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Forum: General Maintenance 07-17-2017, 04:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,099
Posted By TomG
No problems to report

Last November, I hauled out and stored the boat for some long-needed maintenance. While on the hard, I pulled the mast and had new standing rigging made, I replaced all the running rigging, replaced...
Forum: General Interest 06-17-2017, 04:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 989
Posted By TomG
Small world... I was at Bacon's yesterday too. I...

Small world... I was at Bacon's yesterday too. I took my 12-year-old back to the Sanctum sanctorum and watched his eyes bug out!

I'd get the heavier main with slugs. Leave the hank-on jibs at...
Forum: Drive Train / Propellers 06-17-2017, 12:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,687
Posted By TomG
The flax packing lives in the nut of the stuffing...

The flax packing lives in the nut of the stuffing box. The prop shaft exits the flange and the flax presses against the flange when the nut is tightened. Just a few wraps around the shaft where it...
Forum: Drive Train / Propellers 06-17-2017, 08:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,687
Posted By TomG
I just repacked the stuffing box on my boat...

I just repacked the stuffing box on my boat yesterday. Of course, my boat is on the hard, so water intrusion wasn't my concern, but even if it were in the water, a few wraps of rescue tape like...
Forum: Announcements 04-11-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,837
Posted By TomG
Off the forum server topic and on to the United...

Off the forum server topic and on to the United debacle, as an industry employee, this is a sobering lesson in "Brand Integrity." The "United" flight on which this incident occurred was actually...
Forum: Troubleshooting 04-01-2017, 07:49 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,216
Posted By TomG
The problem is a little more complex than that,...

The problem is a little more complex than that, but the balance number is what's important. The issue is that using a simple lever, where the force, fulcrum, and work stay in the same place, this...
Forum: Announcements 02-09-2017, 06:54 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,635
Posted By TomG
Shawn, interestingly enough, it was your thread...

Shawn, interestingly enough, it was your thread on your shaft log replacement adventure that encouraged me to buy Patina. When Patina and I found each other, she was a grand old girl that had some...
Forum: General Interest 11-30-2016, 07:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,352
Posted By TomG
If it were me, I'd go to the hardware store or...

If it were me, I'd go to the hardware store or Home Depot, buy a 2 foot piece of aluminum angle, measure for bolt holes on the transmission cover, and then cut it to length and drill the holes. Once...
Forum: Introductions 11-16-2016, 10:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,614
Posted By TomG
It depends on what your time is worth I suppose. ...

It depends on what your time is worth I suppose. I have two copies of the MMI Manual - one for the boat and one for the house. It's that essential to A-4 ownership in my opinion. I would rather...
Forum: Fuel System 09-15-2016, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,648
Posted By TomG
James, I know you are so glad to have your...

James,

I know you are so glad to have your boat closer to the house!

I recently replaced my fuel tank. There were a lot of reasons why, but after all was said and done, a straight out...
Forum: General Maintenance 09-08-2016, 10:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,813
Posted By TomG
Sounds like ethanol in the fuel might be a...

Sounds like ethanol in the fuel might be a culprit. I would consider replacing the fuel filter(s) as well.

Having chased down a very vexing and mysterious fuel problem myself, I know how...
Forum: General Interest 06-23-2016, 08:29 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 15,076
Posted By TomG
James, I too applaud your decision to swap out...

James, I too applaud your decision to swap out the old A-4 before such an ambitious trip. Even John Smith had auxiliary power on his shallop!
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Forum: General Interest 06-21-2016, 08:06 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 15,076
Posted By TomG
James, Your original post on this thread...

James,

Your original post on this thread was regarding your electrical power needs for this trip. Like many on this thread, I would urge you to get the A-4 running before attempting a trip of...
Forum: Exhaust System 01-04-2016, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,341
Posted By TomG
Dave, it IS entirely possible to get a brand new...

Dave, it IS entirely possible to get a brand new MMI standpipe that has an internal problem that will cause it to leak. I know this first hand. I also know that Don and Ken at MMI are two of the...
Forum: Exhaust System 01-02-2016, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,341
Posted By TomG
Dave, I'm going to save you a LOT of...

Dave,

I'm going to save you a LOT of aggravation if you are having the same problem I had when I installed the MMI Standpipe for Tartans.

You should not have any water coming back down the dry...
Forum: Introductions 11-02-2015, 04:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,670
Posted By TomG
What is your planned electrical demand? I doubt...

What is your planned electrical demand? I doubt you have a reefer or hot water or air conditioner. Is the boat currently (no pun intended) set up for AC distribution?

Before you start getting...
Forum: Introductions 10-27-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,670
Posted By TomG
I truly love my A-4 and since my boat came with a...

I truly love my A-4 and since my boat came with a very nearly brand new Moyer Rebuilt, it was one of the key reasons I bought the boat. I have had trouble with the fuel system and in the Tartan...
Forum: Tartan 07-24-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,422
Posted By TomG
Thanks for the many kind words about Patina. I...

Thanks for the many kind words about Patina. I am very partial to the classic lines of this design and feel lucky to have such a pretty sailboat. One of the main reasons I got her was she had just...
Forum: Tartan 07-23-2015, 07:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,422
Posted By TomG
Trés 30, I have emailed the owner a...

Trés 30,

I have emailed the owner a half-dozen times since acquiring my T30, mostly to thank him for such an amazing treasure trove of T30 information, but have never received any reply. It's a...
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