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Forum: Welcome Mat Yesterday, 10:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 160
Posted By DavidM
I usually have something to say about...

I usually have something to say about deficiencies, upgrades needed, etc for boats I have owned in the past. But for the MS 34T which I bought one new in late 2005, I have nothing but good stuff to...
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 07-31-2021, 03:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 166
Posted By DavidM
That is exactly what I would do given that the...

That is exactly what I would do given that the bolts spin when you turn them.

David
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 07-31-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 166
Posted By DavidM
I am pretty sure that piece of Starboard was not...

I am pretty sure that piece of Starboard was not installed by Mainship. My 2003 Pilot 34 didn't have it. So if someone installed it, someone can remove it. Perhaps that pair of aft bolts are just...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-30-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 134
Posted By DavidM
Usually boaters have too few watts of panels, not...

Usually boaters have too few watts of panels, not your situation with excess. A simple way is to install a 110V heating element in your water heater. You can often just screw one in in place of the...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 07-29-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 293
Posted By DavidM
First think about how you will use the boat. Are...

First think about how you will use the boat. Are you wanting heat while underway, in which case, coolant heat could be very helpful. But if the majority of your heat needs are at anchor, I would...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-29-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 414
Posted By DavidM
:iagree: David

:iagree:

David
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 07-28-2021, 06:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,388
Posted By DavidM
I bought a new 34T in 2006 just as the problems...

I bought a new 34T in 2006 just as the problems with the Microcommander were becoming evident. Mainship and ZF said the problem could be corrected by a different relay that controlled power to the...
Forum: Welcome Mat 07-28-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By DavidM
I bet it is clogged with a hair ball flushed down...

I bet it is clogged with a hair ball flushed down from the shower. Take a hose and while someone watches the sump turn it on and back flush the hose from the outside of the boat at the thru hull...
Forum: General Maintenance 07-28-2021, 07:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,532
Posted By DavidM
You could change it on some schedule, maybe...

You could change it on some schedule, maybe yearly with your extensive use. But changing the impeller on that engine is a PITA, so here is a quick way to see if it and your cooling system is...
Forum: General Discussion 07-28-2021, 07:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 220
Posted By DavidM
New trawler charterer- Oriental, NC

For wannabe trawlerers who live in the mid Atlantic states, Bow to Stern Boating in Oriental, NC has recently added a Monk 36 to their charter fleet. Here is a video blub about the new boat taken...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 07-26-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By DavidM
The 90 degree turn I mentioned above is all hose,...

The 90 degree turn I mentioned above is all hose, but a tight turn.

David
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 07-25-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By DavidM
I owned a Cape Dory 28 some years ago and...

I owned a Cape Dory 28 some years ago and understand those scuppers. There is a 1" or so hose that goes from the scupper drain fitting down and makes a sharp 90 degree turn and out the transom. Mine...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 07-25-2021, 07:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By DavidM
An accumulator tank is useful for a water pump...

An accumulator tank is useful for a water pump that only has one speed: on and off. The accumulator dampens out the pressure so the water flow at the faucet doesn't change much as the pump starts and...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-23-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 981
Posted By DavidM
I agree with all of the above. You probably will...

I agree with all of the above. You probably will be better off living with the 88% SOC until the batteries really die. Maybe if they get down to below 75% it might be worth a one shot equalization,...
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,117
Posted By DavidM
You can make a sight unseen offer and sign a...

You can make a sight unseen offer and sign a contract with little risk. Most contracts (and if they don't have this feature, run away) have a provision that the buyer can back out for any reason...
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 191
Posted By DavidM
You can buy generic or OEM supplier versions of...

You can buy generic or OEM supplier versions of some of what you mentioned. For example belts can be bought at any auto parts store and since Johnson makes all Yanmar r/w pumps (but the externals are...
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,117
Posted By DavidM
A Beneteau Swift Trawler 44 might work. It's...

A Beneteau Swift Trawler 44 might work. It's style is a bit more European looking than say a Grand Banks.

David
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,117
Posted By DavidM
I think you are talking about biting off more...

I think you are talking about biting off more than you can chew. Buy a 40' trawler type boat and learn to use it in coastal waters first. Then after a few years if you really want to cruise the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2021, 12:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 196
Posted By DavidM
White, impermeable to odor hose as made by...

White, impermeable to odor hose as made by Saniflex, Shields and others. It ain't cheap but it will not stink due to odor migration.

David
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 07-21-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 248
Posted By DavidM
I would only consider a marine DC powered Danfoss...

I would only consider a marine DC powered Danfoss compressor fridge. These are much more efficient than an inverter powered AC residential fridge, although the inverter designs have been adopted by...
Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,616
Posted By DavidM
If the original premise of this thread is O/B vs...

If the original premise of this thread is O/B vs I/B small boats, say 30' or less, then I have owned all three types over the years: straight inboard, I/O inboard and a modern outboard.

The...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-19-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,808
Posted By DavidM
Yes they aren't pretty but psneeld's use of box...

Yes they aren't pretty but psneeld's use of box outlets works. The only problem will be hiding the wires where fingers can't touch them or use surface raceway to cover them. You don't have to use...
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 236
Posted By DavidM
Ok, its been a while since this question was...

Ok, its been a while since this question was asked, but here are my answers, from best to good, none are really bad:

1. Cummins- The 6Bs in their various states of tune are rock solid, six...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-19-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 266
Posted By DavidM
First I think you mean CO detector. You say...

First I think you mean CO detector.

You say it was pretty hot. Does that mean the battery case or the general air temperature? If the former then the battery is bad and needs to be replaced.

If...
Forum: General Discussion 07-18-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,464
Posted By DavidM
I wouldn't call FLA batteries high maintenance,...

I wouldn't call FLA batteries high maintenance, short life. I checked the water level every couple of months and added water every 3-4 months. They would last 7-10 years. Sams, etc 6V golf cart...
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