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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Re: Raw water leak behind raw water pump
« on: May 22, 2019, 05:28:03 PM »
I went through Dodd Narrows for the first time on Monday and back home yesterday.  Another 10 hours, up to 3550, 45 since the November Devcon repair.  So far... :D

Vic, what happened with YOUR issue?

Main Message Board / Re: port side engine wall
« on: May 22, 2019, 11:19:39 AM »
md, in the 20+ years of my activity with our C34 I do not recall anyone ever raising this issue.  Not enough to make you wanna be the first, though, huh?   :cry4`

First thing that occurred to me:  What does the aft cabin side of the bulkhead look like?  If the veneer is OK, then Kevin's right, it's just cosmetic on the engine side, and Ken's ideas will work.

That's not a structural bulkhead, so you could just slice the rotten bottom portion off and rebuild it that way with nice veneer to match in the aft cabin.  I can't go any further than that 'cuz it is wood we're talking about here and I failed every single wood shop I was ever allowed into!!! :shock:

Then, of course, there's the door to the dipstick, looks like the rot could be below it.

Good luck.

Don't know if you've seen this, from the 101 Topics:

Beckson Portlights 101 ("removal tool" with pictures and guides for sealants),3241.0.html

and great installation tips,9437.0.html

Main Message Board / Re: Keel Hull Joint... rust?
« on: May 22, 2019, 10:24:51 AM »
from the 101 Topics:

Rebedding a Keel Stub 101  The Catalina Smile with Pictures,6842.0.html


The size is right, 5 x 12.  The lens is smoked because their only other choice is clear.  Rain drain is correct.    I don't know what the 2" means but you talked to them, didn't you?  Is that enough confirmation?

Main Message Board / Re: Noisy Partners
« on: May 21, 2019, 05:53:18 PM »
sure, do two things:  get a rigger who knows what he's doing and get bigger wedges.  Easy, soft wood like pine works great.  Make your own and learn how to do it.  IIRC, Don Casey's Good Old Boat book may have a discussion of this.  The turnbuckle at the partners should make the noise go away.

The hinge broke, presumably I have to buy a whole new port?

Nope, save some money and just replace the lens.  I just did one for my starboard V berth port.

Jeremy, yes it is a 5 x 12 Beckson.  That's pretty much all you need to order any port or part for them.  I reommend you assure it's a rain drain model to match the trim ring.  While the rain drain isn't needed on the vertical mounting on the aft cabin ports like the ones on early Mark I cabins, just make sure you get the right one.  I ordered some trim rings for mine and they incorrectly sent me the NON rain drains which wouldn't have worked.  The Canadian supplier was very remorseful and corrected it right away.

Main Message Board / Re: Loss of RPM
« on: May 21, 2019, 05:10:40 PM »

IIRC the Napa Replacement thread has a link to this helpful Facet pump discussion from Fleet 1 in San Francisco:,2515.0.html

See reply #11.  I haven't compared this to what anyone else wrote in this thread.

Main Message Board / Re: Removing old decals on the hull
« on: May 21, 2019, 05:06:11 PM »
Many folks on this and other boating forums have suggested oven cleaner.

As with everything related to gelcoat, start with the least abrasive and work your way up.

Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: Rear skeg water leaks
« on: May 21, 2019, 05:04:23 PM »

         Filling those valleys is something I'd recommend especially if you live in a region where it can freeze and damage the boat. It might even be worthy of a mention in "Critical Upgrades".

Good idea, Kevin.  Why don't you just do it?  :D


Thanks.  That's a very good description of the conduits.  I also have a conduit from the holding tank area below the main electrical panel that runs underneath the nav station locker and the head sole to underneath the head sink.  This conduit originally was for the #4 OEM wire "to and from" the alternator output to the C post of the 1-2-B switch.  When I installed our 100A alternator and ran the AO to the house bank, routed underneath the engine to the water heater space and then to the battery box and its fuse, that wire then only ran from the C post to the starter.

I still fail to understand how any "hole in the sole" would provide any access to a closed PVC conduit, nor how it would help in any way.  Noah's comment about access to the shower sump is the only hole there that makes any sense and the only hole ever mentioned in the last 32 years.  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Loss of RPM
« on: May 18, 2019, 09:03:51 PM »
I'm not set on the cube. I just want a reliable pump.
The local napa store has the posi- flow (610-1051) which I think is cylindrical in stock so leaning that way but am open to suggestions.

The Napa plastic we"offered" on the forum was as a backup and an inexpensive choice; not necessarily a full time replacement.  That may have not been clear on that thread from a decade ago.  If you can get a cylindrical Facet, that's what I'd buy.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: May 18, 2019, 08:37:48 PM »
Gee, now all you have to do is slap YOUR name on her.

All the best of luck, you've done your homework.

We're here to help all along the way.

1. Mark 1.
2. Yes it is a Mark 1.
3. Iím sure itís a Mark 1. 


There is a channel that goes from the Stern to Amidships, under the engine to the Water Heater.  Itís for Bilge Water, Hoses and transducer wires.


WADR, we had no idea what boat you have.  What's the point of telling us three times?  The effort you spent typing that could have been used to make a signature as we requested.  All other boating forums,too, have that feature and most skippers use it, with good reason.

No, there isn't a "channel" for the bilge hose, water hoses and transducer wires.  At least there isn't on my boat.  The aft end of the bilge itself opens up into the wide space under the engine.  I know this because I have run new wires from my alternator and new water hoses to the head sink under the engine.  I used an unbent coat hanger to pull and push those through.  I also replaced my coolant hoses from the engine to the water heater (see Critical Upgrades) and once through the holes to starboard of the engine stringer, it is open under there, from the engine to the heater.

I recall seeing pictures of one boat where the space under the aft end of the engine was closed in with fiberglass with a hole drilled for hoses.  I think it may have been Vice Commodore Jon Windt's boat.  On my boat that sspace is wide open.  But that's an obstacle in only that one place below the aft end of the engine.  Otherwise it's wide open under there.

In any event, there is no channel.  At least on my boat.

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