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Main Message Board / Re: Replacing standing rigging
« on: September 25, 2021, 11:43:42 AM »
Take a close look at the bow stem fitting and consider replacing while you are at it. It can develop a crack in the weld after repeated flexes (see pic from our pre-purchase survey).

Also see link which describes issue on Catalina 320s, essentially same issue on C34s:

Catalina Direct sells a re-engineered replacement. You send in the old one and they bend the new one to match.

Main Message Board / Re: Securing winter cover while in slip
« on: August 26, 2021, 03:37:11 PM »
Jim, home port is mid-Chesapeake on Herring Bay.

Ron, the cover goes over the rub rail (wasn't installed properly in photo).

I guess my real question is how much weight is needed to keep the cover from blowing away and if there are any other considerations I need to think about.

Main Message Board / Re: Replacing Lifeline AGM Batteries
« on: August 26, 2021, 11:09:21 AM »
Guys, thanks for all the advice, update on battery project.

I considered the options discussed (golf cart batteries, lithium, etc.), but ultimately decided to keep the original setup with three lifeline AGM (2 4d house, one starter).

The PO put together a well-thought-out system with ACR, battery monitor, smart regulator, and inverter/charger and the original batteries lasted 8 years, so decided to stick with what has worked. Letís hope the new ones, installed last week, will last that long.

Main Message Board / Securing winter cover while in slip
« on: August 26, 2021, 09:25:22 AM »
I inherited a nice winter cover from the PO for when the boat is on the hard (see pic).

Planning to keep the boat in the slip this winter. Iíve got ablative paint and would like to try and get another year out of it and I think the constant rubbing of the lines around the hull would probably wear it off.

Anyone with similar cover found a good way to secure it without the lines around the hull? Iíve of course seen all kinds of weights but have always wondered how well they work in a good wind.

The cover can be secured at the bow and stern without looping around the hull and I count seven grommets on each side that I could hang a gallon milk jug full of water. So 7 pounds each for a total of 49 pounds on each side. Doesnít seem like much weight.


(My next post will be about de-icers :D)

Main Message Board / Re: NMEA 2000 Engine Gateway YDEG-04 with M-35b
« on: August 09, 2021, 12:52:26 PM »
Robert, I've also gotten interested in digital engine data. Any update on this project?

We will basically be marina hopping every day.
you may find, as I do, being on the hook does have advantages to marina hopping.  Consider trying it.
Have fun.

second Jim's advice on anchoring, good way to experience the Chesapeake :thumb:

You will have a blast, did a similar trip in 2019. Take your time and enjoy each day and each new port. If you haven't already, buy one of the cruising guides, really comes in handy with local knowledge.

I like to leave early each morning (breakfast underway), plan on comfortable 25-30nm leg each day, and arrive at destination mid afternoon to give myself time to take care of chores but also relax and explore. Early schedule also allows you to avoid some of the late afternoon squalls this time of year.

Highly recommend Tangier or Smith Island, maybe on the way back North. I don't know what their situation is re Covid, you probably want to check it out ahead of time, but those two islands are beautiful and other worldly. Plan on two nights.

The only marina on Tangier is Parks, slips are perpendicular to main channel, so wind and strong tidal currents through channel can make arrival and departure interesting. Time for slack tide if possible.

Herrington South is a well-run resort marina with good restaurant on marina property, Ketch22, with outdoor deck and often live music, small beach for swimming, free use of kayaks and SUPs, pool, etc. Also convenient fueling/pump out going in or coming out.

Solomons takes quite a while to get into and out of, but worth the trip with lots of marinas and restaurants.

Look for the Hannibal Target in the middle of the Bay opposite Pt Lookout, sometimes active Navy bombing area.

Spend some nights on the hook if you really want to get into cruising mode (second anchor is good insurance).

Main Message Board / Re: Replacing Lifeline AGM Batteries
« on: July 12, 2021, 06:07:56 PM »

Main Message Board / Re: Replacing Lifeline AGM Batteries
« on: July 12, 2021, 05:51:06 PM »
thanks guys, but what is PSOC?

Main Message Board / Replacing Lifeline AGM Batteries
« on: July 12, 2021, 07:05:27 AM »
Time to replace my Lifeline AGM batteries,  2 GPL-4dl house and a GPL1400t engine start.

Deka and US Battery have been recommended as less expensive but solid alternatives.

Any experiences with these batteries or other options to consider?

Main Message Board / Re: Rigid vang help
« on: April 22, 2021, 12:11:30 PM »
Phil, heartily second your comments! This is a great resource, with superb advice provided, and I know there is a lot of behind the scenes work to make it all work. Thanks to all who make it such an amazing source of practical and authoritative info :clap :clap :clap

Main Message Board / Re: Rigid vang help
« on: April 21, 2021, 03:07:12 AM »
Used The Knowledgebase, CTRL-F, boot:

Stu, got it thanks! :clap But for some reason, my login won't work when I follow the link provided.

Main Message Board / Re: Rigid vang help
« on: April 20, 2021, 04:37:01 AM »
I may get dinged for this question, but how do I find referenced "how to" on the Sunbrella cover :?? I've got an extra piece of Sunbrella looking for a home, thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Re: M35BC Engine Vibration
« on: April 18, 2021, 02:47:12 PM »
Ron, I wasn't at the helm but loud enough to get my attention, more like a vibration.

Was out again yesterday, motored for about an hour, nothing unusual.

Main Message Board / M35BC Engine Vibration
« on: April 16, 2021, 06:21:59 AM »
Was out for a shake down sail this week. Forecast was for 5mph but we got a nice 15-20kts instead and had a chance to knock the rust off boat and crew and try out all the new running rigging. First ďfunĒ sail in about a year.

Motoring back in the marina channel at 3 kts, we were surprised by a brief (2-3 sec) but loud vibration from the M35BC or propulsion system and throttled back immediately.

It appeared to be momentary, there was a longish puff of white smoke or steam, and then engine ran normally back to the slip.

Iím not going to over-react to a burp, but on the other hand Iím always listening for potential issues.

Leading theories:
1. The prop picked up something but quickly freed itself
2. An air bubble or other temporary contamination in the fuel system. Boat recently splashed after a winter on the hard and we did bounce around a bit that day.
3. Something related to work over the winter including PSS dripless shaft seal maintenance and damper plate replacement (3 hours of motoring before this, so less likely)
4. Someone suggested cavitation caused by following seas (way down on the list)
5. ?

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