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Messages - Stu Jackson

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...when you change the lip seals don't forget to inspect the shaft and inside face plate for wear

I have a new shaft ready to go.  Always.  I used my backup new shaft with the impeller already on for this replacement.  I just ordered a brand new backup shaft 'cuz the one I pulled out had had it.

Geez, only 10 years.  Where's Ken?!?  :D

Before I even thought about putting the old faceplate back on, I just "treated" the inside of it and it works just fine.  Flat is what is necessary.  Not hard to achieve.

Main Message Board / Re: Caring for the interior teak
« on: April 24, 2018, 09:20:13 PM »
Although on a fresh water lake, Does it count if you’re doing that OFF OF the vessel?

Could be.  There's this thing called "WIND."

Water corrodes.  Salt water (just) corrodes absolutely (and quicker).

Take your pick.  :D :D :D

Main Message Board / Re: Anchor Light Replacement
« on: April 24, 2018, 09:16:29 PM »
Thanks.  I searched Anchor light for hours (slow connection).  Finally found under "Mast Light":,6007.msg38353.html#msg38353

I think this answers most of my questions, except, why didn't they leave extra wire above the knot? The more jobs i do on this Catalina, the more I lose faith in the intelligence of Catalina.

Sorry it took you so long.  It's enough to make one wanna write to your CongressCritter about Net Neutrality!!! :clap :clap :clap

I admire the intelligence of Catalina in making a boat where you can at least access everything.  Ever try to check the oil level on a Beneteau 35?   Gruesome, requires removing the cushions in the aft cabin to even get to the wall you have to remove to get a peek.

Count your blessings.  :D

Plus, who knows what the PO may have done.  Not fair to blame the builder...

When I bought our then-12 year old boat in 1998 there was horrible mast slap.  I have NO idea how the PO ever stayed down below, even in a protected slip.  Turns out the OEM wiring for the basics, most likely done by the dealer, ran the wires OUTSIDE the conduit in the mast.  Sheez...:D

Main Message Board / Re: Nav Station Hanging Locker Storage Ideas
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:36:48 PM »
Thanks, Patrice, for that great description.  Much appreciated.

Perhaps my "thinking" about this was slewed to "galley" storage, rather than overall storage, and as you mentioned your towels, a little light went off over my head!  Why didn't I think of that?!? :D

Thanks again. 

Main Message Board / Re: can i see under your nav?
« on: April 23, 2018, 07:16:25 AM »
I also added shelves in the locker.  The shelves are fixed.  No slides.  I cut strips of wood and glued them on each side with construction glue under the brand PL.  The shelves can hold boxes of soft drinks.  I've put 3 shelves.

Patrice,  Perfect option.  D'oh!  Sometimes we forget to think outside the "marine box."

That, of course, is another option.

When Al Watson told me about his sliding shelves design idea we discussed this fixed shelving idea.  He made the points that:  1)  the shelves would be deep, so access to the back of the shelves would be difficult;  2)  solid shelves would make it very dark inside, perhaps requiring lighting;  3)  some method of ventilation would be need to avoid mustiness [drilling holes in the shelves would work]; 4) some method would be needed to avoid material falling off the outboard end of the shelves beyond small fiddles.

Those are the reasons Al opted for the open-weave metal shelves.  Having them slide out is an added bonus.

On our trip north from SF in 2016, our slider mechanism packed it in, even with the relatively huge "timbers" I used for the supports; the assembly started leaning enough that the top shelf broke a wire to the VHF radio.  So I screwed a wire tie into the aft wall and tied it all up!  While shelves don't pull out anymore, they still work just fine for storage. 

That's why individual sliders, rather than my choice, seem superior to me.

Your boat, your choice.  :D  There are many ways to do this.  Almost as much fun as saloon tables!

Main Message Board / Re: can i see under your nav?
« on: April 20, 2018, 02:41:41 PM »
what should i use to adhere wood to fiberglass?


In addition to building the drawers in the nav station hanging locker, as shown in the link in one of my earlier posts, I added shelving in the starboard V berth locker.  I used open weave shelves that were wider than the door opening up there, 'cuz those shelves don't slide out.

