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Main Message Board / Generac 7117 GP2200I Generator Opinion wanted
« on: November 26, 2021, 08:30:15 AM »
Anyone have experience with a Generac 7117 GP2200i generator?  Amazon has one for $359 (black Friday sale ends today).  Specs seem similar to a Honda 2200 for 30% of the price and the Generac seems to be a better brand than some of the other inexpensive generators.  Differences I see:
* 1700 max watts vs 1800 for Honda
* Engine size (80cc vs. 121cc) which will result in more noise and possibly shorter life
* Noise, Generac doesn't publish DBs but will be louder
* Larger fuel tank for longer run time before fueling

My intended use:  Extend time at anchor without running the engine to charge batteries.  Reality is I'll use it only a few time a season.  I'll also look into a soft start device to run my AC (Webasto FCF 16000, 11 amps at 115v).






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Main Message Board / Motor mounts and engine alignment change over time
« on: August 27, 2021, 05:33:46 PM »
Last season I started to notice some vibration on my 1990 C34 with M25XP with 10 year old Vetus motor mounts.  Although it's still not bad, it's worse this season, especially at mid RPMs.  Previously it was super smooth.  Mounts are firmly bolted to the stringers and cutlass bearing is tight. 

Should I try to realign the engine to compensate for changes to 10 year old mounts, replace them due to age or look for another cause of the vibration?  Engine has 2000+ hours.

 

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Main Message Board / Inexpensive cabin heat while under way?
« on: January 01, 2021, 10:20:56 AM »
Anyone have experience adding inexpensive cabin heat while underway?  I have reverse cycle heat with my A/C so I'm covered at dock.  I'm looking for something to warm the cabin while under sail until Lake Michigan warms and want to be smart about it given fire and CO risk.

I found reference to a Home Deport sourced propane heater from a 2004 post.  I could secure a portable heater like this (https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-MH12B-Hunting-Portable/dp/B00CDJHIYW?ref_=ast_sto_dp) or bulkhead mount something like this (https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-Corporation-Vent-Free-Propane/dp/B01DPZ56PU?ref_=ast_sto_dp).  It looks like a 1# tank will run for 4-5 hours on low, plenty for how I'll be using it.  What do others use?

I'm intrigued by David's external heater and wonder if it can be safely secured to deck while sailing (see https://c34.org/wiki/index.php?title=Diesel_Cabin_Heater_-_Portable) and am skeptical about cheap Chinese heaters (see https://magazine.rvdaily.com.au/rv-daily-issue-043/hot-as-or-cheap-ass-don-t-get-burned-by-a-chinese-diesel-heater).

I know the best method is a properly installed marine heater but hard to justify the $2K+ for the few times/season I'll use it.

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I'm planning to refinish interior cabin sole boards this off-season.  I'd like to seal the gap between the wood and fiberglass to keep out water, dirt, dead flies, wire insulation and all the other stuff that ends up on the floor when reinstalling.  Any downsides to doing this?

I'm considering using Life Caulk teak brown.  What have you used?


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Main Message Board / qtVlm Navigation and Weather Routing Software
« on: November 29, 2020, 11:30:43 AM »
Anyone have experience with qtVlm (https://www.meltemus.com/index.php/en/)?  I downloaded and got working on my laptop today.  I was able to import a polar and get it to recognize the same charts I used with OpenCPN.

On the surface it seems like a capable program but found very little written about it compared to OpenCPN and other navigation software.


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I'm shopping for a new anchor to replace my 22# Bruce this off-season and am wondering how likely a new generation (Rocna or Manson) anchor will get stuck compared to a Bruce or Danforth.  Does the extra holding power mean greater risk of not being able to break it free and losing my investment?  I anchor in mud or sand. 

I plan to upsize from 22# to 35# as many here recommend but don't have a windless.  I tell myself it'll be okay since I have no problem pulling up the 22# anchor today and the difference is less than the weight of two gallons of water.  Any other considerations that may make me reconsider anchor size?


 


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Main Message Board / AIS Transceiver
« on: November 14, 2020, 08:03:54 AM »
I'm planning to add an AIS Transceiver (Em-trak B953, see https://www.milltechmarine.com/B953).  I don't need WiFi or other fancy features, just transmit and receive and NMEA 2000 connectivity.  The B953 has the integrated VHF splitter so I can share existing VHF antenna.  I'll add a transmit on/off (stealth mode) switch to avoid broadcasting at dock.

Any other considerations or experiences?  AIS seems to be a commodity technology with the only consideration being the older CSTDMA and newer SOTDMA. 




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Main Message Board / How often do you top off flooded batteries?
« on: October 31, 2020, 11:54:56 AM »
I have four golf cart batteries (Duracell 115 amp hour from Batteries Plus) charged by Xantrex Truecharge 40.  This season I didn't have to add any distilled water.  Previous seasons rarely.  Is this your experience? 

Main difference between this season is I didn't discharge the batteries as deeply.  Even though I used the boat more for day sails I used it less for overnight trips.


