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Old 15-07-2013, 18:08   #16
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Re: Stupid Sneaks up on me when Least Expected

I was with a mate (NO it wasn't me) a while ago who pulled up in a fuel stop with his trailer boat and managed to pump 60 ltrs of fuel from the bowser into the rod holder next to the filler point. Didn't realise until the bilge alarm went off.
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I hope not because then you would rig up a reversing switch and another fuse and breaker. Then one day when you (or she - Egad?) flush(s) the toilet it will go the other way too.

Plus you would have to add that to your schematic of the boats wiring if you were to be able to sell it to .........

Best leave it stock. There might be a reason the engineers designed it that way.

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You're obviously among that group that has their macerator between the head and the holding tank. I'm with the crowd that keeps their macerator between the holding tank and the through-hull,- all together different!



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I was with a mate (NO it wasn't me) a while ago who pulled up in a fuel stop with his trailer boat and managed to pump 60 ltrs of fuel from the bowser into the rod holder next to the filler point. Didn't realise until the bilge alarm went off.
LO effin L. That is very funny.

Capt Force, glad you didn't just keep going....
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When I had a clog somewhere in my pump-out system, I decided to unscrew the deck pump-out fitting and give the manual holding tank pump a couple strokes. I reasoned that, if the pressure released, the clog was somewhere else in the system. Needless to say, just a couple or three strokes wouldn't be enough to actually pump the effluent up and out. I was wrong. Really wrong. Raw sewage ran down the deck, and the toe-rail handily caught bits of TP and other "things." An awful smell wafted across the marina, so a quick deck hosing, a quick look around to make sure no one noticed my boat being the origins of the odiferousness, and lesson learned.
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I topped off my water tanks last summer only to find I filled the holding tank instead... it was a humbling experience! Anyway the holding tanks needed a good flushing I guess... no damage but my pride....LOL
One my crews topped off my diesel tank with water. I spent the good part of a day siphoning out water.
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You're obviously among that group that has their macerator between the head and the holding tank. I'm with the crowd that keeps their macerator between the holding tank and the through-hull,- all together different!



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Thanks for that I will try to remember it. My tank was a gravity fed one. No macerator. Didn't clog when I opened the sea cock though. Gemini 105Mc.

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I was with a mate (NO it wasn't me) a while ago who pulled up in a fuel stop with his trailer boat and managed to pump 60 ltrs of fuel from the bowser into the rod holder next to the filler point. Didn't realise until the bilge alarm went off.
The husband of a nurse I worked with did the same thing.

And later, during a fishing trip where he had forgotten to put in the drain plug, they noticed after a while the boat was sitting lower and his answer was to lighten the load. He had the wife and three children on board and his answer to the emergency was to throw all the fishing tackle, tools, tool box, bait, coolers, anchor, and baggage overboard. Since this did not seem to help he raced the boat half a mile or so to the beach.

I **** you not. It is a true story - according to the wife.

I wonder what he would think of the freighter vs sailboat thread?
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When I had a clog somewhere in my pump-out system, I decided to unscrew the deck pump-out fitting and give the manual holding tank pump a couple strokes. I reasoned that, if the pressure released, the clog was somewhere else in the system. Needless to say, just a couple or three strokes wouldn't be enough to actually pump the effluent up and out. I was wrong. Really wrong. Raw sewage ran down the deck, and the toe-rail handily caught bits of TP and other "things." An awful smell wafted across the marina, so a quick deck hosing, a quick look around to make sure no one noticed my boat being the origins of the odiferousness, and lesson learned.
About 30 yrs ago (I was only 20) I was a Damage Controlman on a 400' Icebreaker and one of my duties was unclogging clogs. Well we had a clog in a 8" main sewage line and had traced it to this valve that was behind a bulkhead with only a 2' square access panel. I decided to clear it myself even though I was the second class petty officer and had 3 other guys I could of told to do it.

Well after I climbed in (the access was at head level once inside-and a tight fit) I proceeded to dig out the clog with my hands not thinking about the 200 feet of backed up sewage inside the pipe. Once I broke through, I had to endure about 30 seconds of a solid 8" stream of sewage hitting me in the chest while I stuck my dead out of the access hole and screamed.

Needless to say everyone had a good laugh while they walked me to the deck and hosed me off.
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The husband of a nurse I worked with did the same thing.

And later, during a fishing trip where he had forgotten to put in the drain plug, they noticed after a while the boat was sitting lower and his answer was to lighten the load. He had the wife and three children on board and his answer to the emergency was to throw all the fishing tackle, tools, tool box, bait, coolers, anchor, and baggage overboard. Since this did not seem to help he raced the boat half a mile or so to the beach.

I **** you not. It is a true story - according to the wife.

I wonder what he would think of the freighter vs sailboat thread?
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Thanks for that I will try to remember it. My tank was a gravity fed one. No macerator. Didn't clog when I opened the sea cock though. Gemini 105Mc.

I was thinking of this.

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...1&d=1373140894

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Yep, you got me covered with the links -- in hindsight, it was kinda funny, not going to do it again though!

Latest dumb thing, let the hubby convince me we could sail in 23 knots with all canvas up. There was no bad outcome, luckily, but it was exciting for awhile (not in a good way). I think in the future he will defer to my judgement about the amount of canvas we fly for any given situation.
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Okay... So I needed to change the impeller for the water pump on the Nisan 9.9, 2-stroke, outboard. Could NOT get the lower gear assembly off. Bolts were semi-corroded. Received all kinds of advice but nothing I tried worked.

Bright idea: I'd hang the unit upside down from the stern arch to allow penetrating oil to do its thing on the bolts. Tap on the assembly with a hammer... add a bit more oil. Great. That should do it! Weeks went by.

Did you know that dinghy motor covers are designed to protect from rainwater - but NOT when the motor hangs upside down? Water pooled inside the cover; water went into the pull-rope gearing, and lord, water was everywhere inside that motor. What a mess. How to explain that?

By the way...

My wife loves our new electric Torqeedo dinghy motor.

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Okay... So I needed to change the impeller for the water pump on the Nisan 9.9, 2-stroke, outboard. Could NOT get the lower gear assembly off. Bolts were semi-corroded. Received all kinds of advice but nothing I tried worked.

Bright idea: I'd hang the unit upside down from the stern arch to allow penetrating oil to do its thing on the bolts. Tap on the assembly with a hammer... add a bit more oil. Great. That should do it! Weeks went by.

Did you know that dinghy motor covers are designed to protect from rainwater - but NOT when the motor hangs upside down? Water pooled inside the cover; water went into the pull-rope gearing, and lord, water was everywhere inside that motor. What a mess. How to explain that?

By the way...

My wife loves our new electric Torqeedo dinghy motor.

James
Sounds like a "good" way to get a new outbord...
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Some people should not be allowed near boats!

I had a friend seek help today as to why his batteries where dead on his boat. He was away for an extended period. His concern was that he had plugged a 240 volt trickle charger in while away as he hasn't solar yet, but they where still dead. Although at a marina he hadn't plugged into shore power but had plugged the battery charger into the power point inside his boat, this was connected to his inverter.

He said "It was fine when I left, what happened while I was away". I had trouble explaining to him that all the inverter did was make 240 volt from his battery back and then he was converting the 240 back to 14 to charge the batteries, or in other words trying to put back what he was taking out. So all it did was go round and round in an ever decreasing circle.

I'm still not sure he gets it, but he will when he finds he has probably killed his battery bank.
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