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Old 23-02-2012, 16:18   #76
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Re: As Far as Boats are Concerned What are Your 3 Biggest Headaches ?

1) Engine
2) Head
3) Cormorants

1) Solved number one problem by converting to electric propulsion.
2) Solved number two problem (no pun intended) by swapping out Wilcox Critterden for a LAVAC head.
3) Still working on that but, being on board as much as possible seems to be the best solution.
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Old 23-02-2012, 16:22   #77
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Re: As Far as Boats are Concerned What are Your 3 Biggest Headaches ?

1. Engine

I've got a small crack in the heat exchanger that requires it to be pulled and a new slathering of JB Weld once every six months. When the white steam appears, it's time. Also, despite boiling out my diesel tank when I started the refit, I've still apparently got enough crud in it that after being heeled while sailing, the filters get clogged.

2. Head

Rebuilt the little plastic toilet twice in two years before I gave up on it and bought a huge cast-iron job from the 1970s. So far so good with that.

3. Wiring

The steaming and anchor lights read 12v at the socket. I can put a bulb in them, and it lights up, but the second I climb back down the mast, they don't work anymore. I get random shocks from the engine if I don't turn off the batteries before messing with it. My fuel gauge only shows full or empty depending on how many times I tap it.
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Old 23-02-2012, 16:29   #78
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Re: As Far as Boats are Concerned What are Your 3 Biggest Headaches ?

1. wires
2. wires
3. wires

if itt is an electrical wire it will become a problem sometime!
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Old 23-02-2012, 16:41   #79
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Re: As Far as Boats are Concerned What are Your 3 Biggest Headaches ?

I agree, wires and corrosion, virtually every electrical fault is dodgy connections!
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Old 23-02-2012, 16:49   #80
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Re: As Far as Boats are Concerned What are Your 3 Biggest Headaches ?

I still consider electrical things one of the black arts.
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Old 23-02-2012, 16:56   #81
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Re: As Far as Boats are Concerned What are Your 3 Biggest Headaches ?

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I still consider electrical things one of the black arts.
You changed your avatar. To keep the electrical gremlins at bay, solder all splices, crimp, solder, and a shot of WD-40 all connectors.
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Old 23-02-2012, 19:09   #82
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Re: As Far as Boats are Concerned What are Your 3 Biggest Headaches ?

The biggest headaches?

1 - Winter. (Boats do not like being cooped up on land for seven months at a time. Neither do boaters.)

2 - The trailer's wiring system. (Ground faults in a system that uses a loosely bolted steel chassis as the negative = Not Fun.)

3 - Having to tweak the carb idle jets every time you change altitude or air temperature. (I really need to get something nicer than a '94 Johnson... but hey, it still works just fine once you get it set for that place and season.)

They're pretty minor headaches compared to how insanely fun it is to be out on the water, though....
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Old 23-02-2012, 19:45   #83
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Re: As Far as Boats are Concerned What are Your 3 Biggest Headaches ?

I'm changing my previous answer. I've decided I've had bigger headaches than guano.

1. Sails and/or canvass where the thread wears out prior to the dacron and/or sunbrella.
2. Seatalk systems that result in a "No Data" error message.
3. Bottom paint that only works well for six months.
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1 engine-
2 Any thing attached to the engine
3 Access to the engine to sort out the above....
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Re: As Far as Boats are Concerned What are Your 3 Biggest Headaches ?

Zeehag, be careful if you are remaking fuel/air connections not to overtighten them, if using brass olives they can become distorted causing fuel/air leaks.
Jim Cate, I was thinking more like a 7.62 !
Stevensuf, real bummer, have you tried a hair dryer to soften the backing glue a bit, it's a bit chilly round the sporran where you are I guess. Good Luck.
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Re: As Far as Boats are Concerned What are Your 3 Biggest Headaches ?

1. Heat exchangers (engine, gen, a/c)
2. dust
3. cleaning
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Re: As Far as Boats are Concerned What are Your 3 Biggest Headaches ?

I see some of you are also having fun with the wiring, don't worry you're certainly not alone. every time I get a problem I wonder if the fitting electricians mother worked nights ! Why the hell don't boat builders use tinned wire, colour coded wiring looms and give you a schematic diagram ?
My solution when I have a problem is to completely replace the offending wire with 'tinned' colour coded wire, soldered connexions and add it to my own schematic diagram, it's the only way to get peace and solves the problem for good, by now most of mine are engineered out thank goodness. good luck with it guys n gals.
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Why the hell don't boat builders use tinned wire, colour coded wiring looms and give you a schematic diagram
My builder did.

On top of that, he labelled all the wires
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1. The money.
2. The maintenance.
3. The lack of time to enjoy the boat.
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