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Main Message Board / Engine hose specificaitions
« on: August 22, 2020, 10:09:01 AM »
Hi - quick favour to ask.  I need to replace a couple of hoses.  I've got a M35-B.  The (short) hose from the manifold to the thermostat and the hose from the water pump to the heat exchanger.  I need the length and diameter of the hoses - I could take them off an measure, but would prefer not to take them off until I have replacements at hand (if I take the existing ones off I am not sure I'll get them back on).

Does anyone know the length and diameter of these hoses off hand?  I could not find these specs in the manual.

Thanks in advance. 

Main Message Board / Defective Oil Filter?
« on: August 07, 2020, 06:56:25 AM »
I did an oil change when I first splashed in this season.  I just noticed a couple of 'dots' on the diaper under the engine - barley noticeable.  When I run my hand under the oil filter, there seems to be a very slight film of oil where the filter connects to the engine.  there was not leak detectable when I installed the new filter.  I'm not overly concerned with oil levels dropping too much since the leakage is barely noticeable - only a few drops over the course of the season (to date).

Could the filter be defective?  Should I be concerned?  Should I install a new filter?

Thanks in advance.
Sundowner III
Catalina 34 Mk II, Hull 1494
Engine M35B

Main Message Board / Removing the boom end-caps
« on: August 05, 2020, 05:40:44 AM »
Hi.  I was thinking about replacing my outhaul - the line is pretty weathered and frayed on both ends.  I HAVE seen the threads on replacing the outhaul - but I am not clear on removing the boom end-caps.  I had a quick look and they appear to be riveted on.  Its a Charleston Spar boom and the manual does show it to be riveted.  Can I (gently) drill out the rivets and then re-rivet after? 

Another question - I've seen the 3:1 and 10:1 haul-systems inside the boom.  I am not convinced I have one of these in my boom.  The outhaul seems to be moving the same distance at both ends.  If there were a haul system inside, then I'd assume the outhaul would not move at the same rate at each end of the boom (i.e. pulling in 3' in the cockpit would result in 1' at the clew for a 3:1 system).  There is also no mention of a haul system in the furling documentation (I know there is the one picture in the Catalina 34 manual - but I've got a seperate manual for the furling system which covers the mast and boom construction/function).

Is it possible I just have a 'straight-thru' outhaul and I can just fish a new one through with a messenger?

Thanks in advance for your collective wisdom on this.

Main Message Board / Autopilot malfunction
« on: July 06, 2020, 08:36:47 AM »
I've got a Raymarine C 70 chart plotter.  Every so often the GPS malfunctions - it still knows the location of the boat (lat, long) but the heading can be as much as 180 deg. off my actual heading (as shown with my magentic compass on the pedestal.  Sometimes I re-calibrate the electronic GPS (tell it the heading I am on based on the ship's compass) but sometimes it reverts back to these phantom headings.  Has anyone experienced this?

My boat is year 2000, an not sure if this chart plotter and GPS was installed by the PO or the factory - so I am not sure how old the gear actually.  Its not that big a pain, except when I am trying to sail with my which times I suddenly find myself way off my intended course.

I know it can be an issue if you've got a metal part too close to the 'pickup' (not sure the name of the part) for the compass - i've checked and nothing there.

Any thoughts?  Thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Mysterious marks on hull
« on: June 01, 2020, 07:16:05 AM »
Hi - I m hoping someone can help me identify some odd marks on my hull.  I've got a 2000 Cat 34 Mk II (hull 1494).  In the winter she sits in a 6-pad cradle.  I bought her in 2013.  Yesterday I was applying the VC-17 for a delayed season launch (we're all delayed at my club due to Covid 19).  I noticed some fine marks above and below the aft port-side cradle pad.  I've shown 3 photos.  One of the boat in the cradle to show position of the pad (although that photo is a few years old) and the other two showing the fine lines (with the VC-17 on top).  This is my seventh season prepping the boat and first time I've ever seen these marks.  I am wondering perhaps she wasn't sitting straight in the cradle and there is too much pressure on this one pad causing too much hull flex in this one spot?  Could the outer layer of the hull material be stressed enough to cause some small ridges (or cracks - yikes)?  could this just be cosmetic or could the integrity of the hull be compromised?  Is there any way to check (other than the obvious of launch and see if I float)?  Thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Prop Shaft Question
« on: April 16, 2020, 11:42:07 AM »
Hi - a mechanic swapped out my prop shaft a few years back and only today sent me an invoice...the charge for parts seems very reasonable - but labour seems WAY out of whack at $2,700 CDN.  I've never used this guy before - so don't know his hourly rate, but at $80/hour (for sake of argument) that is 34 hours - nearly a full-time job for a week.  I have no clue the amount of work needed for such a procedure, but seems double what I was expecting.  I wanted to see if anyone on this forum had an idea of the amount of work required to replace a shaft.  If it sounds reasonable I'm fine - but if it sounds way to big, then I'll challenge him on the amount of labour.  Any input would be appreciated.  thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Canvas Cockpit Enclosure
« on: October 05, 2019, 05:37:36 AM »
All - I've got a Cat 34 Mk II (built 2000).  When I bought it back in 2013 the PO had a full cockpit enclosure.  Last year I had a new dodger and bimini made and the enclosure does not fit quite right - it needs to be modified a wee bit.  My wife and I rarely used it (not even once a year) and its just in the way storing it on the boat.

