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Main Message Board / Honda 2000W Gen Set
« on: October 26, 2017, 09:20:35 AM »
Incase you missed it  and are interested, "Northern Tool + Equipment" has the Honda 2000W on sale for $899.99.
My flyer also has a $20 off coupon with any $100 purchase!!

Main Message Board / M25XPB engine Kubota equivalents
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:47:17 PM »
Guys : I didn't want to bury this in the M35BC posts

The M25XPB is the same block in the Kubota tractors F2400 & F2560  (D1005 ESO1)

All of the other parts (except the 4th cylinder unique) of the M35BC engine are interchangeable.  Just check your parts book that Westerbeke gave you!!
The ZF 10 transmission is the same!

A few thoughts.

Fleet 12 / Spring Meeting 15 March 2014
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:39:09 AM »
Fleet 12, Chesapeake Bay, started their 2014 season with a spring meeting on March 15th at the Southern Maryland Sailing Association (SMSA) clubhouse in Solomon’s Island. The event was hosted by Hank and Susan Recla and MC’d by our Fleet Captain Ron Hill. A few new members as well as many not-so-new members attended. The meeting started with an excellent social hour of a variety of appetizers. Drinks were served by our very own personal bartender Rich Freeman. After all was mellowed out, an interesting lecture of the tug boat industry on the Chesapeake Bay was presented by Captain Bill Eggert, author of Gentleman of the Harbor, and his lovely wife Nancy. After a short business meeting, a delicious Italian Lasagna dinner was served with tossed salad and Italian bread. To polish off the event, a wonderful wedding cake was served in place of desert in honor of our fleet historians, Walt and Janet Rupp, in celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary. Ron Hill will remain as Fleet Captain. Susan Recla will remain as Secretary/Treasurer. Hank Recla will remain as membership chairman and tool chest manager. Denise Gill volunteered as Cruise Director. Walt and Janet Rupp will remain as Fleet Historians. Denise Gill and others will be sponsoring the Fall Meeting.
   All Chesapeake Bay Catalina 34 owners, members of Fleet 12 or not, are invited to attend our Fall Meeting. For more information on Fleet 12 membership and activities, please contact Hank Recla at 703-491-7189 or

Watch this site for the up coming Raftup Schedule

Great Sailing!
Hank & Susan Recla

Ron Hill  Fleet Captain

Fleet 12 / Winter Rendezvous - 8 Feb. 2014
« on: January 20, 2014, 02:38:56 PM »
 The fleet is "springing" for the cost of the lecture!! (you pay for the dinner!)
 Come join us and contact either Denise or Hank (bottom of this note)


ARNOLD, MD 21012
We have reserved dining space "in front of the fire place".  So far we have 16 sailors signed up.
After enjoying each others company and a relaxing dinner, well head over to the lecture which begins at 2000 hrs (or 8pm), located at:
The History and Mystery of the Schooner America
The legendary Schooner America logged a charmed and checkered history that brought her from the famous 1851 race in England to service as a Confederate Blockade Runner to decades as a beloved private yacht.  Yet 90 years after her historic victory she ended up in ruins on the shores of Spa Creek while the extraordinary wartime boat-building of the Annapolis Yacht Yard swirled around her.
SpinSheet Magazine co-founder David Gendell has spent years researching the history and mystery of the schooner and her final days in Annapolis.  His presentation includes plenty of visuals, first-hand accounts, and explorations along the Annapolis waterfront during World War II.

Fleet 12 / Fleet 12 gathering after the Annapolis Sail Boat Show
« on: October 01, 2013, 02:21:28 PM »
Fleet members and any in-town C34IA members are invited to our gathering after the Boat Show on Friday. See details below:

Catalina 34 Fleet 12
Friday Evening Annapolis Boat Show Dinner
October 11, 2013
The Brail’s House
1023 Landon Lane
Arnold, Maryland
410-212-3263 (Maryann’s cell)

Arrive anytime after 4:00 PM
Dinner around 6:30 PM

Food and Beverages Provided

Please RSVP by October 8th so we can order food

•   Take Exit #28 Rt.50/301 to Bay Dale Drive
•   Turn Left onto College Parkway (2nd traffic light)
•   Turn Right onto Shore Acres Road (1st traffic light)
•   Proceed down Shore Acres Road for 2.5 miles staying left at fork in the road.
•   Turn Right onto Magothy Avenue
•   After 2 blocks, turn Right onto Landon Lane.
•   The first house on the left after passing Morgan Lane (Green double doors).

