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Old 12-03-2015, 16:52   #16
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Re: Boating Pet Peeves

Having a window like my air compressor or a cup that is see-through is too much to ask because one would leak and the other would crack.

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Old 12-03-2015, 17:04   #17
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Oh, and I don't think I have ever seen a screw in oil dip stick that you were supposed to screw in to read the level, all I remember you just stick in to read?
Four-stroke Vespa motor scooters require that the dipstick be screwed in to accurately read the crankcase oil level. Don't think they make boat motors, though.
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Old 12-03-2015, 17:32   #18
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Four-stroke Vespa motor scooters require that the dipstick be screwed in to accurately read the crankcase oil level. Don't think they make boat motors, though.

Weedeaters and Vespa's, you got me. I honestly thought it was pretty universal that you didn't screw in a dip stick to check level, guess I was wrong.



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First time visitors who after being repeatedly asked on the phone to wear boat appopriate shoes show up in either high heels (females) or Doc Martins-type (both sexes). Consequently they become twice visitors - first and last time.
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Old 13-03-2015, 09:53   #20
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My boating pet peeve is the folks (it may be just one guy) who anchor derelict boats just downstream from my marina and the adjacent boat ramp and leave them until they drift into the marsh and capsize or break up. There are seven as of this week. Two in the marsh and five waiting for the next storm to set them free.
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Old 13-03-2015, 10:34   #21
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Re: Boating Pet Peeves

I read somewhere that Yanmar says you can just seat the transmission dip stick to check the level, no need to screw it in.

My pet peeve for checking it though is that it is so hard to read off the dipstick because you can not see it. I'm considered making a wooden dip stick just for this use.

BTW - my biggest pet peeve is still slapping and banging halyards
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Slapping halyards and barking dogs. Had
a boat next to us in Ventura years ago
that had two little yappers all hours of
the day and night.
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Thoughtless power boaters who carelessly wake an anchorage leaving mayhem in their wakes or along the same lines cut directly through an anchorage in the middle of the night or early in the morning music blaring waking everyone else up instead of just using the nearby channel and having some common courtsey.


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In addition to slapping halyards also waking up at 4-5 in the morning to the sound of somebody's noisy and smelly lobster boat' diesels idling a few yards away while they pull up their pots which were imporperly placed in the channel to begin with. And the Harbormaster oblivious to such practices while being very concerned about some minute infractions by us, the regular recreational folk.
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I read somewhere that Yanmar says you can just seat the transmission dip stick to check the level, no need to screw it in.

My pet peeve for checking it though is that it is so hard to read off the dipstick because you can not see it. I'm considered making a wooden dip stick just for this use.

BTW - my biggest pet peeve is still slapping and banging halyards
Lightly sand the stick and spay paint it flat black, I couldn't see mine either
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...............waking up at 4-5 in the morning to the sound of somebody's noisy and smelly lobster boat' diesels idling a few yards away while they pull up their pots which were imporperly placed in the channel to begin with. ..
You were not anchored in the channel were you?

If you anchor among lobster (or crab) pots, you run that risk.

Worse is when you unknowingly anchor over a crabber's trot line because you can't see the end markers (they can be a half mile long) and he threatens to cut your rode. Those guys don't have much of a sense of humor.
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Lightly sand the stick and spay paint it flat black, I couldn't see mine either
I read somewhere that someone uses a wooden dowel.
I'd like to make one but I'm at a loss for how to deign the top/stopper.

Also it's been recommended to lay the dipstick on a paper towel and read where the towel is wet alongside the (original) dipstick.
I tried this last week and it proved to be a PITA.

I gotta make a wooded dowel.

The top fill line is actually about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the dipstick and I heard that if the crankcase fluid level is too high that it will overheat.
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I read somewhere that someone uses a wooden dowel.
I'd like to make one but I'm at a loss for how to deign the top/stopper.
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Push the dowel through a cork?
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Same as on land: The Party Animals entertaining you with their poor taste in music.
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Re: Boating Pet Peeves

Big power boats cutting in front of you & leaving you 'in the wake' big time! When there was lots of room to stay way clear of course.
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