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Catalina 34s for Sale / 1987 C34 Wk/TR - Muskegon, MI
« on: August 22, 2017, 06:37:52 AM »
Selling our 1987 C34 wing keel/tall rig. She's in good condition with many upgrades including a new (2010) Universal M25XPB (~300 hours).

-Engine oil, transmission fluid, impeller, and fuel filters (x3) all changed annually
-New mainsail (w/ Lazy Jacks) and genoa (both from UK Sails) in 2012
-Lightly used/like new spinnaker and extendable spinnaker pole
-New aluminum fuel tank installed in 2015
-New ss lifelines (no vinyl coating) installed in 2011
-Bimini and dodger with connector
-New shore power wiring installed by Torresen Marine in 2011
-All exterior/interior lighting is LED
-New (2012) West Marine VHF500dsc
-New ultra-leather cabin cushions in 2012 (all sofas and aft cabin berth)
-Custom teak and maple dinette table (original table also included)
-Custom hinged and engraved cabin doors (original hatch boards also included)
-Custom zippered companionway screen
-New Raymarine ST6001 autopilot installed by Torresen Marine in 2012
-Raymarine ST50 multi-data (depth, speed, log) and ST50 wind speed/direction
-Garmin GPSMap 172 installed at below-deck nav station
-3 Group 27 batteries new in 2014 with Perko selector switches
-New Lewmar (in 2010) 40" 6-spoke foldable steering wheel with leather wrap
-New cockpit cushions (2014)
-All sail control lines and halyards lead to cockpit. 4 total winches (2 cabin top halyard winches, 2 primary sheet winches)
-Original steel storage cradle from Catalina included
-Full custom winter cover made from marine grade Top Gun fabric by The Canvas Store
-New (2015) ProCharge Ultra 12v-20a smart charger
-New 2000gph bilge pump and new discharge hose (2017)
-Adler Babour refrigeration
-2 burner propane stove and oven with sealed/vented propane locker in the cockpit
-Starboard cockpit table (new in 2015)

Asking $39,000.

Contact: kwaltersmi at yahoo dot com

More photos and details upon request.

Main Message Board / Source for fixed port replacements
« on: February 09, 2017, 05:58:39 AM »
I've seen the topic of fixing leaking fixed ports and replacing fixed ports come up multiple times over the last couple of years but haven't seen any easy sources for getting the parts. Anyone ever order these:

Main Message Board / Draining the aft water tank
« on: October 24, 2016, 01:33:14 PM »
I'm heading to the boat tomorrow to winterize and need to drain the aft water tank, however I currently have my water pump removed because I'll be installing a new one in the spring.  So, how do I drain the aft tank without using the water pump and running the water out through a faucet? 

It's been awhile since I've even looked at the aft tank and can't remember if there is access to pull off an inlet hose from the aft lazarette or if there's an access panel on the aft cabin's aft bulkhead. 

Main Message Board / Oil Pressure Alarm
« on: June 27, 2016, 06:46:01 AM »
I've got an M25XPB and have been having a low volume/faint but persistent oil pressure alarm sound from the panel when operating at some rpm's between about 1700-2000 and then again around 2500, but not if I increase to 2600.  The oil pressure gauge shows normal pressures between 30-60psi. The oil level is normal and I haven't had any issues with the engine otherwise.

I'm pretty sure the issue is with the low oil pressure alarm since the sound is a faint pulsating alarm as opposed to the continuous signal of the water temp alarm. In any case, water temp is also good, always staying below 160F.

Could my low oil pressure alarm be faulty? Is there another issue I can investigate?  Hearing the alarm, faint as it might be, is stressful even after I've confirmed oil level & pressure and water temps in spec via gauges. 

I was over checking on the boat yesterday and noticed a drip from the acorn nut on the galley ceiling (it's the one directly aft of the dorade vent opening on the starboard side). Looks like I'll need to rebed (or at least investigate) whatever hardware this is attached to.  Looking at the cabin top directly above the nut, it appears it may be holding part of the mainsheet traveler, but there's not an obviously bolt on the topside since the nut is directly under the molded fiberglass base for the traveler.

Anyone know what this nut/bolt is used for?

Main Message Board / Replacing lens & gasket in Gray head portlight
« on: February 02, 2016, 11:26:15 AM »
I ordered a replacement lens for the port in the head last summer, but never installed it because it appears the lens I received is a mirror image (reversed orientation) of what I need. In other words, the top hinge connections are reversed so that the left side has a bolt/screw and the right side has a smaller diameter pin. You would think I could just flip the lens over and have the hinges aligned correctly, but the lens is "one-sided" since there's a flange that extends from around the edge on what's suppose to be the interior side of the lens.  Also, I can't seem to figure out how to remove the pin that's in one of the hinges on the existing lens. I'm not sure if this pin is OEM, or if a previous owner replaced a bolt/screw with the pin for some unknown reason.

Anyone else have this issue or have any tips?  I'll try to add pictures of what I'm talking about tomorrow to clear up my descriptions.

modified title  Stu

Main Message Board / Gerry Douglas contact info
« on: October 12, 2015, 08:05:26 AM »
Anyone have an email address for Gerry Douglas at Catalina?  I'm working on a blog project and am hoping he can help out.

Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / Wanted: Winter Cover
« on: September 30, 2015, 06:09:45 AM »
It's that time of year again, so I'm still interested in a used winter cover if anyone has one available.

