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Main Message Board / Reef lines jammed
« on: November 09, 2015, 09:25:32 PM »
I have a 2002 Catalina 34 with a 2 reef line main sail.  The reef lines tend to jam when raising the mainsail.  The lines appear free of clutches, etc., but the mainsail is still really hard to raise, even though we're straight in to the wind.  Any help?  I think the turn blocks in the boom need to be lubricated, but don't know how to access them. Just spraying graphite doesn't do it.

Main Message Board / rigging second reef line inside boom of C34 MK II
« on: April 13, 2013, 03:26:10 PM »
Can anyone tell me how to rig the second reef line inside the boom of a 2002 C34 MK II?  The specs show that the blocks are pre-installed in the boom, but how do you lead the line around the blocks?  I'm having a new main sail made and want to be sure it's installed correctly.

Fleet 1 / c34 MKII for sale?
« on: February 13, 2012, 09:45:45 AM »
I got a phone call from a fellow in Vancouver who wants to know if there's a Catalina 34 MK II, vintage around 2000, for sale.  Anyone interested?  Please reply to

Main Message Board / Battery ratings MCA
« on: August 13, 2008, 02:48:35 PM »
I need to replace the 2 Exide Nautilus 4D (?) batterries in my 2002 C34 MKII.  The originals say they are "1400 MCA and have 400 minute reserve power" & are "dual starting/deep cycle".  The current replacements from Exide wouldn't fit the available space.  It seems like the originals were much more powerful than is necessary.  Posts under "batteries" don't list the MCA, which I thought was the critical number for starting power.  Would 2 Group 27 (745 MCA) or Group 24 (650 MCA) work OK?  I do mostly day sailing and occasional cruising on San Francisco Bay, so don't lay up for the winter. 

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