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Power Train
10/12/2006

OK, this sucks. The power train on this boat has been a pain from day one. The newly rebuilt transmission was a total botch job: I actually found full sized parts floating around when I opened it for its first oil change. After much pain and anguish, I did a simple tear down and put back together with the right parts. Still, I could never fully trust it again.

The engine showed a little weird in the prebuy oil analysis, but nobody was able to figure out what was going on or seemed particularly concerned. The best advice was just to keep running it - hard when possible. Once running, it always ran well, but sometimes getting it to start was a bear and compression was starting to run low. We're still trying to figure out exactly what happened (probably a little water thrown up from a sag in the exhaust run), but she's locked solid now. Of course this is after spending Volvo bucks (its a different kind of currency I swear) replacing anything suspicous like water pumps, heat exchanger, etc. and spending a small fortune on Volvo spares to have on hand.

We did replace the stuffing box with a dripless that is truly dripless, a new cutlass bearing, and had the MaxProp overhauled. The prop was a great deal: super folks. For about $200 they remachined the prop and it has much less vibration than before. Plus it was sooo shiny :) (Not anymore:(

Well enough of Volvo. I have a new Yanmar to install, more on that later...

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WaterMaker
10/12/2006

I fear watermakers, but love them too. I chose the simpliest, most rebust unit on the market, VillageMarine, at a killer price during a boat show. The installation was, shall we say, involved. It is plumbed to the port and aft tanks, but not the starboard tank. Because we can't add thru-hulls and the WM warranty requires a dedicated thru-hull, we added a valve to the aft head intake to isolate the WM during operation. Even so, we had problems underway sucking in air, which the pump really doesn't like at all. After consulting with VillageMarine, the installation became even more complicated with an additionally pump and a air/water separator. Added 1A to the operating cost. We haven't had a chance to give this new arrangement a workout, so we'll see...

Turns out dropping the water into the tanks through the vent lines isn't such a good idea. Underway, the vent line can effectively form a trap and prevent the water from draining into the tank. Had some very nice water in the bilge one day... For now, we just have to remember to crack the filler caps every hour or so while filling the tanks. Later we'll come up with a better arrangement, perhaps teeing into the filler hose.

So far its been bulletproof giving us 8GPH on about 15A: knock on wood.

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HMC Mattress
10/12/2006

Latex and very comfy. Made a huge difference in my sleeping, though my wife might offer a differing opinion. Good thing we have a drag alarm, I just might sleep through the whole thing otherwise...

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Fans
10/12/2006

More energy savings. The original fans were worn out oscillating (well at least they oscillated at one time) Guest model. They move a lot of air but draw a lot of power (more than the fridge) and you can't tone them down to a more modest, quiet volume: on or off. Replaced with Hella fans for significant energy savings, much quieter operation, and sufficient, though somewhat less, air volume. I did keep a Guest in the Galley for increased airflow when cooking, but we leave it off otherwise.

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New Force 10
10/12/2006

The original Force 10 was smokey and corroded. A really, really tight fit down the companionway. Otherwise an easy drop in replacement. The new one seems a little better built: stainless instead of iron burner caps, for example. Still, keeping surface rust off the brushed stainless surfaces is a continous effort. Sure is nice that Force 10 finally capitulated to the need for a thermostat on the oven. They used to say it was too dangerous and you kinda had to twiddle with the burner to hold temp.

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Seat Cleats
10/12/2006

Ever come off a wave and slide the seat right off the head... Not my idea, but a good one.

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AlpenGlow Lights
10/12/2006

A big winner towards getting those AHs down. This is a wonderful company to work with and they produce an awesome product. These are the dual flourescent/LED (for red) versions. More light and less Amps! I did not change the head light as we don't use them enough to justify the cost.

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Interior Speakers
10/12/2006

Custom built to fit the hull and provide enough clearance to be able to acccess the wire run w/o removing the speaker. The driver is some exotic full range French job that I can't remeber at the moment. We also have PolyPlanars mounted on the arch for music in the cockpit. I chose box speakers external because I worried about water ingress through a failed flush mount.

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