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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / C'mon Guys - re: Posting & Copying
« on: October 11, 2001, 10:29:33 PM »
It's understandable in the business world about copyrights and all that stuff.
 We're not doing that.
 Catalina doesn't ask if we can copy or reprint their stuff.
 Sail magazine from 1492 is public domain. Older material from Practical Sailor is pretty good about that, too.  Please also refer to my link to the head odors that Webmaster Dave Smith tacked onto the website.
 Please don't hesitate to pass on good and valuable information.  I believe that it's just not an issue (no pun intended, I think).
 Just think of it as an email "attachment" with wider distribution.

Main Message Board / C34 Original Sail Article
« on: October 11, 2001, 09:45:42 AM »
 It would be interesting for the C34 Community to be able to read that article, if for nothing else than at least for old times sake.
 Could you get it scanned and send it to Mark Elkins, the new C34 Projects and FAQ assistant webmaster, and perhaps he could get it up on the website?
 Thanks,  Stu

Main Message Board / Reefing Lines
« on: July 02, 2002, 10:35:05 PM »
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Steve Lyle, #75 1986, "Sewanee Belle":
                               Stu -
 My reef lines aren't led to the cockpit.  How is that done?  Just call Garhauer?
 If Guido or Bill would come out to do it for you, please let us know how you were able to make that happen!  When they start selling "rope" in addition to wonderfully shined stainless let us know!
 There are a few different ways to do it, and much depends on how your boat is currently rigged with hardware on your boom and mast near the gooseneck, and the "depth" of your deck organizers.
 The clew is relatively easy:  most Catalina 34s came with the Schaefer sliding blocks on a track with bails on the bottom to connect both sides of the reefing lines, and then up and over through the clew cringles.  If the track is long enough, and you only have one reef point, you should be able to add another block and make it into two.
 You can run these clew lines either through the boom or outside.  We have small blocks, like Harken bullet blocks, with the clew lines led down to & through the deck organizers from our "inside the boom" clew reefing lines.  Does make it a challenge to change or clean the lines, though.
 The standard C34 boom fitting makes you go to the mast to (do the first & only standard) reef, using the cleat on the starboard side of the boom.  You can improve this by running the tack line(s) aft, by going down from the gooseneck to the deck organizers and then aft to sheetstoppers.
 What we have at the boom/mast is the tack lines led to the organizers and then back.  Our deck organizers are "two story" affairs, with five blocks on each side! We use most of the ten blocks: to port - cunningham, rigid boom vang, first and second reef clews, second reef tack; to starboard - lazy jacks, main halyard, first reef tack.  We do have a lot of lines led aft!
 Each of the two tack lines starts at a bowline at a cleat on the mast, is run up & through the tack cringles for the both first and second reef lines, and then down to the deck organizers and then back to sheetstoppers on the coachroof.
 Wish I could do a diagram for y'all, but explaining this in writing is more than enough.
 You should be able to "improve" your deck organizers with Garhauer by obtaining the "second deck" to increase the number of blocks on your organizers; either side or both, up to you.
 Let us know how it works for you.

Main Message Board / Main 2nd Reef Points
« on: July 02, 2002, 11:44:09 AM »
We, too, have a second reef point on our main.  I used it recently when it was super windy here on SF Bay.  With our "summertime" 85% jib and the double reefed main, the boat handled very well in winds over 25 knots.
 It's like reefing itself, if you think you need it, you probably do!
 We have what I term "double-line" reefing.  There is a separate tack and clew line for each reef, for a total of four.  While that may appear to mean more lines back to the cockpit, which is true, the advantage over single reefing lines is that the tension on the clew usually needs to be much more than at the tack.  With two separate lines for tack and clew, we can adjust them as required, where a single reef line would have equal tension at both points.  All four lines are led to sheetstoppers on the coachroof.

