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Messages - scgunner

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Main Message Board / Re: attached cockpit seat cushions
« on: March 05, 2021, 07:11:41 AM »

Are you using the original vinyl covered foam cushions? They can get a little slippery, but I've been using Bottom Siders solid foam cushions and they seem to grip quite well.


You're right, while the brass keys do have a tendency to bend the silver keys just snap off. I took you're advice several years ago and had some extras made, also I added a pair of needle nose pliers to my tool box to extract the broken key.

Main Message Board / Re: A perfect February day in San Diego
« on: March 01, 2021, 07:17:12 AM »

No it does not! SoCal sailing at it's best. There's something to be said about a solo sail with no particular destination in mind. Sometimes I go down to the boat to check something or work on something and realize this thing's a boat and it's a beautiful day so maybe I'll just go out and take a peek. Then two or three hours later I find myself back in the slip thinking whatever I came down to do I can always do tomorrow.

Main Message Board / Re: on-the-hard to do list
« on: February 25, 2021, 07:26:08 AM »
It's amazing the difference between east coast and west coast boaters. When my boat comes out of the water it's usually once every four years for 3 or 4 days. I have two to do lists when this happens, the first is stuff I absolutely can't do in the water, the second is stuff that can be done in the water but would be really nice to be able to do out of the water, I usually don't have time to get to many items on the second.

Having your boat on the hard for months and being able to work on a project for weeks if desired is something I'm envious of. As soon as my boat comes out of the water the money clock starts running, and that sucker runs fast. My haul out involves a precise game plan, gathering equipment and materials, loading everything on the boat or car so no time is wasted. Those days start at dawn and usually finish after dark. The faster I can get the boat back in the water the cheaper the whole operation is going to be.

Main Message Board / Re: Fuel injectors useful life
« on: February 25, 2021, 06:51:18 AM »
When it comes to replacement parts listen to Lazybone and Ron, stick with OEM parts, you may have to pay more up front but you won't be sorry in the long run. There's a reason aftermarket parts are cheap, it usually means they're built in a third world country. This is also a problem in the classic car market, cheap parts from an unknown manufacturer that aren't very reliable.

Main Message Board / Re: Fuel injectors useful life
« on: February 24, 2021, 07:03:17 AM »

 You're right of course, any diesel shop can handle the job, there's nothing marine specific to the injectors on a boat motor. My thinking was being in a marina area a marine shop would probably be closer and easier to find.

Main Message Board / Re: Fuel injectors useful life
« on: February 23, 2021, 07:15:44 AM »

If your injectors have a 1000 hrs on them they should probably be inspected, cleaned, rebuilt, and replaced as necessary. Don't quote me on this but I think the time between service is something like 400 or 600 hrs, again I don't recall the exact interval but at 1000 hrs you're probably due. You can pull the injectors yourself and you should be able to find a marine diesel shop around your marina. I had mine done a few years back and it wasn't that expensive. You'll probably see a noticeable performance improvement, I did.

Main Message Board / Re: Refrigerator replacement
« on: February 16, 2021, 07:28:05 AM »

No Catalina didn't really do much in the way of refrigerator insulation. A number of guys on this board have gone back and upgraded the insulation. The upgrade isn't easy and can get pretty involved but it's definitely worth it. It will require less power to maintain your desired temperature.

This is one of those corners that Catalina cut, like the charging system, sailing gear, among other things. To be fair to Catalina, the idea was to deliver a nice affordable boat that would appeal to a wide range of sailors, I think they achieved that goal. I have no doubt Frank Butler could have built a top notch, fully decked out, blue water cruising boat, but I don't think the price would have appealed to many people.

Main Message Board / Re: Black water overboard through hull optional?
« on: February 15, 2021, 07:43:48 AM »

IMHO, if you can live without a macerator pump, simplifying an onboard system is rarely a bad idea. In the 33 years I've had my boat I've replaced that pump probably three times, it's not that there's anything wrong with the pump or the system, it just takes a beating in normal service.

