Back in the Saddle 1-25-11

dausualinc

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Nov 25, 2008
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Kekoa
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30' Knife
I've been out of the fishing scene for a few months due to overload at Work, and some mechanical rebuilds on the boat. Last week did a shake down run and got a mahi and an ono out of Hawaii Kai. Yesterday we deciced to do a little longer run and really get back into the fishing groove. The plan was to head for T Buoy but got stopped about 7 miles short when we found it drifting. I was hoping to find 100lb shibis under it but no dice. We were able to get half a dozen small mahis. Fun action on light tackle. We reported the broken Buoy to the powers that be and were back to the harber before 3. Hope they can get T back out there soon for us HK trollers. Mahalo to that Black and Yellow, yellowfin that towed it back in.
 

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aj1976

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Apr 14, 2008
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Not a bad day at all for being out of it for a while. did you end up raising your helm since you added the cap? I'm trying to get a plan of projects on my boat which would include replacing the windshield and raising the helm as well. Good going on your fish.
 

patfishhi

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Sep 20, 2007
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32' Blackfin "Kai Nana"
Kekoa and crew,
Why bother with the longer run just keep doing the short shake down cruises and keep baggin' mahis and onos? Just kiddin' good goin' on both trips; show us a pic or 2 of the finished product.

Cheers
Pat
 

Pupule

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Feb 16, 2010
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That's a very nice catch, Kekoa, and congrats for completing all the mechanical work on your boat. The shakedown voyage appears to have been problem free.

Kudos to the captain who towed T-buoy to the dock.

I hope to be out there this weekend, weather permitting. Juju, at Lanakila Marine, hooked me up with the latest Volvo design for the stern drive steering arm and shaft assembly (it uses a square shaft, rather than a round shaft with dozens of tiny splines). I installed it this past weekend. It should be a lot stronger and more dependable. Knock on wood. ;)

Aloha
 
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wisebob

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Sep 19, 2009
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bob
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smallsize kine
Kekoa,

Great going on the mahis!

Did you really let your dog eat the meat without problems? All I know is when I let my dog eat some stuff, she ends up with some liquidy poo.

bob
 

grander007

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May 10, 2007
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Sounds like it from the description...

Nice going on the fish and the shakedown!

Tight lines,
 

dausualinc

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Nov 25, 2008
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Kekoa
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30' Knife
AJ and Pat- Here are a few pictures of the work I've been doing. I glassed in some boxes to raise my helm and built a housing for my Hydraulic helm station so its higher up now, Raised Throttle too. Now I can sit down and see where the hell I'm going. Still have alot of gelcoat and cosmetic work to do, and I'm waiting for funding to be allocated for some decent chairs or atleast one good one. The Hydro steering is a dream come true and worth every penny.

AJ - I included a pic of my engine becuase if I remember correctly you have the same one. she is over 25 years old but still purrs. If you want to check it out in person let me know, you can learn from my mistakes:rofl:

Pupule- Glad to hear you got the arm fixed. I'm gonna take a closer look at mine now.

Bob- No intestinal problems from the pup:shithappens:, benefit of a poi dog I think
 

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aj1976

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Nice work as always Kekoa. AQAD40B circa 1985, yup same engine except mine still has the raw water strainer and power streering pump but I'm gonna upgrade to hydraulic soon. Thanks for posting the pictures good reference for me. Gotto bookmark this thread.

--Alan
 

Pupule

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Feb 16, 2010
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Woah, dems some massive mods. You're riding high and dry with the new command bridge. Nice work!
 

BNaks

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Dec 6, 2009
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Brandon
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Congrats on your return to fishing/catching... Your boat is looking more and more pimp every time you post pics.
 

dausualinc

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Nov 25, 2008
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Kekoa
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30' Knife
Thanks for all the support guys, my resolution is to spend more time fishing this year and less time doing projects.

Nice work! I think I met you down Hale O Lono with Jeff, Sai?
Whats up man, yeah we had choke fun on that trip, one of my crew ate it getting back to the boat:rofl:. Hope to come visit your beautiful island again soon.
 

dausualinc

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Nov 25, 2008
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Kekoa
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30' Knife
The big project that kept me on the sidelines these past few months was rebuilding my cooling system- oil cooler, aftercooler, and heatexchanger. In and of itself not too big of a project but as with any older engine you can be opening a can of worms, which I promtly did. Previous owner did not change zincs on schedule so they were non-existent and the plugs were stuck in place, this lead to corrosion in some of the cast iron parts, mostly the cover plate on the bottom of my aftercooler.

Any one who has bought volvo parts or any diesel for that matter, knows that parts are astronomically expensive! They really have you over a barrel because there are no aftermarket suppliers like in the automotive hotrodding industry, which, incidentally is where I used to spend all of my money before I found boats. Being the stubborn guy (and broke) that I am I decided I can make that part from scratch, so thats what I decided to do:2gunsfiring_v1:.

The part is constructed of 6061 1/4" aluminum and was welded on my Miller Diversion TIG. The finished piece fit really well, and I believe is a superior piece to the original. I was able to fix what I thought were some design flaws, mainly volvo's use of wimpy clamps that hold the seawater piping onto the cover plate.

In the end I was very satisfied with the finished product and as a side benefit I could take apart the entire cooling system in my sleep if I had to.
By the way, volvo sells the replacement part for 500 or 600 hundred bucks. All of the cooler cores needed to be cleaned badly as well. Now the engine temp is completely stable whereas before it would slowly climb if I was running it hard. Any way, hope some one can find some enjoyment or inspiration from this string of projects that piled on me during Nov and Dec.
 

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DC808

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May 14, 2009
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Solid work. Your crew appreciates all the hard work you put into that boat. Now lets go load up the fish box and empty the cooler.
 

JimmyK

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Jun 1, 2009
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17' Seaswirl Striper CC, Krystana C.
Kekoa, Nice going on your shake down cruise, plus blood in the box! You did a great job on your alterations too, thanks for sharing. Good job on fabbing the cover, I'll bet that will last the life of the motor...
Tight lines...