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  1. xbskt

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    Autopilot sorted

    I got the autopilot up and running tonight. Never had one of these. The paperwork that came with the boat was for a previous control unit that must have been replaced (AP200) but now she has an AP2500 and I got the manual off the interweb here:

    https://www.simrad-yachting.com/Root/Operator Manual/SimradYachting/English/AP2500.pdf

    Probably outdated like most of the electronics on the boat but it seems to function fully.
    Kind of cool seeing the tiller move like the invisible man is standing at the transom.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikUjT3ERGzQ
     

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    Iron Mike's cousin Strong Casper steers your boat

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    Autopilot's never get out of date, they just wear out. A necessity on any boat I own, you'll wonder how you ever survived without one. Robertson (Simrad) is a good one.
     
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    I have the exact same unit. It works great.
     
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    Some things just can't be avoided

    Tore the flush valve down, worked it over with bleach and soft scrub and put the rebuilt kit in. I'll skip the details.
    Mom is happy and that is good.:D
     

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    Trolling valve control

    I'll need some replacement parts. This lever (if that is what you want to call it) is original 1992 and has seen better days. The knob is broken obviously but the collar is spinning in the housing as well.
    I figure I will refurbish this one or replace it.
    Simple question if I may.
    Who is the manufacturer and any recommendations on where to get replacement or parts.
    Did a search or two but only came up with lever or knob type options.
    I know I have seen this type on a lot of boats but if you don't know what to ask the search function it sometimes doesn't give the right answer.
    Thanks for any input.
     

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    Used to have that head and it was used heavily by guests etc.. It always worked but I was so nervous it would crap out that I would put a rebuild kit in it every spring. It did much better for me on fresh water.

    Boat is looking great.
     
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    Racor filter change

    In the spring I changed all the filters and fluids except for one. I forgot the Racor primary and meant to do it as soon as I got a minute.
    Recently the Cummins has been getting slower to start. A couple more revolutions to catch here and there so I figured I better find a minute.
    I am glad I did.
    Whoever changed this 30 micron filter last neglected to refill the housing with diesel. The result is a half covered filter working twice as hard.
    After a new filter and a full Racor housing the 6CTA started immediately and idled as smooth as ever.
    One thing I am curious about is the bouncing vacuum gauge.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKoj3nSGqQ8

    The video gives a good idea of the gauge movement. I know movement is normal but I would expect fluctuations into vacuum rather than pressure.
    Is this normal?
     

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    The liquid filled on I had was pretty smooth. It looks like yours is not liquid filled. Could it also possibly be vibrations transmitted from the bulkhead?
     
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    I'd check your fuel system for a restriction or somewhere the system is pulling air (loose connection, etc.). If the system was not filled before the top was screwed on the Racor, the motor would pull fuel in it to fill it up. Looks like the motor is pulling fuel, but there is a leak somewhere between the motor and the tank. The racor bowl seals, and cap seals are notorious for not seating properly. Also, when the motor is off, the leak could suck air in and lower the fuel level as well.
     
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    And, we're back....

    Now that the Crowley is spruced up and almost my kind of clean again I will get to the delayed servicing of the heat exchanger and replacement of the thermostats. I will say the special rod that they provide is not so special. Nice to not have to have to make one up I guess.
    I had hoped to do this on jackstands but that is not an option now. She has been out of the water enough for this year.
    Still piecing a few things back together and getting stuff stowed. A few new things on the to do list as usual.
    Sure is nice to be back aboard.

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    We are out of the boat basin and back on the hook where we like it.
    As seen earlier in this thread:



    And now a new video of the "after":



    Subtle changes here and there for a cleaner more updated look.

    Keen ears will notice the new four stroke on the Whaler as well.
    Come on Summer!
    refreshed and on the hook 2.jpg
     
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    Beautiful boat!
     
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    Wow,. She turned out beautiful! What brand/size bollard are you using?
     
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    looks like a Yale 7/8" to me.
     
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    Custom built to my eyeball by the guy that welded the rocket launcher, mast and grabhandles for Mrs.
    4" O.D.
    The garbage bag tied to it is also my custom anti seagull flapper gizmo.
     
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    When it rains you do stuff inside.
    Had some LED strip lights made to order for down below.
    Beats the hell out of the dim P.O.S. fluorescent fixture that was there for 25 years.
    I might put some under the gunnels in the cockpit but still on the fence on that one. Nova Flex.jpg Nova Flex installed.jpg Nova Flex lit up.jpg Nova Flex done.jpg
     
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    Good eye! If the guy saved the plans and wants to build another just like it, let me know.
     

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