Does anyone want it?  Its in "like new" condition.  Its Captain Navy Blue in colour.  If anyone wants it let me know - its free - you just pay the shipping.  Let me know.

Main Message Board / Water Heater Question
« on: August 14, 2019, 12:49:01 PM »
Hi - I've got a slow leak in my freshwater system - every once and a while the water pump comes on and the bilge is slowly (very slowly) filling with clean water (like an inch a week).  I've been able to isolate the problem to the hot water tank.  For the time being I've bypassed the hot water tank - connecting the input hose and output hose (the way I would do when winterizing the engine.  Leak seems to have stopped.

My question - is it safe to motor with the hot water tank bypassed?  I am thinking it is, but I seem to recall something about the raw water which cools the engine coolant also passes through (around?) the hot water tank - that is how I get hot water when motoring I think.

Is it safe to motor with the hot water tank bypassed (well - safe except for the frustration of my wife not having hot water)?

Thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Question on Engine Hours
« on: August 06, 2019, 09:59:05 AM »
Hi - I've got a 34 Mk II - Hull 1494 (year 2000).  She's got a Universal M35B.  I've now got 975 hours on the engine.  Is this a lot?  I've been pretty good (I think) at maintaining it as did the previous owner (I believe).  All freshwater sailing (if that makes a difference)

Is this a lot of hours for a 19 YO Catalina?  I do motor more often than I'd like, but many times where I have a destination in mind and little to no wind.

Thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Does anyone know what this is?
« on: July 05, 2019, 01:09:27 PM »
I found this sitting on the deck just to the right of the mast.  Looks like it might be some sort of spring.  Anyone know what it is?  (I've got hull# 1494, year 2000)

Main Message Board / Removing old decals on the hull
« on: May 21, 2019, 05:41:24 AM »
Hi - the previous owner of my boat affixed some decals to the transom which I really want to get off.  I have tried gently scraping with a plastic razor blade but it does not seem to be working - part of the decal come off and other parts do not.  "Goo Gone" seems to work OK on the old adhesive residue but does nothing for the decal itself.  My local boat supply store recommended a product called "Ad-Off" but when I read the directions, it also seems to be an adhesive remover.  One person suggested trying a heat gun but I am concerned what it might do to the gel coat.  Does anyone have any experience or suggestions here?  Thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Tuning the rig - does anyone use a Loos Gauge?
« on: May 16, 2019, 12:01:53 PM »
I've got a 34 Mk II (Hull 1494, Year 2000).  Does anyone out there use a Loos Gauge to tune the mast?  If so - what tension do you shoot for?  I know how they work (the gauges) but have never used one before...always tightened until the stays seem 'tight enough'.  When I drop my mast in the winter I mark the turn-buckles with electrical tape - but never occurred to me whether I had the right tension to begin with.  I'm a cruiser - not a racer - so not looking for performance.  Just want to ensure i'm not too tight or loose for fear of doing some damage.  Your collective thoughts and experiences would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Holding Tank Vent Question
« on: May 03, 2019, 06:06:20 AM »
Hi - I've got a question about the holding tank vent.  I've not re-routed the vent on my 34 Mk II (hull 1494, Y2K).  Still runs up thru a port-side stanchion.  I've seen vent air-filters which are available - presumably these would attach to the hose between the tank and the stanchion.  Has anyone had any experience with these?  Occasionally we get a whiff of the holding tank in the cockpit depending on the wind direction.   (We do our best to pump out regularly and we do use a tank conditioner).  Thanks in advance.

Hi - my hull (1494) was built in 2000 and I am not sure whether the sanitary hose between the head and tank has ever been replaced.  I've heard they degrade over time and can contribute to that 'head smell' below deck.  I am planning on replacing it.  Is this fairly straight forward?  Looks to be.  Does anyone know off-hand how much hose I will need to replace it?  I'd rather do it all in one go rather than to pull the old hose to measure how much i need.  (...and I will pump out before doing this :-).  Thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Bowsprit for Catalina 34 Mk II
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:18:19 AM »
Hi.  I've just bought a (used) asym for downwind drifting.  I was wondering about installing a bowsprit so I can fly it out front the boat.  Was thinking about this:

Does anyone know if I can mount this in front of the anchor locker (on the port side beside the anchor roller)?  I'd assume when it is retracted it would prevent the anchor locker from opening and when extended you could get in to the locker.  Is there enough deck space in front of the anchor locker to fix this to?

...or does anyone have any other idea on where to attach the tack of the asym to?  Can I fly it from the anchor roller?

Thanks  in advance.

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