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Thanks Ken!

Catalina 34s for Sale / Re: Catalina 87 for sale
« on: September 25, 2019, 06:44:34 AM »
Suzanne, Sorry to hear that your husband passed.

The boat should sell in no time at that price, it's probably $8000 to $10000 below price.

Someone is going to get a deal.

I wish you the very best.


Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c --- GPS Replacement Options
« on: September 14, 2019, 12:45:05 PM »
We often have our Tablet at the Helm, it's battery only lasts a couple of hours so I have a USB Charger battery to keep it going. When chance occurs, we plug either into one of the USB outlets installed at the Nav Station.


Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c --- GPS Replacement Options
« on: September 11, 2019, 05:32:12 AM »
My 1st Mate relies on the ChartPlotter.

Enough said  8)

(I would install a 2nd unit to display the current plat at a different zoom level if I were cruising extensively)


Main Message Board / Rigging a Preventer
« on: September 06, 2019, 10:51:43 AM »
Moving along with my Barber Hauler for the Jib.

Now working on a Preventer, wondering which setup you guys have?

I have all the parts needed, just need to determine the best location for the upper and lower attachments.

Current idea is:
... Line from Aft Boom Bale
... Down to a block by the toe rail abaft the shrouds (1/4" U-Bolt with Backing plate)
... Aft to a cam cleat (already in position) on the outside of the combing.

I would setup a preventer on each side to eliminate need to go forward to attach/remove/swap sides.

Anyone have a pic of their setup?


Main Message Board / Re: Sons left for college, 1 year closer to retirement
« on: September 05, 2019, 06:46:02 AM »
We're both in our 70's, retired (Navy 25 years, Biz: 25 years, Nurse 45+ years) Kids - long time on their own way.

With our boat in South Florida, the weather is the biggest restrictor: Dorian has probably put the Bahamas off the list for at least a year, possibly several, so our grounds are primarily the East Coast of Florida and down to the Keys & Dry Tortuga's. I would go further, but my wife likes short days. We're planning longer trips, but they are basically day hops.

We have a very active sailing club and that is a big plus, great excuse to take the boat out.

Those of you that can step onto the boat, cast off and get out at any time the weather permits have my envy! We're tide bound 2 hours either side of high tide to get to and from the dock. So trips are always at least one overnight.

Oh! there's one other restrictor! We have a Grand-daughter that lives an hour away - Grandpa and Grandma love having her stay over  :santa


Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c
« on: September 04, 2019, 04:40:59 AM »

Main Message Board / Re: Water Filter Part
« on: September 02, 2019, 06:25:35 PM »
Amazon sells a full size unit, similar to the one I installed on Eximius:


Main Message Board / Re: GPSmap 172c
« on: September 01, 2019, 05:25:54 AM »
Our boat came to us with a Garmin 741xs GPSMap and a Garmin Echo Depth finder, plus several other instruments (wind, knots) that didn't work.

I ditched the old Standard Horizon instruments, kept the Echo depth. Added a NEMA 2000 Network (really easy) and added a Garmin (Airmar) NEMA 2000 Knots/Depth/Temp transducer as well as a Garmin Wireless Wind transducer (and it's 2 boxes) with Display

Now everything shows on the GPS, with the Echo depth backup.

The NEMA 2000 Network was the easiest thing ever to install! And new items (like our recent AIS Transceiver) were a snap to add to the system.

I'm a techy, but having the NEMA 2000 network was the best electronics addition, everything after it was a cinch.


Main Message Board / Re: Hurricane Prep, Florida Members
« on: August 31, 2019, 06:01:31 AM »
We plan several stages:
Stage 1: 4 days till expected storm arrival.
Strip the boat but leave the sails on.
  • Remove Dink
  • Remove Outboard
  • Remove Honda 2000
  • Remove Lifesling II
  • Double up lines & Apply Chafe covers at cleats
  • Remove any gear on deck (canvas covers, deck brush, Boat Hook, Spare lines
  • Make sure jib is very tightly wound and wrap against the grain with the spin halyard.
  • Remove & Stow Shore Power Cable
  • Chekc the bilge (We do that every time we go down to the boat even though we have a Dry Bilge System
  • Make sure all sea cocks are closed (we do that every time that we come back to the dock) OCD
  • Make sure batteries are topped up & fully charged they always are but still check.
We did that yesterday - brought the dink and outboard home (time for a service)

