Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Late Post: The project before last, not counting the last two…

I discovered the following that I meant to post a couple of years ago in a word file so I felt compelled to add to the blog.

The project before last, not counting the last two…

Just like you I have read countless sailing magazines, and the stories that recount the long distance cruisers or the charters who are out in rough conditions often write about the time the engine quit and after some chagrin, they discover the fuel filter is clogged and they have to change the filter in not the best conditions as they rock and roll. A duel Racor fuel filter was high on the list/ A single valve isolates one filter/separator for service while the other keeps operating. This way, you keep running while draining contaminants from the collection bowl or while changing filter elements, just turn the lever to the unused filter and keep on motoring even in the worst of conditions. If you have an Admiral like mine, the last thing you want to happen is the motor to quit running when there is such a simple solution.

So when we had our 66 HP Yanmar checked out by the #1 Diesel Mechanic in all of Clear Lake I asked him about installing a Duel fuel filter and which one he recommended. The Racor Duel Max 75/500 part number RAC75500MAX2 (the 2 stands for 2 micron) with a flow rate of 120 Gallons per hour (gph).

Hum, I would never need more than 2 gallons an hour flat out. Dimensions are 11.5”high X 14.5”wide X 9.5” Depth. Somehow I only paid attention to the Length X width dimensions and easily saw that I could just take off the single Racor and put the unit on the forward bulkhead just forward of the engine in essentially the same area of the engine room. And I have a large engine room for a 42’ boat since it is a center cockpit with the engine room directly under the large cockpit. I asked the #1 diesel mechanic where he would install it and he indicated a space directly opposite near the aft end of the engine on the bulkhead just above the engine. But that was just over the large raw water strainer and when I mentioned that to him he acknowledged that would be a problem. Since it would be a long while before I got to this project I just let it drop and continued on with the engine survey.
I ordered the unit Nov. 5 2009 from for $813.23 including shipping:

Meanwhile I talked to Hal Cooper about the unit and he had installed one on his Beneteau 42. He installed it in the starboard aft locker and just ran the fuel lines back to it. Made lots of sense since it was very easy to get to, near the helm and kept the diesel out of the interior when you were changing filters. The unit arrived and Holy Smokes it is huge, I did not consider the depth measurement. It was not going to fit where I thought it would, in fact, there was not any space in the engine room big enough for it since it would block access to a lot of other stuff. Consternation set in, but low and behold what about all that space on the other side of the forward engine bulkhead under the sink…Eureka, plenty of room and it would not block access to anything and it would be just over the fuel tank so no need to run fuel lines all over the place. Easy access to change the filters and easy to monitor the fuel pressure gauge. I got lucky.

This could have been a 2 hour installation but I did not realize two required parts did not come with the kit. 2 Racor straight barbed 3/4" X 3/8 fittings were needed to complete the installation. West Marine carries them but they were out, so goes on the Hunt…2 hours driving and I find a Parker store Yahoo!, but they are closed on weekends. So I order the parts from West Marine and finish it on weekend 2. The installation is straight forward after you find a place to put the thing.
  1.  If you have a valve that turns off the fuel at the tank, do that first to limit the amount of air into the system. Get some absorbent pads ready, disposable diapers work great, get the really big ones at Target to place under appropriate areas to catch drips and excess fuel, have a small container ready also in case a lot of fuel comes out of a line.  Remove the old Pre-filter (if you have one).
  2. Install the 3/4" X 3/8 fittings either elbow or straight according to your needs. Mine were the straight fittings West Marine part # 1257716
  3. Install the fuel lines. I needed two 1’ sections of 3/8” fuel line for the Racor fittings and reduced with two brass reducing barb coupling 3/8 X ¼. I needed to replace one of ¼” fuel lines with a 6’ section.
  4. I used Six SS ¼” bolts for to bolt the Fuel filter bracket to the bulkhead.
  5. The unit comes with filters, be sure to order the 2-micron unit, take them out and fill the unit with diesel, replace the filters and screw down the tops with the “T” bolt.
  6. This step depends on your engine but you need to prime the lines, my engine has a little manual pump that you just pump about 20 times and it fills all the lines with diesel and air out, some engines have a electric pump that does the job when you turn on the start key. You can install one of those hand primer bulbs in the fuel line just after the fuel tank, like you have for your outboard fuel tank and this will be much better than having to bleed the injectors and spray diesel all over the friggen place.
  7. Clean up everything and start the engine, let it run for 30 minutes, might as well put her in reverse when the engine warms up, 2000-2200 rpm should be good, and get some bottom cleaning out of it. Go below and inspect every connection to make sure there are no fuel leaks. This is also a good test for your dock lines.
  8. Kill the engine, let her set 30 minutes and then restart just to make sure all is well and inspect the lines again as the engine runs.

