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cliff mann replied to the topic 'IP-32 head hoses replacement' in the forum. 13 hours 3 minutes ago

Have considered a composting head? When I bought my IP31 everything related to the head was original and needed replacement except the holding tank.. I decided to make the switch.... I've had an Air Head on my 31 for 6 years ... no stink, no leaks, easy care, and USCG legal. Every owner I have meet that has a composting head would never switch back. Just something to think about. Cliff


hayden uploaded 49 photos to the new album 2018 Island Packet Factory Rendezvous. 17 hours 40 minutes ago

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Bob Wirtz replied to the topic 'IP-32 head hoses replacement' in the forum. 2 days ago

Do you have photos of where you cut the access panels. Thanks.


Jerry Budnick replied to the topic '4JH2E on 1991 38' fuel consumption' in the forum. 2 days ago

Hi George. I've been tracking fuel usage on my 38 with the same motor as yours for over 10 years. I motor at 6.5 knots at 2600 RPM. I burn 1.1 gal/hr on average. That gets me 6 NM per gallon. I have a Prowell three bladed feathering prop.



George W. Ruth replied to the topic '4JH2E on 1991 38' fuel consumption' in the forum. 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your response. I appreciate the information and the time you took. Safe travels!

Best regards,



George Meinke replied to the topic '4JH2E on 1991 38' fuel consumption' in the forum. 3 days ago

I have struggled with predicting the fuel consumption per hour for a long time, and here is what I know. We have the same engine in our 1995 IP40 - Delicia, we have kept pretty good fuel records over about 2000 hrs and we burn on average .78 gal / hour.
We motor sail @ 1500-1700 rpm and when straight motoring use 2400-2700 rpm. We always have the mainsail up for stability and it makes easier to see us. We set preventers as a matter course and often the main provides a little bit of drive which helps the full consumption. On some motor sailing runs the consumption falls to as low as .55 gal / hour.
You cannot predict fuel consumption at a given RPM unless you know the engine load.

A couple of points on this:
1. When we trip plan, we plan with 1.1 / per hour and assume 5 gallon will remain in the tank as unusable. We are always concerned with the situation where the wx turns really bad and we have to use the motor hard for 6-10 hours to get to a port of safe harbor. Fuel consumption at high power settings is dramatically higher than normally experienced. The determining factor on fuel consumption isn’t rpm! It is load, i.e. the amount of power being produced at the rpm.

2. For example, according to the specific fuel consumption tables in the Yanmar 4JH2E Service Manual, the engine can consume 2.3 gal / hour at 2400 rpm if fully loaded.

From the 4JH2E Specific fuel consumption Performance Curves
rpm max hp @ rpm grams/hp/hr total grams/hr kg/hr kg/gallon gal /hr
2400 36 205 7380 7.38 3.2245 2.28

3. The engine load variation is what causes the wild fluctuations in fuel consumption at constant rpm. The injection pump governor contraption endeavors to keep the rpm constant. As you motor along you don’t notice the changes in fuel consumption moment by moment.

Hope this helps, it took me a long time to break the code on this.
George Meinke
S/V Delicia


Clint and Janet replied to the topic '4JH2E on 1991 38' fuel consumption' in the forum. 4 days ago

I burn about 1/3 to 1/2 gallon an hour at 1800rpm. I have a Brenton’s autoprop that I believe is very efficient.


George W. Ruth created a new topic ' 4JH2E on 1991 38' fuel consumption' in the forum. 4 days ago

I've tried numerous times to nail down my fuel consumption on Bright Hope to no avail. If anyone else has a 38' IP with this engine, can you share what you've been able to count on in terms of gal/hour and what RPM please? I do understand that props and transmissions might cause some variance but I would guess that they'd be close if it's a "standard" 38.
All help appreciated.



George W. Ruth replied to the topic 'Generator Oil Leak Help!!' in the forum. 4 days ago

Just as information iit turned out to be the connection between the remote oil fill hose and the bottom of the oil pan. I removed the ez fill hose and replaced the connector with a standard oil drain plug and the leak stopped (mercifully as it's a bear to get to!). I figure that I can use the small oil change hand pump to remove the oil in the future.


hayden replied to the topic 'IPY Factory Rendezvous' in the forum. 6 days ago

The schedule is hour. Here is a cooy.

