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On my MK1 I am replacing my macerator pump. The original (I believe) install has the pump installed vertically on the aft wall of the port settee storage with the tank. I remove the wood supporting the tank on the aft end and port side or the tank.

To remove the old macerator I needed to cut the pipe between it and the tank. No real problem in removing the pump and I also removed the tank to clean the entire area around the tank.

I am trying to determine the best way to re-install the new pump, fitting and tank. For anyone that has done this was there any secret on how to install the pump and tank and connect the plumbing fittings?

The hose between the macerator fitting and the holding tank is only 5 long.
With the fittings and the hose the fit in the area is extremely tight, again any secret or tricks with the install you would like to share.




I am planning to replace my continuous line 915CL Hood furling unit with a well maintained 900SL lower unit. If you have the original conversions instructions that
came with your conversion unit way back when I would appreciate a copy. I searched our site here and the WEB without any luck. Any additional words of wisdom or suggestions as always is appreciated.  :thumb:



Main Message Board / Topping Lift, Masthead Clevis Pin.
« on: August 16, 2009, 01:36:07 PM »

Yesterday was 90 degrees with less then 5 knots of wind. I decided this was the perfect time to replace my topping lift (big mistake). I got out my TopClimber and took the required tools to the top of the mast. I removed the cotter pin from the clevis pin.

As I was punching out the Clevis pin from one side I succeed in punching it clear of the mast. It landed 3 feet from the boat in 7 feet of water.

I did not have a caliper with me or on the boat to measure the diameter of the hole for the pin.

Anyone have an idea of the diameter of the clevis pin, I assume its probable 5/16". and 2" long.




This is my current main ground tackle I use for the Chesapeake Bay;

Manson Supreme 35#
1/4 G-4 Hi-Test Chain 30
5/8 nylon double braid 200
Suncor Anchor Swivel
5/16 Crosby anchor shackle

My concern is the shackle; it has a WLL of 1,500lbs. I believe this is my weakest link.
Using 1/4 G-4 I am limited to the max pin size of this shackle.

I cannot determine whether this is or should be a point of concern, I could purchase 5/16 chain and upgrade to a 3/8 shackle that would increase the WLL to 2,000lbs.

Are there shackles that are 5/16 with a greater WLL?

Any thoughts to what I have, any suggestions if an upgrade is needed.



Main Message Board / Engine Wiring Harness Upgrade
« on: February 18, 2008, 05:07:59 PM »

In another unrelated recent post of mine with pictures Ron and Stu both commented that it appeared that I still had the old engine wiring harness on my new to me 88 that I purchased last April. In the back of my mind I knew that I needed to replace this with the recommended upgrade, finally figured that all the other upgrades could wait and this is now #1.

I was at the boat today and began to investigate, I have what I believe is the original trailer harness at both the engine and cockpit panel. The eight wires at the cockpit are connected directly from the harness to the gauges, there are no rubber plugs. Additionally I do not have a panel housing for the gauges as you can see from the pictures.

Since I have the Ammeter which needs to be changed out to a voltmeter I need to order the A KIT from Seaward. Additional I am going to order the 16 foot extension harness.

I assume I also should also order the PANEL HOUSING (A9020) from Catalina

Again, my thanks to Ron and Stu and all of the previous posts and projects on this subject.



Main Message Board / Exhaust Riser - Leaking
« on: October 22, 2007, 11:21:42 AM »
A few weeks ago I noticed an exhaust smell in my aft berth. Following the discussions and write-ups by many folks, especially Ron Hill and Stu Jackson I knew I may need to replace my exhaust riser. With the engine running I was able to feel exhaust gases escaping from the front of the flange where the pipe exits.

My boat was built in October of 87 (1988 model, 1500 hours)

My engine is currently winterized; yesterday I removed the fiberglass insulation from the pipe.
It appears that the threads of the pipe where it enters the flange at the top may be worn through. After a few applications of PM blaster I was able to remove the two top flange screws. I will need to move or remove my HX to access the lower flange bolt, after a few more applications of PB blaster I will attempt this.

