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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Re: Tech notes
« on: Today at 08:01:37 AM »
Try clicking on the individual articles, instead of the month.  This could be the period where we were transitioning to original files from pdf black & white copies.

Main Message Board / Re: Reefing system
« on: September 12, 2019, 03:14:47 PM »
Hi Stu your double line is a good idea but what are you doing with the reefing two and maybe three

See the November 2003 Tech Notes.  Entire article with pictures.  First and second reefs.  I've written before that I don't believe a third reef is necessary.  If you do, save some $$ and just put in a deeper second.  Your boat, your choice.  :D

Go to NAPA and get the GATES.  But you have to know which one to buy.

Noah's idea is good.  Also check the 17 foot exhaust hose from the muffler to the transom, that's where I found a lot of soot.  The hose looks good but it becomes porous after many years and does make a mess under the head sink and in the port locker.

How difficult is it to change that belt out?

i recently changed mine out without having to remove the alternator.

You should check to see if your pump is weeping through the weep holes or whether it's just that the faceplate gasket needs to be replaced.  This is because it appears that there is leakage down to the engine mount.

You should read the sticky CRITICAL UPGRADES and learn how to properly align your alternator belt.

The CRITICAL UPGRADES and 101 Topics also have suggestions and links to routing your oil breather to the air intake.

None of us was born a diesel mechanic.  We all learned.  I put off buying a bigger boat for 13 years because I could take my outboard engine off my Catalina 25!  Once I bought this boat, I spent a LOT of time reading and researching, and getting my hands dirty.  It doesn't happen overnight, but the years I spent trying to find information was in 1998-2000, just as the internet was getting started.  In the meantime, we've captured almost everything you need to know about your engine right here on this website.  Should save you a lot of time.

Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: Reefing system
« on: September 07, 2019, 01:58:59 PM »
That's a good idea.  Another is to go to double line reefing.

Main Message Board / Re: Rigging a Preventer
« on: September 06, 2019, 11:07:11 AM »
A preventer should always be led to the aft end of the boom and then to the bow.  Otherwise, one risks breaking the boom.  This comes from many discussions on cruisers forum from long distance sailors. 

Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c --- GPS Replacement Options
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:30:26 PM »
Worth considering, thanks.

Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c --- GPS Replacement Options
« on: September 05, 2019, 05:29:19 PM »
Noah, having been exposed to many, many internet discussions, the primary reasons are daylight readability and battery longevity.  Besides, I don't own a tablet, and don't even have a phone!!!  Where I go sailing there is NO signal service, so I can't justify spending $40 a month for something I can't use.  :D  I used to have a pay-as-you-go phone service in California, and it cost us $25 a quarter or a year, something ridiculously frugal.  Can't do that here.  I do understand the difference in tablets and phones re: wifi and GPS.

In any event, Canadian charts added to a tablet could, I say could, be expensive.  I just haven't pursued this at all, yet.

Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c
« on: September 05, 2019, 11:48:55 AM »
I too am looking for a chart plotter, Garmin or equivalent, I don't need a depth sounder, just something to look at while sailing around familiar waters, would like to take it with me to use on other boats as well, keeping the costs under 500 dollars, any ideas", I have a small old Magellan with a very little screen so would like at least a 5 inch screen and easy to read in sunlight, I guess the internet is so full of chart plotters I get confused, need my fellow C34 member input, thanks

Bob, interestingly enough, this is one particular instance where "my fellow C34 members" may not apply to the choices available to you.  In Reply #1, I asked Paul, the OP, some specific questions, which in this case you've answered.  It appears that you are looking for a handheld, although you didn't say that your old Magellan was a hh, but taking it with you on other boats implies that.

In that case, you're actually lucky!  :D  That's because handhelds are becoming a dying breed.  That means that there are less of them to choose from.

I just did a Google search on "handheld marine GPS."  The second and third ones were for review of the 5 Best and 7 Best.  I'm sure it's interesting reading.

I was looking for a replacement hh for my trusty old Garmin GPSMap 76Cx, which I really like, but it's getting wonky after the April rollover.  It also doesn't have Canadian charts.  Easier for you in the US.  My limited investigations here indicate that buying a hh here and adding the Canadian charts would cost much more than a fixed based chartplotter!!!  That's because the fixed CPs already have the Canadian charts preinstalled and at deep discount.

A US friend recently upgraded his fixed mount and it came with a depthsounder, so he installed it separately from his existing one in a toilet bowl wax bedding or silicone.

My challenge with a fixed mount is that I do NOT want it on the binnacle.  It needs power.  I spend most of my time in front of the wheel except for leaving and returning to docks.  I don't want a TV screen in my view when I am behind the wheel.  And a RAM mount would add significantly to the cost.

The other challenge, while modest, is to learn new software if I buy a different brand.

I am convinced that touch screens are a disaster waiting to happen.  My friend's unit is hybrid: touchscreen and buttons.  Every time I went near the screen it would jump all over the place!  And it was clear and dry out, the boat wasn't moving.

Your boat, your choice.  :D

Happy hunting.

Main Message Board / Re: vberth arm
« on: September 04, 2019, 11:34:48 AM »
Sounds right.

Read the directions carefully.  50/50 mix.  It takes some time to set up.  I just used some the other day, where I deliberately waited about 45 minutes before I applied it so it was more like peanut butter than jelly.  It's easier to work with.

Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: Burnt alternator excite wire
« on: September 01, 2019, 06:47:11 PM »

Is this Maine Sail's site?

Yes it is.

Main Message Board / Re: Burnt alternator excite wire
« on: September 01, 2019, 01:54:56 PM »
Chris, the reason I suggested looking at Maine Sail's site is that he explains small case alternators quite well.  He also used to have a Catalina 36, so he knows Universal M25 series engines.  Some of his photo layouts have pictures of M25 series engines.

He speaks quite a bit of Leece Neville alternators.  We've discussed it here, too, and a search on LN as well as looking at the Elec Sys 101 will show you more.

I also have referred folks to, ASE.  You can call them and speak to Bob, they actually have two guys named Bob, but they know alternators and, I think, our engines.

You're right, you need to put yourself in a position to just give the right parts to your yard dogs to save $$.  A better way is to learn to do it yourself.  "None of us was born an electrician."  :D

Good luck.  Happy Hunting.

Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c
« on: August 31, 2019, 03:16:30 PM »
Paul, for starters:  handheld or fixed mount?  Need a depthsounder?  Many come with them.  Touchscreen or buttons or hybrid?

Without that kind of input from you, nobody can really help except to say: "This is what I have and I love it."  :D

Main Message Board / Re: vberth arm
« on: August 31, 2019, 10:42:55 AM »
It would appear from your posts that the screw (really a short bolt) sheared (broke) off.  Or it may have fallen out of its hole.

Glue the bolt back into the slot on the arm.  That bolt is an insert in the far end of the internal part of the arm.

Then simply screw the knob back onto the now attached bolt.

That's if I understand your issue correctly.

Alternatively, you could find a short flat head screw and try that before you even buy the glue.

If, however, it is the insert in the knob that fell out, then just replace the knob with a wing nut.  Or try gluing the insert back into the knob.

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