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April 25, 2019      FINAL

To:    Officers:   Noah Rosenblatt, Jon Windt, Stu Jackson, Ken Heyman, Jack Hutteball, John Nixon, Dave Sanner

           Board:  Rick Allen, Paul Erb, Ken Juul, Ray Irvine, Dottie Toney, Dave Schreder, Robert Schuldenfrei, Paul Alcock

   Guest (2018):  Sue Clancy (former Vice Commodore, website redesign)

Re:   Catalina 34 International Association 2019 Annual Officers Meeting

Dear Catalina 34 International Association Members, Officers and Board Members;

The Annual Meeting of the Catalina 34 International Association Officers and Fleet Captains was held via telephone conference call on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 8:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, 5:00 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time.  The meeting concluded at 6:02 p.m. PDT.

The 2019 International Officers are listed after these meeting notes.  Participants in this teleconference were: Noah Rosenblatt, Jon Windt, Jack Hutteball, John Nixon, Stu Jackson, Ken Heyman, Dave Sanner, Ray Irvine, Dottie Toney, Paul Erb and Dave Schreder.  Absent were: Fleet 14 past and new captains Robert Schuldenfrei and Paul Alcock, and Past Commodore Rick Allen, Ken Juul, and past Vice Commodore Sue Clancy. 

The meeting was based on the emailed agenda, dated March 10, 2019.


1.   Financial Report & Projections – Treasurer Ken Heyman
a.   Statement, dated March 31, 2019, showed loss of $1,814.73 for 2018.  Balance is adequate per earlier meetings discussions of a minimum of a year worth of magazine payments ($7,500-$8,000). 
      Report Year        as of Dec. 31              Cash Balance
      2019            2018         $11.7K
      2018            2017         $12.4K
                2017                    2016                     $12.0K
      2016              2015                     $11.9K
      2015                    2014                     $15.1K
      2014          2013          $12.7K   *
      2013                    2012          $20.7K   *

* --- decrease in funds due to “dividend” offered in 2013   

b.   Statement and projections accepted as presented per motion made and seconded. 
c.   No discussion of a dividend for 2018.  2016 Meeting motion was to look at it every year as a method for keeping the balance to a reasonable amount.  [Dividend is defined as a free year of membership; initiated due to excess of funds in 2013.]
2.   Membership – Secretary Stu Jackson
a.   450 C34s, plus 28 C355s, total 478, down a bit from the 2017 count of 500 C34s plus 28 C355s, 528 total, similar to 2017 of 504 C34s plus 29 C355s, 533 total, down from 2016 of 525 members of which 28 are C355s, 553 total C34 IA members;  down from 2015 figures of 594 members of which 32 are C355s, 562 C34s; down from 2014 figures of 639 members of which 41 are C355s, 588 C34 skippers; 2013 figure of 560 members, of which 28 were C355 skippers, 532 C34 skippers.   
b.   Slight downward trend but holding reasonably steady.  Appears pretty healthy, good Mainsheet Tech Notes and the good website attract and retain IA members.
c.   Stu noted that he reports membership every quarter in Mainsheet magazine.
3.   Associate Editor report – Jack Hutteball
a.   Jack noted that he had prepared a friendly outreach on the forum to solicit articles, including guidelines and did not receive a great response, and will try again.  He encouraged Fleet articles.  Jack advised that Fleet articles can still be submitted and may be published by Mainsheet, with no guarantees as in the past.
4.   Technical Editor report – John Nixon
a.   John reported he and Jack have been having difficulties accessing the tech notes online and haven’t been able to post the last three article.  Dave Sanner can add Wordpress access for Jack and John.
5.   Website: General – From the 2018 Meeting Notes:  The 2017upgrades to the website will require ongoing effort to maintain the different sections.  The intent is NOT to remove and or edit older material.  It is to encourage ownership of the various sections for clarity and continuity.
a.   Commodore Noah Rosenblatt, Vice Commodore Jon Windt and Secretary Stu Jackson will form a committee.  The purpose of the committee’s work will be to close the loop on the outstanding issues described in the 2018 Meeting Notes and the 2019 Agenda, and to clearly document all updating activities related to the website and IA records for clarity for those who follow us in the future.  Stu noted that the committee could meet via
b.   While not discussed in detail during the Meeting because of the formation of the committee, the 2018 Meeting Notes and the 2019 Agenda describe the scope of the committee work in this Item 5b and Items 6 & 8c below.
1)   List of Forum/Message Board Administrators/Moderators 
a)   Dave advised that he would add Noah and Jon as Forum Administrators. 
2)   Administrators to review and accept new respondents on the Forum – Dave noted that we do this manually to avoid spam & bots.   
3)   gmail addresses for Officers  - is it worth the complications
4)   Wordpress authorized individuals & methodology
5)   List of Sue Clancy’s “How To” memos
6.   “To Do List” from 2017 Officers Meeting Notes
a.   These items should also be included in the committee’s overview
1)   The multi-page Tech Notes Online document technotes.docx in 5, b, 5) above.
2)   Procedure for editing home page officers contacts to include current information.
3)   Record the Yearly To Do List as completed in 2018
a)   Update home page with hidden officers emails
b)   Post Officer & Fleet Captain Meeting Notes, including Election results
c)   Send backup copies of database in FileMakerPro and xls to Commodore, Vice Commodore and Treasurer; send C355 list to Ed & Diane Walters  (their email address is:  The 2018 agenda included the background of our relationship with the C355 skippers.
4)   Stu has developed a list of all the C34IA accounts
5)   The list of website sections based on Sue’s 2018 input for Ownership – see the agenda for the list of these items and how updates are to be handled.
7.   National Regatta – Ray advised no regatta is planned.
8.   Fleets – The Fleet Formation Package is routinely sent to new VCs
a.   Fleet Captain comments
1)   Ray noted that Fleet 1 has suffered significant decline from 50 to 22 although it maintains an active racing contingent.
2)   Dottie advised the Fleet 13 remains vibrant.  Even though some lake sailors are moving to larger waters, they remain in contact.  Fleet activities include on & off water events and since 2004 their yearly Memorial Day brunch is used to plan the activities for the coming year, including awards and fun awards.
3)   Stu reported that Bob Schuldenfrei advised that Paul Alcock would be the new Captain for Fleet 14.
b.   Mainsheet – No discussion this year.
c.   Promotion of Fleet section on Home Page – This means from the menu on the Home Page, not the sections on the forum.  The intent is to have this section a place for fleet news that has been discontinued from Mainsheet magazine.  The committee should review and make recommendations.
9.   Fleet Support  -  Motion made, seconded and passed to extend Fleet Support for $15 per boat as of April 1st with those fleets that choose not to accept OK, requires a discussion and a motion for renewal every year.


