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Leveling oil in sundowner 36

Hello,

Just joined the Sundowner Forum to assist a new owner with understanding her Sundowner 36, Bounty Hunter, mentioned in one of the previous threads. BH is now in Brentwood Bay, BC and I have been working through some of the basics of owning a trawler with the new owner.

One of the first items was checking the oil on the Lehman 120hp. It is reading a bit high on the dipstick and I know there can be an issue with overfilling Lehmans (I have a 135). I also know that the engine is not level so will not necessarily read on the factory dipstick marks (see attached photo; I assume factory spec is between the two small notches on the dipstick - left side of photo). So I was hoping there might be someone with the identical set up that might have some advice.

The alternative is to drain out all the oil, then add the exact amount of oil in the manual spec and see where the level is. A bit messy so was trying to avoid that . . .

http://www.sailangle.com/uploads/userfiles/7/546969ee98bc0_Dipstick2.JPG

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Originally posted by John Haprer on 17-Nov-14 03:29:53 AM UTC

back deck mimini

would like to build a bimini cover over the back slider.... full deck or just the hatch?

so me pictures of what you have done and give me suggestions and ideas

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Originally posted by Allen Messick on 04-Nov-14 10:10:49 PM UTC

Cushion material for your Sundowner seats and berths.

The fleet is getting along in years and the original supplied foam seating/berths cushions from Taiwan builders has probably been replaced by many of you. For those in need of more support and comfort I have finally run across my old reference to what I replaced in the 1988-built Seeker about May of 2001 for all seating except the forward berths where it was unneeded.

I wanted more support with new covers so a local marine canvas specialist knew exactly what would work. It is called HR Foam and I chose 6" thick foam rated at 2.5 lbs/square foot density per his recommendation. This gives solid support and comfort. The new covers' material was BURCH FAIRFIELD BUFF #66 266346, a tan that complemented the teak interior very well and has the side benefit of closely resembling Ultrasuede without the cost. Button tucks were taken in it in the saloon to relieve flat expanses. A back slope was used in the PH, 6" to 4" for comfort. Sewing was with a durable synthetic, not like the original cotton in Ho Hsing's builds.

Sun and its heat are big factors in upholstery deterioration in a boat. There just aren't any covered slips in SoCal marinas. I also at the same time had custom white 90% plasticized inside screens with corner snaps made for each window, with the forward PH windows and their two side-forward windows made as a single screen. The paper templates made by the installer were perfect and the screens fit perfectly each window. As shipwrights follow bulkheads, no two side windows were quite exactly the same so the installer sewed a small piece of suede leather in an upper inside corner which I marked with black magic marker as LPHD, for example, for the Left Pilot House Door window, etc. Only the PH doors' glass required outside screens rather than inside screens, and high winds were never a screen retention issue. These 90% screens allowed at the dock outside visibility during the day and privacy at night. They also lowered the inside PH temperature by a measured 10-15 degrees f., remarkably increasing dockside comfort.

I had at commissioning installed adjustable retained venetian blinds in the saloon side windows, so these needed no screens..

I never understood the guys who use black 70% window screens on their power boats in SoCal waters. They just soak up the sun's heat and are a bird attractant to sloped windscreens. Boat covers of dark blue or black also heat a boat unmercifully and are to be avoided. Big footed sea birds aren't dumb, and roost on dark colors heated by the sun, and you know what that produces.

Doug Robertson ex SD32/162 SEEKER

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Originally posted by Doug Robertson on 17-Oct-14 08:39:17 PM UTC

For Sale

I'm the only owner of the 30' Sundowner Emerald Lady, which I have kept in as close to pristine shape as I can. I now have to sell it as I have bought another boat and I am becoming boat poor.

Thanks Bob

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Originally posted by Bob Railton on 15-Sep-14 01:14:06 PM UTC

Northwest curise

Summer us over for me. GUDRUN just finisher a 2 month cruise in the San Juan and Canadian islands. We saw many sundowners ,and yes,Doug we did meet the new owners of SEEKER. Nothing broke so it was a great trip. Out of the 62 days, we only tied up to docks for 6 nights. We spent 14 days with sundowner 30 FIKA. Gudrun is now on the hard indoors in Skyline Marina,Anacordes.

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Originally posted by James Moore on 17-Sep-14 04:16:36 AM UTC

Stern Thruster/Propulsion

This is a video of a high school girl positioning a patent pending stern Thruster/Propulsion device for the first time. If this doesn't work for you search YouTube for "IMG 33491 stern thruster/propulsion" and this youtube video should come up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCdhFaZDM9I

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Originally posted by Stephen Anderson on 17-Sep-14 12:32:03 AM UTC

companionway hatch cover

Does anyone know how to remove the companionway hatch cover on an SD 30?

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Originally posted by Suzanne Sylvester on 05-Sep-14 04:39:45 PM UTC

Sundowner 36 for sale in Poulsbo WA

Hello everyone,

I wanted to let you guys know of a 36' Sundowner for sale in Poulsbo, WA. Listed at $89,000. Very nice boat. It can be seen here: http://www.boatshed.com/sundowner_tug_36-boat-175546.html

The 36s are a little harder to find, yes?

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Originally posted by Chris Helvey on 22-Aug-14 12:25:14 AM UTC

engine coolant drain plug-Pathfinder 70

On the bottom of the heat exchanger for the engine fresh water cooling system there is a drain plug for sea water. Is there also one for freshwater coolant? Thanks. Clive

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Originally posted by Clive Collins on 10-Aug-14 06:06:07 PM UTC

PATHFINDER ORANGE ENGINE PAINT

Anyone know of a source for this (or close)? Thanks, Clive

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Originally posted by Clive Collins on 06-Aug-14 04:02:36 PM UTC

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