We been in Mexico since the 5th Dec 2018. We flew American Air to Mazatlan via Phoenix this year and flight was delayed three plus hours. So it was nice that we had rented an Airbnb at the marina for couple if nights in order to allow opening the boat. Hajime is in lower left hand corner of photo, on dock 7, and Airbnb was on ground floor of red roofed complex near walk to pool… Logistics were GREAT!
Items we brought down to feed boat’s appetite.
|X-3 Shaft Zinc 1″ Diameter|
|9 1/2 Wire Crimping tool|
|Mexican Train Dominoes|
|2 set Shoreline 1/2″dia.x20′ Blue + 1/2″dia.x25′ Gold/White|
|Cobra 400 Watts Inverted|
|Dive fins used|
|12v 5L/Min 115 psi pump “micro electric diaphragm pump”|
|Quiet 12v DC solar circulation pump 8-1,8-2|
|Beckson Port light screens|
|Beckson Port light gaskets|
|Home Depot thumb screws|
|Bilge Pump ebay|
|Bilge pump Amazon|
|Ocean Systems EPIRB Battery|
|LOWES Fittings and tube (1 lot)|
|Fittings 3/8 and 1/4 (2 each = 1 lot)|
LiFePO4 Battery UPDATE:
Boat opened well, only a couple issues.
So about the refrigerator:
Air Breeze Wind Power Generator:
Raw water pump too:
The procedure for the re-build is as follows:
PF40B ‐ (207‐08922) Raw Water Pump Q‐500‐003‐001
Pump Repair Guide – Disassembly Procedure
1. Remove the pump from the engine.
2. Remove cover screws (18), Cover (2) and Cover Seal.
3. Remove Impeller (11) with suitable removal tool, and remove the Wear Plate (14).
4. Remove the Retaining Tube (15) and the Retaining Tube Centring Ring (16)
5. Remove the Oil Seal (17) with a hooked pick or similar suitable tool.
6. Remove Circlip (12) with Circlip Pliers.
7. Push Shaft and Bearing assembly out of the pump body by pressing the shaft out from the impeller end.
8. Remove the Water Seal (7) and V‐ring Seal (13) using a suitable tool.
9. To remove the bearings from the shaft a bearing press plate should be used to offset the bearing spacer to one side and sit behind the engine side bearing.
10.The engine side bearing (3) can then be pressed from the shaft.
11.Remove the bearing spacer (6).
12.The seal side bearing (3) can then be pressed from the shaft.
13.Remove Circlip (10) from shaft is required.
All parts should be inspected for wear / damage before reassembly / re‐use.
It is good practice to replace all Seals with new parts during re‐assembled.
If the water seal (7) has worn a groove in the shaft (4) then the shaft should be
If the pump has leaked and the bearings are contaminated with water they should
Assembly / Re‐assembly Procedure
1. Ensure that Circlip (10) is fitted to the groove in the Shaft (4).
2. Press the “seal side” Bearing (3) onto the Shaft (4) until the inner ring rests against the Circlip (10). Ensure the inner bearing ring is supported by the press tool to prevent damage to the bearing.
3. Fit the Bearing Spacer (6) between the two bearings and press the engine side bearing (3) onto the shaft until both bearing outer rings are in contact with the bearing spacer. Ensure that both bearing press tools support both the inner and outer bearing rings of each bearing to prevent damage to the bearing.
4. Press the bearing / shaft assembly into the pump body (1), ensure the press tool pushes on the outer bearing ring to prevent damage to the bearings.
5. Fit the Circlip (12) with circlip pliers.
6. Fit the new Oil Seal (17) by pressing into place against outer diameter, lubrication may be required to fit correctly / easily. Once the seal is fitted, use a plastic pick or thin tool to displace the oil seal lip and release any air trapped behind the Oil Seal (17).
7. Push the new V‐Ring seal (13) down the shaft until is seats on the counter face inside the pump body, it should be deflected slightly by the counter face to seal the bearing housing.
8. Press the new Water Seal (7) into the water seal seat ensuring the seal lip is pointing towards the impeller end of the pump. To seat the water seal correctly the seat and seal should be lubricated with a small amount of water or rubbing alcohol.
9. Fit the Centring Ring (16) to the outer diameter of the Retaining Tube (15) and push into place behind the seal (7). Ensure the Centring Ring (16) is still in place on the tube once fitted.
10.Fit the Wear Plate (14) inside the impeller housing.
11.Lubricate the impeller bore and wear plate with l a neoprene rubber compatible lubricant (silicone lubricant or Glycerol are acceptable).
12.Fit the impeller (11) all the way into the housing, ensure it engages with the shaft and that the drive pin is fitted.
13.Fit the Cover Seal (5), then lubricate the impeller and seal with neoprene and nitrile rubber compatible lubricant (as above).
14.Fit the Cover Plate (2) and fix in place with 6 Cover Screws (18).
15.Re‐install the pump onto the engine.
END of TECHIE
We are going to re-cover the foam settee cushions and bunk cushions, again. We did them in 2011, all but the V-berth cushions, and they have collected quite a bit of grime from the 4 years of full time live aboard et al. We bought the fabric for around $50 today and we can reclaim the old zippers. It should only take a couple/three days to do the work (once we start). We will photo… Here are the old cushions from 2011…
We also picked up a mattress topper, 2 inch gel foam memory foam, from amazon.com.mx and had it sent to the Marina Mazatlan. We cut a king size (74″ x 74″) down for the V-Berth where we sleep and are feeling the love… It has improved the comfort of the 4 inch thick, 40 year old, foam cushions tremendously! And it was only around $60 USD delivered… Woohoo.
Just got a new Trident Marine 1300-7760 L.P. Gas Control and Detection System, 12V , Solenoid control. The old xintex S-2 was screaming all the time and we decommissioned it a couple years ago. It felt right to replace it! Looks nice installed…
Jim got his residente permanente, “GREEN CARD” , on the 10th, last week, and Jess started her paperwork with immigration on the 10th. Permanent residency for us is the suggested method for folks returning to Mexico often. The six month “tourist visa” you get with a plane ticket to MX is not meant for folks who stay longer than six months at times.
We finally got to Irimi Dojo, Federico and Aida’s dojo in Colonia Juarez here in Mazatlan this last week. It is great to see everyone and play a little judo. I sat out the first night, Wednesday, with a little stiffness still from the header I took at the masters in Cancun, but couldn’t stay away and dressed on Friday. Saturday we took a bus to Culiacán for the state qualifier for the cadet national judo tournament in Feb. Both of the Torres boys qualified for the National tournament.