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Messages - fatamorgana

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I still have Dan's tool that he made for this.  He wanted me to hang on to it until someone else needed it.  Just pay for shipping, and I can send it to you.  It works great!  I also rented a gear puller from an auto parts store to pull the prop. 

Main Message Board / Re: steering wheel removed
« on: March 24, 2019, 04:54:52 PM »
I just made it back to my boat after the winter and the same thing happened to me.  I know no one was on the boat as there are no foot prints or anything in the snow.  I can only assume that somehow the cover with the weight of the snow must have put pressure on the wheel.  I really don't understand how this could have happened, but there must have been some sort of alignment of forces that worked just right to do this. 

Main Message Board / Re: Adler Barbour Cooling Fan
« on: August 20, 2018, 08:03:36 AM »
I have the same problem.  I replaced the thermostat, but still runs all the time.  And, I have verified the thermostat tube loop is correct, attached correctly, and the tube is not touching the evaporator at any point.  PO placed the compressor in the closet behind nav station.  I found if I have another fan in there that blows the warm air out of the closet, it will cycle correctly.  Seems it gets too warm in the closet and it needs to continue running the fan to cool the compressor. 

If you provide more air flow to the space your compressor sits, does that help?

Main Message Board / Re: Blower fan
« on: July 27, 2018, 08:45:45 AM »
On our MK1, the blower only comes on when the key is on (and the blower switch is on). 

Main Message Board / Re: Mast Vibration
« on: July 16, 2018, 12:39:47 PM »
The mast was straight previously, I induced some bend by tensioning the forward shroud more than the aft shroud, and tightening the backstay more than it was.  This helped, but the pumping is still there.

Mast bend discussion:,9070.msg65842.html#msg65842
Rig tension guide I used:

Main Message Board / Re: Mast Vibration
« on: July 16, 2018, 06:39:12 AM »
I have this same problem and it's driving me crazy.  I think I have read just about every post on this forum about this topic, but still getting it.  It happens most when the wind is coming from the side of the boat while we are in the slip. 

I have double checked the rig tensions using a Loos gauge using numbers I found on this site.  The forward lowers are set tighter than the aft lowers.  I even have a bit of bend in the mast (middle going forward). 

Wrapping the halyards certainly helps, but it seems like there should be something else I can do with the mast where I wouldn't need to wrap/unwrap halyards all the time.

The only other thing I've read about is changing the mast rake.  I haven't moved the mast step forward yet as I'd have to shorten my backstay then.  But, I wonder if that would really help, since the mast would still be in the same basic shape, just angled slightly aft.

Main Message Board / Re: Water Heater Leak
« on: June 23, 2018, 06:41:41 PM »
I can't remember if you said you checked the hoses going to and coming back from the water heater?  It took a lot of screwing around to get the air out of my system after replacing the hoses going to the water heater from the engine.  I knew it was finally burped when the hose coming back from the water heater was warm to the touch.  Before that, it stayed cool.  Just a thought.

Iím curious about the brand of faucet, or the model.  Looks great!

Main Message Board / Re: replacing cutlass bearing
« on: March 19, 2018, 10:42:00 AM »
Here are two pics of the tool pushing a bearing out and pushing one in.
You cannot push the old bearing out with the new, it does not have the rigidity necessary to not crush and fold up.  The pusher is a piece of 4130 tubing turned to just under the diameter of the bearing housing.

I used Dan's bearing tool last weekend.  Worked great!  Made the job very easy. 

I rented a gear puller from an auto parts store to pull the prop.  All in, I probably had 2 hours into it.  Thanks again Dan!

Main Message Board / Re: Cabin Light festoon size
« on: November 20, 2017, 03:43:19 PM »
Just to confirm, I know it is a festoon, I have a picture of the bulb.  And, I'm assuming it's 42mm, but would like confirmation.

Main Message Board / Cabin Light festoon size
« on: November 20, 2017, 03:22:32 PM »
I'm looking to replace the bulbs in my slider cabin lights (slide one direction for 1 bulb, the other for both) in my 1988 C34.  I understand they are festoon bulbs, but can anyone tell me the length?  I'm not able to get to the boat to measure right now.  I see many others that have bought replacement LED's, but I haven't seen anything that shows the length of the base.


Main Message Board / Re: Rigging tension
« on: August 17, 2017, 10:49:29 AM »
I would be interested in those numbers as well. 

Any chance you can publish them here?


Main Message Board / FX Sails
« on: August 07, 2017, 07:35:06 PM »
I was looking at FX Sails for my boat, and wondering what others with FX Sails think of them?  Are you happy with them, would you buy them again?  Do they hold up OK?

I've seen other topics about FX sails shortly after buying them, I'm curious about longer periods of time with the sails.

They appear to be using the exact same dacron (weight and source) that Quantum quoted me, which made me feel good that it wasn't some cheap sail cloth.


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