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29 minutes ago, Hatem said:

Just received my repair kit for the leaky cylinder(s).  This is pretty much it with some pretty explicit instructions.  The best part of those is I don't need to disconnect any of the hydraulic lines which I'm really glad to hear that!

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Where did that kit come from?

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1 hour ago, Dennis A said:

Where did that kit come from?

I would load the directions but they're on PDF so I think I have to post them in a different manner that I need to figure out.

BTW, good thing this didn't happen to your RV or my holding tank, especially when the guy was pumping and I hadn't released any vacuum.  I'm guessing his pumping machine has just enough suction to pull empty the contents but can you imagine?  We would've been in a whole world of @#$%@#, pun intended! :D

I believe this is a vacuum test on a train section.

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My favorite cool mods are all done on the fresh water system.  First I installed an expansion tank so the fresh water pump would not cycle so much: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1kwp6Q61QGKxwqjNA

Then I replaced the pull out sprayer in the cockpit sink with a decent faucet piped with hot and cold water: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KanVyhHHezs61hMj9

Next I replaced the faucet in the galley sink with the same nickel plated faucet used in the cockpit: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XZ5LUT2ZBe3AQktb6

Finally, I added fresh water wash-down in the anchor locker so I could rinse the rode as I pulled it up - I piped it with hot water of course: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wXdQhMhZTCH6TCPEA

I hope my links to photos works. Please let me know if they do not.

Happy Boating, Albert

 

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Looking really good, MontreAl.  Love that expansion tank can you share where you got it.  And honestly, that should be a standard item especially on cruisers that use up a lot of water with showers etx. and even a guy like me in a relatively large bowrider, I use water quite a bit when I'm fishing and have people on the boat that thing looks so compact it seems perfect.

I like the idea of washing out the anchor and rode as you're retrieving them and if you look at the big, superyachts with their huge side bow anchors, they have a rather large, freshwater system that floods the chain and anchor as it's being pulled into place to not only desalt it, but clean the @#$%@# out of it.  It's almost like a massive shower that soaks the entire thing as it's being pulled onto the boat.  Your mod reminded me of that and I just installed my windlass on my 276ssx and have a few more things to do to it to make it 100% satisfactory to my liking and I wouldn't mind some kind of shower as well.

Thx for posting those.  Yes was able to see all the pics.

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6 hours ago, MontreAl said:

My favorite cool mods are all done on the fresh water system.  First I installed an expansion tank so the fresh water pump would not cycle so much: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1kwp6Q61QGKxwqjNA

Then I replaced the pull out sprayer in the cockpit sink with a decent faucet piped with hot and cold water: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KanVyhHHezs61hMj9

Next I replaced the faucet in the galley sink with the same nickel plated faucet used in the cockpit: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XZ5LUT2ZBe3AQktb6

Finally, I added fresh water wash-down in the anchor locker so I could rinse the rode as I pulled it up - I piped it with hot water of course: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wXdQhMhZTCH6TCPEA

I hope my links to photos works. Please let me know if they do not.

Happy Boating, Albert

 

Love that you added water to the anchor locker. Love even more that it’s hot too. Might just add this to the winter list. Thank you for sharing.

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19 hours ago, Hatem said:

Looking really good, MontreAl.  Love that expansion tank can you share where you got it.  And honestly, that should be a standard item especially on cruisers that use up a lot of water with showers etx. and even a guy like me in a relatively large bowrider, I use water quite a bit when I'm fishing and have people on the boat that thing looks so compact it seems perfect.

I like the idea of washing out the anchor and rode as you're retrieving them and if you look at the big, superyachts with their huge side bow anchors, they have a rather large, freshwater system that floods the chain and anchor as it's being pulled into place to not only desalt it, but clean the @#$%@# out of it.  It's almost like a massive shower that soaks the entire thing as it's being pulled onto the boat.  Your mod reminded me of that and I just installed my windlass on my 276ssx and have a few more things to do to it to make it 100% satisfactory to my liking and I wouldn't mind some kind of shower as well.

Thx for posting those.  Yes was able to see all the pics.

