Anchor + chain washdown with SurFlo PRO BLASTER™ Washdown

End of October 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

 We are installing a bleeder valve to our wash down system. We did not rinse this system out for the summer hurricane layover season because it is a pain to bleed. So the pump and sea strainer sat all summer with salt water in them, shame on me! So hopping every thing still works and swear not to do it again :) we are adding the bleeder valve. This will go directly after the pump just like on the two Mermaid air\heat conditioners.

This is the bleeder valve before we cleaned and put plumbers tape on the fittings etc and put it together for real. Got the valve at Home Depot and the white hose barb. The other stuff we had lying around the boat.

Bleeding the pump.
This is the froward hanging locker and the ducking we put in for our Mermaid Marine HVAC (Heat\AC) unit. You can see the valve there hiding. Not much room but it worked out well.

We cleaned the strainer for the SurFlo PRO BLASTER™ Washdown Pump and then needed to bleed the pump. No problem with our handy dandy bleeder valve!

The little diesel pump for the Racor filters - 6

End of October 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

 We decided to give the diesel pump a test to make sure it was going to work.
Also we wanted to check out the flow rate from the pump.

In the directions it said not to install pump further than 12" from the fuel tank. 

Well this is a boat and that was not going to happen as there is no place 12" by the fuel tank to install the pump. This pump is about 10' from the fuel tank but lower than the tank so hat may be a help.

Here is the pump working and the flow rate is very good. It will not fill the Racor filters too fast making it difficult to not over flow it and is fast enough to get the job done quickly. Just right!

This is the only job the pump is to do and so it will not be used all that much. It could also be used to help bleed the system if need be but this system (The Beta engine) is easy to bleed so I do not think it would be used for that. Besides the Racor filters do not like having fuel pushed through them but that would not damage them for bleeding purposes. Any way this seems so far to be exactly what we wanted. Of course this project dragged on as it took longer and got more involved as time passed. We will hook up a couple more fuel hoses we bought next week and run some tests with the Racor filters and engine run time and then it will be finished! 

Up date!

 We got it finished but not tested with the engine etc yet.

All done!

You see the "T" there.

The switch to the left and pump center-right. We could only get one hose clamp on each end of the pump but seeing as it will not be used but for topping off the Racor filters it is not a big deal. 

Lets go!

Fresh water flush re-visited - working!

End of October 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

The valve we installed on the sea strainer looked good and the handle worked good. The only problem was I installed the value the way I wanted it to sit not the way it is meant to work. So of course it did not work correctly. The salt water cooling water worked fine but not the fresh water. The valve takes it's source water from the inlet directly across from the handle. So we removed the valve and I chased down a vice to bend the handle only the dock workers moved it some place so I got Jorge at SYS chandlery to bend it for me. Then we re-installed the fittings differently and put it back on the sea strainer. Took a little hose cutting and then wala it worked! Next we tested the fresh water flush out by starting the Beta 38 hp diesel engine with the valve on salt water. We let it run for about 5 min and the changed the valve to fresh water. Our water tanks were full (55 gals in two tanks). After about ten minutes of run time you can see by the sight gauge how much fresh water it used. We do not have a gallon measurement but it is a manageable amount even when cruising and using the water maker. The goal here was to make the heat riser, impeller, heat ex-changer stack tube and other engine parts last longer. We like to run our engine once a week when tied up for hurricane season.

The first way I installed it (:

To make it work we had to re-plumb it and bend the handle.

We used the liquid instead of the tape for the joints this time.

We cleaned up the valve after the mess I made with the liquid joint sealer, not shown the cleaned up look :)

Now there are reasons why this system might not have worked.

 None of the  hoses and fittings to the fresh water tank are the 3\4 size as is the sea water side is. On the sea water side all fittings and hoses from the engine to he sea strainer are 3\4. The through hull valve is 1 1\4 inch reduced to 3\4 to the strainer. On the fresh water side the first elbow off the valve is 1\2" (so the valve would clear the floor board ) then to a 5\8" hose then to all 1\2" fittings and pipe. So w were worried that there would be too much constriction and the engine would over heat on fresh water. That was not the case and the engine ran fine.
 We were also worried the engine would use way too much fresh water. Not the case!

The red bob shows how much water went down from running the engine foe ten minuets. We run the engine at the dock at idle for ten minuets then in gear for 20 min upping the rpm. We will have plenty of water for that. Here at Paradise Village Marina the water is drinkable so no problem adding some as the engine is running if need be.

Chain and Windless maint. 2014

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

First we wanted to lop off about 5' of chain. It gets rusty and the steel flakes off by the anchor from rain etc over the summer. Next summer we will disconnect the chain from the anchor and drop it into the anchor locker to prevent this from happening. Well actually next summer we are buying 200' of new 3\8 BBB chain! Then re-splice our 125' or whatever it line back on the end of the new chain.
Here I am cutting the 3\8 BBB chain with a drummell.
My last cutting bit and it broke.
Mike from S\V Indian Summer (Red Dolphin Cruises) a 45' Hunter CC came to the rescue with his angel grinder.
We started out annual maintance on our Lewmar H3 windless but ran into trouble. We got down as far as the gypsy removing other gears etc but then got stuck. There is a plate down and sort of under the gypey that needs come off to remove the gypsy. It will not budge. The socket head screws that hold it in, (two of them) are stuck or frozen on the housing. This is not surprising since the housing is aluminum and the screws are stainless steel. Also all the crap from the chain falls on them as the chain goes through the gypsy. We hose down the chain as it comes into the bow roller but some junk still makes it in the boat. So we will grease up the parts we have gotten off the shaft and we have a new project for next summer :)
The frozen screws. Next summer we will drill the the screw heads off and pop off the SS plate. Then probably use some vice grips to get the screws out of the housing. Sounds like a plan. 

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.
Tech support at (1-126-688-8300)
Part number 3312-10

Mr Gasket Part No 12D

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 2014

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 :)