Step 2: Two or Three days before storm (gut feeling based on predictions)
Full prep:
  • Remove Jib & Stow in bag
  • Remove Main & Stow in bag
  • Remove Sail Cradle & Lazy Jack lines
  • Remove Dodger & Secure Dodger Frame
  • All lines doubled with Chafe guards
  • Lines from Bow and Stern Port Side Cleats to reach across the canal
  • (Take line from neighbor across canal to astern dock cleat
  • Lash boom to winches each side
  • Make sure all sea cocks are closed (we do that every time that we come back to the dock) OCD
  • Make sure batteries are topped up & fully charged

The canal runs West - East and has houses on both sides, winds typically come from the East but all around during storms (the last one was an example where it came from the SE - a piece of wood garbage blew over the top of the next door house and hit our mast head wireless wind transponder)

We do not put out any fenders, the chance is slim to none that a breakaway boat would hit us where ever we place a fender, and our dock dolphin pilings have fixed fender front protection.

The canal where we keep Eximius, is about 50' wide, so I just toss the lines to the neighbor on his dock and he tosses his our way.

By the time our tie up is complete, we have 2 lines aft stbd, 2 lines fwd stbd, 1 line aft port to the dock wall cleat, 1 line fwd port to dock wall cleat, 1 line from aft port cleat to far side canal cleat and 1 line from fwd port to far side canal cleat. Fore & Aft spring lines on Stbd side and Whips on bow and stern.

Our 'Dock Lord' and across the canal neighbor keep an eye on the boat for us, they even take videos.

Our biggest concern is that the boat astern (West) of us breaks free with the wind coming from the West, so the line across the canal astern of us is nothing more than a prayer, it's a big boat and not in great condition - owner is out of town, he's selling the boat - any takers?


Main Message Board / Re: Rigging a Barber Hauler
« on: August 28, 2019, 12:58:08 PM »
Thanks Ken,
my copy of Practical Sailor arrived today - how come I keep finding answers the next day!

That pic shows a great example.


Main Message Board / Re: Rigging a Barber Hauler
« on: August 28, 2019, 08:55:58 AM »
Thanks everyone!

I'm already putting the kit together for a twing that would allow moving the apparent position of the car fore / aft, I can see it as an all in one - BH and twing.

I'll modify my plans so that I can control the sheet point fore-aft-inboard - outboard (although inboard will be only as far as the inboard rail.)



Main Message Board / Re: Rigging a Barber Hauler
« on: August 27, 2019, 07:45:18 PM »
Noah, I'm with you on that.

On Eximius, there are SS straps by the toe rail, I'm guessing they are for Preventer or Barber Hauler. I'm going to check them out in the morning.


Main Message Board / Rigging a Barber Hauler
« on: August 27, 2019, 06:51:00 AM »
Confession: I have never setup a preventer or barber hauler on any of my boats.

This Sunday, I went racing (Gunkhole class) on a Catalina 36, on board was a very experienced sailor (now in his late 70s) and he had previously suggested to the owner that he setup a preventer an barber hauler.

I've heard about both, done a little reading, never really got the concept.

That all changed on Sunday! We were running from the 1st mark to the 2nd in about 8kts wind.

Being the more nimble of the crew, I set about rigging the preventer.

It consisted of a 3:1 block setup, the lower block having a cam cleat. Upper block shackled to the aft boom bale, the lower block shackled to the stanchion opposite the mast.

With the Preventer setup, my reaction was - WOW! - what a difference! We basically steered by the Jib, keeping it filled.

With the Jib flying out, the primary jib sheet was running from the Jib Car, up over the lifelines and out to the Jib Clew.
Then he suggested we rig the Barber Hauler.

My instructions were: Attach the Snap Block to the outboard rail, Attach the snap shackle to the Jib Clew, run the line from the clew outside the lifelines, through the block then beneath the lifelines and back to the cockpit.

Again, Wow! the sail filled much better, the leech was not flogging and stayed full more than without the hauler.

Ok, that's the setup.

Was it a Barber Hauler???

From what I've read online since Sunday, it's not! Whatever it is, it works.

So my main question is: How do you guys set a 'Barber Hauler' is it to open the slot or close it when close hauled? Or is it like we did, used to improve the shape of the sail when running downwind?



Main Message Board / Re: Pau Hana Update.. to the update
« on: August 27, 2019, 04:10:22 AM »
I'm not sure what you're describing when you wrote "the  small divider plate between the main halyard sheave and the sheave on the port side"

But sounds like you accomplished a lot.  :D


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