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Engine and Drive Train / Re: Bronze Prop Shaft Problems
« on: January 09, 2022, 09:07:49 PM »
You should have good experience with Rudy. He has sold me quite a few things in the last 25 years.

+1 My two PAR pumps are still going strong since 1977!

One supplies fresh water to sink and shower the other drains the shower sump.

EBAY can be a source of new old stock parts for them. And if you see one used grab it as many parts are usable among the different models.

Ports & Hatches / Re: Another Ports Saga
« on: July 25, 2021, 06:08:47 PM »
They look great Ed! And mine are holding up very well with the Bed-It a few years now.

Ports & Hatches / Re: Another Ports Saga
« on: June 21, 2021, 02:39:57 PM »
I assembled them dry as they were done when manufactured. A little soapy water may help but adding silicone as lube and sealant wasn't my plan. I found a Workmate clamping workbench applied just the amount of even pressure to bring the halves together. It has been some time since I did mine but a friend with a 303 just finished a few of his and the Workmate technique worked for him too. You may mix it up and insert the glass into the gaskets then the extrusions or the gasket into the extrusion and then press that assembly into the frame. Just take your time and let the vinyl move to make a tight fit. Its important to label the little aluminum pieces that bridge the extrusions and get them beck where they were made. They are not interchangeable.

Interior Structures / Re: What to do with head sink structure
« on: June 03, 2021, 04:13:26 PM »
I took the sink out many years ago and stashed it in my garage. We use the space for storage and it has worked out very nice.

General Discussion / Re: 1978 Pearson 323 Gel Coat color
« on: May 26, 2021, 03:37:33 PM »
I have a few spots I'm going to tackle.

My background is in color correcting photography and I tried a little experiment to see If I could find a way to get close before I start.

Here is a photo of white Marine Tex against ALMA's cream colored gelcoat. It shows some yellow, brown and black are going to be necessary.

The best Vid I've seen is this one-

General Discussion / Re: Yachtworld
« on: May 26, 2021, 03:31:51 PM »
We were in Cape May for 7 years. Now we're starting our first season in Barnegat Bay. We are berthed in the Forked River.

I'll bet there is a Yachtclub with reciprocity in Barnegat Bay. One of your members might know.

The Barnegat Bay inlet is notorious but I spoke to several neighbors about it and they manage.

If you sail south I'll find a berth for you.

I may sail north too-


Exterior Finish and Fiberglass / Re: Refinishing the bright work
« on: May 17, 2021, 03:52:26 PM »
Lovely. And judging by the finish on your cleats that 323 has a charmed life. She looks like she sleeps in bed with you except for a month or so in July.

So nice.

Alma has a different tack on TEAK- ELIMINATE!

If you sail down to Barnegat Bay let us know for a get-together.

General Discussion / Re: Yachtworld
« on: May 11, 2021, 02:04:32 PM »
30 Seasons! You've got me beat at 26.

I would so love to sail the Lakes.

Enjoy your season!

Engine and Drive Train / Re: Bronze Prop Shaft Problems
« on: May 11, 2021, 01:54:47 PM »
I had to replace my bronze shaft with a stainless Aquamet one.

Now I have a  stainless shaft underwater and everything else is bronze.

A bronze shaft will bend and take the force of a collision. I know, mine looked like a pretzel after an incident that would've likely ripped the strut out of the boat had the shaft been stiff and strong stainless steel.

The bronze shafting acted like a 'fuse' and took the brunt of the damage. I was able to have the bronze strut straightened with a huge press at a machine shop.

If I had a choice I'd stay with a bronze shaft. But finding one isn't easy.

An additional advantage of the DC-DC charger is allowing a high voltage input from solar panels wired in series. Two 40 volt panels in series (@660 watts!) is only 10 amps and 10 gauge wire can handle the load. VICTRON has a suite of modules that work well together.

Agreed the 323s have issues with trim under power and my 323 has a 12 gallon water heater (and the head and nav station) on the starboard side that contributes to a very slight list that would be exaggerated with batteries mounted on the starboard side close to the stern.

When I cut open the port side settee for a new water bladder I found a very nice space forward of the tankage that I think would be a good spot for an additional battery.

Cabling from the bow for batteries would be costly but its benefit would be worth it. Standard lead acid batteries would be subject to the exaggerated motion of the bow so good practice with VENTILATED battery boxes is recommended.

We primarily day sail out of a marina so our simple bone-stock two battery setup with a Balmar and old-school Balmar smart regulator suits us fine. So much so that I have jumped the battery temperature input to force the Balmar to be limited to only 30 amps charging. Nothing stirs the blood like having an alternator come off cold start and ramp up charging to a point the engine stalls. This so-called ‘small engine’ jumper is simple enough to disconnect for full output but we have never needed the Balmar’s full output. I’m guessing this configuration will increase the lifespan of all the components in the DC system.

I would love to see an elegant solar arch for a 323. Has anyone seen one?

General Discussion / Yachtworld
« on: March 30, 2021, 05:05:26 AM »
I like to look at Pearsons on Yachtworld and I've noticed in the last few months there are hardly any 323s for sale.

I think that's because once one owns a 323 its hard to part with.

Now would be a good time to sell a 323.

Now is a better time to SAIL a 323!

For Sale and Wanted / Re: NEW Volvo Penta MD11D 1983 $6,500
« on: March 23, 2021, 10:57:21 AM »
A used timing case could be sourced and refinished to go with this as an alternative to the disassembly needed for welding. Cast Iron sometimes needs to be heated in an oven before it can be successfully welded.

That is a big job for a part that may be sourced from a scrap engine.

VOLVO engines of this period are very durable. If this one was dropped a very careful inspection would be necessary.

Do you know the source of the damage?

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