Main Message Board / The dreaded fuel leak
« on: June 04, 2015, 06:17:16 AM »
I went to the boat yesterday to check on her and refinish the exterior teak. I did my usual bilge inspection and was very surprised to see the bilge filled with about 3-5” of diesel (maybe 2+ gallons?).  Yikes! The oil rag/pad I keep in the pan under the engine was also saturated with fuel.  I did a quick look around and didn’t notice any obvious sources for the leak. I looked at/felt the fuel filters, bottom of the engine, most of the fuel lines and the bilge area under the head sink. Nothing noticeable. Maybe the leak only occurs while the engine is running?

The boat has been sitting in the slip for the last 2.5 weeks since I’ve been busy with life. The last time I was out (2.5 weeks ago) I changed the fuel filters and went out for a 3 hour sail. I peeked at the filters while sailing and didn’t notice any leaking at the time. However, I did see a clear wet streak on the inside of the hull coming down from behind the fuel tank shelf. I didn’t think much of it at the time and figured it might actually be a water leak from a stanchion or the hull/deck joint since we had had a lot of rain. The streak was gone and/or dried when I looked at that area after discovering fuel in the bilge yesterday. Now I plan to pull the panel in the aft cabin and closely inspect the fuel tank, shelf and fill/vent lines. I wonder if the tank itself could be leaking or perhaps one of the hoses going to the deck/transom.

Per my research here, I’ll do a more methodical search and inspection on Friday including looking at all fittings, fuels lines, fuel pump, fuel filters, etc.  I also might try to unscrew the fuel filters and put them back on to be certain I have a good seal and proper fit.  Just to be clear – Is it ok to start the engine to look for the leak?  I noticed several threads on here suggesting an inspection with the engine running, but this wasn’t intuitive for me.

I soaked up as much of the fuel as I could with oil rags and then pumped the remaining leaked fuel and water out of the bilge with my manual dinghy pump and put it in a container for proper disposal later. I also shut off the fuel via the petcock on top of the fuel tank. I’m not sure what to make of it if there’s more fuel in the bilge when I return on Friday. I suppose it means either something on the engine is leaking or the tank itself is leaking since the petcock is closed. 

I realize y’all can’t diagnose a leak from my description above, but I thought I’d post anyway to see if there’s anything obvious I missed or should do as a next step.  Thanks!

Main Message Board / Head port gastket (Gray/Pompanette)
« on: May 11, 2015, 09:48:02 AM »
I need to replace the sealing gasket on the port installed in the head.  It's the Gray/Pompanette model.  I see Pompanette/Bomar ( sells the gaskets for $5.50 a foot and I need about 3', but they have a minimum order of $30.  Anyone know of another source for the gaskets so I don't have to spend and receive more than I need? 

Main Message Board / Size for Spinnaker Sock/Sleeve
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:04:37 AM »
Anyone know the length (approximate) of a symmetrical spinnaker for the C34? I'd like to get a sock/sleeve for ours before spring and can't get to the sail anytime soon to get a measurement. 

Also, any thoughts on the ATN Tacker for handling a symmetrical spinnaker? I've got a pole, but don't have a topping lift/down for the pole, so I figure using a Tacker might be easier than installing blocks/pad eyes for the pole lines. We only intend to use the spinnaker occasionally while cruising in light air (no racing, etc.) so I'm not too concerned about limited trim because of the Tacker.

Main Message Board / Weird battery wiring
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:44:38 AM »
I've finally got some time to go through our boat's system more closely and am trying to figure how our batteries are wired.

All three batteries are linked via the black/neg wires, but all red/positive wires are separate.

For some reason, the boat has two battery selector switches, each with 1, 2, all and off. The "1" post on the first selector has two of the red/positive wires. The "2" post on the first selector is wired to the "1" post on the second selector. That's all I can remember about the wiring at this point, but will examine more closely the next time I'm back at the boat.

All 12v systems function when the first selector is on "1" or "all", but nothing works on "2". However, if the first selector is on "2" and the second selector is on "1" or "all", all 12v systems function. Anyone have an idea why it's wired this way?

I can't seem to understand why there are 2 separate selector switches with only 3 batteries. Ideally, I'd like one battery on position "1" of a single selector (engine), and batteries 2 & 3 in parallel on position "2" of the same selector (house).

Main Message Board / Bracket for teak step on boarding ladder
« on: June 09, 2014, 12:58:24 PM »
Does anyone know of a source for a bracket used to attach teak steps to the SS boarding ladder?  My boat came with 3 teak step pads, but they weren't installed and don't have brackets to attach them to the SS tubing on the ladder. 

Main Message Board / Sea Wizard Marine Canvas for cockpit cushions
« on: May 12, 2014, 02:04:30 PM »
Anyone ever used Sea Wizard Marine Canvas for cockpit cushions?  I spoke with the owner a couple of weeks ago and was told their cushions are constructed with Textilene Sunsure fabric, 2" thick waterproof closed-cell foam, and Sunbrella trim piping, stitched together with UV resistant thread.  Price was $525 (plus $10 shipping), which seems very fair.  I ordered some yesterday and will report back when they arrive.

Main Message Board / Coolant level low
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:57:22 PM »
I was at the boat recently prepping her for spring launch and noticed that the coolant in the overflow reservoir is below the "low" line.  I seem to recall it being properly between the "low" and "high" marks last fall.  Have the crazy cold winter temps messed with the fluid or perhaps I have a leak somewhere?  Any cause for concern?

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