I do not recommend using glue to install the cleats.  Why?  Because you need to fasten the cleats to the walls of the locker anyway to support them in the interim time while the glue sets up and hardens, which requires some kind of mechanical fasteners.  So, why not just screw or bolt them in to begin with?  :D

There's easy access from both the head side and the saloon side to drill through with bolts.  If you feel the need for waterproofing from the head side, just treat the bolt heads with butyl tape as you tighten them.  You can use finish washers or fender washers.

Your boat, your choice.  :D


You remove as much oil as you can.

Then change the filter.

You refill slowly, and keep checking, keep checking, keep checking, keep checking, keep checking, keep checking, keep checking, keep checking, keep checking the dip stick.

It's usually less than 4 quarts (946 ml).  I end up using about 3 1/2 qts.

Then I start the engine, let it run for a short time, shut it down.  Let it sit for 15 minutes, pop the dip stick, wait, reinsert dip stick (may have to clean it off with a paper towel if the level hasn't gone down by itself) and check again.  Sometimes I have to add a little bit more to make up for the oil in the new filter.  Don't overfill.

Main Message Board / Re: Ice box gasketing
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:48:01 AM »

There is a great deal of merit in Ken's approach:  What is the ROI?

Much depends on what kind of boating you do, and where.  Even if you're a weekend warrior in Florida, there may not be a great deal of improvement.

When we lived in San Francisco, I'd go anchor out for two nights a week usually every other week, for many years. We also often sailed up into the hot California Delta for a week or two in the summers.  I never added insulation to the ice box.  Now that I'm in Canada, the water is 10F colder and so is the air!  :D

Years ago Ron Hill suggested a simple "fix":  put a towel over the top at night or even during the day.  I tried it a few times and found it in the way.  One of the first things we did was add hinges and a hatch holder to the fridge top.

If you add insulation around the box, the top becomes even less of an issue.

Main Message Board / Re: Pacific Northwest Catalina Rendezvous
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:09:18 AM »

Click on the link in reply #5, and it pops up with 2016, but click on the newer years on the right side of the page.

Main Message Board / Re: Pacific Northwest Catalina Rendezvous
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:23:25 PM »
Coming up again, May 3 - 6, 2018.

Please join us.


You do such nice work. And quality write-ups!

Have you thought about throwing a link to each in the appropriate sections of the wiki so more see your work?  And on the owners’ project page?


Paul, I agree.  How about submitting some to our Tech Editor, John Nixon, for publication in Mainsheet?  That way YOU can write about an upcoming project... 8)

Main Message Board / Re: Is the c34 right for us?
« on: April 14, 2018, 10:59:24 AM »
One caution with respect to single-handing is that the mainsheet and traveler controls are on the cabin, so if you single-hand a lot, you might want to adjust their fittings.  I recall there are some threads on the forum about single-handing.>>>>>>>>>>>>

Here are some links to those threads:

Docking 101,6379.0.html  [includes a link in Reply #1 to a very good single handed topic]

Single Handing 101,5445.0.html

Single Handing 101.1  Midship Cleats Pictures,4921.0.html

Single Handing 101.2 HOPPING OFF THE BOAT IS UNNECESSARY,5445.msg33766.html#msg33766

Some skippers have modified their traveler and mainsheet lines, many of us haven't 'cuz using the autopilot allows one to run the boat from ahead of the wheel, rather than "being a slave behind the wheel."

Your boat, your choice.  :D


We have one perch seat on our Mark I.  Works great.  I received it as a gift from Al Watson, former owner of hull #55, Kindred Spirit, now owned by Dave Commando.  It's on the port side.  He made it for us after he visited us from the east coast and sailed on SF Bay with us.  He only made one 'cuz he knew we had our BBQ and dinghy outboard and lift on starboard.  Even ONE perch seat makes a difference, and they are extremely easy to build.

Here's one with a lot of pictures:,4804.0.html

Main Message Board / Re: Is the c34 right for us?
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:28:44 PM »
         Practical storage (cockpit and galley)  Great storage for the long weekend!!

More than just a long weekend.  We took a six week cruise in 2016 bringing the boat from SF to BC.  Lots of room behind those seat back cushions.  Plus the clever galley storage improvements many of us have made to add shelves to the nav station hanging locker.

C34s have sailed from Canada to the Bahamas and back, Vancouver to Mexico, to Hawaii and and across the Pacific.  Haven't heard of anyone going thirsty or hungry.  :D

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