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Main Message Board / Halogen light bulb wattage?
« on: March 31, 2020, 07:06:21 PM »
We have two reading lights in the v-birth that are two-pin halogen bulbs on our 2005 34 Mk II.  I need to replace one of them that has now burned out--anyone know what wattage they are?  I can't find a notation on the bulb itself.  Thanks

I just received a call from the Marina.  I have a chance to move our 34, Forever Young to a new slip in a much nicer marina than we are currently located.  It's 20 minutes closer to our home and has pump outs every two slips.  My only concern is this new slip has the power box for the entire dock right where our bow will be.  Is there anything I should be worried about before accepting and moving to this new slip?  New Zinks are put on regularly by my boat cleaner.


Main Message Board / New Main for In-Mast Furling System
« on: September 30, 2019, 11:23:15 AM »
I'm looking into buying a new main from Ullman for our Cat 34 Mk II #1725.  We have an in-mast furling system and one option the sail maker is offering is a main with 3 vertical batons.  My current Main has no batons and I'm wondering if any of you have experience with batons and an in-mast furling system on your 34.  I would assume the sail would keep better shape; however, I wonder if it makes the sail more difficult to furl or unfurl.  Thanks, Chuck Philips

Main Message Board / Fleet for So Cal or Catalina Island Sailors?
« on: March 09, 2019, 05:47:56 PM »
My wife and I have been keeping Forever Young--our 2005, C/34 #1725--at the Shoreline Marina in Long Beach, CA for a number of years and wonder if there are other Catalina 34 owners who might want to start a Fleet of our own.  We spend most of the summer at Catalina Island at the 4th of July YC on the West End of the Island and would like to get to know other C34 sailors better who also like Catalina Island.  If you're interested, please reply to this message.


Main Message Board / Xantrex 2000 "On" Switch--Help?
« on: June 16, 2018, 04:50:24 PM »
I have a Xantrex 2000 inverter and battery monitor panel.  For the last couple of years, the "Inverter On" soft switch on my touch panel no longer works when I press it to turn the inverter "on"; however, if I pull up the settee cushions--so I can get access to the actual inverter box--I can turn the inverter on by pressing the inverter button on the metal box.  The inverter switch on the panel allows me to turn the inverter "off" by pressing it--just not "on."  Has anyone else had this problem?  I've been wondering about installing in a "bypass switch" of some sort to turn the inverter "on" but would like to hear from my fellow 34 sailors if you think it will work or if it's a lame idea. Any suggestions?

It's a hassle to take the settee cushions off just to use the inverter to fire up the microwave or watch TV.


Chuck Philips
Forever Young, C-34 Mk II #1725

Main Message Board / Oil Change--How much replacement oil do I need
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:49:38 AM »
Finally decided to change my own oil on my 2005 C34.  I've read about what oil to use:  10w-40, Diesel Oil CF or CF-4 or CG-4.  Can anyone advise me as to how much replacement oil I need to add after draining the old oil?


Does anyone have a suggestion as to why my Chartplotter now identifies waypoints I have set over the past 5-6 years as numbers rather than displaying the "names" that I gave them?  The "names" still are associated to routes that I included them in; however, only a number displays on the screen.  Did I change a setting inadvertently?  I have tried to create new waypoints to replace the old ones and no matter what I enter into the system as the new "Name" the plotter will only display the waypoint as a number.  Another anomaly is it now doesn't display the icon that I associated with the type of waypoint, either.

Main Message Board / Boarding Ladder for mid-ship entry on a Mk II?
« on: May 15, 2017, 08:37:42 PM »
Does anyone attach a one or two step boarding ladder to the side of their Catalina 34 MkII for easier side entry from their dingy?

