Marine Diesel Engine: Banjo’s Full Story

Perkins 4.236 Marine Diesel Engine Lift Pump

It has been some time since we have posted and, as we draw closer to having Banjo’s 85HP Perkins 4.236 marine diesel engine re-install being completed, we have decided to share the full story.  DISCLAIMER Please treat this post as our learning experience, and as a cautionary tale, not as any form of personal attack or bashing.  We realize mistakes happen and sometimes a simple oversight can have disastrous, and expensive consequences.  It is not our intent to speak poorly of anyone, but this IS what happened.  We have elected…

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Kings Restaurant Review: Kinston NC

Kings Restaurant Kinston NC

You have got to give RESPECT to a restaurant that offers fried pork rinds on its buffet. This is not your average bland, tasteless, mass-quantity buffet. Kings Restaurant in Kinston NC affords customers the luxury of a home-cooked meal, at a reasonable price, with fast, friendly service.  Kings Restaurant made it into our new favorite things category due to the outstanding, delicious quality of its food.  We learned about it while having our starter rebuilt on a recent trip to Kinston NC.   After speaking with our server, we discovered…

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Squires Automotive Auto Generator & Starter Service

Squires Automotive Auto Generator & Starter Service

There are times when recommendations fall short and times when they blow you away. Yesterday, we experienced the latter at Squires Automotive Auto Generator & Starter Service in Kinston, NC.  The recommendation came from one of the people helping with our engine problem.  We could not have been more thrilled.  So much so, that we have even added them to our new our favorite things category.  I guess when you have been in business serving customers since 1955, you get very good at it. Starter Rebuild Squires Automotive Auto Generator &…

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Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor Review

Victron BMV-712 Smart

A month and a half ago, we upgraded our house bank battery monitor.  We went from a Victron BMV-602 to a Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor.  We re-wired our existing monitor to our engine start battery so we could monitor it separately.   In this post, we are going to give you our impressions and review of the Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor. Background A few months ago, we performed some major re-work of our house bank.  At the time, we discovered our house battery bank was at the end…

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Mantus Anchor Bridle with Chain Hook

New Equipment: Mantus Anchor Bridle with Chain Hook Back in January, we upgraded our anchor gypsy, chain and anchor.  We opted to go with an 85-lb galvanized Mantus Anchor, upgraded to 3/8″ Galvanized G-43 High-Test Chain from Defender, and the more beefy 3/8″ Chain-Wheel from Maxwell Marine.  After doing our boat inventory, we noticed that we could also really use an additional piece of equipment to assist us with anchoring and mooring.  That other piece of gear was on our wishlist for a number of months and we finally decided…

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Froli Sleep System Review & Installation

Froli Sleep System Review This article is our Froli Sleep System Review and installation experience. During the winter storm last week, we discovered that cold-weather condensation is an issue in our cabin.  Afterwards, we got online and did some research to find ways other boaters have mitigated the problem.  One such solution, introduced by our friend, Lee on E’Toile De Mer, was the Froli Sleep System.  This nifty example of German Engineering is made up of a combination of inter-locking plastic base templates.  To each template, a molded plastic “spring”…

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