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  1. gr.gorran
    Dear Captain Bill, I have been following some of your blogs on the Cruisers and Sailing Forum. One of them is a correspondence with Sailin Texas (maybe Frank?) on the subject:
    TwinDisc Technodrive SP60 Won't reverse. I have the same problem. In one post you say that there is a simple adjustment of the shifting mechanism described in the Service manual, but I cannot find that procedure in the Service manual. Please guide me in more detail on how to do this, because my whole summer was wasted without sailing and nautical. There is a big chance that my next summer season will fail because of that, and I won't have much health left for future years of sailing.
    What exactly is the shifting mechanism on the SP60, where is it, which assembly is it and how is it adjusted. I did not find the part under that name anywhere in the instructions for the SP60?

    I need your help ,

    Best regards, Goran from Serbia and Montenegro, sailboat Coronado 35 kech.please contact gr.gorran
  2. SYL
    Thanks! I will communicate with them.
  3. dwcjwerfner
    Hi Bill, I was just reading your post on when you changed your brushes and slip ring on your Onan generator. I can not seem to find a how to anywhere on the net. Is it a simple job, does it require any special tools? I can rebuild an engine, so I figure I should be OK, just always like to know what I am heading into before starting a job. Thanks in advance, Dwayne.
  4. catsketcher
    Gday Bill

    I was in error in my previous note. I have an enclosed Powersurvivor 80, so not one long vessel but two with the inlet next to the outlets.
  5. catsketcher
    Gday Bill,

    You helped me with advice in my watermaker. I would like to ask some advice again.

    I have a modular Powersurvivor 80, and have replaced the pressure vessel with a 2514 version. I am having issues because I have to get the high pressure brine back to the inlet side and the stainless pipe there. The length of hose needed is about 450mm.

    The problem I am having is identifying the type of hose fitting required. I know the pressure vessel uses 1/4 NPT fittings but the stainless end fittings have a tapered section that I can't seem to identify. I am hoping that your Powersurvivor also has the same type of fittings on the high pressure hoses. Can you tell me what they are called? Even better, where to get some in stainless?


  6. duke1046
    Hello Captain Bill,
    Thanks for the ICW answer. Actually live close by you Sarasota FL. My plan is to buy a Gemini105MC around Annapolis in October and do the ICW to Florida maybe dock it in your town then sell it. Looking for 2 friends to join me for the trip and each put in some money.
    I believe there has been one for sale in your town and it’s been on the market for quite a while. Don’t know if it’s easy to get dock space during the trip but would rather not moor the boat just to be more relaxed. Going to try and do 40 miles a day. Again have no experience with this. I can get the Gemini to 1 1/2 foot draft and with a diesel save some on gas. Planning about 3 years down the road and reading as much as I can now.
  7. catsketcher
    Gday Bill,

    A very generous friend just gave me his Katadyn 80 watermaker. It is the twin membrane version. It is not making clean water, the TDS is too high at the moment. I will probably need to replace membranes, either now or sometime in the future. Can I just use a longer single housing with matching membrane for this unit? I am in Australia and a local company has a DOW equivalent membrane - Seawater RO Membrane SW-2540 Replaces DOW SW30-2540 2.5" x 40" - OZ STOCK for $310 AUD

    It also has a stainless housing as well in 304, for but there are fibreglass ones as well.

    I am at a loss as to the best way forward. Two new membranes would be a lot of money. I would rather set myself up for a good long term setup. Can you give me some advice please?


    Phil Thompson
  8. PJS1554
    Captain Bill in a post about yanmar vs beta engines you stated you replaced the rear main seals. 1 of mine is leaking quite a bit. Did you do the work your self? Fairly straight forward? If not was the mechanic local? I keep my leopard inPunta Gorda as well and would love a local resource for the work in am not able to do or don’t have the time.

    Thanks in advance for the help. I really appreciate it.

    Best Regards
  9. bountyhunter44
    Yes, thank you, I've responded as a PM back to you.
  10. bountyhunter44
    Captain Bill. I've been in contact with Bob over at Endeavor, could you please contact me? I'm about to purchase an E44 sail version and have questions. You are about the only one out there that that we can find that has done some true sailing with them. bountyhunter44las(at)

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    Endeavourcat Sailcat 44
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    Punta Gorda, Fl
    Fixing my boat
    Sailing, Diving, Flying


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