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Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 12, 2020, 05:38:55 AM »
I don't have davits, but do see boats of our size with them.  So far, I've taken the simple route of towing the dinghy.  I bought a Garhauer cleat and bolted it to the stern rail.  To minimize drag, I play with the tow length by getting the dinghy to ride the crest of the wake.  I watch my SOG increase a couple tenths of a knot and find the sweet spot.  Suspending it on davits gives you no drag, but so far towing has seemed to work fine.  Some marinas will charge you the "total" length of your boat, which includes davits.  So that's something to consider. 

My marina has a dinghy rack.  So when not in use, I store it there covered up with a silver tarp to shield it from the sun.  I pull it out and launch it when I'm planning a cruise.  Otherwise for day sailing, I don't need it and it stays put away in the rack.

Main Message Board / Re: Can't get all the oil out of my M35 engine
« on: January 26, 2020, 11:30:39 AM »
Before you change the oil, do you run the engine to bring it up to temperature?  I would think doing it on a cold engine, the oil is more viscous and harder to get out.

Main Message Board / Re: Mk II gas storage
« on: January 05, 2020, 01:51:50 PM »
Realize the weight of a larger outboard (i.e. 8hp).  Do you really need something that big?  You'll need to wrestle it from somewhere on the boat, down to the dinghy in the water.  Balance the amount of power you really need to the weight of the outboard.  I have a Mariner (a.k.a Mercury) 3.3 hp, 2 stroke.  Easy to carry with one hand from the stern of the MkII, while using the other hand for grabbing and balancing.  The 3.3 hp is plenty power to move my Mercury 270 with two adults and one teenager to shore.  Bought it new the last year 2 strokes were available.  However 4 stroke engines have gotten smaller and lighter with the latest technologies since I bought my 2 stroke.  But still, I would really consider the weight of the 4 stroke vs. the amount of hp really needed. 
On my MkII, I store the 1 gallon "oil & gas mix" container under the removable stern seat (the seat that has the two clips on either side to hold it in place, right behind the wheel).  I put a bungee around the tank, and around the plexi insert that is slid in to stop things from rolling out of the cockpit.  That area is exposed and will allow the fumes to escape. Also, while cruising, one gallon of gas goes for a few days at least from my experience.  I'm usually in an area where I can access a fuel dock and I always have enough oil on hand for mixing.  A one gallon can works well with cruising on the Chesapeake.  Sounds like your cruising requires more gas to be carried.  If your outboard has an external tank or the capability of an external tank, did you take measurements of a 6 gallon tank that might fit in the area I'm referring to under the center seat?? These come in 3 gallons too.

Hey Noah,
Hope the healing and PT with the new hip goes well.  Happy New Year to all  :thumb:

Main Message Board / Re: Winterization anit-freeze for two winters
« on: December 13, 2019, 04:55:24 PM »
Thanks Robert for the post.  4 years is quite a long time for things to be idle.  When I winterize, I don't cut corners and use much more pink AF than most people I've seen.  Every spring, things start up well.  Hoping this coming spring is no different!

Main Message Board / Re: C34MkII fuel tank maintenance
« on: December 10, 2019, 03:51:45 AM »
Ha!!  Noah, you're right  :D

Main Message Board / Re: C34MkII fuel tank maintenance
« on: December 08, 2019, 11:33:14 AM »
I know what you mean, Jim, about the lawyer designed spouts.  They think they are helping by making them safe, but people are more prone to be spilling gas.  Wonder how many people blow themselves up by igniting spilled fuel!!  I have pre-regulation gas cans with normal spouts.  I hope they last forever.

Interesting about the website about the siphon pump.  It shows siphoning out of a car.  I remember during Hurricane Sandy, gas was just about impossible to get (no electricity, no way for stations to pump gas).  I had to fill the tank on a generator for my house so I tried to siphon some gas out of my car.  I couldn't.  I later found out that cars have an anti-siphon design, so nobody can steal gas out of a car. 

Main Message Board / Re: Garhauer Rope Clutch Spring
« on: November 30, 2019, 09:45:31 AM »
Hi Graham
You might try to call Garhauer and see what they say.  They may ask you to send it back.  For the price of shipping it (should fit in a small USPS box at around $5-$6), they may upgrade it for a small fee.  Worth asking....

Main Message Board / Re: Winterization anit-freeze for two winters
« on: November 17, 2019, 02:53:11 PM »
Thanks for the tips...  the transmission is overfilled.  I do it every fall, so that's set.  I plan on changing the impeller in the spring, but good tip about difficulty getting out.  My guess is the rubber could get stuck in the housing.  I guess I'll see.  The batteries are topped off.  I was there two weeks ago to give the boat an overall check and had the charger plugged in.  I have a custom canvas winter cover which does not trap in moisture like a plastic shrink wrap could.  Also, I've kept up with keeping the damp rid moisture absorbers changed throughout the summer and I also used tea tree oil.  I freshened both those a couple weeks ago.  Never get water in the bilge, deck stepped mast.  Just in case, I pour a few cups of pink antifreeze in the bilge.

Main Message Board / Winterization anit-freeze for two winters
« on: November 15, 2019, 12:36:33 PM »
Hi everyone,
This past season we didn't put Sea Life in the water.  With other plans over the summer, we decided to take a hiatus.  Everything was winterized for last winter and over the summer, we did not do or change anything to the systems.  I'm thinking since everything has been untouched, we can go through another winter.  Any thoughts if I'm missing something?

The chatter I hear (it is quite loud and sounds horrible, like someone flailing maracas), has been like that since the boat was new when idling in gear.  It has not changed.  It disappears at around 1000-1100 rpm.  If I'm moving at idle, I usually toggle between forward and neutral anyway.  Or if I need to keep moving at idle, I just inch up the throttle at just the point of becoming quiet.  I don't like to keep the boat in gear at idle just because I don't like the sound and I'm thinking having it chatter extensively, can't be doing any good.  But it is normal.  I understand there are newer damper plates of a different design that don't chatter, or at least much less intense, than the one's in our boats.  I'm guessing the damper plate is an old design, and newer Catalinas probably use the most current design without the chatter.  Also, if the diesel is Yanmar, or other brand than the "Universal" in ours, that trans design must be different and may not chatter.

Main Message Board / Re: New Dodger
« on: November 04, 2019, 08:44:12 AM »
I remember seeing a thread on this site from someone that bought all new canvas directly from Catalina Yachts.  They have OEM patterns and if you give them your hull number, they would make the exact OEM design for your boat.  I remember the post said if you don't mind the same canvas with no "upgrades" the price was very good.  Not sure if you searched this site for a post like that.

Not sure if the boat is new to you, but there is a normal chattering of the damper plate at idle and goes away at the RPMs you state.  What you may hearing is normal.

Main Message Board / Re: Vibration
« on: October 29, 2019, 09:10:09 AM »
looks to me your vibration is the broken motor mount and not the transmission.  You may want to try this site for motor mounts.  They used to carry OEM motor mounts.

Main Message Board / Re: Find a link
« on: October 29, 2019, 09:07:58 AM »
Hi Andre
I remember in a Tech Notes Mainsheet article  several years back, there was someone that did a damper plate change on a C36.  I remember is was very well written with each step along the way with pictures.  You might want to do a search.

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