From everything I have read I assume I have the original black pipe riser. Additionally I still have the ridged black wire reinforced rubber pipe into the aqua lift muffler.

These are my thoughts and plans, any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Is best to replace then try and repair my exhaust riser? once removed I will contact CY for a replacement and order a new flange and gasket/s from Torresen. Marine.

My HX is 3 in diameter, but the zincs that fit the screw are  about in diameter, this seems odd to me since the spare parts kit contains a much larger zinc (3/8). Depending on the condition of the inside  I may also replace this along with all the hoses.

I can purchase the hump hose from Catalina Direct, however my current ridged rubber back pipe appears longer then 8 hump hose available.


Steve M.

Main Message Board / Winterizing the Macerator
« on: September 17, 2007, 07:58:17 AM »

I purchased my boat in April; prior to this its home port was Norfolk. VA.
It was not hauled in the winter as freezing was not an issue and the holding tank was
usually dumped at sea past the 3 miles.

I am currently in the mid Chesapeake, what is the best way to winterize my macerator
and the plumbing between the pump and thru hull?


Steve M.

Main Message Board / Cruising spinnaker, tack point.
« on: August 20, 2007, 12:45:59 PM »
I have assembled all of the required parts to finally begin flying my cruising A Spinnaker.

My question that I still have after reading the Tech notes and all the related posts is where/how do
should I attach the tack at the bow. I have the original Hood 915 roller furling and the original undersized anchor rollers.


Steve M.

Main Message Board / Bomar Saloon Hatch Model Number
« on: May 11, 2007, 10:30:03 AM »
Production year 10/87,
Model Year 88
Hull # 588

I need to replace the left tie down dog on my main saloon overhead hatch.

I am looking for the serial#/models# of the main saloon hatch. This is located on the forward portion of the frame attached to the hull.  I can no longer read mine and based on what I understand I need this to call Pompanette, LLC. I have looked throughout their site, but have not been unable to locate what looks like the correct tie down dog.

I am assuming that boats produced around the same time as mine may have the same hatch assembly.

Main Message Board / Navpod Pedestal Guard AG10
« on: April 30, 2007, 09:29:55 AM »
I am planning to replace the standard pedestal guard on my 300 series pedestal which is currently 1" in diameter.
Navpod sells a 58" offset Guard much like the Edson, but it is 1" in diameter. This means that I
can utilize the existing top plate.
If I was to use the Edson guard which is 1 1/8" in diameter I would need to replace the top plate. This would require disconnecting the engine and transmission controls and linkage, a much bigger job then I want to handle.

Anyone have any experience with the Navpod AG10 1" guard, positive or negative? comments appreciated.


S/V Clarity

Main Message Board / Sail Slide Replacement
« on: April 23, 2007, 11:23:38 AM »
The sail slides on my just purchased 88 standard rig are breaking and need to be replaced. I ordered some from Sailrite, but the thickness was to great.

The manual shows that the slides are .78" wide, the neck is .406" and .188"' thickness of which is what goes inside the slide.

Any assistance on where I can get replacements is much appreciated.

Main Message Board / Bomar Hatch Dog Replacement
« on: April 22, 2007, 07:53:09 PM »
My 88 Catalina overhead salon hatch has a broken dog. When in the salon facing the stern the hatch is overhead the broken dog is on the right.

Is this the right or left dog?

Where might I get a replacement, do you have have a model/part number?


Steve M

Main Message Board / Chart Plotter - Pedestal Guard
« on: April 06, 2007, 05:50:05 PM »
I have an 88 with the original classic pedestal and the short straight pedestal guard.

I am interested in adding either a 6.5 or 10" chart plotter. Would be interested in changes or upgrades you have done in this area. If you would like to post any pictures they would be greatly appreciated. I an thinking of changing out the guard to either the Edson 58" offset or their angled guard. I currently have no other instruments on my guard with the exception of my hand held GPS.


Steve M.
(soon to be) 1988 # 588

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