Stern Thrusters and Trash Do Not Mix!

  •  7/9/2019
  •   Hodge, Charlie
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We learned the hard way that our new SEP150 24V Side Power stern thruster does not mesh well with debris and trash in the Baltimore Inner Harbor.  Every time it rains heavily, it seems like the entire city’s trash comes through the antiquated sewer system and ends up in the water.  It takes days to get either cleaned up or sink to the bottom.   We see bottles, cans, wood, and other debris floating around the docks. It is really sad to see such a beautiful body of water being decimated week after...
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Headhunter X-Caliber Fresh Water Pump Upgrade

  •  5/30/2019
  •   Hodge, Charlie
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When we bought Ophelia in the spring of 2017, we were a little perplexed by the Freshwater System.  It seemed that we could only draw water from 1 of 3 freshwater tanks and there was a possible bad pump, along with a couple air leaks, which can reduce pressure or airlock both pumps.  Suffice to say, it worked well enough off the MID-water tank alone (150 gallon tank), that this job fell to the bottom of my rehab list!  2 years later, I have finally tackled the problems and upgraded the system!  ...
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Pilot House Love - New Flooring

  •  5/10/2019
  •   Hodge, Charlie
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Ophelia finally got some new Pilot House carpeting laid down.  This little project was started about 10 months ago, when we purchased a huge roll of Sea Grass (Calypos Natural with Urethane Backing) along with custom binding (Basketweave Linen Mocha 100').  The hold-up was our installer, who we love, was about a year backed up. We patiently waited for his schedule to clear, as the boat has been a total mess the last two winters, with so much work going on. Worker's boots tracking boatyard dust a...
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Wing Engine Work Completed

  •  2/22/2019
  •   Hodge, Charlie
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Wing Engine work finally completed this week.   Brand:  Yanmar Model:  3JH3E We had the following work done by our mechanic, while Ophelia is in Winter Storage: Drained down the coolant system, removed all fresh water and raw water hoses, removed the exhaust hose between the exhaust riser and muffler, removed the exhaust riser, removed the drive belt. Removed the mounting bolts from the left engine isolator, removed the alternator, lifted the corner of the engine and removed the engine mount...
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