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Main Message Board / Companion Way Sliding Hatch Leak
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:17:24 AM »
Hello all,

When it rains really hard or when it's been raining for a while, water seems to pool up in the area where the companionway sliding hatch goes when it is open. (Not sure what this area is called). When I close the hatch after opening it all that water will come splashing down into the companionway. Does anyone else experience this and is there an easy fix?


Main Message Board / Rebed Hatch Lens
« on: February 25, 2019, 08:50:30 AM »
Hello all,

I need to rebed a hatch lens (the Bomar hatch above the saloon). What do you all recommend for adhesive sealant? I believe the hatch is aluminum and the lens is acrylic. Any input would be appreciated!

Main Message Board / Winter Sailing
« on: November 28, 2018, 07:09:19 AM »
Hello sailors!

I live on my Catalina in Massachusetts and desperately want to get out sailing this winter. Unfortunately my marina doesn't allow boats to leave the dock during the winter season. Boats and docks are tied together for storm safety. My question is, do any of you sail in New England during the winter months and would you mind having an extra crew member aboard (or know anyone else)? I am a novice sailor but I know the basics and am safety conscious. Let me know if you plan to sail this winter and need some crew!  :D

Main Message Board / Boom Gooseneck
« on: October 10, 2018, 06:58:02 AM »
Ahoy all,

I've got a question about how the boom is supposed to be secured to the mast. The other day I was loosening the boomvang quite a bit and suddenly the boom just slid off the gooseneck! Upon closer inspection there is a hole in the front end of the boom and a thick metal "pin" on the end of the gooseneck with a washer on it. It looks like the boom just slid right off the "pin". Nothing looks damaged but I was wondering if this is how it is meant to be. Is there anything that is supposed to securely fasten the boom to the mast or does it just sit on this "pin"? Thanks! :)

Main Message Board / Dickinson Newport Diesel Heater
« on: October 01, 2018, 08:57:22 AM »

I recently moved aboard my 1986 C34 and plan to winter over on the water. I need heat! I will be purchasing a Dr. Heater, I've seen great reviews on Amazon... However, I'd really like to install a Dickinson Newport diesel heater on the port side bulkhead as the main source of heat. I'm worried the exhaust will be too far forward on the cabin top. I would obviously install "granny bars" (is that the proper term?) over the chimney vent. Has anyone attempted this? What are your thoughts on the positioning? If anyone has pics I'd love to see! Thanks in advance!


Main Message Board / 1986 Catalina 34' Main Cabin Bomar Hatch
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:11:55 AM »

My Bomar hatch in the salon is leaking! I have determined the gasket must be replaced and at some point the lens needs re-bedding (I'll focus on this later). I can not determine what model hatch this is. It is the original Bomar hatch from 1986 that is mounted on the cabin top above the settee. Is this extruded aluminum or cast aluminum? I am trying to figure out which gasket kit I need to buy. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!


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