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Main Message Board / Speed on different tacks
« on: August 07, 2019, 12:30:36 PM »
Boat is a 2004 Tall Rig

This continues to bother me. Rig is set every spring, halyard and eye are used to make certain that mast is straight. Loos Gauge is used to make certain that tensions are correct, and is done again once or twice in the season to check for any change.

We have done everything we can think of to answer our question but have never corrected our issue. The boat, based on ST60 boat speed, loves port tack much more than starboard. Given, using GPS, it is closer than ST60, but still different. With consistent wind it can be .5 to 1 knot slower by reading on a starboard tack.

Initially I thought the issue was rig set up. After a couple of years, and having others check the rig, we have not been able to answer the WHY. As GPS puts us closer in speed, I thought that it must be that as the thru hull for the speedo is on port side of centerline near bow, that the water pressure would be different on each tack so info would be different.

The question: Does anyone else have this quandary or have opinions on the issue?

Main Message Board / m 35-B thermostat
« on: July 16, 2017, 03:10:22 PM »
We are experiencing some over heating issues and beleive we have a bad thermostat as the problem is inconsistent. I beleive the Universal is a Kubota but in my search cannot find the Kubota model #. Wanting to get a part quickly a tractor supply will be faster in our area.
Thanks for any help.

Main Message Board / Re-bedding hatches
« on: April 05, 2016, 11:41:54 AM »
Both deck hatches have small leaks. Assuming from bedding age. The boat is a 2004.

I have taken off the inside trim to see how the hatches are attached, and was somewhat surprised. I assumed (there I go again making assumptions) that they were through bolted in place when they are just screwed into the deck. Don't want to assume again that this is fairly straight forward project so am asking the board for any details if you have done this project.
I have a couple of roles of MaineSails bedding material that I bought in anticipation of this project.

Questions: What did you use to clean the deck and hatch of old material?
                 Is the bedding material that Mainesail recommends for rebedding  stanchions the right product?
                 Coolest temperature recommended for this project. Want to complete before splash but snowing out.
                 Any helpful hints to do this project correctly the FIRST time?

Thanks for any helpful hints.

Main Message Board / Deck fill O-ring
« on: May 20, 2014, 11:24:27 AM »

I have searched and not found a likely hit. Looking for the O-Ring for the stainless deck fill for the forward water tank.Actually, on the 2004 cC-34 all the deck fills are the same. Just need the O-Ring , and the only rings I am finding are two thick.

Any suggestions?


Main Message Board / Electrical Guru's (AC and DC Grounds)
« on: November 02, 2013, 07:34:04 AM »
I have a 2004 C34 that has not been changed Electrically since leaving the factory. The boat was just surveyed, and the surveyor noted that the "120VAC system and all equipment should be grounded to main 12VDC negative bus or engine block. ABYC E-11"

The 120V bus and 12V bus are adjacent to one another, which would make it a pretty simple fix if this were a good idea, but I have no clue. Good idea? Something that should be done? Suggestions? I am fine with a simple fix if it is the right thing to do.

[Stu - modified title for clarity]

Catalina 34s for Sale / C34 MKII, 2004, For sale
« on: July 11, 2012, 01:34:23 PM »

Fresh water boat, Lake Michigan, for sale. Listing broker is


Main Message Board / Bittersweet Day
« on: July 09, 2012, 06:09:28 PM »

Today, one of the first good wind days in a week, I sat in the salon of Splash Dance and signed the listing papers for the boat. I have absolutely loved owning her, and might for some time to come unless the right buyer comes along. Time is my issue, and you would think in retirement it should not be. However, I seem to sail less and feel bad that the boat sits in her slip. Living on a inland lake with other water toys, and having a passion for golf as well, does not help the sailing time.

I am not leaving sailing as I will continue to sail on other peoples boats and charter a few weeks a year as well. I may even sail more!

If you know someone looking for a sweet boat, Splash Dance is a 2004, Hull #1679,  fresh water C34 MKII, is now listed with Bill I can only hope that she ends up with people that will take good care of her.