Dear Catalina 34 International Association Members, Officers and Board Members:

February 20, 2019

The 2019 International Officers listed were duly elected by a majority of Fleet Captains and the Past Commodores in accordance with the C34 IA Constitution. 

2019 C34 International Association Officers

2019 Officers

2019 Commodore  Noah Rosenblatt
2018 Commodore
2017 Vice Commodore 
#1014  Jete

2018 & 2019 Vice Commodore
Jon Windt
#493   Della Jean

2019 Secretary Stu Jackson 
1999-2018 Secretary
#224  Aquavite 

2019 Treasurer Ken Heyman
2007-2018 Treasurer
#535  Wholesailor
(847) 422-3371 (cell)

Chief Measurer – position vacant
2019 Mainsheet Editor Jack Hutteball  (Fleet 5) 
2009 - 2018 Mainsheet Editor
#1555  Mariah II

2019 Webmaster Dave Sanner (Fleet 1)   
2005 to 2018 Webmaster
#611  Queimada,

2019 Technical Editor  John Nixon
2010 -2018 Technical Editor
# 728  Otra Vez

2014  Associate Technical Editor Ron Hill (Fleet 12) – no longer participating 
#788  Apache  (transferred boat to son – 2014)
2004 - 2014  Associate Technical Editor
Past Technical Editor & C34 General Overall “Guru”
(540) 891-5297


2017 & 2016 Commodore Rick Allen  (Fleet 1)
2014 & 2105 Vice-Commodore Rick Allen
#746  Painkiller

2014 &2015 Commodore  Paul Erb
2013 Vice-Commodore
#1634  Yachta Yachta Yachta

2013 Commodore Lance Jones (Fleet 13) – no longer participating
2011 & 2012 Vice-Commodore
#622  Kitty’s Cat

2011 & 2012 Commodore Michael Shaner (Fleet 12) – no longer participating
2009-2010 Vice-Commodore
#300  Queequeg

2009 & 2010 Commodore Bob Kuba – no longer participating
#1291  Quiet Island  (sold in 2013)

Dave Davis (Fleet 1)  – eight bells  2018
#707  Wind Dragon

Jon Arck (Fleet 1) – no longer participating
#1346  Tweety Bird  (sold in 2015)
2004 &2005 Commodore
2004 Vice-Commodore

Bill Jenks – no longer participating
2003 & 2004 Past Commodore
2005 - 2006 Treasurer

2007 & 2008 Commodore Ken Juul
#1090  Luna Loca

Main Message Board / Re: cockpit table
« on: April 23, 2019, 05:44:15 PM »
Very nice work on all counts.  Glenn, how did you attach the extension? can see the knobs ...

Knobs?  It's good to be king!  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Finally found oil leak
« on: April 23, 2019, 03:46:19 PM »
Glenn, you can use the Knowledgebase spreadsheet to find those articles Ron mentions.

Main Message Board / Re: Motor soot
« on: April 20, 2019, 11:11:29 AM »
This may help you with tips & tricks:

Main Message Board / Re: Transmission replacement
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:26:07 AM »
How were they sure the strut installation was aligned perfectly, and not skewed?  Boat's on the hard and the hull is flexed.  Just curious.

