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by DickTuschick
Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Cruising to lower Caribbean on power cat?
Replies: 7
Views: 6459

Re: Cruising to lower Caribbean on power cat?

Hi Duane, To answer your question, I guess it is in the definition of "slow speed". Fuel consumption on the 100's drops drastically if you slow down just a little. My "slow speed" on Heron is about 6.5 knts. At that speed we burn about 1.35 gph or get about 4.7 mpg. I assume that there are about 150...
by DickTuschick
Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Cruising to lower Caribbean on power cat?
Replies: 7
Views: 6459

Re: Cruising to lower Caribbean on power cat?

Hi Pete, Since my wife and I have about 20,000 miles of cruising on a PDQ 34 I thought I would add my two cents worth...... First and most important the PDQ 34 was never designed to be an open ocean/ blue water cruising yacht. However, considering her small size and light displacement she does remar...
by DickTuschick
Fri Nov 27, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: stern light wiring
Replies: 3
Views: 2795

Re: stern light wiring

Sorry for taking so long to respond but just saw your posting question. If you have not already found out there is a hole for wiring at the base of the davit mount. If you just drill up between the two mounting bolts you should hit it perfectly. I think the hole must be about 1.5" in diameter. The f...
by DickTuschick
Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Northern Lights exhaust elbow
Replies: 4
Views: 2816

Northern Lights exhaust elbow

I just finished writing a post on the Yanmar exhaust elbow, but the same thing holds true for the Northern Lights generator. The damage here from a leaking elbow can be much more extensive as the windings for the unit can be affected and the cost to remove and rebuild is significant. New stainless s...
by DickTuschick
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Yanmar 75hp and 100hp exhaust elbow
Replies: 5
Views: 3651

Yanmar 75hp and 100hp exhaust elbow

Hello to all, A word of caution to all 75hp and 100hp owners. As engines age there is one component at is due to fail...the exhaust elbow... The exhaust elbow on all engines will fail at some point due to corrosion. A visual inspection on a regular basis will indicate a failure that will progress ra...
by DickTuschick
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: Diesel Engines
Topic: yanmar exhaust elbow
Replies: 10
Views: 9596

yanmar exhaust elbow

A word of caution to all 75hp and 100hp owners. The exhaust elbow on all engines will fail at some point due to corrosion. A visual inspection on a regular basis will indicate a failure that will progress rapidly if not addressed. New Stainless steel replacements are available on Ebay for $270. (12/...
by DickTuschick
Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:33 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Nova Kool refrigerators
Replies: 3
Views: 3390

Nova Kool refrigerators

Please note that if you replace the original Nova Kool refrigerator with a new unit there may be a problem with overheating of the compressor. In the new units they have stopped placing vents in the front of the unit just over the freezer door. It would appear that without these vents there is not a...
by DickTuschick
Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Shaft vibration
Replies: 31
Views: 23024

Re: Shaft vibration

Hello to all, I thought it might be time to provide a "recap" on this subject. Shaft vibration has been an issue on some PDQ 34's and in almost every case it has been traced back to engine mis-alignment. In a few instances it actually originated at the factory where they did not do a good job when c...
by DickTuschick
Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:11 am
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: House Bank Batteries
Replies: 18
Views: 11631

Re: House Bank Batteries

We put Trojan T145's in three years ago and the just tested out 100%. Key is maintenance and equalizing from time to time.
by DickTuschick
Sun Jun 15, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Tme for a new dinghy
Replies: 4
Views: 3563

Re: Tme for a new dinghy

Hello Jimmy, We just replaced our old dinghy with a AB 9' Ultra Lite (aluminum bottom) with a 15 hp 2 stroke (bought in Bahamas) and it is the best dinghy we have ever had on the PDQ. Fits perfectly and is try easy to lift and launch. A smaller motor like a 6hp 2 stroke might be a better choice and ...
by DickTuschick
Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Maserator pump
Replies: 27
Views: 11424

Re: Maserator pump

To answer your question the outlet is under the head, you will find a 1.5" thru hull shut off there but that is seldom the problem. The standard macerator pumps have been a continuing problem on all boats. The quality of the pumps is poor and the failure rate is high. The recommendation to convert t...
by DickTuschick
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: LEXAN Windscreens
Replies: 0
Views: 2458

LEXAN Windscreens

Hi Folks, Just a quick update on the above subject. As we all know, these windscreens have a limited life (at least in terms of looks) due to UV damage. I have shopped around in this area and the best I could do to get new units made was $225 per side. I am having a batch of them made and if anyone ...
by DickTuschick
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Rust in condensation pan
Replies: 6
Views: 4511

Re: Rust in condensation pan

Hi Folks, This is a problem that we will all face sooner or later as the design and materials used in the Cruisair units was less than ideal. Beth Simkins is attempting to establish a relationship with the Cruisair folks so that we can do a bulk purchase of the new SS pans (plastic ones will not fit...
by DickTuschick
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Window Latch
Replies: 4
Views: 3223

Re: Window Latch

Hi Ross,
Are you talking about the black plastic latch ? If so I just ordered some and will have them shortly.
by DickTuschick
Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:32 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 5
Views: 3699

Solar panels

Hi Folks, This summer I decided to add a couple of solar panels so that when at anchor we could minimize running the generator. The results have been outstanding and I thought I should share the details. I installed two Kyrocera 135W panels over the aft deck bimini with a Prostar 30A controller. At ...