[Public-List] Two things I learned in my late launch

Gordon Laco mainstay at csolve.net
Fri Jun 21 10:45:01 PDT 2013

I noticed those nuts apparently getting loose in by boat; I reckoned the cause was the plywood core of the web knees getting soft

Gord #426 Surprise
(Currently participating in the Tall Ships circus in Toronto, and exhibiting in Mystic next weekend)

On 2013-06-21, at 1:13 PM, Daniel Sternglass <dans at stmktg.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> Two things I never experienced or noticed in previous years:
> (1) I replaced the chainplate bolts with 5/16" shanked bolts many years ago. I visually "inspected" them every year. This year, I went to see if the nuts were tight when one of the shroud chainplates showed a small gap to the bulkhead. Particularly on the 6 chainplates for the shrouds, some of the bolts were as much as _2 turns_ from fully tight. There were plenty of threads sticking through the nuts and they "looked" fine, but tightness should be checked. Backstay nuts similarly loose, forepeak nuts only turned a fraction of a turn, not really loose. All had lock washers.
> (2) When the A-4 engine stopped running twice after a few minutes each time, the second time after rapping on the float bowl, I assumed it was the float or the pump. Tracing through the fuel system, it turned out that last year's Racor water separator was plugged. I had ordered a new one, but it had not arrived yet.
> --Dan S.
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