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Messages - Stu Jackson

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If your asking how to adjust the white plastic cam that you flip up or down to seal the port closed, on mine the white plastic cam is threaded onto a metal t-bolt. Rotate the white plastic cam clockwise or counterclockwise to increase or decrease the pressure against the port.

What I do is rotate the cam before I latch it.  I have a mix of the old simpler screw handles plus some of the cams.  They operate differently.  I try not to rotate the cams after they latch.

Beckson shows how to on their website.

Main Message Board / Re: Replacing seaward hot water heater
« on: August 19, 2018, 05:35:54 PM »
Kerk, it looks like you have a MK ll like me.

Mebbe not, #1102 could be a Mark 1 1/2 with a Mark I interior.

I used to know this stuff... :cry4` :D :clap :thumb:


Ken's right, but let me keep it simple.

450 ah house bank, most of us with fridges run 100 ah daily load.  That gives you two nights on the hook without recharging.

Get the larger charger, it will work "less hard."

My house bank is (3) 130 ah wet cells.  I have a Freedom 15 Inverter/Charger:  1500 watt inverter, 75 A charger.  When I first plug in the charger goes to max 75A for a short time, then drops down as the voltage comes up.  When I first run the engine after a night or two off the grid, I use Small Engine Mode to keep my 100A alternator from squealing the belt.  After a half an hour or so I can run it up to full output 'cuz the battery acceptance is down to 50A.

This is all in the Elec Systems 101 Topic.

Get the larger charger, it will work "less hard" and when you plug in for a short time, if that happens to you, then you will get more into your house bank.   :D  Even if you have solar...

Main Message Board / Re: MK I Swim Ladder extension
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:15:00 PM »
I have the single step.  Have had it for most of the 20 years we've had Aquavite.  It works fine.  If I had a do-over I'd get more steps.

Go for it, I'm glad they are still available.



The All-Important Energy Budget:,3976.0.html

Main Message Board / Re: GUEST 10 amp Dual Bank Charger
« on: August 13, 2018, 04:51:07 PM »
James,  do you have a fridge?

Main Message Board / Re: Blower fan
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:39:44 PM »
My blower works with key out.  Always has.  Seems like it should.  Perhaps some PO rewired it.

Main Message Board / Re: GUEST 10 amp Dual Bank Charger
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:27:24 PM »
Thoughts?  Not so good.

You didn't say how big your bank is, nor how you cruise, but if you look in the 101 Electrical Systems topic, you'll find this:

Wiring a new charger From Maine Sail: and

Much food for your thoughts.  Happy hunting.

Main Message Board / Re: Blower fan
« on: August 12, 2018, 08:16:23 PM »

Since itís my understanding that the electric fuel pump is activated when the keyed switch is turned on and since this also allows power flow to the bilge blower through itís own switch, does it harm anything to allow the switch to stay on in order to utilize the blower?


Wouldn't the hour meter keep turning?

Main Message Board / Re: Electric windlass circuit breaker button stuck
« on: August 09, 2018, 03:21:08 PM »
We also checked and the breaker appears to run off the house batteries and NOT the start batteries.


Which is where it should be placed.  The windlass is not a short momentary load, you can run it for anywhere from half a minute to much longer.  It really is a deep cycle type load.  One would be running the engine at the time anyway, right?

Main Message Board / Re: Blower fan
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:17:40 PM »
Hi Stu,
I was intrigued by your post and want to read more, but a forum search for "oil breather" only returned this post. Where could I find out more?


The 101 Topics, the Critical Upgrades, and, as Ken said, the tech wiki are always the place the look.

Have you tried the C34 website search engine?  Go to HOME and start there.

It'd get you right back here!   :D :D :D :D

Easy and worthwhile project.

Main Message Board / Re: Things I wish I had known ...
« on: August 04, 2018, 10:22:11 AM »
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> minimize age-related maintenance issues.

Bill is not the first to have actually owned TWO Catalina 34s.  Our tech editor, John Nixon has.  Bob Englehardt from Fleet 1 in San Francisco is another (a Mark I and now a Mark II).  There are quite a few others.

When we bought our then-12 year old 1986 boat in 1998, we actually looked at new ones, which were --- GASP!!! --- TWICE the price!!!  I couldn't justify it. 

I can't think of any "age-related" issues that, eventually, someone wouldn't have with a boat if they keep it long enough.  We've had ours for twenty years last month.

Hose replacement should be considered routine maintenance.  I've replaced the muffler, which many have rebuilt the ports for, but I got a great deal from someone who had to change his out on his boat.  I've rebuilt the raw water pump twice, instead of replacing it.

Other than that, can someone explain "age-related" issues for me?  I can't justify buying a newer boat just because I have to fix things.  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Things I wish I had known ...
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:31:48 PM »

You've started an almost identical topic, so we've merged them.

Hope you've had a chance to review the suggestions so far.

Happy hunting.

Main Message Board / Re: Things I wish I had known ...
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:31:47 AM »
This archived item should help, too:

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