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Messages - Jim Hardesty

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Main Message Board / Re: Mast rake
« on: February 19, 2020, 04:35:45 PM »
you need to go sailing and check for excessive weather helm

IMHO Roc is correct  :thumb: The only way to fine tune a rig is by sailing.  You can ball-park it at the dock, but be warned when eyeballing, the rake/bend of other boats may sway the eye.  FWIW, when the boat is on the hard and the rudder is visible I take my best estimate of 5 degrees of rudder and mark my wheel.  That is what I shoot for weather helm. 


Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 13, 2020, 12:42:36 PM »
Thanks Dave,
Yes I do fondly remember.  I'm planning to return to the North Channel this summer, depending on time and weather may stop in Killarney.  Thanks for pointing out the bow lines set to avoid snagging with a jib sheet.

Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 13, 2020, 09:16:39 AM »
Anyone have pictures showing their inflated tender stored on the fore deck they could post?  I would be interested in how others do it, especially where v-berth hatch and anchor locker access work out.  I usually don't store it there, thinking it would be in the way flying the asymmetrical spin.  Thinking I'm only fooling myself as I rarely fly it cruising.

Main Message Board / Re: Composting head
« on: February 11, 2020, 09:37:34 AM »
Here's some reading

Hope it helps, FWIW think there is more there using the search feature

Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 06, 2020, 03:12:14 PM »
So, I'm seriously considering a Dinghy-Tow system.

When I was boat shopping looked at a Tartan 37 that had the Dinghy-Tow system.  The owner, a Canadian, sailed the boat to Cuba a number of times.  He sailed with a large dog that wanted a couple of trips to shore daily.  He had nothing but good to say about the Dinghy-Tow, said he felt very comfortable with the motor left on the tender.  He claimed it was very easy to use. I did look into installing one on Shamrock, just didn't think it would work out that well with the open transom and what I'm doing now, towing/on deck, works for me now.

Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 06, 2020, 08:03:43 AM »
I don't have davits.  My tender is a Zodiac with high pressure floor, my outboard is Honda 2(?) hp.  Sometimes tow sometimes deflate and store forward of the mast rarely store on bow inflated.  The outboard is easy for me to put on and take off in the water.  It is small and slow but mostly works very well for me.  If I bought a bigger/faster tender davits would probably be part of the upgrade.

Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Smile
« on: January 25, 2020, 12:27:38 PM »
I made my extra-deep socket.  See my post here

BTW I do check them every spring and since the original retorquing don't get any retightening.


Main Message Board / Re: Can't get all the oil out of my M35 engine
« on: January 21, 2020, 04:32:44 AM »
I can get 2.5 - 3 quarts out

How much oil does it take to refill?  If it takes near 4 quarts you're good.  I drain the oil with the drain hose using an oil extractor.  Makes for a very neat and clean job.  Refill takes 4 quarts.  If you are draining the oil with the drain hose using gravity may not work as well.


Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Smile
« on: January 18, 2020, 06:07:38 AM »
with the main weight of the boat on the nose of the keel

I just want to expand on Ron's comments.  When setting a boat to a cradle I have seen a lot of yards not adjust the pads down before setting the boat, they just use the way it was adjusted the previous year.  That just isn't right.  They won't get the boat exactly in the same position as before and the cradle will flex and change with uneven ground not to mention what happens when they store it.  Same as Ron states don't have the forward pads tight, snug is good, keep the boats weight on the keel.
FWIW.  See that the pads on your stands or cradle will easily adjust.

Main Message Board / Re: Standing Rigging Mechanical Terminals
« on: January 16, 2020, 11:44:57 AM »
On my previous boat I changed from hank on jib to furling, the Furlex kit came with a new forestay with a Norseman, I think, terminal at the bottom.  Was easy enough to assemble.  That was over 15 years ago and it's still working.   

Main Message Board / Re: C34MkII fuel tank maintenance
« on: January 12, 2020, 06:54:03 AM »
On Shamrock there are 2 deck plates accessed from cockpit locker, one for the fuel shutoff one for the fuel gage sender.

If you don't have them, it may be good to install them. 
Sorry that this project isn't going easy.

Ordered today Luci String Lights.  They have a B.O.G.O. going.  For those who aren't familiar with Luci lights, they are not great, not some useless gadget.  I've been using one of the original it gives off plenty of light to play cards by, will last the whole night.  Mine's 3 years old and works like new.


Main Message Board / Re: rubber seal for autohelm
« on: December 25, 2019, 04:17:37 PM »
Mine didn't last a week.  I use Rescue Tape, think Walmart sells it, or Harbor Freight sells a knockoff.


Main Message Board / Re: C34MkII fuel tank maintenance
« on: December 24, 2019, 06:20:50 AM »
I finally made it to the boat today and planned to remove the wooden panel to expose the fuel tank.

On Shamrock the aft panel needs to be removed before removing the port side panel, to remove the aft panel the steering cover needs to be removed.  All are Philips screws of various sizes and length.  When I do something like that I sketch what's getting dissembled, the panel in this case, on a piece of cardboard then stick the screws in the cardboard where they came from.  They all may be the same for you, there's no reason for the assorted screws, think it was what the guy at the factory had at the time.
As long as you are doing all that work, check that your fuel vent hose goes as high as possible.  When Shamrock has a very full tank and is healed well over sometimes get a little over flow from the vent.  On my list to fix if I'm in there.
Like you said, nothing on a boat is ever as easy as it seems.

Main Message Board / Re: Winterization anit-freeze for two winters
« on: December 15, 2019, 04:53:44 AM »
I read somewhere that pink AF does degrade rubber.

In Erie PA the common practice is to use the pink (-50) only in the water systems.  Use the green or is it blue (-100) in the mechanical systems, engine, generator, air conditioner etc.  Was told it was for corrosion prevention and better for the seals.  Was surprised one winter to see a half jug of pink frozen at about -10.  The label says -50 is when coper pipe will burst.

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