Main Message Board / Seaward stove knobs
« on: July 11, 2011, 07:42:21 AM »

Tried a search and did not find. Does anyone know the easiest source for knobs on a Seaward stove? I have one that is cracked. I could call Seaward direct, but if there is a easier or quicker way, I am looking for it.


Main Message Board / Tachometer
« on: August 09, 2010, 11:40:56 AM »

I did a search and did not find this problem.

I own a 2004 C34. I am operating on my second tach after replacing the first 2 years ago.

The tach works fine just after the engine is started. It works for 15-45 seconds , spikes, and stops.

Any thoughts?


Main Message Board / Boat Line Up at Catalina
« on: July 28, 2010, 02:08:48 PM »

On one of the other boards I frequent the word is that Catalina is now discontinuing the 320 and the 350. Apparently a couple of dealers have also said that they cannot be ordered any longer. I know that both boats are still on the Catalina website, but so were the 34 and 36 when they were being phased out.

That leaves a pretty big hole between the 309 and 375. Any rumors on what will fill the space if this true?

Main Message Board / Companionway hatch tape
« on: July 21, 2009, 07:43:38 PM »

I have the replacement tape for the companionway hatch to slide on. My old tape began to peel, and although it still works fine it is looking a little tacky.

So, has anyone done this little project? I did a search and did not find it. Could very well be my search abilities.

The question that I have is how did you prep for the tape? Remove all the old tape and glue? With what did you remove the glue? Any secrets to this project?



Main Message Board / Mounting artwork, etc
« on: June 22, 2009, 08:36:14 PM »
I know that i have seen good examples of this, but search does not get it done. I want to mount a emergency list and a couple of pictures on bulkheads. One on the bulkhead by the nav station and a couple on bulkheads between salon and vberth. Don't want to drill thru to mount, so what are my options?

1. Want to use frames so it looks finished.
2. Will make sure the glass is plexi
3. Don't want them coming down in heavy weather.


Main Message Board / Anti Freeze, and Closed cooling system.
« on: April 27, 2008, 08:06:10 AM »
C34MKII, 2004

Checked the boat in preparation for splash in a couple of weeks. When put away for the winter engine systems were all in great shape, oil and transmission fluids all fresh, etc. Coolant was at proper level after checking both engine and overflow tank.

When checking levels this week I find the overflow tank empty which surprised me. More surprising was when I pulled the radiator cap off and had pressure in a cold cooling system. Enough that coolant would come out if I did not replace the radiator cap.


Main Message Board / Garhauer Bow Roller Assembly
« on: April 16, 2008, 06:21:59 AM »
Good Morning,

Tried a search and could not find anything on this one.

A friend, and still one regardless, got caught in a crosswind last fall and drifted down on a solid pier with the bow roller assembly taking the hit. I have the new assembly from Garhauer, and now need to replace it. Did a little yesterday, and removed the five bolts. That was not much problem. However, now the fun begins.

Has anyone else replaced this assembly? What is it bedded in? What was successful for you in getting it off? Anything to be aware of as I tackle this?

Thanks in advance.

Tom Mallery
2004 C34-MkII #1679

Main Message Board / Tachometer Issue
« on: September 04, 2007, 05:19:43 PM »

I searched for this and did not find anything like it. So........

2004, C34, M35

About 2 months ago my tach was acting up. Registering much higher than I knew it to be, especially at idle. Then, it corrected itself. Idle was consistent, and tach registered where it always had at certain speeds and weather conditions. Breathed that sigh of relief you know you will pay for later, and everything was fine.

Until this weekend. Start the engine and at what I know is 800-1000 RPM idle it reads 3000 RPM. Hit the throttle a little and it pegs. Three days out, same thing.

OK, any simple ideas? I am having the engine tuned in a few weeks as I am just not happy with how it idles. Starts and runs fine, but even after checking alignment it just does not make me happy. I will have them look at the tach, but would rather correct it before a two weeks cruise if I can.

Any and all ideas accepted.

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