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Main Message Board / Perfect Chicago October Sail
« on: October 10, 2020, 10:53:57 AM »
I had a wonderful sail Thursday before taking Donnybrook to the yard Friday.  The day started flat calm and wind increased to 15 knots.  Friday had gusts to 32 knots out of the south, the direction to the yard, but waves weren't bad.  I motor sailed most of the way.

I made a video to get me through the winter I thought I'd share:  https://youtu.be/GjKnNODMmBo

It makes me look forward to spring so much more when the season ends on a high note!



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Main Message Board / For sale, used 155% genoa for C34 tall rig
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:44:20 PM »
More stuff from my garage cross posted from Marketplace for visibility...

Pick-up from Chicago northwest side.  See eBay listing.  http://ebay.us/lmMelp?cmpnId=5338273189.  Starting bid is $0.99.

Hood 155% Roller Furling Genoa from Catalina 34 Tall Rig, used with sail bag. Condition is Used.

This sail was used about 12 seasons through 2003 before I replaced it.  It was checked over by a sail maker and stitching repaired before being stored.  There's a small piece of luff tape where it rubs the spreaders that may need attention, circled on one of the pictures.  I tried to show sail shape in pictures however wind was light when pictures were taken, less than 8 knots true (see picture of wind instrument).

Sail was used in fresh water, Lake Michigan.

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Pick-up from Chicago northwest side.  See eBay listing.  http://ebay.us/lmMelp?cmpnId=5338273189.  Starting bid is $0.99.

Hood 155% Roller Furling Genoa from Catalina 34 Tall Rig, used with sail bag. Condition is Used.

This sail was used about 12 seasons through 2003 before I replaced it.  It was checked over by a sail maker and stitching repaired before being stored.  There's a small piece of luff tape where it rubs the spreaders that may need attention, circled on one of the pictures.  I tried to show sail shape in pictures however wind was light when pictures were taken, less than 8 knots true (see picture of wind instrument).

Sail was used in fresh water, Lake Michigan.

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Main Message Board / Mystery pieces
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:30:16 AM »
I found these while going through misc. boat parts.  Any idea what they are and should I keep them?  The caps appear left over from the refrigerator install.


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Main Message Board / For Sale: Catalina 34 MK1 Cockpit Cushions
« on: June 23, 2020, 04:22:55 PM »
...cross posted from marketplace.  More stuff from my garage thanks to Covid-19 and work from home...

I stopped using them 15+ years ago because I didn't like storing them in the cabin and they aren't as waterproof as I'd like.  I have no experience shipping so I listed as local pick-up only from Chicago NW side.  For Catalina 34 Association members, if you're interested and want me to ship contact me via private message before bidding and we'll see if we can work something out. 

See http://ebay.us/akIhT4?cmpnId=5338273189

Cockpit Cushion Set--Catalina 34 MK1.   Good Condition, see notes. Condition is Used.

Taken from my 1990 Catalina 34.  Been in storage for last 15 years.  Always used in fresh water (Lake Michigan).

Overall good condition for age.  No holes or tears.  Helm cushion stitching and snaps are in good shape.  All zippers work.  See pictures for condition and note:

Piping cord corner of one cushion is loose, about 4".  Simply cut off?
Stitching has separated from end corner of one cushion, top and bottom.  About an inch needs to be restitched on each corner.
Some light stains.  May come out with cleaning.
Sorry, I'm unable to ship.  Pickup from Chicago NW side or possible meet within reasonable distance.

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I stopped using them 15+ years ago because I didn't like storing them in the cabin and they aren't as waterproof as I'd like.  I have no experience shipping so I listed as local pick-up only from Chicago NW side.  For Catalina 34 Association members, if you're interested and want me to ship contact me via private message before bidding and we'll see if we can work something out. 

See http://ebay.us/akIhT4?cmpnId=5338273189

Cockpit Cushion Set--Catalina 34 MK1.   Good Condition, see notes. Condition is Used.

Taken from my 1990 Catalina 34.  Been in storage for last 15 years.  Always used in fresh water (Lake Michigan).

Overall good condition for age.  No holes or tears.  Helm cushion stitching and snaps are in good shape.  All zippers work.  See pictures for condition and note:

Piping cord corner of one cushion is loose, about 4".  Simply cut off?
Stitching has separated from end corner of one cushion, top and bottom.  About an inch needs to be restitched on each corner.
Some light stains.  May come out with cleaning.
Sorry, I'm unable to ship.  Pickup from Chicago NW side or possible meet within reasonable distance.

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Main Message Board / Used Exhaust Riser
« on: June 16, 2020, 04:39:06 PM »
Cross-posted from marketplace for increased visibility...

I listed my used exhaust riser on ebay:  http://ebay.us/HIj9kB?cmpnId=5338273189

Description:
1990 Catalina 34 Universal M25XP Exhaust Riser Stainless Used in Fresh Water. Condition is Used.

Taken from my 1990 Catalina 34 with Universal M25XP in 2011 and stored since.  I estimate the engine had less than 1400 hours at the time.  I read horror stories about failed exhaust risers so decided to proactively replace.  If I had inspected before buying the new one from Catalina I may have waited.  Boat has always been used in fresh water (Lake Michigan).

Starting bid is $0.99 plus shipping.

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