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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Re: exhaust header
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:10:18 AM »
 I would suggest anyone with a vintage boat check their exhaust system

Uhm, by now we ALL have vintage boats!  :D

Years ago one of our skippers suggested starting an info base on how long the risers last.  Results came in ALL OVER THE PLACE, due to different materials being used and different "situations."  We abandoned the effort to record hours.  IIRC, my first one went at 1350 hours.  Seemed about 1000 to 1500 hours based on input.  I did another one later, both in Mainsheet.

Main Message Board / Re: blower vent cowl's
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:06:07 AM »
I used to polish them up.  Then the Admiral said, "Why bother?"  They are now dull, but still solid.  Nothing wrong with plastic if it's thick enough.

Main Message Board / Re: arm on a 1986 vberth hatch
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:03:21 AM »

Stu, is that plastic thing with the metal screw what you replaced with wing nuts?

Yes, the black "knob" --- and also the two other ones that dog the hatch closed.

Main Message Board / Re: Smartgauge
« on: October 16, 2018, 06:09:00 PM »
The benefits of a Smartgauge and a coulomb counter. It looks pretty promising.

'bout time.  :D:D:D

Thanks, Mick, for the link.  Great read.  Betcha Maine Sail prompted them...

Main Message Board / Re: arm on a 1986 vberth hatch
« on: October 14, 2018, 02:04:34 PM »
i broke off the white headed screw top (with set screw) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you're talking about the plastic handle, one of two, that tightens the hatch in the (full &) upright position :D, mine disintegrated years ago.  I replaced them both with wing nuts.

Main Message Board / Re: Furling line blocks and fairleads suggestions?
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:38:17 AM »
I have a small block on the pulpit, led to Johnson bullseye fairleads on the outside of the stanchions, to a small non-ratcheting Ronstan block at the base of the pushpit, tied off to a pushpit mounted cleat.  Outside is clearer, sheaves aren't needed, I'd thought about a ratcheting block but after twenty years still haven't put one on.  My largest headsail is a 110 on a ProFurl LCI32.  I sailed 18 years on SF Bay with this system before we moved here in 2016.

Main Message Board / Re: Smartgauge
« on: October 12, 2018, 09:31:54 AM »
Roc (and others coming to this party late!:D),

It looks like Maine Sail posted the diagram, then you had a question, it appears to me that he removed the original diagram you had properly questioned, and has now replaced it with a corrected version.

That's for those of you wondering what Roc was asking about without opening Roc's PDF attached file.

Main Message Board / Re: Boom Gooseneck
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:42:23 PM »
Thanks, Dave.  I just added your link to the Critical Upgrades post.

Main Message Board / Re: Smartgauge
« on: October 10, 2018, 12:27:57 PM »
Your multiple batteries are a BANK.  The SG gets wired to the + and - of the BANK.  Not the individual batteries.

Main Message Board / Re: Boom Gooseneck
« on: October 10, 2018, 07:47:49 AM »
From page 3 of the Critical Upgrades topic:

Gooseneck Failure,7127.0.html

Also includes some ideas for improving the arrangement.

Ken Heyman also reports tons of hits on a simple search on "gooseneck."

I do not have a hatch in our head, do have a solar vent and an opening port.  That port is NOT a Beckson, it is a Gray Enterprises model, which I think all C34s have if they came that way from the factory.  Gray is represented by Pompanette in Florida, and has replacement parts.

Main Message Board / Re: exhaust header
« on: September 27, 2018, 11:28:28 AM »
Don't mess with the studs unless absolutely necessary, that means absolutely.  Get new nuts, that's easy.

Main Message Board / Re: Anchor saver
« on: September 25, 2018, 09:54:14 AM »
Stu - Could you post a link to the CF thread you're referring to? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


Took me little less than an hour to find, I used "trip+line" --- try this one:

Main Message Board / Re: macerator pump
« on: September 23, 2018, 06:07:17 PM »

 Prices are all over the map.

Suggestions?  Help!


I had to replace my old one a few years ago.  I did the research and determined that Shurflo is a better pump than Jabsco - better materials, looks identical, dimensions the same.  Internet comparative shopping.

Pumps: macerator   9/9/2013   Jamestown Distrib.   Shurflo   $159.51    
Model 3200-001

Only better one I've heard of is a Johnson pump, don't know the details, never went that high up the food chain.

Other choice is a diaphragm pump, won't fit in that hole, so new hosing would be required.  Yucky.

Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: exhaust header
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:40:29 PM »

oh and the bolts on the damn riser are in such an awkward position, it might have been easier to pull it out.  ugh, i'm getting too old to contort in these positions

I've included some handy tips & tricks for just that here:

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