Fleet 12 / Fall Meeting 2013 was great!!
« on: October 01, 2013, 02:15:05 PM »
We had 27 people to attend our meeting at Spring Cove marina Solomon's Island MD.  There were 8 crews that arrived by boat!!

So for those that missed the meeting we had a great review of the new electronics and outboard motor technology (propane/electric) by West Marine.

I'm out sailing about the Chesapeake Bay and will post more (with pictures) when I get back home in mid October. So stay tuned !!

Ron Hill

Fleet 12 / Fall 2013 Meeting
« on: August 22, 2013, 03:14:19 PM »
Here is the information on our upcoming Fall Meeting.  Also stand by for info on our "get-together" after the Annapolis Sailboat Show in October!!   

CATALINA 34  FLEET 12 / CHESAPEAKE BAY Fall Meeting 2013

When: Saturday September 28, 2013
Where: Spring Cove Marina in Solomon’s Island

1400 - 1600 Social,
1600 - 1630 Business Meeting,
1630 - 1730 Guest Speaker Program,
1730 - 2000 Buffet.

Sponsored by: Rich and Patty Freeman

Eric Haaland from West Marine will be showing us the latest gadgets in boating
available at any West Marine store. Also Rich and Patty Freeman will be speaking
on their latest venture down the ICW.

Dinner will be served under tent and will be catered by Bear Creek Barbeque with
BBQ chicken, pulled pork, ribs, BBQ beans, sandwich rolls and BBQ sauce.
Attending members are encouraged to bring an appetizer, salad or desert.
The club will provide beer, wine, soda and water (a well as the remainder of the meal cost).
Slips are available for $2.10/ft. by calling Spring Cove at 410-326-2161 or emailing

This will cost only $10 per person. Checks should be mailed to Susan Recla at
13006 Emmet Ct. Woodbridge, VA 22192. Susan will also be collecting dues which are
only $20 per year.

Please reply to Rich or Patty by 9/13 so we can order the correct amount of food
and drinks by calling 703-569-1413(H) or 703-618-0886 (C), or by emailing or

See you all soon on Saturday - 28 September!

Main Message Board / Rebuilding a Sherwood Pump
« on: May 14, 2013, 04:22:21 PM »
Jim : Would love to help you, but I just set out for 6 weeks of sailing.  My article is on my home computer, not the laptop I have with me. 
You’ll have to get out your past copy of the Mainsheet tech notes (2 or 3 issues back?).
If you don’t receive the Mainsheet, Stu Jackson will be more than happy to sign you up.
Maybe Jack might send you a copy of the article if he still has it on his computer.  Hope this helps

Fleet 12 / Recap of our Spring Meeting
« on: May 02, 2013, 02:32:30 PM »
 Spring Meeting in Annapolis on 13 April
 For those members who were not able to attend - you missed a great talk by
 Matt Rutherford who sailed around the American Continents in just over 300
 days in his 25ft sailboat!! In all there were 28 members attending.
 Here are some important dates for our 2013 Sailing season:
 1. Crab feast at Rock Hall Md on 24 August
 2. Fleet 12 Fall Meeting in Solomon's Isle Md on 28 September
 Both of the above events can be attended by auto or boat!! So mark your
 calendars NOW!
 With members getting their boats readied for sailing don't forget about
 raft-ups. Let Hank or I know about when you plan on being out for a weekend
 and would like some guests - you pick the place and the date. That way you,
 Hank or I can get out the word by Email to all members.
 I plan on being out for the most of May and 1/2 of June. I'll let you know
 when we get up to Solomon's and are ready "to receive guests"!!
 If you did not attend and forgot, remember to send your $20 dues to Susan.

Fleet 12 / Spring Meeting Update
« on: April 03, 2013, 05:22:54 PM »
As of this morning we have 25 people signed up and counting!!!  
So don't be left out if you are interested in attending.  Contact Dave Ewing ( or call Dave at 443-994-8131 to give a head count.

