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Forum: General Discussion 09-20-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 535
Posted By rwidman
You and your wife may need to change your...

You and your wife may need to change your expectations for storage on a boat. A boat is far different from a house. For one thing, it's much smaller and for another thing the shape is dictated by...
Forum: Marinas, Anchorage, Harbors, Slips and Storage 09-20-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,518
Posted By rwidman
The "Harbormaster" knows what he is talking...

The "Harbormaster" knows what he is talking about. Take his advice.
Forum: Power Systems 09-17-2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,266
Posted By rwidman
It's possible that you might save some money...

It's possible that you might save some money using home heating oil in your boat's engine, but it's also possible that you could harm it. I think checking with the manufacturer would be wise.
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Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,189
Posted By rwidman
If it is oil, the oil level will go down as you...

If it is oil, the oil level will go down as you run the engine. If you are adding oil between oil changes, it might be oil. If not, it pretty much has to be fuel.
Forum: Power Systems 09-17-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 591
Posted By rwidman
Much like Bayliners, some people just live to...

Much like Bayliners, some people just live to bash Volvo engines on the Internet. The fact is they are good, solid engines and are supplied with many of the most popular boats built today. My...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,189
Posted By rwidman
If the sheen is unburned fuel, replacing the...

If the sheen is unburned fuel, replacing the water pump, fuel cooler and tranny cooler would have nothing to do with this.

The only thing left is to have the injectors checked and adjusted or...
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 09-17-2021, 07:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By rwidman
Is Mainship still in business? If so, contact...

Is Mainship still in business? If so, contact them.

You might find one with a web search.

Lastly, if you can find someone with the same model and year boat, you could take a lot of photos and...
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 09-16-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,766
Posted By rwidman
I was a member for a few years and attended on...

I was a member for a few years and attended on rendezvous. Only three boats showed up and two left so the "Camano Crawl" (people tour each other's boats) consisted of only my boat. Most of the...
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 09-16-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By rwidman
If someone installed it, someone can remove it. ...

If someone installed it, someone can remove it. If you can't figure it out, get someone local to help you.
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 09-14-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 461
Posted By rwidman
Yes, if it used to work, it should have ben...

Yes, if it used to work, it should have ben repairable.

And it's always easier to replace a failed part with an identical new one if possible.
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 09-14-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 461
Posted By rwidman
Yes, boat projects often take far longer than...

Yes, boat projects often take far longer than planned. I installed a two wire terminal post the other day to correct a temporary repair I had made several years ago. I had used two bolts and nuts...
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 09-14-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,276
Posted By rwidman
Well, that's your loss, but I think it's a...

Well, that's your loss, but I think it's a foolish choice. You can get parts and you can often get them for less than the Volvo list price. I'll bet parts for other marine engines are pretty...
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 09-14-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,276
Posted By rwidman
Originally, the first few Camano Trolls were...

Originally, the first few Camano Trolls were powered by a Volvo four cylinder engine. They soon switched to the TAMD41P which is a six cylinder engine.

Why? I met the original owner of the...
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 09-14-2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By rwidman
My boat has two potable water tanks and each has...

My boat has two potable water tanks and each has a shutoff valve right at the tank.

Yours may be the same or it may not, you have to look yourself.
Forum: Harbor Chat 09-13-2021, 10:37 AM
Replies: 2,401
Views: 321,438
Posted By rwidman
I was planning on cooking alligator for dinner...

I was planning on cooking alligator for dinner tonight. Then I realize all I had was a croc pot.
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,092
Posted By rwidman
We made that trip both ways in our Camano Troll a...

We made that trip both ways in our Camano Troll a couple years ago. We took the NJ ICW as far as it went.

Manasquan inlet is no big deal, hundreds of boats, big and small pass through there every...
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2021, 01:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 119
Posted By rwidman
If this is a fuse in the shore power circuit, you...

If this is a fuse in the shore power circuit, you should have it replaced with a double pole circuit breaker by a qualified marine electrician.

ABYC requires that both conductors be disconnected...
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,675
Posted By rwidman
This thread reminds my of the Energizer Bunny. ...

This thread reminds my of the Energizer Bunny. It jus keeps going and going and going .........
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 409
Posted By rwidman
My boat has strainers over the engine and AC...

My boat has strainers over the engine and AC intake thru hulls. Grass cannot get in.
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 09-11-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 542
Posted By rwidman
Yes. These wipers (as would be expected) are...

Yes. These wipers (as would be expected) are subject to salt spray. Clean and lubricate all the moving parts on the arms and blades.
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 09-10-2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,209
Posted By rwidman
It should not be news to any adult that CO...

It should not be news to any adult that CO detectors have a finite life of about five to seven years, be they marine, RV, residential or commercial.

This is often printed on the unit or label but...
Forum: General Discussion 09-10-2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,675
Posted By rwidman
Most sailboats only turn on their VHF if they are...

Most sailboats only turn on their VHF if they are going to transmit something. I can almost never raise a sailboat on the VHF when I need to contact him.
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 09-10-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,276
Posted By rwidman
It's really difficult for me to read the Volvo...

It's really difficult for me to read the Volvo bashing posts and respond without commenting in a negative way on the people making those posts so I will only say the following:

Volvo makes good,...
Forum: Helmsman/Camano 09-10-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,276
Posted By rwidman
It's funny you should mention that picture. It...

It's funny you should mention that picture. It was actually taken on our first cruise from Charleston, SC to Beaufort, SC by one of our friends on a group trip. This is the trip I mentioned where I...
Forum: General Discussion 09-10-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,675
Posted By rwidman
Unless the sailboater is a really dumbass, common...

Unless the sailboater is a really dumbass, common sense should have been enough.

He should have seen that ship coming at him ten minutes or more before it got that close and his first thought...
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