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by James Power
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Maitenance check?
Replies: 6
Views: 2327

Re: Maitenance check?

Larry, The height above waterline routing of the hose feeding the shaft seals is not of much concern, as the other end of the hose should terminate at the vented loop which is well above water line. With this said, there are a few boats where the shaft seal is fed from the hose attached to the aft e...
by James Power
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Maitenance check?
Replies: 6
Views: 2327

Re: Maitenance check?

Screwing down the bilge pump bases is a super big no no. The hull at that point is only about 1/4" thick. I would advise checking for leaks, repair the holes with epoxy if all dry, and gluing the bases down. Reasons for it coming loose in the first place are usually not enough sealant applied and co...
by James Power
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Replaced the water heater
Replies: 6
Views: 2442

Re: Replaced the water heater

When swapping out water heaters we install a Starboard base for the heater to sit on. This will keep the unit from sitting in seawater from a leaky rudder seal. Good point about the plumbing fittings. The tube should push into the fitting about 1 1/8" to seat properly. A depth mark on the tube will ...
by James Power
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Berth Reading lights
Replies: 6
Views: 2179

Re: Berth Reading lights

The aft cabin reading light wiring should run just under the deck in the house battery compartment.

James
by James Power
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: LP Gas Hose
Replies: 16
Views: 5115

Re: LP Gas Hose

Looks good. Might add some split loom to the lpg hose from the deck gromet to the bbq control valve to protect it from the suns U.V.

James
by James Power
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Fuel Pick up tube problem
Replies: 17
Views: 5838

Re: Fuel Pick up tube problem

Still sounds like a fuel delivery issue. If the venting was and is clear, and the drag needle on the Racor gauges was good, it points to running out of fuel. What were the fuel tank gauges reading? Anyone else have any ideas?

James
by James Power
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Fuel Pick up tube problem
Replies: 17
Views: 5838

Re: Fuel Pick up tube problem

A couple of thoughts; Were there any panel alarms going off when the engines shut down? Was the on engine Yanmar secondary fuel filter changed? What length are the new pick up tubes? Is it possible that they sucked air due to their length and vessel trim? No ropes caught in the props? James
by James Power
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: New owner in Jacksonville need help
Replies: 11
Views: 3828

Re: New owner in Jacksonville need help

Hi Bill,

If you are passing thru Stuart Florida after the New Year Jackie and I would be happy to meet up and answer any questions we can.

James
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by James Power
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: New owner in Jacksonville need help
Replies: 11
Views: 3828

Re: New owner in Jacksonville need help

I have been told the gravely flakes are aluminum oxide, produced in the tank from a chemical reaction between the aluminum tanks and chlorine / fluoride in the water. As far as the water pump not priming, make sure the plumbing fittings at the tank pick up are not leaking. Quick way to check is to b...
by James Power
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Fuel Pick up tube problem
Replies: 17
Views: 5838

Re: Fuel Pick up tube problem

Interesting... Could be the loose pick up tube fit, but funny it affected both engines at relatively the same time. Is the tank vent line clear? Do you have vacuum gauges on the filters, and if so what were they showing?

James
by James Power
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Fuel Pick up tube problem
Replies: 17
Views: 5838

Re: Fuel Pick up tube problem

Hi Kent, Check the pick up tubes and see if there is a screen at the bottom. At the factory the fuel tank manufacturer supplied pick up tubes with stainless steel screens at the bottom of the tubes. We found that during the flotillas the engines would die due to fuel starvation. After pulling the tu...
by James Power
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Heating Fresh Water
Replies: 12
Views: 4426

Re: Heating Fresh Water

Might want to look for another maintenance " pro ".
James
by James Power
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Midship Cleat Line Chock
Replies: 2
Views: 1975

Re: Midship Cleat Line Chock

Hi Alan, Give Metaux Produit in Quebec Canada a call, 819-533-3222. They made the majority of the stainless deck hardware aboard PDQs and still have a lot of the original drawings. The second mid ship cleat is a handy upgrade. At the factory some boats received 2 mount mount pads for a second cleat ...
by James Power
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Generator Area Silver Sound Insulation
Replies: 2
Views: 1470

Re: Generator Area Silver Sound Insulation

Hey Sailkane, The original sound insulation we used at the factory was Soundown. I have replaced the insulation on a few boats and it is a bit time consuming, but looks great when done. A few tips: 1 remove and use the originals as a patterns if possible 2 a vacuum helps remove dust and acetone with...
by James Power
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: PDQ Capella (PDQ 36) Forum
Topic: Question about tabbing under bulkhead between berths
Replies: 7
Views: 3766

Re: Question about tabbing under bulkhead between berths

The bridge deck in the cabin area should be firmly tabbed to the 2 plywood bulkheads. If not the bridge deck will oil can as you mentioned and cause some serious damage. I repaired this issue on a 36 years ago while with PDQ. We used epoxy for the repair as it has better penetration and adhesion to ...