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Topics - Jim Hardesty

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Main Message Board / 160 thermostat vrs 180
« on: October 02, 2019, 08:57:56 AM »
I'm in fresh water and was wondering what the advantage of going to a 180 degree thermostat would be?  Has anyone done that and what happens in the real world?

Main Message Board / sheer stripe tape 2001 MKll
« on: September 11, 2019, 07:25:21 AM »
On last years cruise some docking was against pilings and was a lot of surge.  The sheer stripe tape got scuffed by the fenders, I'll take a fender board next time I go that way if I find a place to store it. 
My question is.  Has any one replaced a section of the sheer stripe tape?  I see Catalina Direct has what looks to be the correct tape.   Or is it better to buy from somewhere else?  How difficult is it to do?

Main Message Board / removing butyl tape residue
« on: May 07, 2019, 03:19:06 PM »
What solvent? can I use to remove the residue from butyl tape?  I tried acetone and denatured alcohol, didn't work well.  Googled recommendation is adhesive remover that I'm reluctant to use.  FWIW Mainsails butyl tape works very well, I just want to clean the old off before new and I'm messy.

Main Message Board / plastic stud for in-mast furling
« on: April 21, 2019, 06:32:57 AM »
Shamrock is a 2001 with in-mast furling from Charleston Spar.  There is a plastic stud? that prevents the top swivel from rotating, it has seen better days.  I've contacted Catalina, they suggested trying Charleston Spar.  Didn't get any help there, think ownership has changed.  It's simple enough I could make or have it made but buying is easier.  Has anyone replaced it or have a place to buy it.  Hope the pictures show well enough, they are with the mast down and stored.

Main Message Board / Masthead anchor tricolor LED light
« on: September 12, 2018, 06:00:26 AM »
I'm considering LED anchor lighting.  Thinking about adding a masthead tricolor, as long as I'm at it.  I remember a unit that I could add the tricolor without running additional wires up the mast.  Then to further confuse my decision the USCG has reports of LED lights interfering with the radios.  So, what experiences have others had changing over to LED?  Would like to have names of dependable and problem units.

Main Message Board / Wheel pilot squeaks
« on: June 30, 2018, 04:47:28 PM »
I have a Raymarine wheel pilot, the grey wheel, the evolution. It's on the second season and it's started to squeak a little when steering, works well, but annoying.  I've flushed it out with water as the instructions say but starts squeaking after a little use.  Hope to hear of an easy cure.

Main Message Board / Sanitation hose length for MKll
« on: March 28, 2018, 09:46:39 AM »
I plan on replacing the head to tank hose this spring.  Defender has sanitation hose on sale for about $10/foot, seems like a good price to me.  And the weather is starting to break.   I need to know the length, don't want to be short.  To MKll owners that have replaced the hose.  What is the length?

Main Message Board / Information about "Dinghy-Tow"
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:42:03 PM »
A boat I was looking to purchase a few years ago (before Shamrock) had a Dinghy-Tow installed.  The owner had nothing but praise.  Cruised with a dog and went ashore twice a day whenever possible.  I'm looking to update my tow rope and would like not to have to lift the outboard to tow.

My problem is that I get no response when emailing the contact info.  Anyone have information on the company.  Has anyone installed one?  They do have Catalina 34 in there list of boats they are used on.
If I don't get something I'll give it another week then try snail mail.


Main Message Board / anybody using synthetic oil
« on: October 09, 2017, 03:33:11 AM »
While I was picking up my Rotella T for my end of season oil change noticed Shell also had synthetic blend and synthetic oil.  Both claimed to be compatible with regular oil.  I've always used Rotella 15w-40 with Lucas additive.  My reasoning for using the additive is the engine sitting days/weeks/months without running. 
Question to people that know more about modern oil is.  Should I switch to synthetic synthetic/blend?  What would be the advantage or disadvantage?  Is Rotella best synthetic?

Main Message Board / Raymarine Evolution wheelpilot installation
« on: July 27, 2017, 06:43:07 PM »
My installation of Shamrocks new wheelpilot is complete.  I'm very happy with the performance, so thought I'd post it.  To have it work in the windvane mode with my old ST70 wind instrument had to add a D244 junction box, ST1 to STng converter E22158 and Backbone cable A06033.  I felt the instructions were lacking.  Once I started assembling, wiring and plugging in everything it was very simple and easy.

Some notes on the picture.  1 is a pvc pipe hung on closet rod hardware to protect the sensor core  2 is the seatalk converter.


Main Message Board / Refrigerator convenience
« on: July 18, 2017, 06:36:56 AM »
The July 2017 issue of Sail magazine has a sketch page with ideas on how to best use boat iceboxes and refrigerators. I have found Shamrocks fridge to be lacking on convenience.  I have two things to help a 12 pack beer/soda can holder and a folding step stool that allows me to reach the bottom.  The can holder is coated wire from Walmart.  What are others using?  Please include where purchased if you remember.

I installed a new Raymarine evolution autopilot replacing my ST4000+.  New autopilot works great, quieter and holds course terrific.  I would like to hook it up to my existing 4000 series wind instrument but raymarine has no easy way for me to do that.  What I'd like to do is splice into the old flat-plug seatalk from my wind instrument and splice in a new seatalk round connector.  Then connect that to my new autopilot control head.    I've not had much satisfaction talking to raymarine support people, unlike B&G support that I've found to be great. 

Main Message Board / Adjusting tack angle on EV-100
« on: June 18, 2017, 12:31:08 PM »
I recently installed a Raymarine wheel pilot EV-100 to replace my old 4000st+.  So far much improved.  But, I can't find any way to adjust the tacking angle.  I don't have the wind vane hooked up.  That's another project to see if the old sea talk will talk to the new sea talk.  I hope someone here has found how to change the tacking angle and will tell me and save me a lot of time trying to talk to Raymarine teck.

Main Message Board / replacing alarm buzzer MKll
« on: November 16, 2016, 05:01:40 AM »
On my to-do list is replacing the oil pressure/overtemp alarm buzzer.  The active thread "Console buzzer alarm - electrical problem?" prompted me to buy one now.  Mine works some times, sounds funny at other times.  My hearing isn't too good so I would like to replace with a louder one.  Did try a search here but didn't find what I wanted easy.  So I'm asking.
Has anyone replaced the OEM buzzer with a direct fit louder one?  Numbers and source?

Main Message Board / Catalina for canvass
« on: October 17, 2016, 06:43:07 AM »
I talked with Sharon Day at the Annapolis boat show about replacing my factory dodger and bimini.  She recommended that I call Hilario the in house canvas person.  When I called all the info he wanted was the hull number.  He got back to me shortly and said yes it was factory supplied and had the original patterns.  He also gave me what I think is a reasonable quote.  Much better than the local canvas people. 
My question to the group is.  Has anyone had experience with buying replacement canvas from Catalina?

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