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Main Message Board / Mast collar and Partners pics
« on: July 22, 2020, 08:59:32 AM »
Anyone got pics of the Mast collar without the boot in place?

I'm considering Spartite (yes, read all of the posts on the subject) but want to see what the partners look like. I saw Stu's pic of the partners filled with rope and silicone but wonder if anyone has clearer pics showing views of the mast in the partners without the boot etc.

Our single piece boot is deteriorating and have no plans to pull the mast for at least a year.



Main Message Board / Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 06, 2020, 07:05:32 AM »
Before I plunge for a pair of davits, I'm curious how many c34 have them.

Also, if you have them, about how high from the water is the dinghy when fully raised?



Main Message Board / Smallest plumbing pipe diameter
« on: February 06, 2020, 06:58:27 AM »
I'm looking at replumbing our hot and cold water pipes.

Preference would be to get away from hose and clamp style and use push in pipes and fittings.

Any input?

And recommendations for the smallest diameter pipe?



Main Message Board / New Dodger
« on: November 02, 2019, 05:15:36 AM »
It's finally time to replace our Dodger. If anyone has seen a quote for a new dodger and choked on the price, don't!

I've posted my first blog post on the process of building our new Dodger, it includes a spreadsheet of the initial costs, I thought it would be around $650, but that's already $200 short!
So far, the estimated cost of Materials is over $800 and I expect it will take at least 5 trips to the boat for initial prep, templating, construction, initial fitting and adjustments. Just doing that many trips to the boat for a business would cost $500 let alone the cost of actual construction. Not sure how long the project will take, but I'm guessing around 20 hours of construction as well, and that would be another $1,000 at $50 an hour and what business can afford to only charge $50 per hour for quality work (I've been sewing for nearly 4 years now and have quite a few projects under my belt, plus about $2000 worth of machine, and tools and I'm just a hammer chewer!)

Here's a link to the blog article.


Main Message Board / Rigging a Preventer
« on: September 06, 2019, 10:51:43 AM »
Moving along with my Barber Hauler for the Jib.

Now working on a Preventer, wondering which setup you guys have?

I have all the parts needed, just need to determine the best location for the upper and lower attachments.

Current idea is:
... Line from Aft Boom Bale
... Down to a block by the toe rail abaft the shrouds (1/4" U-Bolt with Backing plate)
... Aft to a cam cleat (already in position) on the outside of the combing.

I would setup a preventer on each side to eliminate need to go forward to attach/remove/swap sides.

Anyone have a pic of their setup?


Main Message Board / Rigging a Barber Hauler
« on: August 27, 2019, 06:51:00 AM »
Confession: I have never setup a preventer or barber hauler on any of my boats.

This Sunday, I went racing (Gunkhole class) on a Catalina 36, on board was a very experienced sailor (now in his late 70s) and he had previously suggested to the owner that he setup a preventer an barber hauler.

I've heard about both, done a little reading, never really got the concept.

That all changed on Sunday! We were running from the 1st mark to the 2nd in about 8kts wind.

Being the more nimble of the crew, I set about rigging the preventer.

It consisted of a 3:1 block setup, the lower block having a cam cleat. Upper block shackled to the aft boom bale, the lower block shackled to the stanchion opposite the mast.

With the Preventer setup, my reaction was - WOW! - what a difference! We basically steered by the Jib, keeping it filled.

With the Jib flying out, the primary jib sheet was running from the Jib Car, up over the lifelines and out to the Jib Clew.
Then he suggested we rig the Barber Hauler.

My instructions were: Attach the Snap Block to the outboard rail, Attach the snap shackle to the Jib Clew, run the line from the clew outside the lifelines, through the block then beneath the lifelines and back to the cockpit.

Again, Wow! the sail filled much better, the leech was not flogging and stayed full more than without the hauler.

Ok, that's the setup.

Was it a Barber Hauler???

From what I've read online since Sunday, it's not! Whatever it is, it works.

So my main question is: How do you guys set a 'Barber Hauler' is it to open the slot or close it when close hauled? Or is it like we did, used to improve the shape of the sail when running downwind?



Main Message Board / Might be replacing our Cutlass Bearing - tools?
« on: July 29, 2019, 06:29:38 AM »
We heard squealing noises from aft of the dripless, sounded like from the cutlass bearing area. So we might be doing a haul out to replace it.
While sailing and the gear in neutral, I could clearly hear the squeal above deck, but with the aft berth floor panel out of the way, I was certain it was from aft around the cutlass bearing.

Searched the archives, found this thread,8920.15.html and talks of renting a bearing replacement tool.

