Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 31-10-2014, 10:56   #16
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Port Ludlow Wa
Boat: Makela,Ingrid38,Idora
Posts: 1,777
Re: Busted Exhaust.

You need to kill this problem. For 2.5 boat bucks you can have an entirely new custom fit system made and installed. With all of the huge negative consequences of a bad exhaust that are as bad as death and fire, or fire and death...its one of those items that must be fixed correctly. Do it now before it gets too cold for fabricating the fiberglass portions of the system.

IdoraKeeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2014, 10:57   #17
Registered User
Terra Nova's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Marina del Rey, California
Boat: Freya 39 cutter- Terra Nova
Posts: 3,215
Re: Busted Exhaust.

Gotta really spell it out, sometimes.

It is a cheap elbow, a replaceable service item that has gone beyond its useful life. You see only a crack. Your inexperienced mechanic sees only a crack--hell yeah, I can fix a crack!

Replace the elbow. Period.

1st rule of yachting: When a collision is unavoidable, aim for something cheap.
"whatever spare parts you bring, you'll never need"--goboatingnow
"Id rather drown than have computers take over my life."--d design
Terra Nova is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2014, 11:19   #18
Senior Cruiser
hpeer's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Philadelphia
Boat: Murray 33-Chouette & Pape Steelmaid-44-Safara-both steel cutters
Posts: 3,360
Re: Busted Exhaust.

Yes replace.

I had a cracked elbow. Took it off and set aside. Four months later the crack had spread and was huge, that occurred off the motor.

It's toast.

I welded up my own, as standard stuff would not fit. Stainless steel, made two for under $150.
hpeer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2014, 11:23   #19
Senior Cruiser
Cheechako's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Skagit City, WA
Posts: 17,205
Re: Busted Exhaust.

Welding that may cost about the same as getting the pieces and making a new one... As corroded as it looks the weld wont last long.
"I spent most of my money on Booze, Broads and Boats. The rest I wasted" - Elmore Leonard

Cheechako is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2014, 11:52   #20
Senior Cruiser
colemj's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Presently on US East Coast
Boat: Manta 40 "Reach"
Posts: 10,043
Images: 12
Re: Busted Exhaust.

Originally Posted by unbusted67 View Post
Yes it is a universal. And what you described is what we have.
Thought so - we used to have a Universal and it looked just like that.

So in this case, do like I suggest - go spend an hour in a hardware store picking out some fittings and pipe, having the pipe cut to size and threads put on the ends. Take your old exhaust piece with you so you get the right dimensions.

That's what I did with ours and I spent <$50 and made it up and installed it in under a day.

You will need 3 90* elbows (one for the exhaust manifold rise and two to form a U at the top), one Tee for the water injection, probably a reducing bushing in the injection port of the Tee to take a 3/4" nipple, and some various lengths of pipe. Maybe a terminal fitting to fit your exhaust hose if the exhaust pipe is smaller/larger than your exhaust hose.

Welding that would be a terrible idea - worse than using exhaust repair tape or metal epoxy. That crack just didn't appear - that thing is probably rusted thin on the inside and there will be no good metal to weld to. Frankly, I would get rid of any mechanic that suggested welding that crack as a proper repair.


You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
colemj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2014, 12:49   #21
cat herder, extreme blacksheep
zeehag's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: furycame alley , tropics, mexico for now
Boat: 1976 FORMOSA yankee clipper 41
Posts: 16,500
Images: 56
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
Re: Busted Exhaust.

as it is out of the boat, why not take it to a boiler shop and have a new one made for cheaper than welding or repairing in the overall long run..
have a second one made for a spare., then ye wont ever need another one.
zeehag is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2014, 15:11   #22
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 15,106
Re: Busted Exhaust.


I had ours wrapped in fine steel plate then heavily glassed over. It worked fine until I found the real thing.

PS I think with a crack you will drill holes at its ends.

barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2014, 15:15   #23
Registered User

Join Date: May 2012
Location: Halifax, NS, Canada
Boat: 47' Steel Roberts Cutter
Posts: 216
Re: Busted Exhaust.

hey Unbusted - been there. so have many of those who are commenting here. don't take it personally - it's just we've seen it, done it, tried the short term fixes and been burned. what you've got there ain't fixable. sorry. ya gotta replace it.

most of us who've had to deal with this more than once consider exhaust injection elbows (or many parts in the exhaust system really - where you are mixing salt water and the by products of combustion at high temps) to be disposable items. Think of it the same way you think of brake pads or mufflers on your car. only the consequences of not changing it proactively is far more severe....

best of luck-


NSboatman is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Busted Pole Casting hpeer Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 2 05-06-2011 18:12
Pirates Busted ! ozskipper Cruising News & Events 20 11-11-2010 15:50
I Busted My New Boat - Funny Video!!! JoelHoover Cruising News & Events 6 30-03-2010 10:51
busted mast step unbusted67 Construction, Maintenance & Refit 17 11-04-2007 15:49
Busted Mast Step: Part Deux unbusted67 Construction, Maintenance & Refit 2 30-03-2007 16:03

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:39.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.