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Topics - Kirk Garner

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Main Message Board / Deck thickness
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:59:41 PM »
Does anybody happen to know how thick the deck is up at the bow (near the center bow cleat)? If I were near my little ship I would just measure the bolts thru said cleat but unfortunately I am not). Working on a bow roller modification (gasp!) and have a 'need to know ASAP'.

As always, thank you kindly!


Main Message Board / Celestial Navigation
« on: September 17, 2013, 03:18:28 PM »
I would like to teach myself Celestial Navigation this Winter just as a hobby. There are many 'kits' available online and some include crap sextants for practice. I would appreciate good advice from any who may have already been down this road. Don't want to spend a fortune but would like a solid program with at least a good enough instrument to use as back-up later should the opportunity arise.

As always, many thanks!


Main Message Board / Stanchion Backing Plates
« on: February 28, 2013, 04:51:57 AM »
I am working on the East Coast and will be heading back home for some R&R shortly. Want to rebed all stanchions, bow and stern pulpits. Can somebody advise how many plates I will need to complete the job since I am 3,000 miles away from the Marina? Also is it the same plate for pulpits as stanchions? I would like to order these and have them waiting for me when I return as my time off is precious too little. Got the butyl tape already last year from Mainesail.

As always, thanks for your help!


Main Message Board / Wood Carved Number on the bulkhead?
« on: November 08, 2012, 11:11:28 AM »
Sorry for the trivial question but I have been curious about something since I took possession of Dixie several years ago. In the forward cabin attached to the bulkhead is a beautiful teak placard apprx 24" x 5" with the number 927008 engraved on it. I am the 3rd owner and do not know if this was attached by the PO or if this number originated from Catalina and what the significance may be???

The number on the mainsail is 636 which I believe means that Dixie was the 636th C34 manufactured but I may be mistaken here as well???

I really appreciate this site as the weather turns grey....... makes the downtime a little easier to bear!

Thanks again!


Main Message Board / Replacing zink on prop shaft
« on: April 06, 2012, 12:36:39 PM »
What are the chances of succesfully replacing the zink on the prop shaft using mask & snorkle (and of course wetsuit!)? Any brave souls ever attempt this?

Thanks, Kirk

Main Message Board / Auto Helm 4000 Auto Pilot recalibration
« on: January 09, 2012, 08:45:33 PM »
The Auto Helm 4000 model is apparently the predecessor to the ST4000. They look similar except the 4000 does not have a LED Screen. I am in need of a 'recalibration' but cannot locate the actual procedure. I was able to secure an old copy of the Operators Manual and it says absolutely nothing about the procedure.

Anybody else out there with the Auto Helm 4000 who knows how to recalibrate, I would be very happy to get your advice.

As always when I'm stumped, many thanks!


Main Message Board / Crossing the Columbia River Bar
« on: September 17, 2011, 09:20:47 PM »
I am moving Dixie south for the Winter and will be crossing the notorious Columbia River Bar sometime the end of this month. Any of you Pacific NW Sailors who have made that crossing with good advice for my first time would be very appreciated. They don't call it the graveyard of the Pacific for nothing.

Thanks, Kirk

Main Message Board / Alternator high output issue?
« on: May 08, 2011, 12:10:51 PM »
Just got back to the water and am seeing the Volt Meter (part of the wiring harness upgrade over the Winter) nearly pegging at 15 to 16 volts and drops very little even at idle rpm? I have checked all connections and appears nothing loose and wired correctly. Where would the likely place to start looking be?

On another note concerning the wiring harness upgrade, the Tan/Black wire is for the High Temp Alarm and is suppose to run from the panel to the high temp switch on the block? My ignorance is showing but where will I find the high temp switch on the block?

