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    E26-2 : stuffing box drip

    I do have an bilge pump with auto/manual switch. But it sits a little too high. There's always at least an inch of water in the bilge - roughly 1 gallon I would say (based on pumping out with a manual bilge pump/ I'm going to look for something better in the winter.
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    E26-2 : stuffing box drip

    short handle small pipe wrench and the stuffing box wrench together work pretty well. The coolant tank is on the port side and out of the way on mine. And, it's a Universal / Westerbeke engine.
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    E26-2 : stuffing box drip

    I was thinking of replacing the packing on the hard, then using a bucket of water (with a hose to continuously feed if) to do a quick test and then tweak after splashing it. I'm still figuring out things - this is my first boat and I'm a new sailor as well. I'll try running above idle next...
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    E26-2 : stuffing box drip

    I have some 1/8" packing (teflon) on the boat and will have the 3/16" handy as well. I can always pickup some GFO / graphite based packing,. Right now, there is no drip visible when shaft is spinning at idle speed. Temp on shaft as well as packing nut was under 80º F while running it for 20...
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    Boom almost came off

    So, it looks like I'm the only one with a gooseneck pin oriented upwards and a single locking point for the gooseneck and the mainsail tack. I'm going to Defender this weekend - Maybe they have replacement pins that can be oriented down and a separate connection for the mainsail tack.
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    Boom almost came off

    My gooseneck looks very different. The pin that goes through the gooseneck and the boom goes in from the bottom. at the top end, there's a transverse pin hole. A shackle with 1/8" pin diameter connects the headsail tack to the gooseneck pin. The reason the boom didn't fall off quickly was that...
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    E26-2 : stuffing box drip

    I spent a lot of time playing around with the stuffing box. I either get too much drip or none. Right now, I can feel that the prop shaft is wet but I cant see a drip. I have this stuffing box wrench and a small pipe wrench that work well...
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    Boom almost came off

    Thanks Arturo. My gooseneck / boom connection is quite different from yours. Even the mast end of my boom is very different. Single shackle from the headsail tack to the pin on the gooseneck. I never thought about it but now I'm not convinced this is a good setup. I'll take some more pics...
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    Boom almost came off

    Yesterday I was out sailing and we had an accidental gybe in light air. It didn't look like the boom swung over too hard, but clearly it did. The shackle holding the pin on the gooseneck to the tack on the mainsail sheared off. Luckily I got to the mast, quickly pushed the pin up and we dropped...
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    Minimums for Lake Sailing Instruments

    I have a windex on my E26-2. I do think though that a small piece of 4mm magnetic tape (old cassette) tied off on the shrouds a touch above head height is so much easier to see than looking up at the windex. I have a depth sounder mated to an old Garmin GPS with an impossible to read screen...
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    E26-2 : stuffing box drip

    The boat has been used regularly - at least once a week. But I run the motor pretty much to get to and off the mooring. Today I finally noticed the drip while motoring - around 1 drip per second. The way the bilge pump (Seaflo 1100) sits in the bilge it never really get all the water out. But...
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    E26-2 : stuffing box drip

    I'm sure this has been asked and answered many times, so, apologies for asking again. With the engine and boat at rest, I have a drip about every 10 seconds. At the beginning of the season it was about once every minute or less at rest. I have not been able to check drip while underway and in...
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    E26 : Installing a Pad-eye ring on the mast

    I used 18-8 SS rivets 3/16 x 3/8-1/2 length. I bought a heavy duty rivet tool from Harbor Freight for this. It wasn't that hard to pull. Generous use of Tef-gel should limit alu/steel corrosion for some time. https://www.harborfreight.com/13-in-heavy-duty-professional-hand-riveter-58018.html
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    How to set up Reefing lines; Ericson 26-2

    pics from my E26-2 after I refit the reefing lines. the spec calls for 3/8" but I used 8mm which is 1mm shy of the spec. Reefing lines coming out of the boom. Top view and back bottom view : the center with the steel cable is the outhaul. The starboard side line (left in the first pic with fig...
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    How to set up Reefing lines; Ericson 26-2

    I just went through this recently. My details and pics here. I can take more pics later this evening. If you'd like to talk through this, please PM me. It might be good to talk as we're kinda going through some of the same things on the same boat :)...
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