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Main Message Board / Free New MKII Aft Cabin Mattress
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:36:48 PM »
Normally I wouldn't post this in the Main Message Board, but I don't know how may people regularly look at the For Sale board and I'm running out of time.

I have a factory interspring mattress for a C34 MKII aft cabin that I'm looking for someone to take.  It's been stored in plastic since new and never used.  I'm losing my storage garage on Saturday 4/29, and will have to throw it away if no one wants it, which would be a waste.  There's been some interest, but no one has committed to taking it yet.

Pictures, size, contact information, and more details on the for sale posting:,9345.0.html


For free:  practically new innerspring split mattress for C34 aft berth.  These came standard on our 2005 Mk II.  The original owner did not use the aft cabin and we've stored them in plastic in a closet/garage since we purchased the boat in 2010. 

I no longer have the ability to store them, and am not going to get a storage room just for the mattress, so looking for a good home.  Includes a set of never used fitted sheets.

If you are interested, let me know ASAP.  I'm moving on 4/30 and will have to toss them if no one wants them.

Located in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Too big to ship, but close to the LA, Ventura, and Santa Barbara harbors.

Main Message Board / Question on Used Mattress Cost
« on: March 01, 2017, 07:06:06 PM »
Our MkII boat came with the custom inter-spring two-part mattresses, but the aft cabin mattress was never used by the original owner (he used the V-berth and only used the boat as a floating apartment when in LA).  We also never used the aft cabin, except as an attic, and so the mattress has been siting in a closet wrapped in plastic the last 6 years.  To my knowledge, no one has ever slept on it.

My question for the group is:  assuming someone would be interested in this mattress, what is something like this worth?  I don't have any frame of reference.



Main Message Board / A Good Day to be on a C34
« on: January 29, 2012, 08:30:14 PM »
Apologies to those who's boats are on the hard, but after a few months of bad weather and Santa Ana winds, today was a gorgeous day to be on the water in SoCal.  We took Serenity out just after lunch and enjoyed the the 12 knot wind, dead flat seas, warm sunshine and over 30 mile visibility.  Just had to share...


Main Message Board / New Rode
« on: January 16, 2012, 07:59:01 AM »
It's almost like second Xmas!  The boat fund hit a target and I was able to finally replace the rode on the bow anchor.  When we purchased the boat a little over a year ago, the PO had installed 200' of 1/2" 3 strand and 24' of chain.  That now becomes the rode for the stern anchor.  We've already upgraded the bow anchor to a 35# Manson Supreme last year.

The new rode is 300' of 1/2" plait spliced to 50' of G4 1/4" chain (size limited by windlass) with the biggest shackle I could get to pass through the link, 3/8".  The rode is marked at 50' distances to give a sense of how much scope is out.

Question for the group:  What's the collective experience/opinion on titanium shackles?  I've found a few places that carry a ~ $60 3/8" shackle with a WLL of about 2.5 times that of the steel.  Worth it or am I overthinking things?


I have for sale a brand-new, never opened Jabsco Sensor-Max VSD water pressure pump, model 31750.  

This is the model that was installed by Catalina in our 2005 C34.  It's the freshwater pressure pump.  It's variable speed, so no accumulator needed.  The original failed after five years and I ordered this and a Shurflo pump at the same time to make sure I had one prior to a trip.  The Shurflo arrived first, so that's what I installed.

Defender has this for $199, so I would let it go for best offer + $10 shipping to anywhere in the US.|51|299222|121271|316442&id=121719


Main Message Board / Coolant Hose in Port Locker
« on: December 18, 2011, 09:24:19 PM »
I've been thinking (a dangerous thing) and thought I would run this by the group before I started drilling holes.  I searched the board but didn't see a posting on this subject.

Serenity is a 2005 MKII model.  In the middle of the port locker, toward the forward end of the locker, is the overflow coolant hose. As you can see in the pictures (1:  view of hose running through floor of locker; 2: hose and coolant tank; 3:  hose running up forward of the fuel tank to the floor of the locker), it comes up from beside the fuel tank, through the floor of the locker, and then runs under the seat to the coolant tank.  My issue is that it is located in an awkward location, preventing me from using the full locker and at risk of being damaged by something heavy sliding around (I keep the stern anchor in a crate in the locker).  


Has anyone else addressed this?  One option is to move the hose to the corner of the locker, getting it more out of the way.  It would still be vulnerable, but the seat above would keep the anchor crate from hitting it.

Another option would be to completely relocate the holding tank, perhaps to inside the engine compartment.

Any suggestions?



Main Message Board / Weather Station Install
« on: April 09, 2011, 07:44:13 AM »
We recently installed a La Crosse "weather station" on Serenity.  I prefer the look of classic analog instruments, but after spending a few months coveting the Weems & Plath set, we concluded that wall space and budget wouldn't support that approach. 

Happened to be in Fry's Electronics last week and found that they were selling the "La Crosse COMBO11-IT Wireless Weather Station with Weather Forecast and Barograph" for less than half what the Weems & Plath clock cost.  One of the nice things about this kit is that it comes with two display units, both of which read the outside sensor.   Wireless inside and outside temp/humidity with min/max, relative air pressure and bar chart trend, atomic clock/calendar, moon phase, alarm.

The main display unit is installed above the nav station and the smaller one is in the v-berth (see pictures below).  The displays are light and are installed using industrial-strength velcro.  The outside sensor is installed in a cockpit locker.  So far, been very happy with the compromise.


Main Message Board / Rigging Question for Asymmetrical Spinnaker
« on: November 19, 2010, 05:04:23 PM »
One of the nice "extras" that came with our lightly used 2005 C34 MkII was an asymmetrical spinnaker.  The previous owner did not finish rigging for it and it has never been used.  It appears to be a nice sail, by North Sails, and has a sock.  I don't know the size.

The boat has a dedicated spinnaker halyard led back through the deck organizer to a bank of clutches at the front of the cockpit.  There is a tack line that is run parallel to the jib furling line, from a clutch on the port side of the cockpit along the base of the lifelines and through a block secured to the bail on the bow roller.  

What I don't have is sheets or blocks for the sheets.  Since I've not used an asymmetrical spinnaker and I'm new to the C34, I have a few questions for those who have gone before:

  • Any recommendation for what size block to use for the sheets and where/how to attach them?  The rest of the gear on the boat is Garhauer.  I assume I'll be bringing the sheet back forward to the main winches at the side of the cockpit.
  • The jib sheets are 5/8".  Can I go a little lighter with the spinnaker?
  • With the way the tack line is led, there's not much separation between the spinnaker and the forestay.  I understand the preferred approach is to double the length of the sheets and pass them forward of spinnaker to make it easier to gybe.  Any other suggestions?

Thanks again,

Hello!  My wife and I are now the proud owners of C34 #1703, docked in Channel Islands, CA.  The first couple of weeks have gone by in a blur, as we get to know the boat and set things to right.  The forum has already answered quite a few of the questions that have come up, but here's one for which I would like to "ask the audience."

The PO didn't use the boat much and purchased a lot of equipment that was never actually installed.  One of the smaller items is the fire extinguishers.  I have four and have already mounted one under the companionway stairs.  I was thinking of trying to mount the remaining ones in the forward and aft cabins and in the cockpit.  

My question to the group is: where did you mount yours, and how?  I'm reluctant to screw into the bulkhead panels as they feel like they don't have a solid core.  I'd also like to meet the mutually exclusive objectives of having them visually out of the way but easily accessible.  What has worked well?



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