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Main Message Board / Catalina 425
« on: October 13, 2015, 09:13:31 AM »
Catalina had a video playing at the Annapolis Boat Show of the concept for the new Catalina 425.  It looks to be a significant departure for the company from past styling.  Only one window above deck.  Three rectangular windows below decks.  Self-tacking jib with option for tracks for an overlapping headsail.  Twin wheels so similar to the 400 in that respect.  Other features looked similar to the "5" series boats. 

Main Message Board / Water Heater Issue
« on: June 23, 2015, 08:34:24 AM »
Hoping someone may be able to help out a C34 alumnus with an issue with the Seaward water heater on our C387.  We are getting only slightly warm water (although definitely warmer than the cold side) when we operate the water heater on AC as well as after running the engine for a considerable time.  I checked continuity at the AC breaker and that seems fine (low resistance with the AC breaker open) and replaced the thermostat but that made no difference.  Under engine power, the coolant hose in and the coolant hose out both get hot to the touch so it appears that I have coolant circulating through the hot water heater.  We also have a petcock on the coolant in fitting and coolant comes out of that without issue.  No problems with the engine overheating so the coolant circulation seems to be fine.  I suppose the heating element could have failed but that would not explain the lack of heating with the engine running.  Thoughts? 

Main Message Board / Practical Sailor C34 Review
« on: February 19, 2015, 09:12:32 AM »
Practical Sailor posted an updated C34 review on its website:

There are a couple of factual errors (I wish the new elliptical rudder had only cost $1,200!) but generally seems like a pretty balanced review.  Stu Jackson gets credit for the photos. 

Main Message Board / Shore Power Cord Issue
« on: February 17, 2015, 01:09:08 PM »
We woke up one morning last fall to find that our shore power cord, a Marinco EEL cord, had melted to our inlet.  It took some work to get the plug disengaged.  We had been running a heater overnight so we obviously were drawing some load and the heater was cycling on and off as it would reach the appropriate temperature.  I cut the end off off the plug and found that only the white wire and the connection to the plug were badly melted.  The green and the black wires looked fine.  Having read Maine Sail's posts about the problems with the standard shore power cords, I replaced the inlet and the cord with the Smart Plug system. 

My question is what would have caused the issue with just the white, neutral wire?  Could it have been something other than a bad connection and arcing at that one prong of the plug?  The EEL does not have a traditional locking ring but instead is a clamp with a locking tab, which I am pretty sure I engaged.  I always leave plenty of slack in the cord so it does not get pulled with any boat movement.  It may be a coincidence, but another slip tenant a dock over also said he had some charring/melting of his plug on the same night. 

Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated.  It is more a curiosity than anything at this point but something that has bothered me. 

Main Message Board / C34 Manufacturing Photos
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:14:51 AM »
I was on the C36 site looking for something and I came across photos they had posted of a tour of the Catalina manufacturing facility in Woodland Hills, California that included several photos of the C34 in assembly:

Don't know that it is much more than a curiosity at this point but it may be interesting to see some images of how the boats (Mark IIs anyway) were made. 

All three are available - speed, depth and wind.  These are ST60 instruments, not the ST60 Plus, but the functions are essentially the same.  Only one sun cover.  All work fine.  Transducers are not included.  $150 each (plus shipping) or $400 for all three. 

You can contact me at or 414-899-7281. 

Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / Garhauer blocks
« on: July 20, 2013, 06:01:49 AM »
I have a lot of the original Garhauer blocks from our 1989 C34, including the traveler equipment.  I have no need for it and would send any or all for the cost of shipping.  Let me know if you have need for a particular part and I will see if I have it.  Send me an e-mail at

Works fine, looks pretty good.  We bought it about five years ago and took it off last year only because we switched it out for a double clutch on the starboard side.  $25 plus shipping. 

