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Messages - Jim Hardesty

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Main Message Board / Re: What are these small black things?
« on: Yesterday at 06:20:26 AM »
I would take some samples to an exterminator.  May want to make some phone calls first to find the right one.   
Happy hunting,

Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / Re: cockpit removable seat
« on: December 07, 2021, 06:26:18 AM »
You could try contacting Catalina Yachts, not Catalina Direct.  They probably can supply one.  I don't use mine, it's sitting in my basement waiting on the next owner. 

Main Message Board / Re: Generac 7117 GP2200I Generator Opinion wanted
« on: November 26, 2021, 09:37:53 AM »
I've no experience with the Generac.  Some questions you may ask yourself.  Is it made by Generac or just relabeled off brand?  What's the warranty?  I like my Honda 2000, would buy again.  Some thoughts, will it fit where you want?  If it's in the cockpit locker, does it have a vent-no-vent fill cap and a fuel shut-off.  FWIW Honda runs the AC and battery charger together just fine.  I use my generator much more than I thought I would when I bought it and use it more all the time.

Main Message Board / Re: I need a new Winter Cover next year
« on: November 25, 2021, 08:26:12 AM »
Thanks for the great information.  You are absolutely correct, do the cover right or don't do it.    You are the second to recommend Ship Shape, I requested a quote. Have one question and one request.  What model do you have?  If it's a MKll, at your pleasure, would you please reply with pictures?   One more question.  Did you buy the cover and have it shipped, or was it necessary for Ship Shape to measure and fit to your boat?
Thanks again,

Main Message Board / Re: I need a new Winter Cover next year
« on: November 24, 2021, 09:58:58 AM »
Was that Custom Canvas?

Yes, it was.  I've thought of that option.  Have lots of time exploring all options.  Was hoping to find one for sale by someone who moved their boat south.

Main Message Board / I need a new Winter Cover next year
« on: November 24, 2021, 06:36:38 AM »
Shamrock came with a custom winter cover.  Has given good service but I'm afraid it's the last winter for it.  Hope it makes it this winter.  The fabric is very weathered and beyond patching.  The company that made it, from Buffalo, no longer serves Erie PA.  Asking the northern sailors their experience with winter covers they have purchased on-line from a company with a pattern.  I leave the mast up most winters.
Asking now because after I take it off in the spring it leaves my mind till it has to go back on.
Note the large black gorilla tape patch.

Main Message Board / Re: Mast Cleat
« on: November 23, 2021, 04:54:22 PM »
Do any of you guys have your genoa halyard cleated off on the mast?

The problem with that as I see it is halyard tension.  A few decades past the normal set-up was a winch and cleat on the mast.

Main Message Board / Re: Rudder Play Fix options
« on: November 23, 2021, 04:43:46 PM »
or what it's worth, i've never had success with pbblaster.  and since i've stripped my boat down to the hull, so i've had to free plenty of stainless bolts.  the only things that've worked for me

1 nut splitter
2 impact gun
3 heat
4 drilling

For the record I've had success with both pbblaster and my favorite Kroil.  Adding to the list of last resort I use a dremel tool with the abrasive cut-off wheel when space permits.

Main Message Board / Re: lazy jack measurements
« on: November 18, 2021, 10:25:45 AM »
Another option. I use lazy jacks WITH a normal sail cover. Once the sail is stacked/cradled on boom I put on sail ties then release/secure lazy jacks back to the mast and put on my traditional sail cover.

That does work very well.  The downside is, all the lazy jacks that I've used that were set up that way is the need to go to the mast to deploy the lazy jacks.  Installed a dutchman system on my previous boat, I'm a fan.

Main Message Board / Re: Using a C38 cover on a C34
« on: October 27, 2021, 03:20:55 AM »
Would anyone know or even take an educated guess

As far as educated, won't make that claim.  I am in Erie Pa, covers are a yearly chore, so know some.  If you have the mast down, it may work.  There's a lot of ways covers are made, some have lots of frame work, some use a whisker pole and boom, some go to the water line some just to the toe rail, etc.   Do you have a picture of the cover on the C38?  That and comparing dimensions should give you an educated guess.  I believe with winter covers, do it right or don't do it.  A loose fitting flapping cover is a hazard.

On a different tack, I have a friend that may be buying a C387.  If you decide not to use the cover he may be interested.
If you decide not to use it PM me and I'll check with him.


It seems like an added complication. Plus, running the burp hose seems like extra work. The traditional log hose seems sturdier. I am a bit of a traditionalist in this regard and my current system has worked well on several boats I have owned (so far), so I am sticking with simple.

I agree.  Properly aligned engine, good cutlass bearing and properly adjusted packing is for me.  I keep a kitchen sponge under the packing nut and the water evaporates before getting to the bilge.  But then I'm in fresh water, if I was in salt water and the bilge smelled may change my mind.

Main Message Board / Re: Any idea what this might be?
« on: October 22, 2021, 06:53:02 AM »
This is what it all looks like when it's correctly installed:

Yes,  Except Shamrock doesn't have the rubber shock absorber.  Never did.

Main Message Board / Re: Any idea what this might be?
« on: October 22, 2021, 02:53:20 AM »
And in other news from LA Ladyís stern, looks like Iím outta luck for installing a below decks autopilot. I havenít measured it yet but it looks like thereís not enough clear rudder tube for an Edson tiller arm.

Do some searching, in the back of my alleged mind remember someone installing a below deck autopilot on a MKll.  To get the room he modified the aft water tank.  Looked like a great install. 

Main Message Board / Re: Any idea what this might be?
« on: October 21, 2021, 12:08:06 PM »
Rudder stop, rudder travel limiter, I may not be correct but think they are the same.  Yes was built that way at least on Shamrock.   Yours may have been changed to have a different stop, can't imagine being without a rudder stop.

Main Message Board / Re: Any idea what this might be?
« on: October 21, 2021, 11:40:57 AM »
If I'm looking at the right cable it's the rudder stop.  I made a shorter one when I added a rudder position sensor.  The other end should be attached to a u-bolt the nuts of which can be seen on the transom. 
I think a rudder stop in necessary to prevent damage to the RPS or worse.

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