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Catalina 34s for Sale / Somewhere for Sale in Pacific Northwest
« on: April 25, 2016, 11:56:41 PM »
2006 Catalina MK 11                       $121,500

550 hours on 35HP diesel

Loaded with full Ray Marine electronics (Chart plotter, radar and auto pilot)roller furler main, Espar hydronic heat, Leatherette seating, Bimini and dodger.

Setup for Northwest cruising.
phone 360-561-0124

Fleet 5 update,

We will be arriving at Penrose Friday afternoon September 10th and have a hook set by 2:00 pm. I will send out an email to get a tentative count of boats/folks.

Look forward to seeing all of you.

Tom and Lynn

Main Message Board / MK 11 Weight
« on: October 14, 2009, 08:26:17 PM »
We hauled the boat last weekend and painted the bottom with Pettit Trinidad hard paint, waxed the hull and changed the zincs. We should be good for another 3-4 years as that is how long the last bottom paint lasted.

We had the hoist driver give us a weight on the boat..... 20,000lbs, 8,000 on the front 12,000 on the rear. I knew she was heavy as I have read previous posts about the C34's weight, but the total really surprised me. We only had 20 gallons of water and 12 gallons of fuel, a 2000 watt Honda generator, 10' rubber boat with 2HP Honda, and misc. other items on board, nothing with any real weight.

Now I know why she feels like a much bigger and heavier boat, and why it takes heavy wind well.

Main Message Board / Headmate Head replacement with PHC Pump
« on: August 16, 2009, 09:28:15 AM »
Our 2006 MK11 had a headmate head in it and worked well up until this spring. I had a rebuild kit that I purchased 2 years ago so I rebuilt it in April thinking I would get another 2-3 years out of it. In june we spent 3 weeks on the boat in the Gulf Islands and the pump was getting weaker by the day, when we got back I started researching heads and found out the headmate was discontinued. Peggy on recommended a Raritan PHC pump and using our Headmate bowl and seat. We ordered the PHC pump 3 weeks ago and installed the new pump last week. The new pump fit great and covered all but one of the original mounting holes of the headmate. All hoses fit without any changes. It was almost a direct replacement for the headmate.

I wish I would of made this change at the first sign of the Headmate failing as the Admiral loves the ease of pumping the Raritan PHC. We are also using much less water flushing the head so our tank goes longer between pumpouts. This has been the best $250.00 we have spent on the boat, I highly recommend this change at the first sign of head problems.

Main Message Board / New Boat hose clamps loose
« on: August 15, 2006, 09:18:07 PM »
I have read to check the hose clamps on the new Catalina. I had planned to do that this last weekend, we have owned the 34 for 3 weeks. When we arrived at the boat I found the water tank empty, after filling the tank and running the water pump I found the line from the hot water tank had come off.

I reinstalled the hose and checked all inside water and waste lines. Found 2 others that were not tight enough. I plan to check the fuel and any other lines in the cockpit this weekend.

I have also cleaned out the bilge, want to see if it stays dry. If not I plan on adding the shaft packing others have recommended.

So far dearler has taken care of any problems that have come up. I mentioned the hoses after I fixed it, the dealer was appreciative that I just took care of it. Wind gauge has quit working, dealer is going to replace the unit at top of mast.

So far really enjoying the boat, friends comment on the value and quality of the boat.

Main Message Board / New Catalina 34' owner
« on: July 24, 2006, 06:28:27 PM »
Hi all....

We just became new Catalina 34' owners this weekend. Hull number 1760. We have been looking for a new boat for the last year. We were not finding the right boat until we stumbled on the Catalina 34 (long story). We had not seen the 34' at any of the boat shows. Previously owned a 2000 Macgregor 26X for 6 years....don't laugh, it got us hooked on cruising and sailing.

We both knew when we took the Catalina out that it was our boat, the boat was quick and responsive, and seemed to sail more upright than other boats we had tried.

The dealer gave us the magazine mainsheet, and suggested we come to this site. This site and all of your posts and modifications helped with the decision. Thanks.

Looking forward to many days on the water in Puget Sound.

Tom and Lynn

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