Where Credit Is Due: March 2015

My daughter recently bought a 1979 Catalina 30, and I was promoted to chief cook, bottle washer, and mechanic. The Jabsco macerator pump needed a rebuild, so I bought a rebuild kit and proceeded to dismantle the pump. I noticed that, in addition to the normal wear items, one of the permanent magnets in the motor housing was loose. It appeared to have been glued in place, so I called the Jabsco (www.xylemflowcontrol.com) technical help phone number to see if it would be possible to glue it back into place.

Mailport: Water Purification on Lake Michigan

We race a Tartan Ten out of Montrose Harbor, Chicago. Since were sailing on fresh water and the Chicago Area Sail Racing Association doesn't require us to have a built-in tank for offshore racing, the water tank was removed long ago to eliminate excess weight. For port-to-port racing, we usually buy jugs of bottled water and refill individual water bottles. For round-the-buoy racing, we bring water bottles. Some of the T10s just use a camping-type water filter. W

Mailport: EPIRB Battery Shocker

We have an ACR Global Fix EPIRB and an ACR Aqualink PLB. We had the EPIRB battery replaced 5 years ago in the USA, and it is time again to do so. We are currently in New Zealand and have been given a quote of close to $350 to replace the EPIRB battery and $120 for the PLB.

Internet of Things Goes to Sea

Version 1.0.0 of Signal K, the Open Marine Data Standard has now been released, giving developers a stable platform to test and develop new open-source hardware and software for sailors.

Trident recalls gas system solenoid

Trident Rubber Inc. has recalled the solenoid valves in its quarter-inch Trident Marine LPG Systems sold between March and October 2010. The recall was issued late last year when the company discovered that defective quarter-inch 12-volt and 24-volt Parker-branded solenoid valves were used in the systems. The LP gas control solenoid valve may not fully turn off, allowing gas to continue to flow to the distribution system until it is turned off at the LPG cylinder. The plunger piston assemblies, which move to open or close the valve to gas flow, are defective

Winterizing an Outboard

For winterizing a small outboard engine, is it best to run the gas out of the engine or store it full with an additive mixed in? Is it the same for two-stroke and four-stroke engines? What about ethanol and non-ethanol gasoline?

Mailport: December 2010

Letters to the Practical Sailor editors in December 2010 include: paint colors, sailmaker services, bilge pumps, pest control and the Wirie v. a DIY WiFi antenna.

Mailport: 03/06

CO SensorsWe at MTI applaud your article regarding carbon monoxide detectors and the information it provided to boaters about the importance of having functioning...

Caring For Your Marine Diesel Engine

Expecting calms for most of the passage, we set out in a flat calm with 70 gallons of fuel. Six hours later, around mid-day, the engine wailed, screeched, clanged, and died. Hardly a ripple stirred the Gulf of Panama.