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by Vento Solare
Wed May 15, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Alternator Belt Dust Fix
Replies: 6
Views: 2142

Re: Alternator Belt Dust Fix

The additional benefit I noticed after installing the Balmar serpentine belt kit is the engine ran smoother. This is because the load on the alternator was sufficient to cause the regular belt to slip and then catch again. Tightening the belt helped some, but did not eliminate the problem. I always ...
by Vento Solare
Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Source for Replacement Rudder Bearing
Replies: 0
Views: 116

Source for Replacement Rudder Bearing

The original J/109 rudder bearing source for US built hulls supplied by Edson Marine is no longer manufactured. The original bearing was manufactured from aluminum with a lip seal built in. The bearing required a sleeve over the stainless steel rudder stock to provide proper clearance. It requires p...
by Vento Solare
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Boat Bottom Basics
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: Boat Bottom Basics

I have a small bit of exposed keel, and on the hull I have a few blisters next to each other. What are the recommended products to build up new coats of protection after I strip it away? Sand to bare metal and apply Interprotect 2000e to the exposed metal on the keel. Use 4 coats, then apply bottom...
by Vento Solare
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Head Plumbing and Y-valve
Replies: 12
Views: 3235

Re: Head Plumbing and Y-valve

If you have the overboard already, I would install the y-valve and pump. Incrementally not that much more but provides the option if needed.
by Vento Solare
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Head Plumbing and Y-valve
Replies: 12
Views: 3235

Re: Head Plumbing and Y-valve

Jerry - that is an awesome diagram you created. It accurately represents the standard J/109 Head system with the locations and flow. Adam - I don't believe there is enough room in the void behind the head to install a holding tank. You would also need to cut the liner in order to install it since th...
by Vento Solare
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Class Rules Discussions
Topic: Mainsheet Swivel Strengthening Modifications Allowed
Replies: 3
Views: 652

Retrofit Kit Available: Mainsheet Swivel Strengthening Modifications Allowed

The retrofit kit is now available to order via the links below. Part Number OBM0109 144 HD Swivel Retrofit Kit - APS Part Number OBM0109 144 HD Swivel Retrofit Kit - Chicago Yacht Rigging Inc. Part Number OBM0109 144 HD Swivel Retrofit Kit - Vela Sailing Supply https://www.chicagoyachtrigging.com/wp...
by Vento Solare
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Instrument upgrades
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Instrument upgrades

Those are very nice looking mast displays. If I had known about the "auto" back-light mode switching, I might have made a different decision.
by Vento Solare
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Class Rules Discussions
Topic: Mainsheet Swivel Strengthening Modifications Allowed
Replies: 3
Views: 652

Status Update: Mainsheet Swivel Strengthening Modifications Allowed

A stronger upper bearing race prototype unit was built and load tested to just over 4000 pounds. The design was completed by Bam Miller at Oyster Bay Boat Shop. The testing and test video was conducted by Kristian Martincic at Chicago Yacht Rigging - www.chicagoyachtrigging.com A complete retrofit k...
by Vento Solare
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Instrument upgrades
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Instrument upgrades

Great advice. I actually considered the Garmin GNX displays for my mast when I upgraded to an all B&G H5000 system this winter. The B&G 20/20 displays were pricey and the Garmin displays provided a better display surface with more information available. Unfortunately since the rest of the system has...
by Vento Solare
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Sails & Equipment for Sale
Topic: Marine Electronics For Sale (Raymarine, Nexus, B&G, West Marine)
Replies: 0
Views: 203

Marine Electronics For Sale (Raymarine, Nexus, B&G, West Marine)

It is time to sell equipment removed from Vento Solare that is collecting in my basement as various upgrades are done. The following are available at the prices listed, plus shipping cost. I've included groups of equipment so you can purchase a group for a better deal than individual items. Summary ...
by Vento Solare
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Events & Scheduling
Topic: Boat Calendar & Website
Replies: 0
Views: 168

Boat Calendar & Website

I wasn't sure which forum to post this in, but since it pertains to scheduling, thought the Events and Scheduling forum was most appropriate. Bottom Line: You can have your own boat website with an integrated calendar, crew scheduling and automatic notifications just like the one I use for Vento Sol...
by Vento Solare
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Racing Tools and Techniques
Topic: Instrument updates
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: Instrument updates

Matt, I'm in the process of upgrading everything from a Nexus Server based system to an all B&G system using the H5000 Hercules processor as the brains. You can check out a previous thread at this link on the forum for earlier upgrades I did with some Raymarine stuff. I'll be putting some of that up...
by Vento Solare
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Refrigeration - compressor location
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: Refrigeration - compressor location

Mike, On US built boats the compressor is on the port side outboard the rudder post, adjacent to the aft bulkhead of the aft cabin. There is a pedestal made that raises it about 9 inches off the hull and is level when the boat is level. Next time I'm crawling back aft, I'll see if I can snap a pictu...
by Vento Solare
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Boat Storage, water question
Replies: 10
Views: 916

Re: Boat Storage, water question

When the cover is off in the spring have someone go around all of topsides with a hose while you crawl below. You be surprised what you find. That is how I located most of my leaks that I was able to stop.
by Vento Solare
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Boat Storage, water question
Replies: 10
Views: 916

Re: Boat Storage, water question

Dan, Potential sources that I found and fixed. The hole where the steaming light cable goes through the mast was a source. Water wicked down into the mast junction box. A dab of caulk on the hole fixed it. Other potential sources: Rectangular access cover to steering gear behind wheel - gasket was s...