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Messages - Geoffreykwright

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I have a friend (with a Cat 36) that removed his forward water tank and installed the AC there - not sure if the unit you are looking at would fit there - but might be an alternative if the hanging locker does not fit....just a thought.

Sundowner III (Cat 34 Mk II, Hull 1494, year 2000) chatters A LOT when in idle forward...speed it up a bit and goes away.  Neutral is fine.  Not 100% sure at what RPM the chatter goes away since I think my tach is off.  She's put away for the winter now, but I plan to check the accuracy with a laser tachometer in the spring.

Does this sound like what others are describing?

Main Message Board / Re: Water heater by pass
« on: October 28, 2019, 07:10:27 AM »
"Then just connect the two HW fresh water hoses together and then blow out the heater itself!!"

This is what I've been doing for years - works great!

Main Message Board / Re: leak on port side
« on: October 28, 2019, 07:03:31 AM »
Another possibility - the grab rail on the deck is bolted thru the deck into the cabin.  There is one bolt in the head.  In my case - the bolt over the nav stations was leaking.  I backed them off and sealed under the grab rail on the outside with some 4200.  Do you think its possible that water is coming thru that bolt and travelling inside the head cabin to the shelf?

Main Message Board / Re: water in bilge
« on: October 16, 2019, 12:31:21 PM »
If you still have not identified the source of the leak, one thing I have done in the past is put a line of paper towel around the top rim of the bilge - eventually it will become damp in one place - at least it points you in the direction of the leak...and if it does not get damp then its coming from somewhere lower in the boat (i.e. keel boats, thru hull etc).  Its helped me locate leaks in my fresh water system.  Hope it helps.

Main Message Board / Re: Does anyone know what this is?
« on: October 07, 2019, 06:06:20 AM »
Ron - it absolutely was part of a cotter pin.  It was the bottom half of one side (the bit shown in red in the diagram).  From the top the 'eye' of the pin looked fine.  At the bottom of the gooseneck only one of the two tails was there - the other half I found on the deck.

Main Message Board / Re: Canvas Cockpit Enclosure
« on: October 07, 2019, 05:57:54 AM »
Jim - I don't have any at hand - but could snap a couple of pix next time I am in the loft where they currently are stored.

Main Message Board / Canvas Cockpit Enclosure
« on: October 05, 2019, 05:37:36 AM »
All - I've got a Cat 34 Mk II (built 2000).  When I bought it back in 2013 the PO had a full cockpit enclosure.  Last year I had a new dodger and bimini made and the enclosure does not fit quite right - it needs to be modified a wee bit.  My wife and I rarely used it (not even once a year) and its just in the way storing it on the boat.

Does anyone want it?  Its in "like new" condition.  Its Captain Navy Blue in colour.  If anyone wants it let me know - its free - you just pay the shipping.  Let me know.

Main Message Board / Re: Does anyone know what this is?
« on: October 05, 2019, 05:31:19 AM »
Nope.  It was part of a sheared cotter pin which held the boom to the gooseneck.

Main Message Board / Re: Universal M35B steam at 2500 rpm
« on: October 02, 2019, 11:08:57 AM »

is your temp gauge accurate (check w/ laser temp gun)
Is there a blockage downstream of the pump (which pump do you have?)  Pull Hx end plates and check the seawater injection wye above the muffler.
check for a good strong flow coming off the seawater pump- and downsteam into the muffler.
What temp TStat?  Should be 160F for saltwater (can be 180F for freshwater. )
I think my tach is off and just got a laser tach...I'm not sure if temp gauge is accurate...if I had a laser temp gun, where specifically would I check to see if my temp is accurate.
(BTW - I don't get steam - just wondering my gauges are accurate).

Main Message Board / Re: C34MkII fuel tank maintenance
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:37:11 AM »
Thanks Dave!  May pull it one of these years and do the same.  Just wondering if anyone recommends regular inspection.

Main Message Board / Re: C34MkII fuel tank maintenance
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:01:53 AM »
I'm in hull 1494 (2000).  I've never cleaned the fuel tank - not sure if the PO ever did.  I'm careful about putting in clean fuel (I've got a funnel with a filter).  My Racor does not indicate any sediment.  I don't think I am having any issues...engine is running fine (980 hours).  Nonetheless, is cleaning/inspection something that should be done periodically?

Main Message Board / Re: Shroud covers
« on: September 26, 2019, 09:09:32 AM »
Thanks Ken - good suggestion on the rigging tape...

Main Message Board / Re: Shroud covers
« on: September 26, 2019, 07:17:10 AM »
So we're talking about the nice chrome housings over the base of the uppers and lowers on each side?  Assuming their from Catalina.  Mine look nice still, but their a pain when tuning the mast.  Is the general consensus to get rid of them?  Serve no functional purpose?  Makes sense they harbour dirt, mildew, spiders, etc...and I guess if the cotter pins are properly bent, there's no risk of someone getting cut walking on the mast s coming down in a couple of weeks so timely discussion....

Main Message Board / Re: Rigging a Preventer
« on: September 09, 2019, 12:09:32 PM »
I found a like to the Catalina 320 Association website which talks about rigging the preventer from where the block for the mainsheet attaches to the boom (and then forward to the bow).  Seems like a sturdy attachment point.  Would this work, or should it be attached to the aft end of the boom?

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