A not unreasonable expectation.

However, it appears to me that the folks who do this work for as living would know a lot better than us average DIY-ers just how to do so. 

The strut is in very close proximity to the stern tube, so hull flex could well be "similar" in that particular area.  Certainly close enough to not have a material effect on lining the two up properly.  And the strut is made specifically for this boat.

We must also remember that there are tolerances and clearances for these alignments, even between the strut, the cutlass bearing and stern tube.

Probably just a longer-winded way of saying what Noah did!  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Urgent: Sourcing a new strut
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:15:31 AM »

Main Message Board / Re: V-birth storage
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:09:58 AM »
If this hasn’t been done yet, maybe I will document and post.


I think the reason it hasn't been done yet (and I don't recall EVER seeing it) is that folks often have their berths made up and don't want to lift the cushions or mattress.

While I used to have a "fancy" set of sheets and a nice comforter back when Cory was able to sail with me, I now have an extra large piece of 3" foam over the cushions athwartship with my sleeping bag on top.  Yes, I sleep sideways, it's way wide enough.  It's simply a PITA to lift it up to get underneath.  I still have plenty of space remaining under there for good reason: EASY access or lack thereof.

For those of you in this area for your cruising plans this season, the Canadian Catalina Rendezvous at Telegraph Harbour on Thetis Island will be held on July 12-14, 2019 (Friday to Sunday) [contact:].  The American Catalina Rendezvous will be in Roche Harbor on May 2-5, 2019 (Thursday to Sunday) [contact:].

Main Message Board / Re: Sickened by what we found
« on: April 08, 2019, 08:19:18 PM »
So sorry to hear about your issues.  The marina has some cahones.  Best of luck with a satisfactory resolution.

Main Message Board / Re: raymarine st 5000
« on: April 03, 2019, 08:18:21 PM »

Please understand that my boat has an ancient ST3000!!!

IIRC, the st5000 required a rudder position indicator to make it work properly.  The RPI may, I say MAY, work with the newer ev1000, which also, IIRC does require one, so check the specs out.

If you do have a RPI, and it works with both models, then all you're doing is swapping out the head end unit, and it could be a simple job.

If you don't have an RPI, then you will most likely need to add one, because everything I've read on many boating forums, indicated that the APs just do not work without one.

Main Message Board / Re: Engine kill pull at helm
« on: April 03, 2019, 08:01:36 PM »
It's most likely a Morse cable, standard on these things.  Usually the cable inside the sheath gets rotten and stops working.  Since you've found a way to turn the engine off at the engine, you have discovered what's missing between Point A and Point B.  Unless you find something else, it's the link between them.  Replace the cable.  It simply requires measuring the distance of the cable you already have and replacing it,  Easier said than done, but that's where you need to go,  Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: M35A Block Coolant Drain
« on: April 03, 2019, 07:48:18 PM »
I'm hoping someone has pulled this plug (these plugs) before and knows where to get new parts.  When I pull it, I'd just as soon replace it!


My original thought was something I chose to hold off on until I read some other replies.

I recommend that you simply forget about having a replacement-in-hand first.

Drain most of the coolant.  Use the hose under the freshwater pump as shown in the Burping thread (101 Topics) - different engines, same concept.

Then take the plug out and bring it to a trusted machine or parts shop.  Match it by inserting into a female thread WHILE YOU'RE IN THE SHOP.

Teflon tape or Recotr's Pipe Dope is the sealant of choice for that application.

You may have a plug in another pipe section.  Take the biggest, don't hassle yourself over the one-inside-the-other thing, which seems to be from your picture. 

I'm sure you've also looked into the manuals and parts list in the tech wiki.

Good luck.  Keep us posted.

Main Message Board / Re: Manual bilge pump hose strainer
« on: April 02, 2019, 07:32:14 AM »

If 1990, then it's a keep stepped mast, right?  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Stepping was a choice back then until the Mark IIs:,1406.0.html

Main Message Board / Re: Wiind transducer wirung through mast conduit?
« on: March 30, 2019, 08:25:33 PM »
I bought our boat when she was 12 years old.

Horrible mast slap.

Three years later during a standing rigging replacement, I dropped the mast to find out either the VHF antenna wire or the windex was placed outside the conduit!!!  OEM stuff that should have been inside it.  Both are shielded cables.

All wires in the conduit, no interference issues in the last 17 years.

Nothing special on our boat:  windex, anchor and steaming/deck light with VHF.  No radar or second antennas.

Main Message Board / Re: Overheating
« on: March 28, 2019, 11:18:05 AM »
I replaced my Exhaust Riser 2 years ago & it is quite a job.  Good idea soaking the manifold bolts with PB, give them time.  In my case when I removed the old one it just fell apart, almost like the insulation was holding it together.  I was in the US so I ordered a SS one from CD.  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The last Mainsheet Tech Note on exhaust riser replacement was Feb 2016, Muffler & Exhaust Riser Replacement

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