Just a degree or two but my new to me 31 Commander lists to port while at the dock (see pic).  It's not the wind as she does it in all wind conditions, the fuel tanks are both topped off and the water tank is empty.  Not the dock lines either, she does it both when secured or off the dock.  Any ideas why this is and what can be done to improve her posture?   Also, I went to change the oil in the 327F's today but I can't get the extractor tube down the dipstick tube.  I'm using the smallest tube supplied with the pump which I believe is 3/16 in. but it gets hung up about six inches in.   Any help for a new boat owner would be greatly appreciated!

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Mine lists to starboard. Some rocket scientist decided to put both AC units on the starboard side. I countered this with moving the H2O heater and keeping a little more fuel in the port tank on a regular basis.

The 327f's should have a tube on the port side of the engine by the trans for changing the oil.

Dave

Chris,

perhaps the water tank should be full to offset the list?

I know that in our 41, the floats for one of the fuel tank sending units was out of adjustment. One of the tanks read that it was fuller than it actually was, and that caused our list. Our boat had twin beds in the aft state room, which meant that the tanks were right up against each gunnel which amplified the offset weight distribution.

COOL BOAT

-AL

Laugh Out Load, in our 31 Commander it was an indicator that the holding tank, a large aluminum one mounted behind the fuel tank in the port quarter, was full.  I longed at the Classified post for your boat as it is beautiful.   When I am not at work I am a full time cancer caregiver to my spouse and boat through memories of growing up Commander in this wonderful site. 

Just need to move something around to balance out the weight. My Catalina listed so I moved the batteries to the other side, fixed the problem.

For changine the oil I don't put a tube down the extraction tube on the back of the motor, I slide a hose that fits snuggly over the tube.

Steve, the boat was on the Mississippi River when I bought her last fall.  I had her transported to Milwaukee and her new home on Lake Michigan.  Im very happy with her but still learning her quirks and her treasures.  ps, Im very sorry to hear about your spouse, I hope things improve.

Chris

Steven A. Clark said:

Laugh Out Load, in our 31 Commander it was an indicator that the holding tank, a large aluminum one mounted behind the fuel tank in the port quarter, was full.  I longed at the Classified post for your boat as it is beautiful.   When I am not at work I am a full time cancer caregiver to my spouse and boat through memories of growing up Commander in this wonderful site. 

I fixed the problem by moving 2 cases of beer , and the cooler to opposite side of the cockpit !  Perfectly level now !   Tom Kossmann  "Classic69" 31 SedanBridge

I worried about this on my 333 when we got her then realized that everything heavy was put on the starboard side . Fridge,generator most cabinets and such .We just keep more fuel in the port fuel tank and levels it out just fine

Have someone of admitted weight stand on the stbd step and see how much it rights.  That would give some indication of how much weight offset you should look for  I'm guessing about 200#, more than batteries but less than water tank.  Our original hot water tank was about 30 gallons and was hanged on the stbd above the engine.  About 230 pounds if full.

Tim

Thom, It's so easy to put the cooler behind the bridge ladder because it is so out of the way there.....which is also on the starboard side, more weight. When running, I often put our big cooler to port to help stabilize, but keeping 10 or 15 more gals on the typical high side to even her out works also. Dave

Thomas Kossmann said:

I fixed the problem by moving 2 cases of beer , and the cooler to opposite side of the cockpit !  Perfectly level now !   Tom Kossmann  "Classic69" 31 SedanBridge

Thanks for all the replies, its comforting to know others have had this problem.  Looks like I need to do some weight distribution, the beer is a good idea but it just doesn't last there long enough.  Also I found the oil extraction tube back near the oil filter, thanks Dave.

Chris

My 27 commander lists to port slightly. It was because the galley/head has so much more weight than the dinette side.If I ever add a new water tank, I'll locate it under the dinette seat to offset.

funny, my 27 sits perfectly level with no one on board. my gas tank sits just inside the transom and the water tank (which is usually empty anyway) just in front of that. holding tank is on the port side but that's empty also. maybe my tools sitting under the dinette table offset the galley weight? but what's so heavy in the galley? not the stove. maybe the ice box? but the dinette table is a bit heavy too.

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