March 15, 2018
Potluck-South Straub Park, 198 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
5:00 pm Registration/Meet and Greet/Happy Hour (no open glass containers allowed)
6:00 pm Potluck Dinner
March 16, 2018
Factory Tour-1979 Wild Acres Road, Largo, FL 33771
10:00 am Registration
10:00-11:45 am Fiberglass
11:45 am-12:45 pm Lunch/BBQ
1:00-2:00 pm Decking, paint and mill
2:00-3:00 pm Assembly area
3:00-5:00 pm Open panel discussion/Q&A/Happy Hour
March 17, 2018
Seminars/Dinner-St Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
9:00 am Cruising seminar with George Day, editor of Blue Water Sailing Magazine
10:00 am Yanmar seminar with Mastery Marine
11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm Safety and stability seminar with Bill Bolin
2:00 pm Maintaining your Island Packet with Norm Pierce
5:00 pm Cocktail hour (cash bar)
6:00 pm Dinner (Commodore Buffet with beef, chicken and fish selections)

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Ottar Johansen replied to the topic 'Water Tank Level Sensor' in the forum. 1 week ago

I have to replace my old water tank level sensor too on my IP420 from 2001. I do not know the size on the treads and the depth of the tank, but it seem to be a sensor like this :

Do anyone know if this is the right sensor. The old one is from Rochester Gauges in Texas.



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Leigh Armistead replied to the topic 'Network B&G Zeus II with Autohelm ST7000' in the forum. 1 week ago

Ii have the same issue with a Zeus 2 and the older B & G "Network" 0183 based autopilot. The controller is an ACP-1. You're correct that NMEA 0183 data is available on the video cable of the Zeus 2. On the advice of a B & G rep at the Annapolis Boat Show last fall, I connected it to the ACP-1. The autopilot reports No data when I try to send it course instructions. I've searched extensively on line for a solution and posted a request on the Panbo forum but have no resolved the situation. I'd hate to replace a working autopilot controller to fix this. Very expensive!


Sam Allen created a new topic ' Installing a mast pin' in the forum. 1 week ago


I looked through your blog, about replacing the mast pin, etc. Our mast doesn't (spell that has never had) have a mast pin. The collar has the holes, but the mast has never been drilled out for a pin - and yes, I know this because I've had the mast out twice.

The question here is - when inserting the pin, how do you get it to come out the other side properly, given you have such a small, and shrinking, space to grasp, as you insert the pin. I've always been concerned that the pin might drop down as it approaches the far side of the mast (inside), wedge there, and be almost non-retrievable, and not in correctly. The solution I had thought of would be to "glue" one end of the pin to a long wooden dowel (or some such) that could be fed in, and that had enough length that it could be maneuvered to properly come out the far-side hole. After pushing the actual pin in, the dowel could be "popped off" at the glue point. How did you tackle this issue?

I also note that you don't have a mast wedge in the new setup. You new collar is considerably tighter around the new mast than my original mast and collar. (Isomat mast from 1994)

Any comments about the above would be appreciated.



george henry replied to the topic 'Spotless Stainless to clean stainless' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Spotless Stainless and Collinite Metal Wax 850 have been essential maintenance stores on Andromeda since the introduction of Spotless Stainless on the market. I use it on Andromeda's interior also, as well as on her brass items. They are terrific!
George Henry
S/V Andromeda, IP 44-35,
Isla Mujeres, Mex.


Randy Covington created a new topic ' Network B&G Zeus II with Autohelm ST7000' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

We recently installed all new electronics on our IP40, all B&G. I was told by the installer that the Autohelm would work with the Zeus II and be able to provide the sail steer function. Long story short, I now have a new MFD and an auto pilot that do not communicate. Apparently there is a way to get them to talk through NMEA 0183 by using the video connection on the MFD.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. We did not replace the auto pilot because it was working well while everything else was not, and of course there were many other items to spend multiple boat units on.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


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