Thanks kindly, Kirk

It's been a long time on the hard but am about ready to put Dixie back in the water, thanks to many of you on this site! There is really no way I could have done it without your help. Thought I would attach a picture of the M25-XP and wish I would have thought to take a 'before' photo to show how far we've come. This is after having done the wiring harness upgrade, replaced all fuel and water hoses, pulled and cleaned the fuel tank with acetone, pulled the HX and had it boiled out before priming and repainting, chucked the Jabsco and replaced with a Raritan PHII and much more that escapes me at the moment. All this from a guy who hadn't pulled a wrench since the late 60's!

You guys have been very kind and once again, I do appreciate your great advice!

Thanks, Kirk

Main Message Board / Replacing my Jabsco with Raritan PHII questions
« on: April 05, 2011, 07:15:04 PM »
I just received the PHII and am getting ready to deepsix the Jabsco but have several questions that I do not find answers to in the many PHII/Jabsco threads (and my 2 calls to the Raritan tech line have not been returned yet).

1.   The discharge hose on the rear of PHII goes 90 degrees straight down (whereas the Jabsco goes out the side straight into the hanging locker) and not enough clearance unless I drill a 2" hole in the bathroom floor (which is the way the diagram shows it) to route it forward into the hanging locker where it needs to make another 90 degree upwards to a vented loop then 90 degree's back down and forward again into the port settee storage where the holding tank is. This sure seems like alot of 90 degree turns for solid waster to travel in such a small 1 1/2" hose, does it actually work without getting plugged up?

2.   Has anybody else drilled a hole in the floor to accommodate the discharge hose and was there enough room under the floor to make this work?

4.   How high does the vented loop need to be to make it work properly (the diagram does not specify).

Thanks as always for your help!

Main Message Board / Replace the LP Gas Hose too?
« on: March 03, 2011, 06:22:14 PM »
I replaced all the fuel lines, some obviously needed, others looked okay but I replaced them anyway after reading the many posts regarding this. Question I have is what about replacing the LP Gas line (original as far as I know - 22 yrs) that goes from the enclosed tank in the aft lazerette to the stove/oven? I have visually inspected the entire 13' length and it appears to be fine, no nicks, scratches and hose still feels supple. This would be a costly line to replace with new fittings so don't want to unless you think it is necessary as a safety precaution.

Thanks as always!

Main Message Board / Hacksaw scratch (2) in strut
« on: February 25, 2011, 04:03:29 PM »
Sorry to have so many posts as of late and will try to make this my last inquiry for awhile but have a question regarding 2 scratches I inadvertantly made into one end of the strut with my hacksaw while removing the cutless. My question is should I fill the scratches with a product like silicone (or ???) before I press in the new cutless? I'm thinking it would probably not be a good thing for saltwater to make it's way in between the cutless and the strut if I don't fill the scratches first?

There are 2 small scratches that are less than an inch long and maybe 1/32" at the very deepest. I was going to make this my project tomorrow but will wait for some good advice before proceeding.

Thanks again!

Main Message Board / Making your old rub rail look like new tip...
« on: February 24, 2011, 08:49:38 PM »
I have'nt seen this mentioned in any of the threads so maybe everybody already knows about it but several boats ago I was seriously considering replacing the old rub rail due to it's very worn out and stained appearance. A friend told me to lightly wipe the rail with a clean rag dipped in acetone. Seriously, worked like magic. No rubbing, no scrubbing, just lightly wipe them down. Made them look like they just came out of the box, no kidding!

Thanks, Kirk

Main Message Board / Vetus Motor Mounts
« on: February 21, 2011, 08:19:12 PM »
I have the M-25XP and notice that some of you folks have gone with the K-50 and others have gone with the K-75. Price is the same but it appears that both models will work, any pro's or cons I need to be aware of before I pull the trigger?

Thanks, Kirk

Main Message Board / HX going to the radiator shop
« on: February 19, 2011, 08:39:19 PM »
After 3 years of total neglect by the PO I pulled the HX this afternoon and will take it to the local radiator shop for a good hot bath. I have ordered the new caps and gaskets from Sendure but do I take it to the shop with the existing caps in place or remove the end caps first? Not sure if it makes a difference but thought I should ask.

Thanks, Kirk

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