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by DickTuschick
Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Engine Hatch Gasket
Replies: 3
Views: 3157

Re: Engine Hatch Gasket

An exact replacement is available from NAPA or any good car parts store. It come in 10' or 20' lengths. It slips on over the fiberglass lip...with great effort as it is a tight fit. I used the rubber handle of a hammer (pounding ) to put it on and it went well. Take a piece of the old one to show th...
by DickTuschick
Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Davit failures
Replies: 11
Views: 5433

Re: Davit failures

The davits that were supplied by the factory were rated at about 150 lbs and they recommended that a dinghy and motor of less than 100lbs be used. We tested these davits by hanging 150 lbs on each one (with a little springing on them and had no failures) However....as noted in another posting that i...
by DickTuschick
Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Rule Bilge pump failure
Replies: 7
Views: 5431

Rule Bilge pump failure

Hi Folks If you have not done so recently you should check the operation of the Rule bilge pumps that are located aft of the engine compartments, Make sure that they actually pump water and the only way to do that is to place the unit in a small pail of water and see if it comes on automatically if ...
by DickTuschick
Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Gear / Equipment / Maintenance
Topic: Repainting center aluminum window frame
Replies: 4
Views: 4490

Re: Repainting center aluminum window frame

Hi Duane, Just saw your posting from last year on the window corrosion. Yes, everyone sooner or later is going to have that issue. After some research I decided to use a product that is available here in Stuart called "Signature" Paint. I think it is really Emron 3 part poly paint but not sure. The ...
by DickTuschick
Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: center cutlass bng.
Replies: 6
Views: 4038

Re: center cutlass bng.

Hi Folks, I felt I should add my two cents worth here. We had Stuart Yacht install the mid-bearings last year as well. We did this as an experiment to see if there really was an improvement. I our case, there was no change in the boat after installation. However, it must be noted that we had paid pa...
by DickTuschick
Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Cruising to lower Caribbean on power cat?
Replies: 7
Views: 6888

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: 6888

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: 2971

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: 3016

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: 3925

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: 10203

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: 3596

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: 24563

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: 12368

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: 3749

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 ...