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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Re: Mast wedges and tuning
« on: May 29, 2019, 08:55:13 PM »
Noah's right.  Wedges first, then tune.  The Catalina manual that came with your boat and which is also available ion the tech 2wiki, has a great tuning guide even if you don't have or choose to use a gauge.

Don't forget the turnbuckle in the saloon.  I keep forgetting what it's called.

Main Message Board / Re: Cabin Heaters
« on: May 26, 2019, 07:58:12 AM »

There are usually two other things you need with a kerosene heater.  Alcohol to light the wick, and a fan above to distribute the air.   If you have the opportunity to see one in action, you should.  Mine's quite loud.

Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: port side engine wall
« on: May 24, 2019, 07:32:30 AM »

is the white layer, really just a laminate of white formica like you see at lowes in the counter top area?  i've seen people use it on tv to make counter tops, seems simple enough.  smear contact cement on both layers, let dry, smoosh together and trim.  if that's all it is, i can probably handle that.

Yes, it is.

Al Watson did his countertop in the galley, here, #9 describes Formica covering of the plywood:

Jim Brener's 2015 tech note on redoing his head counter noted that he had a wood yard do the Formica work for him.

I'm sure YouTube has lots of how to do things about Formica.

Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: port side engine wall
« on: May 23, 2019, 09:14:50 AM »

all the wood above the alternator door is still pretty solid.  i thought about just cutting from the top of the alternator door down and replacing the wood, but then there will be an ugly seam.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I understand.  Perhaps you could consider making it a feature not a bug. or by making a nice wooden strip to cover the seam.  It's in the head, and only seated people would see it...:D

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.

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