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A tale of woe and horror at the pump-out dock PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carlos Alvarez   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:29

My family and friends decided to have a couple of weeks at a different lake and marina than our usual one, so we trailered the boat over.  That was a job in itself, being 32' long and 12' wide.  On Sunday when we were getting ready to haul out, we went to the pump-out to drain the holding tank before moving the boat, as that can often cause back-flow into the toilet and head compartment.

 

When I started to loosen the cap, I discovered that the vent line was clogged again. Some of you know the sign of this; the sewage starts to come out of the fitting as soon as you loosen it. We grabbed a hose and started washing it down while slowly opening the fitting to let it vent.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:32
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How to keep the shower sump clean and fresh PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carlos Alvarez   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 16:05

The shower sump on a cruiser is probably the second-nastiest place, behind the sewage tank.  And sometimes it's close.  They often clog up with hair and soap scum, killing the pump or just making it stop running.  Either way it becomes time to take the box apart and dig in--hopefully with some heavy-duty gloves if available.  Another issue is that an infrequently-used shower can start to smell bad as the soap scum decays.  Here are some tips on preventing all these hassles...

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2011 16:06
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Portable generator tips and information PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carlos Alvarez   
Friday, 03 September 2010 07:36

Many smaller cruisers don't have onboard generators, but you still want to have electrical power for battery charging, air conditioning, hot showers, and more.  The proper choice of portable generators is key to maximizing your enjoyment and usability.  This article discusses the various options and their compromises.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 September 2010 08:05
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What can I safely put in the engine room and what is "ignition protected" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carlos Alvarez   
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 09:11

Many people are unaware of what can safely be used in the engine room of a gasoline-powered boat, and what the term "ignition protected" means.  In this article we'll explore the dangers of various items in the engine room and what needs to be ignition protected.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 09:57
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Cruise plan and logbook PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carlos Alvarez   
Sunday, 29 August 2010 10:39

Everyone should keep a maintenance log and plan their cruises.  Here's a template I created for a full plan/logbook.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 August 2010 10:44
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