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by Rockit
Fri May 11, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Can I make a rudder using Aluminum?
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: Can I make a rudder using Aluminum?

I'd think it would take more engineering to make aluminum rudders. The boat's hull strength comes in part from the frames and cross members and there must be some reason why the rudders weren't made from aluminum in the first place. Not like there wasn't plenty lying around the shop! You could theor...
by Rockit
Sat May 05, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Through Hulls
Topic: Prop Shaft Seal question
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: Prop Shaft Seal question

Thank you. Correct, a little water in the bilge from the shaft seal is no big deal.

The boatyard tried to sell me on dripless stuffing boxes, but at $500 a pop, I can live with some bilge water.
by Rockit
Thu May 03, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Engines
Topic: 440 Chryslers in 32ft sedan flybridge
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: 440 Chryslers in 32ft sedan flybridge

Even if they weren't on the published price list, I'll bet you could get the factory to put them in--and other things if you wanted to shell out for them. I heard of one 40' houseboat owner who got one very large engine hatch over both engines instead of one over each engine. When he ordered his 32 ...
by Rockit
Thu May 03, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Through Hulls
Topic: Prop Shaft Seal question
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: Prop Shaft Seal question

I have to be missing something. How do you check the stuffing box while the shaft is turning? Do you do it while the boat is moving? I can't see shaft drips from the deck so I have to do it in the engine compartment with a time piece. Dong this while underway strikes me as very unsafe. I check it wh...
by Rockit
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: water hose
Replies: 12
Views: 418

Re: water hose

You probably want to replace the whole hose. My two cents says a coupler is an opportunity for failure. Good luck. I had an overheating problem once and finally traced it to that same hose: there was a crack underneath the hose clamp on the upstream side of the water pump. The rest of the hose looke...
by Rockit
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Marinette Boat literature
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Re: Marinette Boat literature

Thank you for posting those materials. It looks to me like the brochure was from the early 1970s. As a kid, I remember seeing a 32 sedan at the Cleveland boat show with the layout shown in the brochure and was surprised when my uncle's 1979 32 sedan showed up without the big front windows and the he...
by Rockit
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Vendors
Topic: counter tops
Replies: 1
Views: 417

Re: counter tops

That is very interesting. On my 28, I took the galley and head counters to a shop where they made new ones for me--from a better grade of laminate. I gave them precise measurements of the tops of the hanging locker and cabinets between the dinette and v-berth and glued the new laminate pieces on top...
by Rockit
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Corrosion
Topic: 1985 Sportsman Restoration Beginning
Replies: 11
Views: 983

Re: 1985 Sportsman Restoration Beginning

When I did the interior on my 28, I used luan, back-primed it and covered the front with a vinyl-like material. Doing an entire panel at at time can be tough because even though I rolled out the material throughly (using a floor roller designed for vinyl floors) and only got a few air bubbles that a...
by Rockit
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Motor refit
Replies: 13
Views: 1816

Re: Motor refit

Nice job on that old boat by the way.
by Rockit
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Motor refit
Replies: 13
Views: 1816

Re: Motor refit

But where do you get the struts? That's the problem I had a few years ago. Fortunately John A was still in business and made one for me. By the time I had a shaft made, got the strut from John and the prop re-worked, I could have bought a lower unit and been back in business faster.

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