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by BilgeRat1
Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: The pictures say it all
Replies: 5
Views: 2607

Re: The pictures say it all

River levels were up, but I had heard that he was actually in a small craft channel. :oops:
Tom
by BilgeRat1
Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:55 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Italy cruise ship Costa Concordia aground near Giglio
Replies: 187
Views: 64011

Re: Italy cruise ship Costa Concordia aground near Giglio

Nah, needed a set of rain tires... :D
by BilgeRat1
Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Coolant Ph
Replies: 4
Views: 3957

Re: Coolant Ph

Thanks guys. We have had no way of testing coolant since about 2007; seems they didn't put too high of a priority on finding a way for us after Dearborn's little conductivity testers went away. This past trip out, we got test strips that also checked Ph, so I was curious. My Ph came in at about 8, a...
by BilgeRat1
Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:09 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Coolant Ph
Replies: 4
Views: 3957

Coolant Ph

Does anybody have any idea of what Ph I should be looking for in an EMD 645 cooling system running Nalcool 2000 and no antifreeze?
Thanks,
Tom
by BilgeRat1
Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Italy cruise ship Costa Concordia aground near Giglio
Replies: 187
Views: 64011

Re: Italy cruise ship Costa Concordia aground near Giglio

I'd say somebody is going to have some major "splainin" to do here. Good Lord, what were they even doing that close inshore?? There was also a report on the BBC that the captain, who has been detained, was one of the first ones off. In the BBC photo of the damage, you could see into the sh...
by BilgeRat1
Sat May 14, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: alfa laval centrifuge mba 104
Replies: 15
Views: 11004

Re: alfa laval centrifuge mba 104

When you start feeding oil at first after cleaning, you will see some water in the water sight glass for a short while as the feed oil displaces some of the seal water, but that should not last too long. As for lube oil, you might be better off with a good quality HP gear oil. This is a worm driving...
by BilgeRat1
Sat May 14, 2011 7:03 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Detroit Diesel
Replies: 2
Views: 2477

Re: Detroit Diesel

Heh, the dyno room one reminds me of the 16-710's I used to live with on my old boat on the Lower Mississippi...
by BilgeRat1
Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Left Handed Monkey Wench
Replies: 3
Views: 2529

Re: Left Handed Monkey Wench

Hmm, going to have to look around for ebook copies of Glencannon. Curtis Publishing put a book out some years ago, but it was mostly about his drinking! My wife sent me back to work with her Kindle on a trial run, and I am going to get one for myself at work; if I can find Glencannon stories in Mobi...
by BilgeRat1
Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:53 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Left Handed Monkey Wench
Replies: 3
Views: 2529

Re: Left Handed Monkey Wench

Oh yes! I have a copy of this in a book called "The Sons of Martha". It is a collection of McKenna's short stories and three sections of the book he had in the works when he died of a heart attack in 1964. We were robbed of another great book by his death; the stand alone sections of "...
by BilgeRat1
Sat May 02, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Fittings and Threads
Replies: 11
Views: 5966

Re: Fittings and Threads

Carrol Smith was the team engineer for the winning American effort at LeMans in the mid sixties and he wrote a series of books on race car preparation and tuning. One of these is "Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners and Plumbing Handbook". It covers race car methods (basically AN standard aircraft hard...
by BilgeRat1
Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:14 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: TWIC
Replies: 5
Views: 3417

Re: TWIC

Bad pass indeed. I was at the St. Louis airport the other day (on my way to set up a computer on a company boat), and our barge maint. VP took paind to let me know not to use the TWIC for ID with the TSA. Seems somebody else had, and got to spend a good long while explaining it to the TSA. :roll: Wh...
by BilgeRat1
Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:48 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Engine Log Computer program
Replies: 6
Views: 5208

It turns out that we will be using Sinex Solutions; they're headquartered in Duluth, MN. I don't have the details on cost; I was only told that it is not cheap. It's an internet based system; anyone in the company that needs access to the information can get to it with a password and any computer wi...
by BilgeRat1
Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:53 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Home of the free...
Replies: 6
Views: 4347

TxMarEng said, "Things will never be settled until they take the CG out of the loop entirely in matters of marine inspection and licensing." Couldn't agree more. I understand that the USCG received a congressional dressing down in January for "overzealous boarding tactics". A fri...
by BilgeRat1
Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:03 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Engine Log Computer program
Replies: 6
Views: 5208

Evidently we're going to do it on our boats. I'm supposed to get more details on this soon, so I'll pass on what I find out.
Tom

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