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Messages - SailingJerry

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Main Message Board / Stern shower cover
« on: May 18, 2020, 10:39:06 AM »
The plastic stern shower cover on my 1990 Catalina has been epoxied back to life too many times. Any ideas on how/where to get a new one?

Main Message Board / Re: Documentation renewal alert
« on: August 12, 2017, 03:40:31 PM »
I got mine in the mail today. Thanks for the heads up. Will use the paper to start the fire pit tonight.

Main Message Board / Re: All in One Solar
« on: March 28, 2017, 12:32:54 PM »
I added 2-100w flexible panels last year.  I
bought a kit from somewhere.  I can't remember.  Believe it was about $300-$400.  Put the panels on the bimini.  We are mostly weekend sailors.  Do the occasional 3-4 trip 1-2 times a summer. 
On a 4 day trip last summer, running the fridge the whole time, radio, charging 2 phones, lights at night.  We didn't have to run the engine at all.  On the 4th day, I think we were at 12.4v or 12.35v.  And we weren't being stingy with the energy usage. 
It was nice not having to worry about the batteries the whole weekend.

I am very interested in putting  two 100-watt panels on my bimini. Any recommendations as to a reliable brand? Defender has a "go power" package, but they are Chinese made. Suggestions?

Main Message Board / Re: mini rocker switch
« on: February 07, 2017, 08:14:34 AM »
No problem using it on DC if it's rated for DC.  The rating should be at least the amperage for the circuit.

I think Ken meant to say, "No problem using it on DC if it's rated for AC." If so, that would be only partly correct.
The rating for a switch is determined both by its current-carrying capacity and its current-interrupting capacity.

When you switch it OFF, as the contacts open an arc forms; with AC this arc vanishes by itself as the AC drops to zero volts briefly each half-cycle. With DC it continues until the gap is wide enough for the arc to extinguish naturally. So, a switch can typically turn OFF higher AC currents than DC, even when the actual current carrying capacity is the same.*

Ken lucks out, though with his statement, because at very low voltages (e.g. <30v) the arc extinguishes so quickly (as the distance between the switch contacts grows beyond a few thousandths of an inch), that the two capacities become similar. Thus at 12 VDC, most switches are rated at the same amperage as they are for 120 VAC.

* for the curious - There's another lesser, but interesting factor having to do with the transfer of vaporized metal from one contact to the other as the switch opens. With AC the transfer is back-and-forth, while with DC it's always in the same direction. Thus the life expectancy for a switch near the upper end of its rating is typically greater with AC than with DC.  In your case, the switch will likely wear out or die from corrosion long before that.

Thanks for this!!! I kept reading about the arcing and was worried about melting/fire. Running 1 - 3 amps is a little safer than a few hundred. Just going to make sure it's US made and not from China. Almost done installing the interior wiring for a new Raymarine e127 display and first time radar.

Main Message Board / mini rocker switch
« on: February 06, 2017, 06:01:01 PM »
I need a new mini rocker switch as a replacement on my master electric panel. Everything I see online that is rectangular is rated for AC. Or it is round for DC. I need it to be 1/2" by 3/4" inch. Any suggestions?   

Main Message Board / Re: Cockpit cushions
« on: October 05, 2016, 06:07:55 PM »
Thanks for the input. I also have one sportseat but I believe a closed foam cushion is the way to go for me. Didn't love the look of the c cushions but the seawizards look promising.  Gotta make the rounds at the boat shows.

Main Message Board / Cockpit cushions
« on: October 03, 2016, 01:15:28 PM »
I have a 1990 Catalina 34. The admiral is no longer satisfied with with small cloth cushions. Any advice on manufacturer, foam, and covering material for new cockpit cushions? Do any cushions drain if they get wet?

Main Message Board / Re: repairing or replacing bow pulpit..
« on: August 22, 2016, 08:29:54 PM »
My PO bent my bow pulpit some, but not too too bad. Without insurance though,  $1000 could go to better places on the boat. Let us know if you find any good solutions.  Stainless is really tough to bend.

Main Message Board / Re: external voltage regulator
« on: January 20, 2016, 11:09:05 AM »
Thanks, prices are similar with the Nextstep but C34 always steers me in the right direction.

 One more question. On my Nextstep, there is a hookup wire that says "on/off". Over the summer I installed a simple 3 pole voltage regulator when mine crapped out during a 2 week sailing trip. Only problem was I had a short because it had no "on/off" provision and there was always current going to the alternator. It constantly drained my house batteries.  It even sucked amps when I had the battery switch on "off".  Does the Balmar have something that stops the reverse current draw when the motor is not running like an on/off? I looked at the website and they may have it, but might be a different name. I'm thinking "ignition"?

Main Message Board / external voltage regulator
« on: January 19, 2016, 12:09:12 PM »
I have a 1990 Catalina 34 with the Universal M35 diesel. I need a new external voltage regulator, my old one is fried. I had a NextStep Regulator that has an on/off feature built in, temperature sensor to automatically compensate battery voltage;an output to drive a parallel solenoid which connects the house and starter batteries during charge;an input signal to limit the absorption voltage when halogen lights are on;an input signal that holds the regulator at the absorption setpoint .

Any suggestions for a new one? Does anyone use the NextStep 2? This was installed by PO.


Main Message Board / Re: Companionway Stairs
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:52:17 AM »

I used teak oil to re-finish mine after a good sanding, cleaning.

And also, filled the grooves in each step with silicone.
Also in the wiki.

i heartily recommend the teak oil approach. Takes dirt and sand punishment better and easy to remedy scratches.

Main Message Board / Re: Christmas List - Year End Purchases...
« on: December 26, 2015, 09:24:51 AM »
Try Kappa Sails, located in Westbrook CT,  I replaced my main with them and have friends who have also purchased from them, they have a great reputattion.

The sails and I are taking a visit to Kappa Sail in the morning. We will see how things go.

Gary. Again thanks for the offer, but I have a wing keel and don't believe yours would fit.

What is everyone's thoughts on feathering props?
I went to Kappa for main and jib. Very helpful and great product. I am at western end of LI Sound and went for the 150 genoa. Many of the posters are from windier areas and the Sound can be pretty dead in the summer. If you don't want to hoist a light air blooper think long and hard about 130 vs 150. Many discussion boards on the C34 site.

Main Message Board / Re: Autohelm 4000 bad failure mode
« on: September 01, 2015, 06:24:07 AM »
Does anyone know where I could get a new drive lever. Can't find one anywhere and the little vice grips I use to engage the gear is not very seamanly.

Main Message Board / Re: Fresh rain water in bilge
« on: January 12, 2015, 10:31:24 AM »
I keep a small bucket in the center bilge compartment to catch the trickle down water. I make a tape "sleuth(?)" from the top of the mast step to the inside of the bucket. If we get a freeze after a rain, I can just pull the bucket out and pop out the ice. Check it @ once a month, depending on the weather. This year I pulled the mast, so no need for the bucket trick. I also leave the bucket in the bilge during the summer to keep the bilge pump from cycling over and over due to the backfill from the hose run.


Ed, very interesting idea. :clap What kind of tape and how wide do you make it?

Main Message Board / Re: M35BC engine coolant pump
« on: June 23, 2014, 06:28:52 PM »
I ordered one at the beginning of last year's sailing season. I just called a Kubota dealer and they mailed it to me. Didn't remember having any hassle  ordering it over the phone. I'll see if I can find the numbers for you.

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