Here is the expansion, (accumulator) tank I installed: https://www.amazon.com/SHURFLO-182-200-Pre-Pressurized-Accumulator-Tank/dp/B000N9VF6Q

 

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15 hours ago, MontreAl said:

Here is the expansion, (accumulator) tank I installed: https://www.amazon.com/SHURFLO-182-200-Pre-Pressurized-Accumulator-Tank/dp/B000N9VF6Q

Awesome, thank you.  That's such a neat and compact unit just perfect for this type of use.  If you were to give it a percentage guess as to how many times it has reduced the pump from recycling, what would you give it?  You also do really nice work.  It's not difficult for someone like me who supervises quality control on a daily basis to notice good workmanship.

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23 hours ago, MontreAl said:

Here is the expansion, (accumulator) tank I installed: https://www.amazon.com/SHURFLO-182-200-Pre-Pressurized-Accumulator-Tank/dp/B000N9VF6Q

 

I do have to ask you a question, though; how did you install that tab on the left side of the tank straight up onto the inner hull without glassing in a piece of something to recieve the fastener?  

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1 hour ago, Hatem said:

I do have to ask you a question, though; how did you install that tab on the left side of the tank straight up onto the inner hull without glassing in a piece of something to recieve the fastener?  

I simply used stainless wood screws. The connecting tubing and fittings actually holds it in place.

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10 hours ago, Hatem said:

Awesome, thank you.  That's such a neat and compact unit just perfect for this type of use.  If you were to give it a percentage guess as to how many times it has reduced the pump from recycling, what would you give it?  You also do really nice work.  It's not difficult for someone like me who supervises quality control on a daily basis to notice good workmanship.

The expansion tank probably reduced pump cycling by a third. It does not cycle as often, and it runs a bit longer each time. The bonus is that water pressure at the faucets is stabilized somewhat. 

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43 minutes ago, MontreAl said:

The expansion tank probably reduced pump cycling by a third. It does not cycle as often, and it runs a bit longer each time. The bonus is that water pressure at the faucets is stabilized somewhat. 

Outstanding, well worth it.

1 hour ago, MontreAl said:

I simply used stainless wood screws. The connecting tubing and fittings actually holds it in place.

Very brave to put ss wood screws but at least we've learned that those years cruisers Chaparral built they made the hull sides very strong and you can even see the woven roven.  So as long as the screws dont go beyond 1/2", you're good because anything further and you might see the outside being pushed out from the pressure.  Unless you predrilled,  of course.  :)

I can see where the piping would do most of the work too, so good that you mentioned that.  Ever try 2 part five or ten minute epoxy?  If you sand a little bit of the gelcoat and use that, you'll need a hammer to pull it apart.  Just an FYI fo future consideration. 

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1 hour ago, Hatem said:

Outstanding, well worth it.

Very brave to put ss wood screws but at least we've learned that those years cruisers Chaparral built they made the hull sides very strong and you can even see the woven roven.  So as long as the screws dont go beyond 1/2", you're good because anything further and you might see the outside being pushed out from the pressure.  Unless you predrilled,  of course.  :)

I can see where the piping would do most of the work too, so good that you mentioned that.  Ever try 2 part five or ten minute epoxy?  If you sand a little bit of the gelcoat and use that, you'll need a hammer to pull it apart.  Just an FYI fo future consideration. 

Never tried any epoxy products.  Will investigate for future projects.  Thanks

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14 hours ago, MontreAl said:

Never tried any epoxy products.  Will investigate for future projects.  Thanks

There are several brands out there and I would say most, if not all work very well.  I prefer to use Locktite because of the great success I've had with it.

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On ‎10‎/‎23‎/‎2019 at 1:49 PM, Dennis A said:

Where did that kit come from?

Oh ma Gaawd, buddy, who the heck would wanna deal with these instructions?!  I just printed them because I was gonna get the boat fully winterized and covered tomorrow and then work on these things but sheeesh!  I think the only thing intimidating me is re-filling the little bit of oil that has leaked and will leak with the repair.  Not sure how to go about that yet but will find out.

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On 9/29/2019 at 3:45 AM, bakeram1 said:

Originally my 2010 model Chap 216 came with a Garmin 541 GPS.  I upgraded it to a Garmin EchoMap CHIRP 54DV Fishfinder/GPS combo.  I was able to get it to fit nicely in the area where the original GPS was mounted.  I used a piece of black Starboard to frame out the new unit, since the size of the new unit was a little different than the original one.

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Cool. That gives me an idea as I'm planning to upgrade my current GPS unit.

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