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by BillSmith
Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Mast collar clearance
Replies: 9
Views: 725

Re: Mast collar clearance

Looks like some wax rings I've encountered. :o
by BillSmith
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Engines and Mechanical Systems
Topic: Shaft Seal Squeak F30
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Shaft Seal Squeak F30

From my experience, the shaft seal needs to be 'burped' after periods of inactivity. The water in seal dissipates, creates a vacuum and the shaft squeaking is overheating do to lack of water. Burping is simple. Place a rag in your hand, pull back seal toward prop shaft (aft). Small gush of water bef...
by BillSmith
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Start button - I swear I'll fix it this time
Replies: 23
Views: 4949

Re: Start button - I swear I'll fix it this time

newt2u- Our initially intermittent problem was failure of the ignition rocker toggle. Lugs looked OK by inspection. Assume corrosion internally. The switch had two sets of contacts. Transferring to those lugs solved the issue, though I did invest in a whole new switch. All indications were somewhere...
by BillSmith
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Engines and Mechanical Systems
Topic: Freedom 44 Emergency Tiller and Anchor Chain Locker Drainage
Replies: 2
Views: 3627

Re: Freedom 44 Emergency Tiller and Anchor Chain Locker Drainage

35' Pedrick here. Our chain locker has two drains, water would be able to flow on either tack at sail. There are obvious holes that are tubed to forward hole ports around the water line. Assume you'd have same? We store our emergency tiller in deep storage lazarette behind wheel. Size isn't as robus...
by BillSmith
Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Start button - I swear I'll fix it this time
Replies: 23
Views: 4949

Re: Start button - I swear I'll fix it this time

From my experience, I would replace the 'button'. In our situation, we could not replicate the non-start in dock. Finally it failed every time instead of intermittently. The starter button had a pair of leads, switched to the alternate pair, ignition with the existing unit. Just one side failed. Rep...
by BillSmith
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: How to use website features
Topic: Just Joining
Replies: 12
Views: 2195

Re: Just Joining

On the west coast but still curious...

What type of F35? Pedrick or two masted 33/35?
by BillSmith
Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Start button - I swear I'll fix it this time
Replies: 23
Views: 4949

Re: Start button - I swear I'll fix it this time

UPDATE- Had mechanic, Tony-Franco Marine-visit today. Impulse starter button on cockpit the culprit. Could not diagnose the issue, as it always started when in slip. After finally failing permanently, easy to pop panel and ascertain it was button, not starter relay. Whew. A lot less to fix, time and...
by BillSmith
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Start button - I swear I'll fix it this time
Replies: 23
Views: 4949

Re: Start button - I swear I'll fix it this time

Thanks to y'all for the compass points. If equilibrium allows, I'll hang upside down in lockers searching for likely issues mentioned here. Sailors should not be 6' 1" and 200+ lbs.
by BillSmith
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Start button - I swear I'll fix it this time
Replies: 23
Views: 4949

If misery loves company...

Have the same issue. My experiences as follows... Other than one time (detailed later) engine start every time in slip. After a day's sail on the SF Bay, will push start button and nothing, nada, zilch. No click, no groan, no moan, no grind, no nuttin'. Scratch head, check that all is in order, shif...
by BillSmith
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Holding tank vent , etc
Replies: 5
Views: 1188

Re: Holding tank vent , etc

Hi, Tom! I'm sure your better half will appreciate the hard work on the vents. Certainly was fine below when you hosted all of us at Treasure Is. Interested in both aspects of your additional post. We've gone out with first reef in a couple of times a month ago. But agree that a second and third mor...