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Main Message Board / Chart storage rack
« on: December 29, 2017, 02:29:15 PM »
Okay, this may be in the category of "there IS such a thing as a dumb question," but bear with me because you all are a great source of ideas. Last season I installed a magazine rack over the nav table in order to store current charts, and it works great for accessing the charts.  But the charts are floppy, as you can see in the attached photo.  I'm considering putting a horizontal bungee cord above the rack, but that makes it kind of hard to extract a chart.  Ideas?  Thanks.

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Main Message Board / Macerator filling with seawater
« on: September 18, 2017, 10:16:23 AM »
I see there's a thread from 2012 on "why is my macerator filling with water?" but am starting a new slightly narrower thread.  My macerator stopped getting a prime toward the end of the summer.  Then yesterday, after running it for several minutes, it finally got primed and pumped things out.  It worked great afterward through several cycles, verified by looking through the viewing port at the top of the waste tank.

The problem is this: now (since the priming issue went away) the holding tank fills up with seawater pretty fast -- like, in 15 minutes or so -- when I don't run the macerator.  I checked on the head input end of the flow, and that's not
the problem.  Playing with the discharge seacock indicates that it's clearly coming from that end.  Any ideas on what could be causing this?  My suspicion is that something was blocking the macerator so it couldn't prime, which eventually got through there, but the foreign object is somehow causing the inflow of water.  Any ideas?  Could it be a siphoning thing?  Is there some kind of valve in the macerator to prevent back-flow, which might have broken or jammed?

Thanks....this is unsettling!

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Main Message Board / Any idea what this is for?
« on: August 16, 2016, 12:14:44 PM »
Two of these came with the boat.  They're made of cotton; the buttons are sewn in without button holes, and doesn't have pockets, just the folded-up panel with buttons.  There's a hem along the top that could hold a rod.  Figured I'd ask if I'm missing some ingenious invention before tossing it.  Thanks.

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Main Message Board / Propane tank for MK II
« on: August 01, 2016, 08:58:33 AM »
Apologies if I'm going over old ground here, but I did some searching on the forum and am having a hard time finding the right specs.  I'm looking to get a backup propane tank, standard size for our Mk II (vintage 2005).  Any suggestions on where to find one, and the size?  Catalina Direct lists one but I think it's smaller than my current tank, which has a diameter of about 10.5".

Thanks,

Steve

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Main Message Board / What's this?
« on: July 10, 2016, 06:45:04 PM »
Two of these came from the PO but I can't figure out what they're for for.  Each is about 4' long, cotton but not sturdy canvas.  The buttons are sewn in, so there are no button holes.  The top edge has a sewn-in fold that would hold, say, a rod.  If I can't figure out what to do with them I'll toss them, but they seem unusual enough that they must have had a very deliberate design.  Any ideas?

Thanks,

Steve

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Main Message Board / Backstay Adjuster for MK II
« on: February 20, 2016, 07:02:30 AM »
I've done a lot of research on this site regarding backstay adjusters, and there are several comments about their not working well on MK II's, due to the high split of the backstay.  Has anyone with a MK II had experience, pro or con, with backstay adjusters?  This would be for tightening the forestay.  Comments/recommendations?

Thanks,

Steve

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Main Message Board / Companionway Stairs
« on: January 16, 2016, 12:56:35 PM »
I just started refinishing my companionway stairs and have sanded the steps down to the bare wood.  When I test the final appearance by wiping turnpentine on the wood, it looks noticeably darker than the original, covered wood.  In order to be consistent, it seems like I'll have to take the sides of the stairs down to bare wood too...tripling the project.  Any idea why the bare wood would be darker than the original, factory-varnished wood?  Usually it's the other way around.

Thanks

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Main Message Board / Padded genoa luffs
« on: October 18, 2015, 09:58:00 AM »
Practical Sailor's article on headsails mentions padded genoa luffs.  Does anyone have experience with them?  I saw one on another boat recently -- it was essentially two ropes, about 3/8" diameter, running parallel to the luff about 2" and 4" aft, respectively and sewn into the sail.  The PS article mentions that it gives the partially-furled jib a better shape, and I imagine it puts less strain on the "new" luff.  Makes sense.

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Main Message Board / Heads with a pedal pump
« on: September 21, 2015, 08:50:28 AM »
I was at the Newport Boat Show last weekend and saw a boat (not Catalina) that had a head with a foot pedal to pump, instead of the up/down handle.  It looked pretty convenient.  Any comments/suggestions on this?

Thanks,

Steve

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Main Message Board / Birds and wind indicators
« on: July 20, 2015, 07:34:01 AM »
I had a new masthead wind indicator installed and it worked perfectly for a few weeks, but now can't be seen by the nav system.  I suspect the cause of the problem is the osprey that likes to perch on it (though I haven't confirmed that yet).  The indicator looks to be spinning and pointing fine, based on a binocular view.  Any suggestions on ways to prevent masthead bird damage, or should I just wave the white flag and let nature take its course?

Thanks,

Steve

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Main Message Board / C-355 Marketing
« on: April 17, 2015, 03:36:07 PM »
I hope someone from Catalina is reading this.  Have y'all noticed that in all the marketing pictures of the C-355, the boat is standing still?  I've noticed this for a while, and just got the May Cruising World -- and again, every other Catalina model looks like something I'd want to sail on, but the 355 looks dead in the water.  Am I the only one with this concern?  It kind of de-values the brand.  Just a thought.

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Main Message Board / ATN tacker
« on: March 31, 2015, 08:28:33 AM »
I saw a picture in this month's Cruising World of an ATN tacker, which is billed as an easy way to secure and adjust the tack of an asymmetrical spinnaker.  Has anyone tried them?  Comments?

Steve

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Main Message Board / What is this?
« on: October 19, 2014, 09:34:16 AM »
This came with the boat, loose in the cabin. Is it a rigid vang?  I can't find a picture of anything that looks just like it and can't see any brand name written on it.  About 4' long.  Do you think it might be worth anything on ebay?  Seems a shame to throw it out because, whatever it's supposed to do, it seems well made.

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Main Message Board / Steering pedestal instrument layout (MK II)
« on: August 18, 2014, 07:57:34 AM »
I'm considering replacing my factory-installed C80 chart plotter this winter, and think it's worth revisiting the standard MK II navpod layout because the instruments are so high.  I noticed that the C355 layout addresses this by putting the instruments below the plotter -- but the pedestal is a whole different animal.  Has anyone reconfigured their instrument layout?   Pictures would be great, or links to examples or articles.  Thanks.

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Main Message Board / Quick question re: bleeding the engine
« on: June 08, 2014, 07:39:56 PM »
This is a basic question and I appreciate the help.  I'm a new owner and have a 2005 MK II with an M35 engine that I'm just starting to get to know.  I've read a lot in this forum about how to bleed the engine, but am unclear on the basics.  Given that the engine has a fuel pump, if I were to run out of fuel, would I still need to bleed it to get it going?  Thanks,

Steve

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