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Engine and Drive Train / Re: engine shakes
« on: June 10, 2022, 09:03:07 PM »
not sure how much shaking your talking about, but I've never been able to run my 2gm20 between 2200 and 2500 rpms without some vibration/shaking. Just seems that one spot that won't run smooth.

Engine and Drive Train / Re: pearson shaft tube on 303
« on: December 22, 2021, 09:24:33 AM »
the install looks perfect from what I can see. It has to be all the way down to the stern. The compression comes from the other end and can be difficult to do....I always get something to force in-between the end of the engine coupler and seal to keep it in place while tightening the seal down. I have a Supco Belt tensioning tool I use for my alternator that works well for tightening the seal as well.  Just know that each spring, if you just put the boat in the water "without" turning the shaft a few times first, it WILL leak!!!   As for a picture of mine, the boat is 6hrs away on the hard, so can't help you there :)

Engine and Drive Train / Re: pearson shaft tube on 303
« on: December 19, 2021, 07:20:35 PM »
I own a 31-2, so can't help you specifically, but that looks the same as my PSS dripless shaft seal for my boat.  What exactly are you in need of the measurements?  It appears you have them right in front of you, so I imagine you're wondering about something involving them that perhaps we can answer.

P26 / Re: HIN
« on: October 26, 2021, 05:39:14 PM »
good luck to you, sounds stressful!  Especially if you're insurance companies in the US are the same as here in Canada right now.  First, many of our insurance companies won't even insure a boat over 30 years old now, and if they do, it's only at market price, not your surveyed price. Also, I just found out that none of ours will insure a "homemade" has to be from a known boat builder.  Now we know yours is, but somehow you might have to prove it.  AGAIN, Good Luck!!!

I found a perfect clock on ebay as discussed here in length:

I've done so many....replaced teak toe rails with PlasTeak, led lighting, mechanical Garmin Autopilot (quiet), solar panel, cooler conversion to frig-o-boat, new solid SS legs for table, and more I can't think of right now, but one of the first mods I did was replace my safety lines and in doing so I installed the same gate on the PORT side where it should've been in the first place.  I really didn't like people going through my cockpit to fill the diesel :(   

I know it's a simple solution by just disconnecting it and sticking another clock of sorts over it, but I'm wondering if anyone has found a nice clock to wire in that can replace the old existing TIMEWATCH that's connected to the system with something more digital LED that use's less than the 0.05amps the existing one uses. It was actually this clock that drained my AGMs this spring after the batteries were charged by my marina, but left connected with the battery switch in the OFF position thinking that was suffice, but the clock is always connected, at least mine is. The most I've managed is to connect it to the RADIO breaker and it blinks all night, but still at 0.03amps. Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions.

General Discussion / Re: Need help finding a leak
« on: June 09, 2021, 03:18:33 PM »
I know about leaks causing you issues...drives me crazy too once I get a dry bilge.  I had 2 such instances with my 90 P31-2. 1st turned out to be a hole in the exhaust hose right back at the transom...took 2 years to figure that one out :(  Next was my water heater is right beside the area you mention, and the release valve had weakened and kept letting water out once hot, and it took a bit to figure that one out too, until I actually had a minor flood while on the hard :(    Hope some of this helps and good luck!!!

Interior Structures / Re: Salon Table base
« on: June 08, 2021, 11:00:12 AM »
years ago in my P31-2 I had the same issue with the legs and the table leaning. I paid my local Stainless Steel guy to rebuilt me 2 legs modeled from the originals and I had him build them U-shaped so they "cupped" the stringers they were attached to (if you go this way, don't forget to make a template of the stringers). This way I was able to bolt them in from the sides as well as the tops. Now my table is SOLID and doesn't budge a bit :)  and the SS looks much nicer than the aluminum legs did :)

For Sale and Wanted / Re: Companionway washboards wanted 28-2
« on: May 07, 2021, 08:04:09 PM »
Mine were rotting too, so I had them remade with solid 1/2" smoked plexiglass....I love them with more light in the cabin and now can see out too at when enclosed below.  A bit expensive using 1/2" solid, but worth it!.  they even routed out the ends to lock them together like the teak ones.

Plumbing and Galley Systems / Re: What was this for?
« on: January 27, 2021, 07:07:43 PM »
thanks to Selene providing me the part number, I was able to find one of these discontinued items in white like mine on eBay :)

Also found it here in case anyone else is interested:

curios why you need to bring the mast down if you already have a fish line available?  It would be alot easier I'd think to climb the mast to accomplish the line's replacement. Perhaps you have other obstacles or jobs to do within the mast?

Plumbing and Galley Systems / Re: What was this for?
« on: January 27, 2021, 03:47:08 PM »
THANKS for the offer, but I'm in Canada and postage would probably be more than a new one :)  maybe someone else will take you up on it! 

Plumbing and Galley Systems / Re: What was this for?
« on: January 25, 2021, 11:29:08 PM »
That was my first thought as well, a water pump for something.  I also have something similar on my 31-2 for emptying the cooler box. I like your metal one though (it appears to be anyway), as mine is cheap white plastic and I'd really like to replace it (should anyone have a lead, I'd appreciate it :) ).

General Discussion / Re: How do you manage your dinghy?
« on: January 22, 2021, 04:28:56 PM »
it really depends on your sailing plans I think.  If doing canals and lock, obviously Davits or on deck. Inland lake sailing, I prefer towing my 10' RIB myself, usually with the motor on the boat except for short destinations. The ONLY real con to towing is the noise of it behind you, which really isn't that bad, but when sailing can be noticed (you can always add longer rode...I use around 50'). I sail and anchor nightly for over 2 months straight in the summers and towing is just a simple clip and push away. I couldn't imagine pulling it up on deck daily, and davits are easier, but that's a lot more weight on the back of the boat, and my 31-2 is already stern heavy by about 2-3 inches. Now of course if you're  Ocean sailing, well I'll leave those suggestions to someone who's aware of those pros and cons :)

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