Ahoy Mates - The location for the Catalina Fleet 12 Spring Meeting has changed...... because Dave and Janet Ewing just bought a house and will be in the middle of move on April we have come up with a great alternative....the meeting and dinner will take place on April 13 at :
Adams Ribs
912 Chesapeake Ave (Eastport Shopping Center)
Annapolis, Md 21403
410 267 0064
3:00- 4:30 Appetizers (Paid for by the Club) and Cocktails (Buy Your Own)
3:30- 4:30 Talk by Matt Rutherford
4:30-5:45 Meeting to plan the 2013 Sailing Events and then Dinner (Members order from menu and
pay bill to Adams Ribs individually)
5:45 Milling around new bar area at Adams Rib
Adams Rib has generously given use of a section of the restaurant for our club meeting, talk by Matt Rutherford (young man who recently sailed around the Americas in a 25 ft sailboat) and dinner.
Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can let Adams Rib know how many to expect.

Ron Hill -- See you at Adam's Rib

Fleet 12 / Fleet 12 Spring Meeting
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:53:25 AM »
The Spring meet will be held on 13 April 2013 in Annapolis Md (Eastport)

If you are interested in attending block your calendar and let Hank or Susan Recla    ( ) know if you'd like to attend.

More detailed information will be sent by Email on the time, place and meeting schedule.  Ron hill

Fleet 12 / 2013 Fleet news
« on: January 13, 2013, 01:25:10 PM »
Fleet 12 Chesapeake Bay  -  We started out the 2012 season with spring meeting in March.  The season evolved with a few raftups in spring and early summer.  The summer however, was a disaster for gatherings because of the 100+ degree heat.  After the cool down, activities resumed with a Crab Feast in August, a raftup and fall meeting in September.  We ended the season with a gathering after the Annapolis Sailboat Show and were joined by three “out of town” Catalina couples!

At our Fall Meeting Dave & Janet Ewing along with Warren & Susan Cook volunteered to host the Spring Meeting in April at the Annapolis Eastport Yacht club. The exact date is yet to be determined. The members will plan the Fleets schedule of events for the 2013 season.
So if you’re a C34 owner on the Chesapeake Bay and would like to meet some fellow C34 owners, plan on joining our group in Annapolis!!  More information will follow.
Ron Hill  APACHE  Fleet 12  

Main Message Board / Mast Conduit Rivets
« on: September 30, 2012, 12:14:26 PM »
We've had two owners complain that the rivets that hold the wire conduit inside the mast are letting go!  

I'm interested in this problem and wondering why the rivets are letting go? :
1. Were the rivets not installed properly?
2. Are the rivets on an unpainted mast eroding from salt water? The mast was anodized, but not the rivets.
3. Are the rivets on the painted mast eroding from the inside?

Pop rivets are hollow after being installed.  Should people take a bit of caulk and fill that hole to stop any corrosion?

Just interested if we all have a potential problem or not??  I'll be interested in the posts !!  

Main Message Board / Annapolis Boat Show
« on: September 27, 2012, 03:23:52 PM »
Fleet 12 members are meeting for supper at Adam's Rib in Eastport at 18:00 on Friday 5 October. 
We invite other C34IA members that are visiting the boat show on Friday to join us for a dutch treat meal together. 

If you are interested in joining the Fleet 12 members contact Bill Asbury at
Bill needs to contact Adam's Rib with a head count by Wednesday 3 Oct.

See you at the Boat Show and Supper.  Ron Hill  Captain Fleet 12 (Chesapeake Bay) C34IA

Main Message Board / Dodger Height with Flix
« on: September 24, 2012, 05:43:53 PM »
There have been numerous posts on the height.  Some or one crew member likes to look over the top or under the bottom - you and your crew have to come together on that agreement.

However, I see a number of dodgers (and my first one was like that) that have a basic flaw.  The front rail and the back rail need to be at the same height.  If the front rail in much lower than the rear rail, the person of about the same viewing height at the wheel sees a wide dead spot and then must either look under - to see where the boat is going.  There is no reason to have that dead no vision spot.
Check it out and you'll see what I mean.    A thought

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