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by DickTuschick
Sun May 29, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Cutlass Bearing Replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 3359

Re: Cutlass Bearing Replacement

Hi Chet, DUETTO's advice is right on. The "whipping" you notice is most likely caused by one (or a combination) of three things: 1. Bad engine alignment, 2. a bent shaft, 3. a worn cutlass bearing. The most likely is an alignment problem. We have encountered this on so many boats and it eventually l...
by DickTuschick
Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Tides Marine Seals
Replies: 2
Views: 2531

Re: Tides Marine Seals

Hi Ron, We have dealt with this issue (many times) and have come to some conclusions. First, in many instances the engines/shafts were never aligned properly at the factory. This fact was hidden by the flexible coupling installed between the transmission coupling and the shaft coupling. When there w...
by DickTuschick
Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:25 am
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: Sharing a French Canal boat
Replies: 3
Views: 3919

Sharing a French Canal boat

Hi Folks, Here is an interesting one for you.... My wife and I have done several trips to France to cruise the canals there....An outstanding experience. We recently came across a great canal boat for sale and we are trying to put together a partnership (four partners) to own and use the boat. We ha...
by DickTuschick
Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Engine alignment
Replies: 1
Views: 6445

Engine alignment

Hi Folks, Since posting the note on the Tides red hose (dripless shaft seal) maintenance issue I have had conversations with several owners and realized that maybe a good thing has turned into a not so good thing! As you know PDW used a "Drive saver" unit between the transmission coupling and the sh...
by DickTuschick
Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Engine alignment
Replies: 0
Views: 1805

Engine alignment

Hi Folks, Since posting the note on the Tides red hose (dripless shaft seal) maintenance issue I have had conversations with several owners and realized that maybe a good thing has turned into a not so good thing! As you know PDW used a "Drive saver" unit between the transmission coupling and the sh...
by DickTuschick
Mon May 17, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Dripless shaft seals
Replies: 6
Views: 8315

Re: Dripless shaft seals

Good luck Russ,
The PSS seals were a disaster when PDQ tried to use them. PSS could never solve the problem so they tried the Tide seals and eventually wound up with the "red" which with some obvious exceptions have been outstanding. I hope you fair better!!
by DickTuschick
Mon May 17, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: grounding rudders & shafts
Replies: 2
Views: 2238

Re: grounding rudders & shafts

Hi ! To the best of my knowledge, there is no "bonding" system on the PDQ. Each underwater metal component has it's own zinc so no bonding system is required. In boats like the Mainship they use bronz thru hull fittings that use another zinc somewhere else (thru the bonding wire) for protection. No ...
by DickTuschick
Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Dripless shaft seals
Replies: 6
Views: 8315

Dripless shaft seals

Hi folks, It's me again with a small but important tecnical update. Since the PDQ 34 was launched there have been several dripless shaft seals delivered in the boat. The factory started out with a PSS seal that did not work very well (quite wet) and they quickly changed to a unit made by Tides marin...
by DickTuschick
Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: MV 34 - 4 blade props
Replies: 64
Views: 39874

Re: MV 34 - 4 blade props

Hi Folks, After a month of heavy weather cruising in the Bahams I can report one other benefit from the 4 blade props...significantly less cavitation in rough water. I would guess a 50%+ reduction. Further news on the subject: Now that the "bulk purchase" on the props is over, I will no longer be in...
by DickTuschick
Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:57 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: MV 34 - 4 blade props
Replies: 64
Views: 39874

Re: MV 34 - 4 blade props

Hi Folks,
Now that we are close to receiving the first batch of 4 blade props for the 100 hp engines (75 hp to follow shortly thereafter) Michigan prop has announced that new prices will be in effect for any new orders placed from this date on. As soon as I have the new pricing I will post it.
by DickTuschick
Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: chlorine tablets in AC strainers
Replies: 4
Views: 4100

chlorine tablets in AC strainers

Hi Folks, In performing some maintenance on a PDQ 34 that we just sold, we found an interesting problem that I thought I should pass on. The owner of this boat had been putting chlorine tablets in the ac strainers to keep them growth free. The tablets certainly did that, but the unanticipated side a...
by DickTuschick
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:40 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: MV 34 - 4 blade props
Replies: 64
Views: 39874

Re: MV 34 - 4 blade props

Hi Jim, Just saw your posting on aqua drives and the sound tiles. I just don't know....we have not tried the 4 blade props on a boat with those options installed so I can't comment. However....logically it would seem that the benefit from the 4 blade props would be at least slightly less, as those o...
by DickTuschick
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: MV 34 - 4 blade props
Replies: 64
Views: 39874

Re: MV 34 - 4 blade props

Hi Folks, Last friday we launched HERON with a set of the new DX 4 blade props. WOW....same improvement I saw on Cat's Away when I seatrialed her. Basically same RPM/Speeds. Last summer we put about 2000 miles on her and now with the new props she is like a totally different boat. The improvement is...
by DickTuschick
Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:56 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: OWNERS RENDEZVOUS IN STUART
Replies: 1
Views: 1536

Re: OWNERS RENDEZVOUS IN STUART

Merry Christmas everybody ! As of today we have 25 boats signed up (45+ people) signed up. Henry Clews has offered to do a slide presentation on the Baltic Adventure, John Tesdorph will do one on cruising to the Jementos and we will have Raymarine and Yanmar tecnicians on site to answer questions. T...
by DickTuschick
Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:36 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: MV 34 - 4 blade props
Replies: 64
Views: 39874

Re: MV 34 - 4 blade props

Hi Folks, Just a quick update. as of today we have ten orders in for 100hp props and only two folks requesting props for the 75 hp. We need a minimum of five to place the order. H&H has also informed me that a price increase from Michigan prop on the 100hp props is expected any day and they have no ...