As far as 'set screws' are concerned, if there are any in the strut, would they be on the sides, both, one or more screws?

As far as Tools are concerned, where can we rent them from, I don't have the equipment to manufacture them although the tough part is the collets.

Going to the boat today to try and take a video of the shaft / strut. Having a diver routine cleaning later this week. So I should know if it's something stuck that shouldn't be there (baggy etc) or if their is wobble in the shaft at the bearing. Then I can make the decision to haul out or not.



Hi Guys, anyone see something wrong with my planned rewire of my Alternator Regulator system.

Trying to avoid an issue with our old External Regulator giving out at an inopportune time.

Here's the planned diagram.

Our Freedom Battery charger failed - again - this past weekend - got it charging again after applying external low pressure sudden shock treatment  (bare hand slap on the side)

It's not long for this world and they are obsolete.

So looking at replacing the battery charger.

Am I looking for the non-existent all systems charger / controller.

Our boat has a 100 Balmar Alternator (compass marine) - 350W solar power, 120v shore power and I'm thinking of adding a wind turbine.

Ignoring my choices (my boat ;) ) the ideal controller would do something like this.
  • Act as external Regulator for the Alternator
  • Accept input from Solar Panels
  • Accept input from Wind Turbine
  • Accept input from 120V shore power
  • and (just to make it universal) any other power source

ie. One device that would accept inputs from all sources and magically manage the charge of the two sets of batteries (House and Standby)

The device would have a battery monitor (with option to report 2nd battery info) and inputs from multiple sources.

Oh! And I do not discount LifePo4 batteries (with appropriate BMS's )

As far as my Freedom 2000 goes, it's also a 2kw inverter - not that we ever use it (if we need 120v we'll use shore power or our Honda 2000 i generator. we have a small 400W inverter for any small device that does not have a 12v option.)



Main Message Board / Companion Way panel storage
« on: July 02, 2019, 05:35:27 AM »
Just wondering where you are storing the companionway panels while under sail.

We recently made the decision that we would rather have them quickly at hand to close the companion way if needed.

(we were caught in 30-50 knot winds in a 30 minute storm a few weeks ago - the boards were stored under the seat cushions by the cabin table - going down to get them was not an option)

I'm considering storing them either side of the top steps.

Other options?


Main Message Board / Broken Beckson port latch
« on: May 15, 2019, 11:50:11 AM »
Replacement Beckson port latch.

the plastic threaded insert in one of the latches of the aft cabin to cockpit ports has broken. Any resources for replacement?


Main Message Board / Fleet 14
« on: May 02, 2019, 12:45:22 PM »
Just posted in Fleet 14 asking for a Roll Call of owners around the East Florida Coast..


Fleet 14 / Roll Call
« on: May 02, 2019, 12:44:04 PM »
Hi Everyone,
as my first task as the new Captain of Fleet 14, I'm asking for a Roll Call.

I'll set the starting line:

My wife, Peggy, and I have owned Eximius for 4 years, we sail on the East Coast of Florida - Lake Worth to Key West & The Bahamas. We're members of the Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club which is very active.
I know we have at least one other C34 in the club, several C36's and we see quite a few C34s and C36s in our area (Fort Lauderdale - Port Everglades - New River - Biscayne Bay)
My sailing experience started at age 15 when I joined the British Royal Navy and sailed around the world (not all the way around, but in lots of places  :santa ) Our previous boat was a 2005 Catalina 250 Water Ballast which we sold when we purchased Eximius (then named ChrisDeke) in 2015.

With a bit of effort, We should be able to come together and arrange a meet up later this year - heck, it's Florida - so Weather Permitting.

Please post your brief intro.


See you on the water.


Main Message Board / Steaming light solenoid
« on: April 10, 2019, 02:05:30 PM »
Were in the middle of a 3 week cruise in the western Abacos, which Included a 14 hour Gulf crossing, sailing and motor sailing.

Each time I went to motor due to light winds, I had to duck down into the cabin and turn on the Steaming light.  And again to turn it off when reverting to sail without motor.

So, I was thinking of adding a solenoid into the engine control panel lighting circuit.

When the control panel lights are on then the Steaming lights also.

Reasonable idea??


Main Message Board / Switching the Ignition off while Engine running
« on: March 20, 2019, 01:57:15 PM »
I read about an issue of potentially blowing the Alternator Diodes and Regulator if the engine ignition switch is turned off while the engine is running.

In our case, the Alternator is wired to the batteries, ie. not via the Off-1-2-both switch.

Is this a real issue or sales hype for a device to prevent the damage?


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