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Main Message Board / I need a new Winter Cover next year
« on: November 24, 2021, 06:36:38 AM »
Shamrock came with a custom winter cover.  Has given good service but I'm afraid it's the last winter for it.  Hope it makes it this winter.  The fabric is very weathered and beyond patching.  The company that made it, from Buffalo, no longer serves Erie PA.  Asking the northern sailors their experience with winter covers they have purchased on-line from a company with a pattern.  I leave the mast up most winters.
Asking now because after I take it off in the spring it leaves my mind till it has to go back on.
Note the large black gorilla tape patch.

Main Message Board / recommendations for boat yard near Solomon MD
« on: October 20, 2021, 12:33:53 PM »
My friend is in the process of buying a Catalina 387 located at Spring Cove Marina, Solomon MD.  They want about $2,000 to unstep the mast and load boat on a transport trailer.  He is looking around the area, a half day sail or so, for better pricing.  Told him I'd ask here, or does that sound like a reasonable rate for that area.  That would be very high in Erie.

Main Message Board / how to inspect transmission
« on: September 09, 2021, 05:27:51 AM »
The recent posts of transmission failures has me concerned.  While it's being discussed thought I'd ask, what checks can be done with transmission in place?   Is there any checks that can be done with the boat out of the water?  Is there an expected life, number of engine hours?   Please be specific, if necessary, to manufacture and model.
Thanks in advance,


Main Message Board / 12 vdc plug
« on: August 29, 2021, 06:28:21 AM »
I'm going to add at least one more 12 vdc plug in my cabin.  One is going to be for my Engle freezer.  I don't really like the cigarette lighter plugs.  In the common wisdom of the group what is the best 12 vdc plug?  Doesn't need to be waterproof just something that handles the load and stays plugged in well.

Main Message Board / Question on Jabsco twist lock toilet pump
« on: July 13, 2021, 05:56:05 AM »
I've read the instructions but don't really understand what the twist lock feature does except keep the handle down.  Before I call Jabsco thought I'd ask here. 
During this spring startup had a stripped screw and it leaked a little, replaced the original Jabsco toilet pump with a new twist lock pump.  Has been working a little glitchy compared to the original.  Takes more strokes to prime and just not the same.  Was happy enough with the original pump function, was a super easy change. 
Could this just be a break-in thing?  What does the twist lock thing do?
Just want to know before a minor thing becomes an o-s!@# thing.

Main Message Board / scrubbing diamond non-skid decking
« on: May 24, 2021, 04:44:04 AM »
Spring cleaning the deck gets tougher every year as I get older.  This year some of my diamond non-skid deck has black something deep in the groove.  Makes it even tougher that it's difficult to see when the deck is wet or soap covered.  I've lightly power washed with a small power washer staying well away from any deck fittings, helped but didn't get it all.  So, before I start buying a variety of brushes and cleaners and spend hours scrubbing thought I'd ask the group, especially the sailors that have to deal with cleaning after a winter lay-up.
How do others clean the diamond and other non-skid?  Type of brush? brand? cleaner? Any suggestions are welcome.

Main Message Board / docking video
« on: April 10, 2021, 08:17:34 AM »

Saw this Catalina docking and thought I'd share.


Main Message Board / prop patina
« on: October 17, 2020, 05:43:48 AM »
My maxiprop doesn't get the brown, green patina that most props get.  After 6 months in fresh water it's splotchy looking and some what rough to the touch.  I've been polishing between seasons, the roughness is like a lime mineral that comes off pretty easy.  As the boat is in fresh water I use a magnesium anode from, also the docks are checked for stray electric current.   I'm thinking that the magnesium anode may be the cause of the weird build-up on the prop. 
Does that sound right?  Any one else have similar experience?

Main Message Board / EV-100 autopilot drive motor loose
« on: September 10, 2020, 03:54:26 AM »
After almost 4 seasons of great service, having a problem with my Raymarine EV-100 autopilot.  After a nice moderate sail my wheel pilot wouldn't disengage  ie. the lever wouldn't go to full disengage.  Luckily had enough sea room to remove the wheel drive with no further damage.  Got back to the dock and after disassembly decided the problem was the drive motor was loose, about 1/32 inch and the internal mounting ring interfered with the activating cam? ie. what the lever is attached to.
My question is has anyone tightened that motor and how?  Looks to me like some special spanners are needed.  Where can I have this fixed?  Is it best to send to Raymarine or is there someplace better.

Main Message Board / Sunshade
« on: September 02, 2020, 09:52:37 AM »
During the 2018 GLCC rendezvous I saw a Catalina 320 with an excellent sunshade.  Sorry to say I don't remember the names to give credit due.  I finely got around to sketching up a design and having my take on their idea made up.  I'm very happy with the results.  As the pictures show it zips to the existing bimini and lays on the boom.


Main Message Board / Step for V-Berth
« on: June 11, 2020, 11:18:00 AM »
For us shorter folks it's quiet a drop or climb from the v-berth to the floor.  Has anyone made a step or stool to use there? 

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.

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