Be happy, you just saved yourself $1200 that might have gone to the #1 Mechanic, and you can ride while others hunt for the problem.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2015 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival - Part 2

I had to divide this post into two parts to get all the pics in. I prefer to post full size pics but when I want to include so many I use the Picframe App to consolidate pics and avoid tossing out so many pics that I do not want to trash. So the first part of this post is the last part of Day 1 at the Festival.

Lots of Boat builders bring their prized builds here to sell and this one really caught my eye since it has similiar lines to the 20' Blanchards we sail on Lake Union. 

This is a 2013 version of a Herreshoff Design

Has to be fun to sail!


Home Built in 2014

Check in here to find the on sight woodworking schedule.

Plenty to see

Wonder if this guy will enter next years R2AK?



Just enjoying another fine IPA talking with two fine sailing couples about all things wooden boats and enjoying the incredible scene of lots of Vessels sailing in the Straight of Juan De Fuca and Admiralty Inlet

Wait, I have seen this one before on Lake Union

Certainly did! And I could not believe it is built of wood!

Day 2 Starts here, you will notice that the skies are Gray and it is a bit windy but fortunately no rain.

Found her the next day at the dock.

Amazing flush mount for the roller furling drum. 

Those boys are just admiring the Tiller Handle! Amazing how different the lines look when there are no life lines.

Martha, a Port Townsend Schooner.

She placed in the recent Transpac race to Hawaii

Looking Over Port Townsend Boat Haven Marina, this is where we brought Wand'rin Star to have her decommissioned for the ride back to Texas via truck. It has an incredible boat yard that is a treat to just walk through and see all the work and unique boats up on the hard. The have absolutely everything you could ever need to fix any kind of vessel in stock in the yard and the craftsman, mechanics, riggers, to do any type of job.Sorry we did not have time on this trip to do a walk through.

We had to park up on this hill just to find a space and walk down several blocks, A bit of the local architecture.

And some boat Art. Better than what they did back in the day with old boats, they would just take them out and sink them.

This inlaid wooden kyak was a three year project for the builder.
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Look at all those screws!

Music happening throughout the marina

A little boat building competition going on

Later we talked to a woman who was so Proud that her son was on the winning team. I wondered if this might have been them since she mentioned they were the ones Not using any power tools. 

I attended only 1 seminar. The topic was fiberglassing over wood. John said he could not understand why they kept inviting him back to a wooden boat show but this was his tenth year. I think I have enough now to get me started on building a Kit boat. I have always wanted to build a small wooden dingy sail boat. Also I learned that you should never glass over old wood. So when you see those Wooden vessels who later in their lives had their hulls glassed over to get a few more miles out of them are just a disaster in waiting. 

John builds boats for these guys and you can see his videos on fiberglassing on their website

Point Hudson

The Admiral was taking in some local theater while I was learning how to fiberglass wood.

A violin, snare drum and a squeeze box accompanied the actors.


On the way out of Port Townsend I noticed this lot with 6 Morris Minors for sale?

2015 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival - Part 2

Sunday was a gray day but luckily no rain. That's OK I had more than my share of sun for the weekend already. I have already decided that I will return again but I will make all three days and plan out a schedule for attending more of the workshops and seminars. I missed a couple that would have been pretty informative but our schedule was what it was. Yes, this is not your average "Boat Show". We had already been to the Mother of all Boat Shows in Miami. This is a Pacific Northwest Cultural Event featuring the entire world of wooden boats, the sailors, and the builders of the Northwest. Heckfire, who knows, if the sailing Gods line up in my favor we will sail our own vessel here.