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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Re: Which Exhaust Riser to order from CD?
« on: Yesterday at 04:28:31 PM »
Ron's right.  You are the ONLY person in the entire universe who has those parts and YOUR boat right in front of you.  We simply do not.  Good luck.

Main Message Board / Re: Rust stains on gel coat & non-skid
« on: Yesterday at 04:26:24 PM »

Main Message Board / Re: Water heater leak at safety valve
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:08:27 PM »

Yes, don't leave the heater on via electrical power for more than 30 to 45 minutes.  You'll get plenty of hot water, and if you need more, just turn it back on.

Some might/will say your thermostat is faulty or your pressure relief valve is faulty.  It's rare for those things to happen.  Just keep the water temperature reasonable, so that the thermostat or PRV do not have to kick in.

Main Message Board / Re: Spares & Tools for Cruising the Great Lakes
« on: June 30, 2020, 03:32:23 PM »

I'd suggest a spare raw water pump (ready to go - which much easier than changing an impeller underway!!)

There are four studs holding the pump onto the engine.  At least two of the four take a lot of small turns with an open end wrench to get off.

There are four simple screws holding the cover of an Oberdorfer pump faceplate onto the pump.

It is far easier to remove the faceplate than the pump to change an impeller.  To remove the pump you also need to remove the hoses attached to it.

And as Ken Kloeber keeps reminding us, you do NOT need the circlip on the impeller, so pulling the shaft out and sliding a new one in is child's play.

Just get a spare pump shaft and pre-mounted impeller.


If you have pump problems, like the seals are gone, different story.  And you wouldn't be doing that underway anyway, least I wouldn't.  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Spares & Tools for Cruising the Great Lakes
« on: June 30, 2020, 02:10:53 PM »
A friend gifted me this tool box in 1998, it includes just about everything one would need.  The most important part is that all tools are CAPTIVE inside the case.

While I have an assortment of other specialty tools that I've worked up over the years on this boat, or ones I like better than those that came with this set, it is my "go to" tool box.  An example: I like the ratchet from my Craftsmen socket set much better than this one because the Sears set is a simple lever instead of a half turn on this one.  I know, picky picky, but when it's dark out and you need to shift from open to close with one hand...


Main Message Board / Re: Spares & Tools for Cruising the Great Lakes
« on: June 30, 2020, 10:57:45 AM »
Congratulations on your new boat and welcome.

You have already succeeded by simply doing your homework ahead of time.  Good for you.   :clap :clap :clap

Re: Alternator belt - reread the Critical Upgrades about belt alignment and belt sizing, just to allow you to check things out before you leave.  That covers the M25 series, but it sounds like with your Mark II you have an M35.  Still good to know at least how to change a belt.  Maybe do so before you leave.

Re: coolant mix - no clue why, but for now as long as you know what the PO used and have more of that stuff, you can just keep on top of it.  Know how to Burp your engine, IIRC in the 101 Topics.

Re: Systems - most all of us "stepped up" into our C34s from smaller, less complicated boats.  You can't hurry time, but with your superb attitude, it appears that you'll do just fine.

Have a wonderful trip, safe journey.

Main Message Board / Re: salon table pedestal rebuild?
« on: June 30, 2020, 10:41:02 AM »
I just trimmed 6 1/2 inches off the aft end of the table.

Main Message Board / Re: instruments no power
« on: June 28, 2020, 06:34:19 PM »
Great news, glad you played detective!  :clap

Enjoy and thx for telling us how it all turned out.

I just hate to miss the last act of the serial stories... :cry4`

Main Message Board / Re: m25xp pipe threads
« on: June 28, 2020, 12:23:55 PM »
Again, nice work.

For those who may not have seen this (and I'm sure you have):

Engine Overheating 101 - How to Burp Your Engine (Reply #6),4518.msg26462.html#msg26462

Main Message Board / Re: m25xp pipe threads
« on: June 28, 2020, 11:36:44 AM »
Nice work.

Do you actually have room for that ball valve?  Will the companionway white horizontal cover actually close with that valve sticking up so much?

Main Message Board / Re: Engine lift mounting question.
« on: June 23, 2020, 09:07:55 PM »
There was a post either here on the forum or in a tech note about doing just this.

Comments about other boats is meaningless.

Main Message Board / Re: mast support while painting
« on: June 21, 2020, 08:42:54 PM »
One gallon of bottom paint covers a C34 hull.

The mast is a lot thinner than the hull and not that much longer.

Main Message Board / Re: Which Exhaust Riser to order from CD?
« on: June 20, 2020, 04:02:11 PM »
While the CD insulation is pricey, IIRC they won't sell you the riser without it.  I believe they say that on their website, and they told me that on the phone when I did mine 5 or so years ago.  It is good product, actually, and has a neat strap arrangement for securing the insulation.

Main Message Board / Re: Random Electrical Questions
« on: June 18, 2020, 08:21:20 PM »

1. I figured it wouldn't fit in the engine compartment, was just wondering where others have installed it. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I use the fuse, which is located in my battery box.  A switch would be far easier, but I've never gotten around to installing the one I have in hand after 15+ years.

The fuse has to be there anyway, and the number of times I have to take it out compared to how easy it is to just back off a couple of bolts just wasn't worth the work to add the switch.  It's simply a convenience item for something that doesn't get used that much.

The more important thing to realize, learn and know is that your alternator is always connected directly to your bank.  Some would say it's hot, but not really...only if you try to take it off!!!    :shock:

Your boat, your choice.  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Random Electrical Questions
« on: June 18, 2020, 10:59:20 AM »
1. I'm wiring the alternator direct to my new battery bank and was looking for a spot to mount an alternator service disconnect switch in the eng compartment, and it looks like there is NO room anywhere for it. Has anyone installed one, and if so, where?

2. I'm trying to do a little cleanup behind my DC panel before I tackle replacing the whole thing next year. I mounted a Neg Bus bar on the hull behind the panel to re-route the ground wires there. Is there a neg ground wire for the DC panel itself, or just each individual component circuit that runs to the panel for switching? It is quite the rat's nest back there and I want to make sure I get everything. In my factory wiring diagram, there are 2 #10 red wires that run from the "C" post on the switch to a neg bus bar. What are these wires for?


I'm sure you've also read through the Electrical Systems 101.

1.  It doesn't have to be in the engine compartment, which is kinda full already.  That service switch could be anywhere.

2.  The C post of the 1-2-B switch is +.  Regardless of the colors of the wires, they should NOT run to anything negative.  Ken explained that those terminal strips are not truly bus bars,  by definition.  Look more carefully.  When I first got our boat, I traced each wire on those terminal strips.

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