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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Re: vibration isolating shaft coupling
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:44:54 PM »
Thanks Stu,
I am a bit concerned about the full strength injector cleaner. Though it probably mixes with diesel as it gets pump to through the fuel system. If you guys have been doing this as a regular maintenance then I shouldn't be worried.

Thanks again.

Dale, think about How It Works when you're bleeding.  With your "self-bleeding" engine, just get the fuel pump running without starting the engine and it will pump the injector cleaner straight through the system.  What you are doing is placing a "good and helpful" liquid into the system to avoid an air bubble.

In your case, IIRC, getting the fuel pump to operate without starting the engine, though, requires you to turn the key to energize the glow plugs.  You don't want to do that for too long.  This issue is discussed at great length in the links in Critical Upgrades [,5078.msg41829.html#msg41829].  It's simply how your engine is wired.

In my case, with my NOT self-bleeding engine, I can start the fuel pump operation by turning the key switch ON and NOT starting the engine without energizing the glow plugs.

In any event, it simply doesn't matter, because in less than maybe half a minute (the longest you'd want the glow plugs on without starting the engine anyway) the slug of injector cleaner is gone through the system.  And the injector cleaner will be mixed with incoming fuel once the pump starts.

Not an issue.  Again, what you are avoiding is an air bubble in the system.  People used to say "Put diesel fuel into the Racor first," to eliminate the air.  All we're saying is that it is more helpful and far easier to use a liquid from a plastic bottle than try to get diesel into the Racor.  And a LOT less smelly if you spill any.  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Anchor saver
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:28:47 PM »

After buying the anchor I read using the slot in the anchor shank to avoid fouling can cause the anchor to release if there is a tide shift. No idea if it's true or not.

It is true.

In my reading on, it was the consensus of the very experienced skippers there that having any second line in the water other than your anchor rode will, not may, will, complicate evacuation of your anchorage just when you need to leave in haste.  Not a good thing.

The only application of Andre's OP would be if he was constantly, repeatedly and "usually" losing his anchorS in his normal sailing/anchoring grounds.  If so, suggesting he move may not be an option.  We don't know if he has other options, like a close-by but better anchoring spot.

Main Message Board / Re: vibration isolating shaft coupling
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:03:41 PM »
Hi Stu, Jim and Ron,
I've looked for blogs about cleaning the injectors by filling up the Racor with a cleaner. Not very successful but then I'm not so skilled in searching. The cleaners of choice are PS, Lutrun and maybe SeaFoam.

My plan is:
1) Shut off ball valve to tank
2) Drain the Racor bowl
3) Unscrew plastic container and fill it with cleaner or find other path to fill the Racor bowl with cleaner
4) Open ball valve to the tank
5) Check for leaks
6) Start her up

Is it that simple?


Yes, it's that simple, but your #3 should be: Screw the plastic bowl underneath the new filter, fill both, screw new filter onto housing.

Covered in the Bleeding 101.

Main Message Board / Re: vibration isolating shaft coupling
« on: September 14, 2018, 05:14:43 PM »
Thanks guys, that sounds like a great idea. I'll check out the PS and the Lucus. Never thought about cleaning the injectors like that.

Hi, Dale, it's mentioned in many of the Bleeding threads, usually 'cuz it's part of the process.  I've done it for years when I first heard about it from Ron.  Better that than a slug of air or having to even begin to deal with diesel.  I use whatever I can find, always buy two and always have some on hand on board.

Main Message Board / Re: Teak Handrail Footprint Stain
« on: September 10, 2018, 01:03:48 PM »
Brain surgery.


You will need to get something within each of those grooves.  No magic bullet here, nothing but hard, detailed work.

Each of those spots is most likely very hard, so you need to find something to soften it with, besides just water or other cleaning agents.

Are you familiar with FSR?  It's a gel.  I'd try that and cover spots up with wet rags/towels and try to soften the goop up.

Engine degreasers might also work.  Try Soapy Bubbles bathroom cleaner.  Try CLR.

The list of possibilities are endless.

I'm not trying to be flip or funny.  This really is a case of trying different things that may work.  I only recall one other skipper making this swap in the 20 years I've owned my boat and have been active here.  I don't recall a discussion like this back then.

Main Message Board / Re: Overboard discharge locking and security seal
« on: September 09, 2018, 05:48:47 PM »
Kevin, why spend any of your $$ on that.   Drill a hole in the handle.  Cost = 0. 

Main Message Board / Re: M35 low oil pressure alarm switch
« on: September 06, 2018, 04:25:35 PM »
For continuity, this thread goes here:,10000.0.html

Notice it was the 10,000th topic posted!!! 

Main Message Board / Re: 1986 Catalina 34' Main Cabin Bomar Hatch
« on: September 06, 2018, 10:35:40 AM »
i just looked at it, sorry.  any idea on replacing the glazing on the frame?  that's where mine is leaking, that grey foam

From my reply #9 on page 1 of this very topic:

A couple of years later it started dripping again.  I used Captain Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure on the port forward edge of the lens inside the moving top, stopped right away, hasn't returned.

You might try that first.

It also includes a suggestion to read Ron's other writeup, but that's a complete rebed job, too.

IIRC, there have been other posts on just rebedding the glazing.

Main Message Board / Re: 1986 Catalina 34' Main Cabin Bomar Hatch
« on: September 06, 2018, 10:28:20 AM »
The entire article was about rebedding the entire hatch, not just the glazing in the frame.  Weren't the pictures clear enough?

Main Message Board / Re: 1986 Catalina 34' Main Cabin Bomar Hatch
« on: September 06, 2018, 10:22:53 AM »
butyl tape --- pretty sure it was included in the text!  :D

Main Message Board / Re: 1986 Catalina 34' Main Cabin Bomar Hatch
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:46:36 AM »
Stu, how do i see that write up?  it says it's password protected but i'm logged into c34 site, to post this? >>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you are a C34IA member you were given the pw when you joined.

This explains the differences:,4782.0.html

Main Message Board / Re: Width and length of my wing keel
« on: September 01, 2018, 11:12:14 AM »
Take a look in the tech wiki in the brochures.  You can scale the dimensions.

Main Message Board / Re: Port side clutch mounting
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:26:08 AM »

You could mount them directly on the non-skid, but two issues come to mind:  (1) waterproofing, especially if you don't have a dodger; (2) comfort - if they are lower than the hatch fore&aft wood trim it could be uncomfortable.  That's why most of us have them raised at least to that level.  Waterproofing can be done with butyl tape.

The load on the through bolts is in shear for clutches.  I installed mine with fender washers down below, been OK for the past 19 years.  Others will recommend backing plates of different materials.

Your boat, your choice.  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Tech WIKI
« on: August 27, 2018, 05:12:54 PM »
Congratulations, Ken.  Betcha once they get the concept, they'll use it.  Just remember, except for Ron Hill who is a hunt-and-peck typist but who has contributed THE MOST material ever known to man about our boats, we've gotten used to repeating ourselves.  It comes with the territory.  But I found links and my 101 Topics to be way more useful than re-typing the same old same old.  My fingers ain't gettin' any more supple.  :D

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