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Messages - Stu Jackson

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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.

Main Message Board / Aha
« on: May 19, 2002, 06:33:48 PM »
 I fully understand.  Makes a lot of sense for the main, which you see daily.  May not be required for the jib halyard that stays up all the time, so can save some $ if a rigger does it.  The advantage of the bowline is that you can end-for-end the lines in the future.

Main Message Board / What's the trick to splicing Stay-set-X?
« on: May 18, 2002, 11:53:33 PM »
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Steve Lyle, #75 1986, "Sarah":
                               Is there some trick I'm missing?  
 Next step is to pay my local rigger to put the splices in.  I hate paying someone to do things that I ought to be able to do myself.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
 Have you considered a tight bowline?  I purchased the Wichard Thimble Shackle and there is enough clearance at the top to avoid having to do the splice.  49 feet up, no one notices!
 Assume you meant 160 feet.  360 feet and you've got one really high mast for a C34.

Main Message Board / Universal Website
« on: June 13, 2002, 07:20:05 PM »
 You're very welcome.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this website, the entire engine manual with all the parts is available for downloading and/or printing out.  Very handy.

Main Message Board / Universal Wesbite
« on: June 13, 2002, 12:50:48 PM »

Main Message Board / GPS Stuff
« on: June 12, 2002, 08:41:46 PM »
Each of the different manufacturers has different ways to "upgrade" the basic database that you purchase with your individual GPS.  
 Garmin uses a combination of CD-Rom and chip inputs, and Magellan does it a bit differently.
 I recently did a lot of personal research on this, and discovered, to my amazement and benefit, that I can still use the Magellan GPS 300 that I got for nothing by simply test driving a Cadillac three years ago.
 It doesn't have tracking, it doesn't have maps, it just has waypoints and all the navigation information that I need.
 I now need to shake out my "summer" reef, go more than three knots, and save some bucks for the real things I need...whatever they may be. The color GPS sure are cool, though.
 The catalog information on GPS is confusing at best.  What I did was to go to the manufacturers' websites and download their instruction manuals to get a better feel of what the different units can now do.
 PS - didn't buy the Cadillac, but still have the GPS!!!!  :)

Main Message Board / Heel & Trim
« on: June 07, 2002, 12:43:07 PM »
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Charlie Pearsall #1515 '00 "Delirious":
 Mark the wheel at top dead center and see where that mark is when you are sailing straight.  Try to trim the sails so that mark (a turk's head knot is traditional) stays on top...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
 Charlie's right.  Flatter is better.  Also a lot easier on the equipment.  
 One thing to add is that you are going to get weather helm (a good thing) as the wind builds.  Therefore, your turk's head would want to be off about 5 to 10 degrees depending on what tack you are on.  Port tack, boat wants to head up into the wind and go left, so your helm needs to be to the right (starboard for the purists).  [You will also see this happening when motoring, since the prop has starboard walk in forward, so you'll need to turn the wheel a bit to stay straight.]
 Another indication of too much heel is that you slow down because you're using the rudder with the wheel WAY OVER to keep you on course and all the rudder is doing is being ONE BIG BRAKE underwater.
 Past discussions and posts on the C34 website FAQs have indicated that around 18 knots of apparent wind is about time to reef the main, which is what creates the weather helm, not the jib.  Many people mistakenly roll in their jibs first and wonder why they're still are heeling.
 When cruising (not racing) here on SF Bay, I have "summer" and "winter" sail sets on our boat.  The "summer" main is single reefed almost all the time from April to September.
 THe C34 also has some great mainsail trimming equipment: a wide traveller, great vang (especially the solid vangs) and we added a cunningham.  With a reasonably cut mainsail for your conditions, which like everywhere undoubtedly vary greatly, you should be able to get great mainsail trim and reduce heeling until the need to reef occurs.  When in doubt, reef.
 In addition, Sail Magazine has produced a few "Sail Trim" books that are very good, as have many others.  Given the flexibility of the equipment on the C34, and studying those books, should help you out quite a lot.  That should avoid the panic point and keep you in control.

Main Message Board / Soy Diesel
« on: June 07, 2002, 12:53:54 PM »
There was some discussion when this product first came out about five or six years ago that it deteriorated existing fuel hoses.  I have not followed that in detail, since the only available soy diesel distributor is an hour away from our marina, which also has a very convenient fuel dock with regular diesel.
 Has anyone heard anything recently?

Main Message Board / Stern Perches
« on: June 03, 2002, 09:57:52 PM »
Al Watson used to make them and sell them for considerably less $.  Might want to give him a try.  He's posted all over the C34 website, check out Projects.

Main Message Board / Stern Rail Seating
« on: June 03, 2002, 03:31:33 PM »
A less expensive option would appear to be to obtain the seats themselves without having to redo the whole rail.  A good friend actually made one seat for us as a present, and it works just fine.  Other friends have both seats.  These are older C34s, with no step thru transom.  This way you don't have to move anything, get to keep your BBQ and motor mount, and still enjoy the seats.  Like anything else, without a cushion they eventually get hard on your bottom, choice is yours to build or buy cushions.  We haven't.  The best part is that they open up the cockpit even more, and are great for either sailing or sitting.  The vertical support bar underneath the seat fits right against the side of the coaming.  When I first got our seat I was concerned that this bar would preclude the helmsman's seat cushion from fitting, but it works just fine.

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