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Old 30-01-2013, 16:43   #1
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Sometimes you Win, Sometimes you Lose

We moved aboard about a month ago and there have been ups and downs (and more downs). Yesterday, we got the freezer working after insulating it from the inside (yeah, that's one of those things you do when you buy an old boat and you want the freezer to stay cold without ripping the kitchen apart). We were all happy and on top of the world and thinking we really CAN do this. Yay--ice! Ice cream!

Then today, we unscrewed the wrong screws on the compass and drained all the compass-fluid-stuff out. So that will be $250 and another week to fix that we weren't expecting. And we found yet another plumbing line that was leaking because they used the wrong sized tubes and got them to fit together by wrapping tons of electrical tape around the smaller tube. And this is the BEST boat we coud get.

Oh well, tomorrow's another day.


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Old 30-01-2013, 16:47   #2
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Old 30-01-2013, 16:48   #3
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It isn't the recommended way to do things, but I have occasionally made a too-large hose fit on a too-small fitting by wrapping the fitting with silicone tape--one brand is called Atomic Tape. That stuff makes a perfect seal--better than the proper sized hose on the barbed fitting.
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Try to look on these things positively, as challenges and opportunities to learn...otherwise it will simply be a prolonged self-inflicted torture session.

I believe the compass fluid is merely denatured alcohol with some dye in it....shouldn't cost a quarter of a boat buck to fix.

The plumbing....some scrounging and tinkering should see you through that all right as well without resorting to yet another expert craftsman. Find a salty scroogish boatie nearby and dangle some non-denatured compass fluid under his proboscis, amazing what you might get accomplished....
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Great way to learn about your boat.

Hang in there. It gets better. You'll always have something to fix or upgrade, but you have chosen a fun and rewarding lifestyle. Remember to take breaks and have fun.
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$250 to replace the fluid in a compass? Use compass fluid, not single malt scotch.
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I believe the compass fluid is merely denatured alcohol with some dye in it....shouldn't cost a quarter of a boat buck to fix.
nope. it's a purified kerosene. denatured alcohol is pretty volatile, and hasn't been recommended for compasses since the days of tall ships. You never know when someone's going to spill in on the teak.
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I bet you could scrounge up an old compass around the boatyard or in the cruising fleet and use the compass fluid to refill yours.
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nope. it's a purified kerosene. denatured alcohol is pretty volatile, and hasn't been recommended for compasses since the days of tall ships. You never know when someone's going to spill in on the teak.
Blast, I wondered why my compass cocktail tasted so funny. Ok, I guess it's asking the chemist (drugstore in certain "English" speaking places) for pure kero (paraffin) instead of metho. Nor sure about you, but I'd rather spill metho than kero on the deck, teak or not. Metho will evaporate, kero is slippery.
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I think it's a type of mineral oil- at least that what it felt/smelt like as I mopped up the pint or so of it. At least it made the teak nice and shiny....

And on this type of compass, it needs to be filled in a vacuum or something.... so you can't just fill it up yourself. Tellie- good call... that's where we sent it earlier today!
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Speaking of random boating fluids, the epoxy/fiberglass guy that helped with the freezer said that they all get addicted to Acetone. Whenever they get around it, they have to rub it on their hands. It's the feel of it or something. And of course the pleasant brain numbing sensation.

The plumbing is strictly self-service. Just death by a thousand cuts through trips to the hardware store.

I know, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. But ouch, it can hurt.

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This thread is the perfect illustration of why you should consider very carefully the location of any boat you purchase. Think how much fun you'd be having trying to locate parts in some third-world harbor.
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This thread is the perfect illustration of why you should consider very carefully the location of any boat you purchase. Think how much fun you'd be having trying to locate parts in some third-world harbor.
True dat! We actually factored in the cost of getting the boat somewhere where we would be able to work on it. But Ft. Lauderdale is way easier than Hong Kong or Turkey (neither of which is third world of course).
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If you can't find it in Ft. Lauderdale you probably can't get it.
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I just replaced my Danforth compass globe. I have plenty of fluid left in the gallon I ordered! loI

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