The little diesel pump for the Racor filters - 5

End of October - - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

We got our “Moeller” three way 3\8 valve installed.
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Part number 3312-10

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When Debbie was in the US she picked up this Moeller valve. None here we could find.
She could only get a 3\8 as there were no 1\4 inch which fits the 5\16 Trident fuel hose better.
We did get the 3\8 hose barbs in the 5\16 hose by putting a little engine oil on the hose barb.

We used some oil guard mats thinking the diesel would come rushing out from the diesel tank. Not even the case. None came out! This space where we are putting the Moeller valve is by the galley sink. There is an access hatch there on our 36' 1978 Islander Freeport sail boat. 

OK the Moeller valve is now installed.

Editor's note:  Note the very "cool" mount the engineer designed and installed!!

Here I am working on the "T" by the diesel pump for the Racor filters. We ran out of Fuel hose and that is all that is needed to finish off this project.

I did just pick up 4' of Trident Marine fuel hose at the SYS Severin chandlery here at  Paradise Village Marina and will be finishing and testing this project out soon.

Here is the "T". One fuel hose from the valve which runs directly from the fuel tank to the Racor filters. Then one (The one that is missing) from the pump to the top of the T and then to the Racor filters. Also we picked up some more fuel line hose clamps so we could double them up where we ran out.

Stern anchoring revisited with our Fortress anchor

October 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

Our Fortress  FX-16 which is usually mounted on the stern.

 After stern anchoring some we decided we had the wrong equipment to do the job easily, mostly it is the anchor and rode. The other part was the dinghy hangs too low on the stern for the anchor rode to pass under it without chafing the dinghy. This we are correcting by raising the dinghy davits.

The anchor we use is a Fortress FX-16 which was our old Catalina 30' main anchor. It is rated for a 36' boat which our Islander Freeport is. However we do not need such a large anchor on the stern. Possibly for a storm a stern anchor or emergency anchor but not for normal use as we have used it as we have found out.

The Fortress  FX-16 is too big and berries its self good into the bottom and with the 6-12 ft of the correct size chain and rode it is not possible to haul out with a dinghy. (There are posts on the blog of the stern anchor rode specifics). Most of the time we found we stern anchored to keep the bow of our S\V Elgant'sea facing into the swell for a more comfortable anchor and to keep the chain from twisting up.

This means every time the swell changes the anchor needs to be moved to adjust for the swell. It could be every couple of or few days.

We do use a tag line with buoy to pull the anchor out with the dinghy but no go!

The larger stern anchors are good for tucking in at the Channel Islands off California or hiding from a Northerly in the Se of Cortex, but for ridding a swell ant anchor for a week, no so much. At least that's what we have experienced.

While riding anchor in La Cruz anchorage we watched Danny on S\V Cyclades a 50' or larger wooden catch change his stern anchor location quite often. I called him on the VHF and asked about his stern anchor. He uses a small Fortress and a tag line to pull it up.

So we ordered a Fortress FX-7 (4 lbs boats 16-27') which is the smallest they make. It is coming down with Ken and Nancy on S\V Gitane, they are driving down the end of this month with a truck load :)

This was taken when Erick stopped by our boat. He has a Fortress FX-7.

The little diesel pump for the Racor filters - 4

October 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

 Little diesel pump work.

We got the shelf\bracket made and painted it. A piece of 3\4 marine plywood and a piece of teak.
Then we put the hose barbs in the valve and the T and it was a messy job. We touched up the paint job (not shown) and this is ready to install. Still need some fuel line hose.
We used the Permatex 1 Forn-A Gasket (1B) for the hose barbs sealant. 

Air Breeze wind generator up and running again

October 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico\

  The Air Breeze wind generator is up and running again!

 Our Air Breeze quit working over a year ago. We had to move it from the mast it was mounted on at the stern because it was a pain to keep tying it off as the wind changed. We finally tested it all out to find the electrical board inside was not working. Then to get it repaired. We were going to do it but it was still under warranty and the board was a bit pricey at about $250.00 plus getting it to Mexico. So we waited till Debbie took a trip to the US and she brought the Air Breeze with here, then shipped it for repair etc.

While re-mounting the Air Breeze wind turbine we decide to make an improvement on the battery connections. We bought a couple of battery post connections with studs on them from the SYS chandlery here at Paradise.

Putting on the negative battery connection. Like the dew? Cut it myself this summer!

As you can see we have two posts on each Master Volt Marine battery (AGM). That is two positive and two negative each being a different type. This makes it ice for the Air Breeze Turbine connection.

The little diesel pump for the Racor filters - 3

October 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

You see the one of two filters we are using. This is our every day filter.

The right filter is in case the left goes bad.

This is junk from the fuel tank. Our diesel in our tank has been polished last summer but the tank has no access port for cleaning. They did the best they could but as you can see there is some sediment that comes into the filters over time and bouncing around. The fuel filter on our Beta engine will pick this up.

As it sits now we have the pump mounted. The switch is installed and wired. The pump turns on and will run. Now to do the plumbing.

The pump came with a filter which you see on the left of the pump. The pump states in bold upper case print not to run the pump without the filter. We were originally planning top just let of the diesel fuel pass through the pump and when we needed to use the pump to re-fill the filters turn it on. As you can see from the Racor filter the sediment may clog the filter to the pump or the pump over time. There is no replacement for the filter to the pump. So we decide to run a bypass so the diesel fuel goes to the Beta engine.

 This is the bypass valve we purchased and some fittings for this purpose.

This was recommended to use to seal the threads on the fittings.

Now a trip to the local automotive store to pick up some more fuel line and we are ready. Debbie already picked up the SS hose clamps.

Varnishing stateroom bed

This was in September 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

The stateroom step to the Pullman berth.
The oak step that needs a good varnishing.

If you click the image it gets bigger and you can see the wear.

At this point there is about two coats on it. We ended up with seven or eight coats there abouts :)

Barient 28 winches re-visited

October 2014 Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

Barient 28 winches
 The starboard winch was sticking up where you put the winch handle in about a 1/4 inch or so. This was not correct and made it a bit testy getting the winch handle under the stern rail. Sooo..apart it came this summer for re-work. Last summer we completely dissembled them both and cleaned and greased them up and it made a world of difference.

What we found was one spring had come lose out of the flapper that breaks the winch from spinning back. The winch still worked but was doomed to fail at a most un-opportune time :)

The little flapper in my hand.

I am putting the spring back in the flapper.

This is it and hoping I got it right this time :)

he box is so I do not drop stuff over the side.

Did a few tests and all seems fine this time.

These are not our videos and we never watched these videos but I thought it may be handy for some one else doing this job.

From some one on YouTube.

From some one on YouTube.