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by KenKrawford
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: Exhaust Manifold
Replies: 14
Views: 132

Re: Exhaust Manifold

Ok Harry I'm going to assume that using the terms "indian head" and "two cents" in the same post is just a coincidence ! Are you referring to Permatex's Indian Head Gasket Shellac?
by KenKrawford
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: Slow Start of a Cold Engine
Replies: 17
Views: 1878

Re: Slow Start of a Cold Engine

Trevor with they key in the "ON" position the low oil pressure/ high temperature alarm should be sounding. Continue to turn the key clockwise until it won't turn any further. This engages the glow plugs. On a cold engine I usually hold in that position for a "10 count" and then r...
by KenKrawford
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: Exhaust Manifold
Replies: 14
Views: 132

Re: Exhaust Manifold

Bill, I echo Scott's suggestion about NOT filling that weep hole. I seem to remember reading somewhere that it's there to bleed off pressure in case the hose becomes blocked. I'm not sure if the exhaust manifold on our marinized engines are the same as Kubota put on Westerbeke tractor engines. I kno...
by KenKrawford
Thu Dec 24, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: Scuttlebutt
Topic: Companionway Hatch Cover Rotting
Replies: 11
Views: 186

Re: Companionway Hatch Cover Rotting

Silicone used to be my preferred caulk/sealant but if you ever have to go back and work on that area again, it's difficult and tedious to remove all of it. I've now use butyl tape whenever possible. It remains flexible, isn't too difficult to clean off and provides a decent seal. I believe that's wh...
by KenKrawford
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Refrigerator Forum
Topic: Refrigeration cycling
Replies: 12
Views: 519

Re: Refrigeration cycling

I've bought a couple of weather stations over the years and found that Accurite seems to be a better product than LaCrosse. The remote thermometers that I bought 15 yrs ago to monitor temps in the refrigerator were from Radio Shack.
by KenKrawford
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Scuttlebutt
Topic: Catalina Factory Damaged By Tornado
Replies: 1
Views: 38

Catalina Factory Damaged By Tornado

It appears the Catalina facility in Panellas Park Florida was damaged by a tornado yesterday. I feel bad for anyone who had a boat under construction. Looks like it's going to be a while before they're back on their feet again.
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by KenKrawford
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Hull, Prop, and Rudder Forum
Topic: Windlass service is easy, and I found a leak
Replies: 17
Views: 10196

Re: Windlass service is easy, and I found a leak

Sometimes I think Defender is as bad as Amazon when it comes to constantly changing prices. Today it shows the price for the seal as $4.99 however they have a minimum order of $25.
by KenKrawford
Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Hot Water Temperature
Replies: 11
Views: 103

Re: Hot Water Temperature

Never knew about this. I assume some type of fluorescent dye is added to the coolant and then scan the system with a UV light?
ElizabethG wrote: Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:20 am Ken,

Just one more thought...

How about a UV dye leak detection?

Bill
by KenKrawford
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Hot Water Temperature
Replies: 11
Views: 103

Re: Hot Water Temperature

Bill, thanks for the info and the kind offer. I've used a pressure tester to test for leaks but never a block tester. I'll put that on my "to do" list. The oil appears perfectly normal to the naked eye when I change it. Would a lack of coolant in my oil analysis rule out a cracked block or...
by KenKrawford
Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Hot Water Temperature
Replies: 11
Views: 103

Re: Hot Water Temperature

Brett & John, thanks for your feedback. I've never had an occasion to dive down to the water heater before. Is there a bleed valve or am I going to have to disconnect the coolant line where it enters or exits the heater? John, your project sounds like an interesting one. If you'd like to email t...
by KenKrawford
Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Hot Water Temperature
Replies: 11
Views: 103

Hot Water Temperature

A couple of weeks ago we took the boat out and motored for 45-50 minutes. Under normal conditions this would produce very hot water but instead it was tepid at best. The engine ran at its normal 165 degrees. A couple days later while plugged in I turned on the water heater and in an hour the water w...
by KenKrawford
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Rigging Forum
Topic: lifeline replacement
Replies: 6
Views: 80

Re: lifeline replacement

Jim, have you considered stripping the vinyl covering from your existing lifelines and inspecting? If it's satisfactory you're good to go and you have "naked" lifelines like you were going to order. If not, you're in the same position as now.
by KenKrawford
Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: Scuttlebutt
Topic: Frank Butler's Passing
Replies: 0
Views: 26

Frank Butler's Passing

I know this is a little late but I saw this picture of Frank and naturally the background caught my eye. For those of you who haven't heard:
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by KenKrawford
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Hull, Prop, and Rudder Forum
Topic: Urgent Question - Boot Stripe
Replies: 14
Views: 116

Re: Urgent Question - Boot Stripe

That sure sounds pricey to me. Did they try some rubbing compound and attempt to buff it out? That's what I do to mine when the bottom gets painted and it looks great after.
by KenKrawford
Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Scuttlebutt
Topic: GEICO Insurance, Dirty Trick
Replies: 4
Views: 59

Re: GEICO Insurance, Dirty Trick

Just to provide another data point:

2005 Hull

$100,000 hull value
$1,000 deductible
BODILY INJURY AND PROPERTY DAMAGE $500,000
INCL FUEL SPILL AND WRECKAGE REMOVAL
Medical $5,000
UNINSURED/UNDERINSURED WATERCRAFT $500,000

Total annual premium = $688
Insurer - Safeco.
by KenKrawford
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Air Conditioning Forum
Topic: High head pressure (HI/PS) error
Replies: 10
Views: 1140

Re: High head pressure (HI/PS) error

Just to be clear, you ran a garden hose (bypassing the water pump) directly to the AC unit and still didn't get any water coming out of the AC discharge thru hull? High pressure errors are almost always from a lack of water flow through the unit. You must have a blockage somewhere between the pump a...
by KenKrawford
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Scuttlebutt
Topic: Farewell Coquillage & Free Stuff
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Farewell Coquillage & Free Stuff

Wow Jerry, that's such a sad story. It must have been a heartbreaking sight when you saw her. It's probably due to my poor memory but I seem to recall that hull 350 went through another hurricane - maybe Katrina? Our boats are sisters - I have hull 351. Best of luck wherever this journey takes you a...
by KenKrawford
Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Hull, Prop, and Rudder Forum
Topic: Hull ID number
Replies: 6
Views: 4658

Re: Hull ID number

Dana you are correct. The V designates the boat as a 350 model. I believe all Catalina hull numbers conform to the same coding shown below. Hull Identification Number Decoding CTYV0078A303 CTY= First three letters. This is the Manufacturer Identification Code for Catalina Yachts, Inc. It is on all C...
by KenKrawford
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: Fuel System - Problem Solved
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: Fuel System - Problem Solved

Chris - welcome to the forum and thanks for your contribution. Interesting story and underscores the need to systematically examine a problem to find a cause. I don't think doubling up with stacked hose clamps would be a good idea. You're just trying to compress something that is relatively incompre...
by KenKrawford
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Refrigerator Forum
Topic: Refrigeration cycling
Replies: 12
Views: 519

Re: Refrigeration cycling

Don there are 2 different types of foam insulation generally sold in big box DIY stores. The "Gaps & Cracks" type is usually considered a minimal-expansion and won't deform the lining of your box as it expands. Check the label of the product you buy to be sure it's this type.