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Messages - chrisyse

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Thank's for clearing this up.

When I first remove the engine dip stick, the oil level only covers about 1/4" of the tip. When reinserted and removed, the level indicated increases to the full mark, which is correct. Could anyone explain why? This seems to happens after the engine has not been used at least for several days.
engine: 1989 universal M25XP 23hp



Yes, that's my question. "how to best reroute the main sheet when a rigid boom vang is in place".
I agree and have done what you did, but my concern is that main sail trim with change depending on what tack one is on, because the block at the mast collar is not on the centerline.  Perhaps he change is too little to be a concern.

I guess there is no easy way to move the block to the aft end of the collar and on centerline.

Thanks for responding.


Can an existing post, which secures a turning block and is located on the side of the mast collar be moved to the aft end of the collar, in place of the mounting screw? Is the collar threaded to accept the post? Does someone make a eye strap that would fit over the exposed threaded ends of the U- strap used to connect the deck to mast turnbuckle located in the salon ceiling?

I'm installing a rigid vang on a Mark I, and need to reroute the main sheet so it doesn't rub on the vang. In order to run parallel and aft of the vang, I need to mount a block below the vang's mast fitting. Can a post on the side of the mast collar be moved to the aft end of the collar, in place of the mounting screw?

Thanks for any help.

Main Message Board / Re: Length of waste hose toilet ?
« on: September 20, 2017, 03:32:18 AM »
Jeff and Stu,
Thanks for your help. I agree no loop needed as long as I'm careful to keep the seacock closed when the mascerator is not running.
I've observed that if the mascerator is off, my tank fills with seawater.

Do you still have the windlass?


Main Message Board / Re: Length of waste hose toilet ?
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:52:33 AM »
Thanks, jeff.
On my boat there's no loop from macerator to seacock. I need to add the vented loop.


Main Message Board / Length of waste hose toilet ?
« on: September 17, 2017, 06:44:18 AM »
Does a purchase length of 10 ft seem about right for a 89 C34?
What's the length of 1.5" dia waste hose needed to replace the three lengths of waste hose: toilet to tank, seacock to macerator and tank to macerator?  Does 10 ft seem about right? I'm unexpectedly going by Defender in CT and would like to pick up some Raritan hose that's on sale.

Has anyone had good resultsperformance using Raritan Sani / Flex Sanitation Hose ?


Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Direct Bimini
« on: June 30, 2017, 02:04:07 PM »
What was the final price?  We're you satisfied with the bimini?


Main Message Board / Re: Alert - Engine Crankshaft Lipseals
« on: June 14, 2017, 05:37:26 AM »
My engine leak is in the rear seal area. I'm expecting to just replace the seal, not the race. I'll try to discuss this with a Kubota dealer. I'd like to get a copy of their service manual or section of it to better avoid problems with a replacement rear seal.

Do you recall why your replacement rear oil seal did not seat? I'm assuming it is pressed into the bearing case cover and slips over the race.

Ron Hill..........." It's ironic, but the same thing happened to me (spoiling my fall cruise this past year).  Pulled the engine, fixed the seal, reinstalled the engine and it leaked again!  In my case it was also the rear seal.  As I recall that seal is about $30(from Kubota), but a GIANT pain to get to it.  My first seal had a 1 " tear in the lip.  The second problem was that the replacement seal did not remain sealed and was coming out (not seated) on the starboard side.  I'd guess that it was just a matter of time till it would have popped  completely out.,4407.msg25716.html#msg25716


Main Message Board / Alert - Engine Crankshaft Lipseals
« on: June 13, 2017, 01:15:51 PM »
Has Ron Hill or anyone else ever expanded on this topic?
"I'm in the process of writing an article for the Mainsheet Tech notes on this topic. ..........." from Alert - Engine Crankshaft Lipseals"? I was unable to find any further discussion. I may need to replace the seal, and it appears leaks after replacement happened to him.,4407.msg25716.html#msg25716


Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / Bimini frame wanted
« on: March 28, 2017, 02:01:58 PM »
Wanted Bimini frame w/ or w/o cover ; preferred width 80" at mounting to pushpit rails, but I'll consider any size and modify by cutting frame to size

 I have a 1989 C34
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Main Message Board / Re: 110% vs 130% genoa
« on: March 15, 2017, 02:15:30 PM »

Do you tie off the tack pendant with a knot?
I like your approach of using an adjustable tack pendant but I may try to rig a jam cleat similar to my boom vang. 

BTW, I plan to purchase a 135% genny from FX Sails, $1850.


Main Message Board / Re: 110% vs 130% genoa
« on: March 11, 2017, 07:45:44 AM »
Hi STU or others,

If possible would you recall the spec's on the 110% sail on your C34? Tack pendant lenght, Luff lenght, and clew height, sail material, etc.

I noticed in a 2009 discussion (105% Jib Track Mounting Inside the Shrouds,,6378.msg41366.html#msg41366) that you installed a 110% sail but used a tack pendant to achieve a reasonable sheeting angle. I sail in Long Island Sound, light winds in summer though the winds were higher lately, but I'm willing to give up a little speed if tacking easier, and better handling at 20 knots or so. Why did you choose a 110%?   


Main Message Board / 110% vs 130% genoa
« on: February 24, 2017, 08:18:27 AM »
Is a polar plot for a 110%genoa available on C34? I need a genoa and I have an opportunity to purchase a nearly new 110% for $1000, from a C36. I'm satisfied by the performance of my worn out 130% genoa in 12 knts  and above, but my partner just destroyed it. I sail in Long Island Sound.

Would someone with experience estimate the boat speed difference for a wind speed between 10 knts and 15 knots, close haul, 110% vs 130% or similar. I expect that boat speed is within a 1 knot above 15 kts the close hauled.

1989 C34 Wing Keel Tall Rig

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