Main Message Board / Re: Refrigerator replacement
« on: February 15, 2021, 07:31:23 AM »
Well I'm not sure if this will clear up or add to the confusion. The original unit in my boat was an Adler Barbour, it came with an instruction booket/manual, on the cover the A/B unit was called the Cold Machine. Some years later A/B was acquired by Dometic, my understanding is everything basically stayed the same with Dometic as the parent company. So essentially your getting an A/B unit like the one which Catalina originally installed in the boat, albeit an improved version.


On the question of sizing, the new A/B compressor unit has a slightly smaller footprint the the original, which makes install easy. If you're talking unit size the CU-100 with the CU-150 evaporator is the straight across replacement.

Main Message Board / Re: Going Electric??
« on: February 14, 2021, 08:06:51 AM »
If you want to go electric converting your C34 might not be the best way to go. You're talking about a major very expensive refit. The side effects like weight, room, performance won't be known until after the conversion is done. The better option might be to look for a boat that is designed and built as an all electric. In the long run it might be cheaper, it would certainly be easier.

If it's the environment your concerned about you can always plan your voyages to use more sail, less motor. An example, who here among us at the end of a cocktail cruise, as it's getting late, hasn't been a little lazy and instead of sailing back just fired up the iron sail and drove the boat home.

As kind of a fun thing we'd do to help sharpen our skills before race season, we'd have a no motor day. That included getting in and out of the slip, sometimes we could backwind the jib to get out of the slip, sometimes we'd have to just push it out of the slip. It helps to have 4 or 5 crew for boat handling and should fending off be necessary. It's a fun exercise and with no motor to fall back on you'll find yourself thinking 2 or 3 moves farther ahead.

Main Message Board / Re: Adler Barbor problems
« on: February 12, 2021, 07:13:04 AM »

Before you pull the pin on a new unit you might consider having a local marine refrigeration tech come down and see if he can sort it out or tell you if a repair is even worthwhile. I had a guy out to fix an issue with my A/B and it wasn't that expensive, I think around 90 bucks. It might save you having to replace the unit, which would be well worth it, if not you're not really out that much.

Like Noah I replaced my original A/B with a new one. I was pleased with the results, it's an improved version of the original, it's colder, smaller, quieter, and draws less power. Also install was fairly simple, basically remove and replace.

Main Message Board / Re: Dorade box enlargement...
« on: February 07, 2021, 08:02:40 AM »

It's your boat of course, but I'd be reluctant to cut holes in my boat, especially for something as ineffective as those deck top dorades. I think I'd look for something to fit the application rather than modify(cut) the application to fit a replacement part. I replaced mine with 4" solar vents which fit without modification. The dorades are only unidirectional, don't seem to move much air, and have an annoying tendency to catch a jib sheet when tacking. The solar vents can draw air from all directions, have a fan to help move air,  and have a low profile which won't foul the jib sheets.

Main Message Board / Re: Transmission fluid "silvery look"
« on: February 02, 2021, 07:55:25 AM »

I'm not sure what they mean by "silvery look",but generally when you examine drained trans oil, whether it be marine or automotive, it's not unusual to see a "metallic sheen", that's normal wear. Also if you dip your thumb and forefinger into the oil you shouldn't feel anything but oil when rubbed together. If it feels grainy or gritty you've probably got a highly worn transmission. It will still function, but you'll have to decide how far you want to go with it.

Remember, no matter how well lubed the trans is or how often you change oil, a transmission functions by going metal against metal so there is going to be some wear, it's just a question of how much.

Main Message Board / Re: Vertical Keel Crack
« on: January 24, 2021, 07:29:54 AM »
So the boat in question is "Sundance"? Looking at the picture it looks like the boat came down on the ground rather than bumping into it, when my boat was grounded it bumped into the rocks which left a gouge in the keel about a third of the way down, fortunately the damage was just cosmetic. How fast was the boat going when it grounded? That would be an indicator of how bad the damage might be. When my boat struck the rocks it was ghosting along at a knot or less, it was refloated in minutes. How long the boat was grounded would be another important indicator. Putting these pieces together will provide a clearer picture of the damage and what needs to be done.

Main Message Board / Re: Vertical Keel Crack
« on: January 22, 2021, 06:54:10 AM »

I've never seen a vertical crack like that before, it's disturbing to say the least. If it was my boat I'd drop the keel and have a qualified surveyor do a through inspection before doing anything else. That will at least give you a plan of action and probably some piece of mind too.

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