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Main Message Board / Head replacement - electric
« on: June 19, 2013, 11:25:43 AM »
This may have been reviewed before but since search is not working I will ask.  Has anyone replaced manual head with electric on 1991 series boat.  Seen several on Mk II but I think the hull slope and foot print are different.  I want to do "drop in" replacement on existing bolts without a lot of fabrication work.  On the lake, using holding tank only, either current sea water inlet or water tank fed set up.  Waste line currently goes off bow side of toilet through wet locker to holding tank. Looking for experience, brand, model, effort etc.    thanks

Main Message Board / CHANGE OF ADDRESS
« on: April 21, 2009, 07:41:30 PM »
I cannot seem to find an easy way to do a change of address so the organization has my new address and I don't miss any Mainsheet issues.

Help!! :shock:

Main Message Board / LED Lights ??
« on: February 28, 2008, 09:26:35 AM »
Was looking for something else today on the Davis light website ( and noticed that they have marked all their LED cluster bulbs and cord set as "discontinuted".  Not sure what this is all about or how long this has been the case.  Don't know if they just did not sell enough or if thier versions were poor performers ????   :donno:

Main Message Board / Galvanic Isolator
« on: February 14, 2006, 06:42:20 AM »
Friend of mine is a surveyor here in the Southeast and just returned from "corrosion school".  He has an older Allied Princess 36 he is rebuilding for offshore.  Intersting info about corrosion and zincs.

"Just back from Jacksonville where I took a metal corrosion course.  It was quite informative & required studying 4-5 hours every day after class.  Won't know if I passed the certification test for a couple of weeks.  It was an intense course with a lot of information. 

We usually only think of corrosion in salt water, but there is a lot of "stray current" corrosion in fresh water.  Float switches and bilge pumps are a major source of stray current as are heat & AC pumps.  The brushes are carbon & the dust accumulates around the SS shaft then they leak DC current into the bilge water and through the ground wires. 

Also, the zinc anodes are worthless in fresh water.  They "go to sleep".  Aluminum is the answer, it's lighter, more active and lasts longer.  It can also be used in salt water.   NEVER use magnesium as it is so active it will cause the paint to bubble & peal off the boat.  It also should not be used unless the water is free from polutants.  The PH needs to be about 7 for them to work properly.  I have seen so many zincs during my surveys and never realized they were worthless on the lake. 

It has convinced me to install a galvanic isolator on our boat & put all new bonding wires on the metal fittings.  A perfect time since we are in the tear it apart stage & can access everything.  Check out the galvanic isolator that was recommended in the class.  "

Just thought I would share his opinion and insight.

Main Message Board / Door finger latch replacment
« on: January 31, 2006, 11:06:18 AM »
I am looking for parts / alternative parts supply for a "finger latch" on one of my access doors.  These are the latches that you have the hole in the door and you place your finger inside to release.  It seems the little spring is broken and the latch will not set.  I did quick search in board and did not find any hits on subject.

Does any one have a solution  / location for replacements.  I assume you can get from hardware supplier but not sure how to narrow down choice / description.  I have not called Catalina - looking for quicker solution.

Latches are MkI series - 1991.

Main Message Board / Test message for forum
« on: October 23, 2005, 09:12:09 AM »
Test posting.  Even my internet spell checker still interfaces with the new forum.    :clap

Just received this product update today from Sailors Solutions.  

I am not endorsing, just posting for others to review.  If it works as advertised, may provide a convenient method of sealing contacts; especially in "hard to get to" areas.  Looks like something you could even spray on all the connections behind the panel for example.

Hopefully I inserted the link correctly.

If anyone has any experience with this, let us know.  We always need to know if it is good or bad.

By the way, if you watch the video on the link page, DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME !!! :idea:

Main Message Board / Anti-Seize for Fastening Stainless to Aluminum
« on: April 01, 2005, 06:09:25 AM »
This popped up today from Sailors Solution.  I am not endorsing (I have  used Lanocote in the past) but thought it might be another alternative.  :thumb:

Main Message Board / Stanchion Size
« on: June 29, 2004, 07:44:37 PM »
Quick question. I am not in town and about to order stanchion blocks for outside furling line but don't know if we have 1" or 1 1/4" stanchions.  I am having a brain void.  Boat is 1991 Mark I.  A little enlightenment please. :confused:

Main Message Board / Hood 915 LD Swap Out for SL
« on: March 15, 2004, 05:48:17 AM »
I am looking for a little one-on-one chat with someone who has actually completed the replacement of the continious line furling drum for the new single line Hood 915 series drum.  I will be happy to later provide info / experiences for site with photos, etc.  I plan to replace later this summer when I schedule a bottom job but would like to go thru every thing in detail berfore.  Just respond here or send me your email address direct to  :rolleyes:

Main Message Board / Wheel Size
« on: February 17, 2004, 10:24:38 AM »
Does any one know the dementions of the pedistal wheel for 91 / MK I?  I want to order leather kit for wheel and am out of town at the time.  Trying to save time.

Main Message Board / Air Filter Alternative
« on: December 17, 2003, 05:31:39 AM »
A friend of mine with a Cape Dory 25XP sent me this he found on a C36.  Looks pretty neat.  Documentation and photos are very good.  Site has some other well documented upgrades that can work on our boats.

Main Message Board / Asymetical Spinnaker advice
« on: October 09, 2003, 12:04:03 PM »
I am exploring adding an asymetical spinnaker to the inventory (Inland lake).  I want to fly the spinnaker from the furler and not deal with a pole.  I would like to hear what brands, etc. others have and their opinion.  Trying to narrow field of sailmakers without spending a ton of money - but still want something that can run 60 - 160 degree range. Light but broad range degrees and wind speed.  What is your opinion??

Main Message Board / Chainplate Tie-rod Torque
« on: August 26, 2003, 01:21:10 PM »
I am in process if re-bedding the shroud chainplates.  I don't have any problems but do have aquestion on how tight should the rod bolts (the one on the end of rod inside the hull)be torqued.  This is the final step after the T-Plate and thru bolts seal has cured before I tension the shrouds.  Any ideas as to how tight for the rod bolt?? :confused:

Main Message Board / Blue Seas Breaker Recall
« on: July 28, 2003, 07:08:44 AM »
:(I received a letter notifying me that Blue Seas is recalling all of their T-1 type cicuit breakers.  I added one for my windless last year and guess I registered for the warrenty.  They will replace at no charge with  "slightly" different type / style.  You can get replacement from their web  The T-1 breaker could cause a fire if tripped and contacts weld together.  
 Apparetly it does not matter if breakers were on new boat or added later.  You will have to get the Part Number and Serial Number from the breaker(s)itself to enter into the replacemnt request form.  I had to pull mine to read the numbers but avoiding a problem is worth the effort.

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