Main Message Board / Thanks
« on: July 19, 2013, 09:56:36 AM »
We said good bye to Serendipity this week.  As much as we loved her, the only thing we could not do to improve her was to make her bigger.  With two teenage girls and two dogs, we needed more room in order to do the cruising we want to do together as a family.  So, we are the happy owners of a 2004 C387, which I think is going to serve us well.  But the C34 is a great boat and we have a lot of happy memories of our time with her. 

I want to express my sincere thanks to all who make this such a great site.  We left Serendipity a far better boat than we found her but it was only because of the shared wisdom of all those who contribute here.  I know I am going to continue to return just because of the great sailing and general boat ownership knowledge to be found here. 

Fair winds,

Clay Greene

Catalina 34s for Sale / Lewmar D1 rope clutch
« on: June 26, 2013, 04:46:32 AM »
I have an extra one for sale.  It works fine - we just replaced it with a double because we got rid of the latch cleat for the mainsheet.  It is a little sun-weathered but operation is good.  $25 plus shipping.  You can e-mail me at and I will send a picture or two. 

Catalina 34s for Sale / Lake Michigan C34 For Sale
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:58:50 PM »
Too many improvements to describe here.  Go to for full details and many photos.

Main Message Board / Varnish on deck
« on: June 01, 2013, 07:37:57 PM »
So, some yahoo in our boat yard decided to use a heat gun to strip old varnish off his boat and unfortunately he did so upwind of us when our cover was off. So, we have little orange flecks that are not coming off the nonskid with typical cleaning supplies. Any ideas on how to remove these spots without marring the nonskid? Thanks.

Main Message Board / Observation
« on: April 16, 2013, 07:52:41 AM »
A friend who owns a C30 is having a mast leaking problem and asked for advice on diagnosing the source.  This lead me to the C30 owner's association website.  I don't mean any disrespect to the organizers of that website, but the contrast to ours is startling.  I have no doubt that if I was researching the same problem on our website, I would find in 15 minutes a detailed description of the problem, cause, and solution with step-by-step instructions and likely photos of each step in the process.  I don't think I have ever had a problem or an issue with my boat that has not been forensically dissected on this website and in the linked technical articles.  It is perhaps too easy to take this for granted until you see what limited information is available for other owners. 

So, this is my lengthy way of saying thanks to those who have made this such a great resource.  Stu and Ron of course come to mind but I am sure there are many others.  I can't imagine that there is a better owner's association website out there. 

Main Message Board / Barrier Coat?
« on: April 05, 2013, 07:52:21 AM »
So, Serendipity is having the old bottom paint taken off today and we were debating whether to take it down to the fiberglass or to try to save the barrier coat.  The flaw in that thinking is that we were assuming we had a barrier coat.  From the test patch they did this morning, it does not look like one was applied.  Can anyone with a similar-aged boat (1989) report on what they have found when removing the old bottom paint?

Main Message Board / Solenoid Project - Wire Size
« on: August 02, 2012, 09:05:05 AM »
I am about to tackle adding a solenoid to the glow plug circuit.  I have reviewed the project page and other posts and have seen that it is recommended to use 8 AWG or even 6 AWG wire to run from the starter to the solenoid and from the solenoid to the glow plug.  We're planning to install an Cole-Hersee insulated solenoid in the wood frame above the engine compartment (running a separate ground wire to the engine ground).  I have not measured this exactly yet but I don't think that the round trip between the starter and the glow plug is more than 8 feet and certainly not more than 10.  The amp draw of the glow plugs is less than 30 amps.  Both wire size charts I have consulted (West Marine and Blue Sea Systems) indicate that the appropriate wire size is 10 AWG even if it is an engine room installation.  Is there a reason I am missing why I need to use 8 AWG or 6 AWG?  I know bigger is better when it comes to wire size due to resistance but we're talking a relatively short distance and not a huge amp draw.  8 AWG is challenge to work with because it falls between my lug crimper and my racheting crimper.  Thanks. 

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