and 2 diesel engines! lol!

I am not the least bit embarrassed to say that I am a COMPLETE newbie and am humbled by the complexity of the diesel motor and extremely grateful for all that has given me advice. I am listening to all teachings and am very excited to dock twin motors!
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My setup on Uniflite 42 is exactly as FoxTrotCharlie described. You want to make sure the AC is switched off before firing up genny. On mine there are two switches side by side turning AC/DC on/off with a red slide that won't let you have access to one side if the other side isn't off first. All on the AC panel. In the attached pic you can see them near the bottom. Top left are my genny start/stop right next to my favorite friend, the blower (I've got gassers).


Hope that helps,


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Thanks Tak, I'll give it a go and see what happens. We are back at square 1 trying to diagnose the Gen. At this point, I'm about ready to yank the entire thing out and use the space for storage!
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My setup on Uniflite 42 is exactly as FoxTrotCharlie described. You want to make sure the AC is switched off before firing up genny. On mine there are two switches side by side turning AC/DC on/off with a red slide that won't let you have access to one side if the other side isn't off first. All on the AC panel. In the attached pic you can see them near the bottom. Top left are my genny start/stop right next to my favorite friend, the blower (I've got gassers).


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Am also a new boat owner in the Bay Area. I have a 1986 Nova Sundeck----good luck. Let's compare notes om our boats.
Hey there fellow newbie. What in the world were we thinking?!?!?

Just kidding. Well, you asked so I must share my notes thus far.

I literally just came out of the rabbit hole, been online wracking my brain for the last week just trying to find info on the boat and parts to do a simple oil change and fuel filters on both engines. It seems WestMarine never has any of the parts, Helmut in San Rafael had more stuff.

I was able to identify all of the "vintage" nav instruments, pretty cool, they will stay for "80's nostalgia". I just have iNavx on a 12 inch tablet on the upperhelm and just a simple depth finder.

The generator is a bit of a nightmare, I actually have a mechanical background, but boy! oh boy! These diesel creatures are just so tricky! I may just pull it out and go solar.

Then I pulled out all of the fluorescent lighting to install LED inserts, (luckily I only drilled a 3' hole only on port side), only to find out that the LED's don't work. I had install some cheapie LED strips for the meantime so my wife doesn't kill me.

Some good things are - the full canvas enclosure is done and we are moving AriesEnergy on her own bottom to SF this Friday from Stockton. She made it to Stockton from Antioch with no incident and I was very pleased. So I'll have a little more time on the water getting to know her and she could kick all those old cobwebs out from sitting around, the voyage is about 70 miles/9-10 hours.

I'll post pics of the canvas top sometime this weekend.

LMK if you have had some breakthroughs. Like, do you know how to check your holding tanks? i.e. do you have a gauge?

None of my gauges are working (no chance to check the senders as of yet). I just fill up the water tanks until they're full. I also keep the gas tank as full as possible and have tied a small object to a string (tied very sturdy) to drop in the tank (the line is curved so I cannot use the "dip" stick method. That has been working quite well. We have not used the heads, but I am not sure if the previous owner has and well, I'd rather not use the "dip" stick method.

TTYS fellow newbie. Hope all is well with you and your Nova.
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To "pilot, navigate, guide, steer, control, direct, drive?" from West Coast Canvas shop in Stockton to SF (bout 70 miles).
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Hello there Rbigsby! As an SF native, you know we don't do bridges! The marina where I dock AriesEnergy is just a hop, skip and jump from where I live. However, you are really close to IKEA. lol

I would still be more than happy to sharing ideas and solutions and commiserating.
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