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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Re: Sale of Boat other than our message Bd
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:54:04 PM »
I just recently sold mine but did it with a for sale sign.

Good idea!!!    :D :D :D   Works wonders.

Craig's right, Dale.  If you don't have an Edson manual, you can most likely find one at

Main Message Board / Re: V-Berth Cushion Insert
« on: July 29, 2018, 04:49:47 PM »
Top seems pretty close to the bottom of the drawer frame.

Main Message Board / Re: Did I destroy my Facet Fuel Pump
« on: July 24, 2018, 05:31:20 PM »
The fuel pump on the Mark I boats is, as Jon said, under the head sink.  The Mark IIs have them mounted on the engine (looks completely different, just a small box).  Whether or not they were plumbed correctly is up to you.  Check it out.  Should be tank>>Racor>>pump>>engine filter>>engine.  The CONCEPT is to USE the RACOR filter BEFORE the pump.  The pump filter is NOT there to filter your tank.  That's why the primary Racor is there.  Covered in Critical Upgrades IIRC.

Main Message Board / Re: Blower fan
« on: July 24, 2018, 05:25:40 PM »


1.  We noticed after a long motor, that the aft cabin was very hot and smelled somewhat of a warm diesel engine!  I knew the blower fan switch was located under the Nav pod and flicked the switch to no avail.

2.  I'm wondering a few things: where the fan motor is located, where there might be a fuse to the fan, if the fan is activated by a thermostat and where that might be and anything else you might advise for me to activate the blower.


Welcome to our little merry band.  Glad you're here.

1.  Smells can be from any number of things.  A diesel leak to something as simple as the engine blow by through the oil breather which most have solved with a direct input to the air intake.  Only took me 19 years to do it, but the results are astounding.  Simple to do.

2.  May I suggest looking at the owners manual?  Sometimes we often forget the most obvious.  The manual for our boats, both Mark Is and Mark IIs, and those "in between" are remarkably well done by Catalina, compared to others I have heard about.  They are available in the tech wiki under, uhm, Manuals.  They show the wiring and in most cases the location of the components, perhaps in different diagrams.  I re-read my manual every once in a while, when I get tired of my standard fare of science fiction.  :D

When I can either figure out how to do it and/or find the time, I'm going to merge these few threads on this very useful topic.  And add links to the 101 [if I haven't already].  What was I supposed to be doing...??? :D :D :D

Main Message Board / Re: Mast Vibration
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:24:26 AM »
The only other thing I've read about is changing the mast rake.  I haven't moved the mast step forward yet as I'd have to shorten my backstay then.  But, I wonder if that would really help, since the mast would still be in the same basic shape, just angled slightly aft.

Based on that article I linked to, it would appear that raking it would NOT help at all.  I would surely recommend against doing that kinda surgery to your rigging.

The reality is that sideways wind simply DOES DO THAT because of the reasons in the article.

In the 20 years I have been reading about this subject, that FAQ article is the ONLY one I have seen about that topic.  I understand the idea of "The only other thing I've read about is changing the mast rake..." but wouldn't it help much more to provide either a link or a copy of that article so we can all read it?

Main Message Board / Re: Mast Vibration
« on: July 15, 2018, 03:08:24 PM »

This is from the WAY OLD pre-Forum/Main Message Board days, but there's a lot of valuable information there.  Frankly, I'm amazed I can still remember that some of them exist!  :)

This is from this page in the Tech wiki:


The intro on that page explains where the content came from.

Main Message Board / Re: Shower Sump Pump Alternative
« on: July 13, 2018, 08:21:31 AM »

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>  it does not have a sump.
 It pumps directly from the shower drain.


Perhaps it is just terminology, but many of us consider the shower drain to BE a sump because there is a small "sump" (box) right below the drain.  It ius shown  in the boat manual in the plumbing section.

Main Message Board / Re: Replace head pump
« on: July 04, 2018, 12:03:16 PM »
Hi and welcome.

Heads were supplied by different vendors and may not be the same on all Mark II boats.

What brand of head do you have?

We've found that the more specific you can be in the question the higher degree of probability of a useful answer.   :D

Main Message Board / Re: water for the head?
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:44:13 PM »
hull 99 1986, i can't remember what i do to get water into the head. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> i did open what i thought was the seacock - the valve is in line with the hose.  i remember there was 3 things to open.  thanks

becki kain


When in doubt, check the boat manual:

Look under plumbing, there's a diagram showing the OEM three thru hulls under the head sink.

Main Message Board / Re: Voltage Drop at Fuel Pump
« on: June 27, 2018, 07:54:20 AM »
Review those below and see if you agree, or can you see where something differs?


I wrote that over a DECADE ago, oddly enough literally to the day!  :D  IIRC, at that time, the referenced diagrams were from a manual that was online here, in Reply #49 of that topic, which may well have pre-dated the major expansion of the wiki.  That link no longer works.  The differences were as I described.  There appear to be no compelling reasons for me to attempt to find those two particular pages again.  IIRC, I was on vacation at the time, so had to rely on that online linked version, which I printed out, analyzed and then discarded.

You're certainly right about the two diagrams you posted.  Same numbers, too.  As you've pointed out, it wouldn't be the first time that there may have been errors in documentation.

And thanks again for helping with that wiki expansion by posting a much more thorough set of manuals.

Main Message Board / Re: Voltage Drop at Fuel Pump
« on: June 26, 2018, 10:10:01 AM »
Further to my earlier post Reply #4, this is what I was referring to in the Critical Upgrades topic thread:

In 2007 we had discussed this in a very looong thread:  Hard Starting/ Possible glow plug problem?? M35 Engines & Fuel Pump Wiring,3347.45.html

Reply #54 on page 4 of that topic begins to discuss the wiring to the fuel pump, how it works, issues with bleeding...

I just looked at it, try starting at the top of the page, Reply #52 is longer and gets into the nuts&bolts.

That thread discusses the very wiring diagrams Ken has so helpfully posted.

One VERY IMPORTANT take away from that discussion is that there are two wiring diagrams that purport to show the same thing.  IIRC, they may well be the same number diagram, 200360, that Ken posted.  [It IS, see Reply #47 in the link.]  They are both in the manual.  One is a schematic, the other shows physical relationships and connections.  I discussed the differences between these SAME NUMBERED DIAGRAMS  in the link in this post.  It is CRITICAL when looking at them that you understand the differences, in addition to Ken's observations. 

Main Message Board / Re: Fuel Pump 101 UPDATE and CRITICAL QUESTION
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:59:16 AM »

I don't know what Marti may have had in mind.

But I kept reading the posts on that topic when I found it yesterday, and would follow our Technical Editor John Nixon's guidance in his excellent post further down the page. 

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