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Messages - dfloeter

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Main Message Board / Re: Shift lever Screw
« on: July 01, 2020, 04:11:07 AM »
How is it that we can shear a bolt with the lever.  I did it too and had to use vise grips to get back to the dock.  The replacement was a ¼-28 bolt and the stub came out with left handed drill bits without too much trouble. Is there a reason to not use the tougher grade 8 bolts for this application?

Main Message Board / Re: Smile repair
« on: May 25, 2020, 08:13:35 AM »
Just another thought, have you torqued the keel bolt nuts?  Maybe shim and jack up the front of the keel, torque the nuts and see what happens to the leading edge gap? 

Main Message Board / Re: Anchoring in Georgia
« on: May 18, 2020, 08:27:20 AM »
Thanks Ken.  The new version when enacted will be a reasonable piece of legislation form the way I read it.

Main Message Board / Re: Anchoring in Georgia
« on: May 17, 2020, 02:53:17 PM »
While sitting in an unquestionably legal anchorage surrounded by grass, I should say that the rules are clear and I have found a chart detailing exactly where we are allowed to drop the hook.  And I did check Cruisers Forum and found little but that is a great idea.  That said, since we entered Georgia a week ago no one has mentioned the new rules or seemingly acted on them.   We spent six nights at Cumberland Island National Seashore, with as many as 20 boats anchored illegally.  I just wonder if the rules are being ignored statewide.   We will be out of this lovely grassland in a couple of days anyway and we can muddle along.   Thanks.

Main Message Board / Anchoring in Georgia
« on: May 16, 2020, 07:17:10 PM »
So this is not strictly Cat 34 territory but I hope someone in this region has some input. We are on the ICW northbound in Georgia and aware of the new anchoring rules enacted in January.  The question is are the rules being enforced, by whom and is there any meaningful penalty?  The rules as written severely limit our options. We are currently no where near any structures that trigger the 1000’ zone but tomorrow is another day.

Main Message Board / Re: Rudder misaligned from factory?
« on: May 12, 2020, 08:50:42 AM »
Please pardon the slight sideways walk of this question though it is somewhat related. Our cockpit sole gelcoat around the rudder stock cover plate is flexing and has cracked in concentric circles from .5 and 2.5 inches of the plate housing.  Is this an area of concern?

Main Message Board / Re: Fixed Cabin Window Cracked & Frame Split
« on: April 23, 2020, 11:38:35 AM »
Our 1996 Mark 2 is doing the same thing on the foreword most end on the starboard side. This appears to be cosmetic at worst but I am eager to hear what Catalina says.

Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 11, 2020, 07:04:22 PM »
We went around on this question last year.   I almost ordered the Garhauer davits and decided the weight both physically and visually would be too much and went back to hoisting on the foredeck with the spin halyard.  We have a full enclosure that would be difficult to rework around all that extra hardware.  Now after 7 months on this cruise we have been hoisting and retrieving every few days I am wishing we had davits.   The time we spend launching the dinghy and lowering the engine to the transom seems excessive when I watch somebody else lower the fully laden dinghy on the davits and motor away. 
Just another opinion.

Main Message Board / Re: Aftermarket transmission rebuilt kit
« on: January 10, 2020, 03:57:26 PM »
The Twin Disk looks like a great option.    I wish I had known of this one.

Main Message Board / Re: Aftermarket transmission rebuilt kit
« on: January 10, 2020, 09:43:49 AM »
If I remember right, the issue was thrust washers with too small an ID and the thickness was less than the originals.  The rep was biased certainly but convincing.  BTW, the ZF10 was priced significantly higher than the ZF12. This might be due to a much larger production run as the 12 is used extensively in some parts of the country.  The example I got was all the mud “something” boats down in the bayou run these things hard and hold up well and are quite numerous.  As stated previously, on our Mark 2, the ZF12 fit very well.
At the time I priced the two at Catalina Direct that had $3500 and $1872 for the 10 and 12 respectively. 

Main Message Board / Re: Aftermarket transmission rebuilt kit
« on: January 09, 2020, 02:13:17 AM »
When our tranny started sloughing off too much particulate into the oil, I was advised by the ZF reps and other knowledgeable minds around Annapolis to just buy a new unit.  The eBay kits apparently require some machining to fit properly and the parts aren’t as robust as the factory kits. My sources were a bit biased but I chose to believe them and play it safe. The replacement, ZF-12, is larger than the HBW-100, but fit with no trouble. The linkage is still on the right but the geometry is a little different.  The engine had to be raised ½” or so.  Just my experience.

Main Message Board / Thanksgiving 2019 SE Fla
« on: November 18, 2019, 04:47:21 PM »
Hi all, I am hoping we have some SE Florida sailors with any info on cruiser potlucks for Thanksgiving this year.  We participated in St Marys GA some years ago and had a great time. This year we will be well south of Vero Beach where they do a good party and hope there might be some other cruiser friendly spot further south.

Main Message Board / Re: Air draft?
« on: October 29, 2019, 02:28:30 PM »
Sitting in a low country creek, I measured and found there is no need to hang a water filled dinghy off the boom end.  Literally measured with the entire antenna figured in, the result is where I started at 52’ from the water.  End of tale. 

Main Message Board / Re: Air draft?
« on: October 28, 2019, 05:34:14 PM »
Ok, I know the length of the extrusion, 45’2”, and I can tie the whisker pole off athwart ship and measure both ends to the water and average the figures. Adding two feet for the masthead gear should make me more comfortable.  It will be interesting just how close to the original ballpark figure of 52’ it really is.  Meanwhile we have the slip reserved in two days so there is no time to waste.

Main Message Board / Re: Air draft?
« on: October 27, 2019, 01:42:43 PM »
Thanks for the answers.  Our stick is 45' 2" long and I have always been guessing about the height of mast step to water.   We are looking at a 55 or 56 foot bridge in Charleston SC in a few days and wanted some reassurance that I was not too far off base.   The Dismal Swamp took my Windex a couple of weeks ago and I am still feeling sensitive.

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