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Main Message Board / Re: Poor exhaust water flow
« on: February 02, 2019, 09:45:38 AM »

Had a similar issue this year during a trip to Catalina Island from San Diego. Engine was running hot but not overheating so I decided to just lower my RPMs and nurse her to Catalina where I could trouble shoot the problem. I started by diving under the boat and checking the through hull, I then checked the sea strainer and impellor. I found that all was OK so I figured it must be the heat exchanger. I removed the end caps and all seemed ok so I put it all back together but the engine still ran hot. I decided to go for it and remove the heat exchanger to get a better look, and also check all the hose for blockage. Its a good this I removed it because it turned out that a majority of the small tubes where totally blocked with calcification. I was able to find an old antenna whip at the local repair barge and used it as a ramrod to clean out every tube. I also soaked the unit in some muriatic acid that I got from the hardware store, that really cleaned out every last bit of corrosion. I reassembled, fired up the motor and was good to go with engine temps back at normal range. Let me say that our trip home was a lot less stressful that the trip there.

Main Message Board / Re: Replacement Deck Fill Caps for Mk 1.5
« on: February 02, 2019, 09:30:58 AM »
Dave, I have the same caps on my 1993 Mk 1.5. Several years ago I replaced the gasket only on the cap and I have had no problems with leaking. If you are worried about the threaded female portion of the assembly leaking you could always rebel with some butyl tape.

Main Message Board / Re: blower vent cowl's
« on: October 22, 2018, 05:15:29 PM »
Thats what I was hoping but that was a no go. The flex hose with clamp is bigger that the hole, there is very little clearance when putting the cowl back in the hole.


Main Message Board / Re: blower vent cowl's
« on: October 20, 2018, 10:54:08 AM »
My cowl vents we're looking really shabby for years so I finally took them off and took them to a chrome shop that specializes in mostly hotrod and Harley chrome. They did the set for $80 and it was totally worth it, they look brand new now. The only issue I have is that I was unable to re-attach the hose to the underside of the cowl vent, I simply cannot reach the underside of the cowl vent where the hose attaches. Any suggestions?

I have a 93 M1.5

Main Message Board / Re: Volvo Diesal Cabin Heaters
« on: March 20, 2018, 10:42:07 AM »
Well after some extensive online research I found a company in England called Espar. I reached out to them for support and this is the reply that received. As with most boat components, noting last forever. I will be attempting to do the repairs as they suggested and also check the glow plug, and flame sensor.

Good morning, thank you for making contact.

The most common fault with these heaters is that the fuel injection pipe which runs from the outside of the heater body to inside the combustion chamber atomiser becomes blocked of partially blocked and this then causes the pulse damper on the fuel pump to start leaking. As there are no injection pipes left anymore for this heater, the current cheap fix is to try and ultra-sonically clean the injection pipe while attempting to glue the pulse damper back together with chemical metal.
If the heater were here with us, we have approximately a 75% success rate when attempting this repair, of course our engineers are very well versed with these heaters, it is likely to be quite an undertaking for someone with little experience.
We are now very short of parts for 041-D and therefore Scan Marine’s suggestion to replace it with a new heater might actually be the best suggestion.

Main Message Board / Volvo Diesal Cabin Heaters
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:50:58 PM »
Hello all, I am looking to tap into the vast knowledge base of this forums membership. I have a 1993 Catalina 34 (1267) located in San Diego. The original owner had a VOLVO FLYGOMOTOR diesel installed when they purchased the boat new in 1993 in Washington. I have used the heater only a handful of times (San Diego) and it worked great up until last year. Last winter I turned it on to break the chill on one of our cold 55 Degree mornings and nothing but cold air came out. I heard the igniter clicking and the blower fan turned on but no heat. Eventually I started to smell diesel so I immediately turned it off. I took the cover off the furnace located in the port lazarette and there was some fuel that had leaked out. when the furnace is turned on there is fuel leaking from a fuel line and what I think is a small fuel pump or filter. Is it clogged fuel line, bad fuel pump, ??? I contacted Scan Marine in Washington and they suggested that I just replace the entire unit which doesn't seem right to me. The heater has always worked flawlessly over the past four years when needed up until last winter and the heater unit itself looks brand new. Any help guidance would be much appreciated.

I may be interested in a few items, I'm in San Diego so travel to LA wouldn't be out of the question for the right price. I have a 1993 MK1.5.  I've been looking for a Raymarine St60 mast head wind instrument for some time now and would love to replace my seized up wind transducer. Do you have a page where you have pictures of all the items your selling?




Great, I will get down to the boat as soon as I can to take some measurements. Obviously don't hold onto the mattress if you get some offers, but If you still have it once I can confirm the measurements I would like to buy it.



I have a 1993 C34 MK1.5, do you know if the measurements of you mattress would work for my boat. Im sure I would sleep a lot better than I do on my original cushions with a memory foam mattress on top.


S/V Freedom
San Diego CA

Main Message Board / Re: Exhaust soot on transom
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:17:51 PM »
Thanks for the input everyone, I'll break out the buffer next week and get it all cleaned up and keep an eye on it. Ken, yes it was a 12 hour trip head to wind, swell and current so she was working a little more than normal. Probable not a bad thing to get the cob webs blown out of the engine. Usually I only use the motor to get in and out of the marina, so running the motor for that long is a bit out of the ordinary. I'm gonna top off the fuel next week and put some Lucas treatment in her to keep those valves and pistons well lubed and maybe well head out to Catalina again in a few months. Im also going to change out the air filter element. Anyone heard of putting a K&N cone filter on to replace the original filter can?

Main Message Board / Exhaust soot on transom
« on: August 27, 2014, 03:02:15 PM »
While making the trip to Catalina this weekend I experienced excessive exhaust soot on the transom and noticeable exhaust odor in the cockpit. Boat is a 93 Catalina 34 mk 1.5 with the M35 Universal engine. I just changed oil, fuel filters, trans fluid etc. engine ran great at 2200rpms for the 12 hour passage from San Diego. Any suggestions or is this normal during long motor passages. Engine only has 600 hours on it and has been well taken care of.

Main Message Board / Re: Garmin glo
« on: March 30, 2014, 11:21:26 AM »
I currently use my IPad with INavX for my navigation. It works great and an be integrated to receive input from various systems on you boat if those systems are modern enough. I use a GPS receiver (dualGps) and link my IPad to it via blue tooth. Downfall is that the IPad battery only last about 6 hours when running the INavX. I will be eventually running 12v to my binnacle so I can keep my  iPad charge while sailing. The DualGps receiver is also rechargeable and last for about 18 hours on a charge.

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