Penny’s new fridge

May 27, 2015

Penny was commissioned in 1977. She is an old gal but in remarkably good shape for her age, though some of her joints are getting creaky. One of them is her fridge (which I am not convinced is original). The fridge that came with the boat was an older Norcold model. A few month after

Yamaha 8hp outboard carb cleaning

May 26, 2015

Zippey’s motor is powered by a Yamaha two stroke 8HP outboard. I purchased this motor in 2012 and it has run strong until now. I started having issues with the cooling flowing properly which led me to investigate other issues, such as a rough idle. The motors idle was getting a little rough near the

Installing a shower check valve

May 22, 2015

When using the shower the water drains down into a holding tank. Inside that holding tank is a bilge pump that has an internal floater which detects water to activate the pump. From the pump there is a six foot rise and a seven foot run to the outlet. Some bilge pumps are not powerful

Tuning up Zippey’s motor

May 17, 2015

Boating season is upon us! That means time for annual maintenance. This weekend I pulled the outboard motor off Zippey’s transom to give it some lovin. It has been a couple years since this motor has seen any maintenance. Upon first firing the motor a big cloud of blue smoke poured out and the engine

Head wall modifications

May 4, 2015

A couple owners ago Penny was a liveaboard by a retired couple. They made some great modifications to the boat however for taller individuals not all were ideal. In the head was placed a light bar similar to the kind you find in a house bathroom. Exactly the same as the house I grew up