When we are on the hook at Catalina, with the wind coming from astern or from the beam, I often tie my shore boat (a Boston Whaler 130) on the starboard side so it doesn't bang into the stern swim ladder or the back of the boat.  When the Whaler is side-tied and we want to get back onto the sailboat from the dingy or go from the sailboat onto the dingy, I don't have too much problem as I have longer legs than my wife--but she struggles!  When we are pointed into the wind, it's no big deal as I tie the Whaler off the stern and the wind keeps the Whaler off the sailboat and it's easy to board thru the transom; however, when the wind is from the beam or abaft I need to keep the Whaler side tied, fenders keep it off the sailboat; however, I think I need a boarding ladder for my wife and daughter to more easily get them back on the sailboat.

If you use a boarding ladder for this situation, what type of ladder do you have and do you attach it to the toe rail or by some other method? Or, if you have another suggestion for boarding that doesn't include over the swim ladder, please let me know.

"Forever Young", #1725

Main Message Board / Water over the swim step under power
« on: August 15, 2016, 09:17:08 PM »
When we are under power, operating at about 2100 RPM's and doing 6.7+ knots, the stern seems to sink a bit and water often comes over the swim step on our Mk 11.  Generally this only happens with a following sea.  Anyone else having this happen?  It's been doing it for the 5 years we have had the boat with no apparent issues other than I get wet feet when at the helm.  Thanks.

Main Message Board / Think I need new House Batteries for my Mark II
« on: July 23, 2016, 08:01:32 PM »
I neglected my old house batteries on our 2005 Mk II and let them go dry.  After adding distilled water, I get some charge out of them but they seem to lose power based upon readings from my Xantrex 2000 more quickly now when I'm on the hook than they did last summer. The batteries are 5-years old. Has anyone replaced their batteries on their Mark II and really like what they have purchased enough to recommend them?  Our house batteries are located under the dining settee cushion. We don't use much power on the hook other than the refrigerator (all the time) and a few lights for an hour or so.  We use a Honda 2000 to recharge when necessary.  I have already changed the starting battery as it tested "need to replace" at a local boat shop.  The bad batteries seem to have affected my inverter as well--I can't get it to start from the panel.  It will only work when I manually press the "invert button" on the actual device.

Advice would be appreciated.

"Forever Young"

Main Message Board / Alder Barbour Service Needed--Long Beach, CA
« on: December 11, 2015, 05:55:47 PM »
Has anyone had any luck finding a repair person for their fridge?  Our 2005 Alder Barbour seems to run constantly but does not cool down. I'm hopeful it just needs refrigerant; however, I may have gotten to exuberant the last time I defrosted it (September) and may have caused a little leak while knocking off the ice--not sure.  Have searched online to find someone to no avail.  Boat is located in Shoreline Marina, Long Beach, CA and we live in Huntington Beach. Thanks

I have the following 3 accessories for a Cat 34 Mk II--each piece is in perfect condition:
1)  Cream colored leather cushion for placing on top of the table top when transforming the dining area into a bed;
2)  One-piece smoked Plexiglas that fits in place of the hatch boards for privacy;
3)  Captain's seat with white leather raised cushion.

If you would like to see pictures of any of the items, email me at

Make me a fair offer and any or all can be yours.  Our boat is in the Redondo Beach area.


We like to spend extended time on our mooring at 2-Harbors in Catalina--often, 3-4 weeks at a time.  Getting around the wheel is sort of a pain.  Removing the wheel and zip-tieing it to a life line or stanchion doesn't look difficult; however, with the Auto-Helm, is there anything we need to be aware of when we want to re-attach the wheel/autohem and are ready to go sailing? Thanks.

Main Message Board / Keeping Transmission in Gear while not under power?
« on: August 25, 2013, 04:12:56 PM »
A friend told me that he kept the transmission in gear when he turned his motor off because he was told his 34 would sail better with motor in gear rather than in neutral.  Any thoughts?

Main Message Board / Location of Official CG Documentation Number
« on: January 07, 2012, 10:20:57 AM »
We just received our Coast Guard Documentation Certificate and now need to locate our "7-digit Official Number" in 3" letters "marked on some clearly visible interior structural part of the hull".  Does anyone have a suggestion as to the best location of these numbers? 


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