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Bad Kitty

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  1. I'm more worried about engines full of salt water every time we sail over 15 knots to be honest. Which is a lot. In 15 years & 30,000miles we've had exactly zero power failures to the ignition circuit. Which doesn't mean it won't happen, but you can only have so many redundancies & fail safes built in?
  2. But I'm definitely not a marine engineer, I'm more on the accelerated wear testing side of the picture.
  3. I don't think an exhaust riser will stop it. Why will an exhaust riser stop water pressure filling the exhaust manifold & flowing into the engine? It's coming in the raw water side, not the exhaust side.
  4. Anti siphon loop won't stop it. We have electric shut offs between the saildrive & the raw water pump that close & stop raw water flow when the key is off. It's not siphoning, its pressure pushing the water past the impeller, and filling the engine. Slow cruising cats won't do it, but it seems that somewhere above 12-15 knots sailing there's just too much water pressure and you end up hydraulicing engines. We did it several times before we fitted the shut offs, luckily Yanmars seem to love salt water. Not very pleasant though in a seaway removing injectors, cranking things over,
  5. Well that was slick, NZ looked pretty good. Those speeds are crazy!
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  7. No, they won't wash your boat either Tom. Richard again!
  8. Head out of the Harbour & turn left. Fair winds & all that stuff. Oh, there will be 2 weeks in quarantine when you arrive there, like everywhere else in the world at present, so maybe take a book?
  9. Anyone up on how to watch the practice races? And before any trolls tell me I'm too lazy to search myself, that's all well established thanks.
  10. Yep, great isn't it? Means that we are in a totally different situation to most of the world. And shortly you will be enjoying that freedom behind the very same borders you're currently bitching about. Happy Xmas!
  11. Do you want to push off a lee shore in 35 knots or go as fast as you can on flat water? High thrust does the former better, & IMHO that's when you really want something that works.
  12. Yes good stuff, not a trip to be taken lightly, that West Coast has tripped up a lot of boaties over the years.
  13. But on a less grouchy note, boats can be expensive toys, but don't have to be. And if you & the family get into sailing and the time out on the water, it may be the best money you spend in your lifetime. Sailing, fishing, making some great friends out on the water, discovering awesome places that the average non boating Kiwi never sees. The yacht is the last thing I'd give up,
  14. Get a survey. Also, get a survey. Or if you have someone you know who is VERY knowledgeable about this type of boat, then as a last resort, you could use them. But I'd get a survey.
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    Might be worth checking that out before you add a heating system!
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    Each little heater has a computer type fan behind it. Switched with high & low blower speed. No thermostat, no concierge either. We don't have ours plumbed into the engines, just simple turn it on if you're cold sort of stuff. Yanmars have to take care of themselves. Westpark Marine Engineering looks after the boat now, they are familiar with them. It's pretty simple stuff though, and Dometic who are the agent may recommend an installer?
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    Yep, Eberspacher, wouldn't boat without it. It heat's the hot water cylinder, and pumps thru 3 heater matrix's, 2 single ones in the aft cabins, and a double size one in the saloon. Warms the whole boat in about 20 minutes. In summer you just shut off the heaters & leave it heating the hot water. If you got really creative you can bend up some stainless tube, run it thru that on the way to the heater or hot water cylinder, and have a heated towel rail! The fuel line is about 3mm, uses very little diesel. Like .3ltrs an hour or something. And to heat the water is about
  18. Repco sells stuff for polishing plastic convertible back windows, it's awesome.
  19. Forgetting whether you agree with it or not, one huge difference between 1 super yacht coming in & spending 3 million dollars, and 300 small yachts coming in & spending $10,000 each to reach the same 3 mill spend, is it takes very little cost, manpower or resource to safely get a superyacht in & quarantined safely. And like the film industry, the superyacht picks up the bill. Same as getting 250 overseas film crew in, Directors, Producers, Actors etc. who enable projects that employ thousands of Kiwis, & kickstart 1.5 billion in film projects. Vs 250 fruit pickers
  20. "Closed is closed is closed, with one rule for all." Haha, what colour is the ocean on your planet?
  21. Might be worth talking to an engineer about that. The water running thru the saildrive is part of the cooling design for the drive. Lack of could be a part of the problem
  22. Think I've got a diesel xfer pump sitting around Al, I'm in Auckland if that helps?
  23. SD40's have an oil expansion issue. A good fix is a brass fitting tapped onto the top fill plug, with a hose to a bottle. Oil if pushed out just flows in & back out of the bottle. Yanmar, love the engines, hate the saildrives. But the 20 is the best of them, very few issues with them, unlike the clutch/cone problems with their bigger brothers.
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