Main Message Board / Cold Machines
« on: July 01, 2002, 12:19:22 PM »
My condenser fan wasn't working.  I did a lot of research on the Adler Barbour site archives.  It is a very good reference source.  Many of the archived questions relate specifically to your experience, and explain the troubleshooting steps you need to go through to find out if it's your themostat, wiring or the dreaded electronic module.
 Gary at Adler Barbour is a very helpful fellow.  (860) 664-4911.  He will also give you the name of a local representative.

Main Message Board / Transition
« on: June 30, 2002, 10:32:31 AM »
I was thinking more like either Non-Fat or Single Malt.

Main Message Board / Conversion
« on: June 29, 2002, 09:02:18 PM »
Would it be possible to paint the yellow canister red?

Main Message Board / Harness Upgrade Reference
« on: June 23, 2002, 07:20:59 AM »
I remembered that the harness upgrade reference was on our website, but couldn't find it easily because of so much other great information.  For those of you who'd like the information, try this link:

Main Message Board / Another Sails Source
« on: June 23, 2002, 09:04:55 AM »
Have you tried?
 This may give you another idea of price ranges.
 The thing you also need to consider is how you want or need the sail to be cut.  Here in San Francisco for our summer winds, Sutter Sails, a local loft, created an 85% headsail called The Blade.  Because of the strong winds, it is cut very flat and works great going upwind.  With light winds, it is useless.
 So check out what kind of conditions you normally sail in, and decide on the type of cut you need in addition to just the cost and the manufacturer.
 This would be true of both headsails and mains.
 [This message was edited by Stu Jackson #224 1986 "Aquavite" on June 23, 2002 at 09:14 AM.]

Main Message Board / Head Light II
« on: June 21, 2002, 09:30:00 AM »
 If you find one that's close, please let us know.  The one in the head is a great little fixture.  It's too bad they didn't use that same one in the galley.  That's where I'd put one, too.

Main Message Board / Light in Head
« on: June 19, 2002, 04:51:30 PM »
Have you called Catalina?

Main Message Board / Motorola Alternator Parts
« on: June 18, 2002, 04:51:12 PM »
A good place to start would be
 While they don't have the alternator itself, they could be a good source to find out where to get what you are looking for.
 When you do find out, please let us all know since many of us still have the old alternators.
 Good luck.

Main Message Board / Fluxgate
« on: June 07, 2002, 12:47:38 PM »
 I assume you have also used the Message Board and C34 website Search Engines in your quest.  Lots of material already posted.

Main Message Board / CNG Tanks
« on: June 13, 2002, 07:29:59 PM »
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by andrew bell:
                               GSI offered me a regulator for $150 which I declined at the time. This could be used at a gas station that has CNG. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
 We have two CNG tanks on board.                          The tanks do not come with a regulator, the regulator is on the connection of the hose to the stove.  I was unaware that a tank could be refilled while you wait.  Our replacement source, a local independent chandlery, simply has full tanks waiting to swap.
 The new tanks just come with a metal screw off cap.
 We have a second tank on board as a spare and I rotate them when the connected tank is empty.
 Full is 2500#.  0# is, you guessed it...
 We pay about $16 for a full tank in San Francisco (Oakland), bringing the old one in for a swap.
 Our source is very conventient.  If your's is some distance away, consider a second tank, for obvious "have-it-on-hand" reasons when on board, and a little bit of leeway in having to travel to get a full tank.

Main Message Board / Port Replacement
« on: June 17, 2002, 10:59:47 AM »
The 1987 boat you are looking at could have either Beckson ports or Lewmars.  The Beckson ports are the white ones with white plastic trim and black inside opening ports.  They are easy to replace and are available directly from Beckson.
 A search on the main C34 website under Beckson will point you to many sources and the Beckson replacement handbook.
 If they're Lewmars with an aluminum trim, they too should be easy to replace.
 If the main large "windows" are also a problem, they can be replaced and easily rebedded.  Catalina would be a source for these, or a local plastics manufacturer, like TAP Plastics, could make them based on the pattern from the old ones.
 There was an earlier discussion on this message board about portlights.  Also try the search engine on this message board for more info.
 Given all the great things about a C34, the portlights should be very low on your list of qualifying items.
 Good luck, and hope you get your boat.

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