¡Mucho Trabajo!

¡Hola mi gente! I write this from the salon (if I have a beer open, is it “SALOON?”) of s/v YOLO. The drive down was just lovely, no red lights again! This is a very good thing because I had a bundle of fruit formerly known as Cuties…now Smileys or some other nonsense.

The remainder of the day was a little brutal, as I had to unload all the goodies from the car up a 20 foot ladder, single handed (sailor talk for BY MYSELF).  Not fun. And it was about 98F or so. But before that began, I had to hose down the majority of the deck and cockpit to rid the previous months collection of the fine Mexican sand and dust.  Also had to run extension cords to plug in our shore power. I did some other odds and ends but nothing worth mentioning. Good times.

I rousted up this morning and was insanely motivated. Here is what went down over the course of the day:

  • Installed replacement cabinet latch in aft head
  • Installed two 12V fans in aft cabin, including running new wires, as the old one were extremely old and brittle.
  • Installed our new Pioneer stereo.
  • Removed all the old speakers, as their cones were rotted, four total.
  • Removed teak grate from cockpit and scrubbed and cleaned cockpit sole
  • Installed replacement reading light in aft cabin
  • Rewired the primary bilge pump that I had semi-repaired on my last trip.  Now that  I know how to use heat shrink butt splices and have a ratcheting crimper, it’s a whole new game.
  • Ordered LED light bulbs for all reading lights
  • Ordered new speakers

New discoveries (not found by surveyor, go figure):

  • I think we will need a new stove (see photos below)
  • Severe corrosion and patch on heat exchanger elbow (i think this is what it is called)?…it appears to be a separate section that bolts on to actual heat exchanger body.
  • Dried, weeping rust marks on the chainplates…need to pull these and have them examined.  We will probably rebed all deck hardware as well.
  • 12 DVD movies behind one of the speakers…the previous owner really liked ARNOLD. Let me know if you need any movie that he has appeared in, ever. I got you covered.  Shocking that I am still finding stuff like this.

Questions for the boat experts out there?

  • What are your thoughts on the stove: find replacement part or get new one?  If so, is Force 10 still a good brand?
  • Am I correct in calling the part off the back of the heat exchanger an “elbow”? Where can I source a new one? For what it is worth…I have a brand new factory Perkins heat exchanger that was left by the previous owner, but it is just the main body…NO elbow section.
  • Why are the belts on my engine and genset turned inside out?
  • Why is the BOAT acronym so damn accurate!!!???

Lot’s of stuff happening back at home – kids are approaching the end of their school year, house on the market, having our 3rd garage sale on Saturday, and I will be going to captain training on a new aircraft in mid June!

I apologize for the poor picture quality…we did get a new DSLR camera but I don’t want to break it out quite yet with all the dirty work here on the boat.

!Hasta luego!

-Mateo Loco



Do I cut the red one or the blue one?


We didn’t spring for the FUSION system mainly because I’m thrifty. But this thing is loaded with TECH! We can control the unit and stream all audio from our iPhones/iPads. It also has a USB dock and a screen that I can make dolphins appear on.

Pretty nice for 1990, right?

Pretty nice for 1990, right?

Imagine the horror when I had everything connected and ready to ROCK! "Boat rattlin', like two midgets in the back seat wrestlin"'

Imagine the horror I heard when I had everything connected and cued up some tunes! “Boat rattlin’, like two midgets in the back seat wrestlin”‘ The speaker cones were disintegrated on all four of them!

New fans for the love palace.

New fans for the love palace.


This is located in top ceiling of the oven.  Probably just needs a little WD-40 eh?

This is located in the top center ceiling of the oven. Probably just needs a little WD-40 eh?


This “elbow” is connected to the back of the heat exchanger. It almost appears to thread into place.?


The back (left) is where the corroded elbow connects.

Why are the belts on my engine and genset turned inside out?

Inside out belts above and below?


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8 thoughts on “¡Mucho Trabajo!

  1. Dave

    It’s called a mixing elbow. The engine exhaust from the heat exchanger comes in hot from the left side of the picture. Raw sea water is injected into the top through the hose you see. This water has been circulated through the engine cooling system ( I assume your engine is fresh water jacketed) prior to being injected into the elbow. This injected water helps further cool the exhaust gasses as well as help to silence the exhaust noise. I’m kinda thinking you have either leaking hose clamp or pinhole in the elbow – witness the discoloring. Hose clamps ought to be doubled up, bolt heads opposing sides (see next pic – one clamp should have the bolt on top, the other clamp bolt on the bottom)
    Note: heat exchangers love to clog up and mixing elbows love to carbon up. Depending upon the engine, your water temperature going into the final exhaust hose off the elbow should be around 160° to 180°F. If it is higher, you most likely have one of the afore mentioned parts clogged. It’s even more fun with two engines.

    1. Matt

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks for the comment. Now I know where (and what) the mixing elbow is! I am going to pull the whole thing off to have a good luck at the inside and determine the course of action. Really appreciate the info.

  2. Amanda Best

    Hey Matt!! Shane’s first project was replacing our mixing elbow! We had some home made mixing elbow that we had to try to replace back to Yanmar recommendations. 1 day job turned into 3, having to replace the hoses with difference sizes as well 🙂 Feel free to call him with any questions… Hope all is well!

    1. Matt

      Hey Amanda and Shane! Wasssssup! The damn mixing elbow! I will probably take you up on some of the free tech support when I get this thing off! Everything else is great. We had another major discovery on the boat (a good thing)…but I will have to tell you about that in a private message! What is the latest on Wryly Phoenix?

      1. Amanda Best

        Haha, I look forward to hearing about your discovery! We are headed to the Wryly Phoenix on Wednesday, for about 2 weeks, to get her ready for the delivery up the CA coast. Hauling her out to replace the Bellow on our PSS and replace two sea cocks, among many many other projects :-). I think we’ve decided to pay a captain to deliver her, Shane is just too busy with work and we really want her close by ASAP. Oh well, we’ll have plenty of time for sailing soon enough! If all goes well, she’ll be in the Bay Area by Memorial Day!

  3. Mark and Cindy - s/v Cream Puff

    Hi Matt,

    Propane stoves can be a little scary. Since propane is heavier than air, when you have a leak it will accumulate in the bilges, or lowest point of the boat. It will stay there until someone ignites it (a bad thing). If you are uncertain about the stove, replace it. Force 10 is a good brand (they also own Eno) and Dickinson (made in Canada) is also a good brand. Here is a link to the cheapest place I have found for stoves: http://www.suremarineservice.com/propane-ranges.aspx
    If you replace the stove be sure to measure carefully else you will wind up needing a carpenter. It might pay off to make a cardboard box the size of the stove to ensure it will fit and swing in the space cutout.
    Replace the propane hose between the tank and the stove. Install a propane sensor system with an automatic shut off at the tank. The tank should be contained in a compartment of the boat that is vented to the outside (usually a hole in the hull). The remote and auto shut off system with a few sniffers are not terribly expensive. If you have a system already, you can check it with a cigarette or bbq lighter. Blow out the flame and hold it over the sensor. Be sure to check the flexible hose at the rear of the stove. Because the stove is gimbaled, this hose moves and is prone to chafing. This is item that should be looked at least 4x per year. Put it on your maintenance schedule.

    Curious, what was the find on the boat?


    Mark and Cindy
    s/v Cream Puff


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