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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.

Main Message Board / Tuning my mast
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:32:47 AM »
Hi - i've had my Cat 34 Mk II (hull 1494) for six years now and am still loving it.  In past years, I have stored it mast up for the winter.  This past winter I am in a new location and I required to take it down.  Fortunately there are a lot of people to help.  Got it down fine in the fall and its up again.

My question is around now tuning it (I have read the manual).  A friend told me the easiest way it to check that the mast is first centered vertically by measuring the distance with a halyard from the top of the mast to the rail on each side and adjusting the uppers slightly until it is the same distance.  Next he said to adjust rake with by tightening the backstay as needed and then adjusting the lowers accordingly.

Does this sound about right?  Thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Anyone know what this is? (Or was)??
« on: September 15, 2016, 10:36:10 AM »
Hi.  Anyone know what this is?  (Or was)?  I found it sitting on my foredeck just starboard and aft (about 2 feet) from my mast.  Its flexible and about 1/16" thick.  Appears to be some sort of gasket.  Now - it might not be mine - might have just blown there, but wondering if it might have fallen off somewhere like the gooseneck or the mast head?

I've got a 34 Mk II year 2000 (hull 1494) if that makes a difference.

Thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / ST 60 Wind Display
« on: August 23, 2016, 07:40:55 AM »
Hi.  I have an ST 60 Wind on my helm.  Its worked perfectly for more than 10 years.  All of a sudden (yesterday) the wind direction (on the display) seems to be about 90 degrees of both the wind-vane on the top of the mast and the smaller wind vane on top of the "cups".  The mast head vanes seem to indicate the correct direction - the display on the ST 60 seems to be off.  The wind-speed the ST 60 is reporting seems to be correct - just the direction is off (by about 90 degrees).

Has anyone run across this before?  Thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Boom Lift Question
« on: July 06, 2016, 07:21:05 AM »
Hi.  Normally when I or a member of my crew need to go up the mast, i use the spare jib halyard.  As a former rock-climber, I don't really like a single point of failure in a system where lives are at stake.  My question - if I were to briefly disconnect the boom-lift (as a backup line for the person going up) would the boom be okay?  would the vang be able to support the weight of the boom for a short period of time?

thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Water in my bilge
« on: June 27, 2016, 10:31:21 AM »
Hi - I noticed about 3" of very clean water in my bilge on this past weekend.  I pumped the bilge dry (with a wet/dry vac) about a month ago - shortly after launch so I was surprised to see this water.  I pumped it dry again and have 1" 30 hours later (again - clean water).  I have also noticed for the first time this year my water pump is running for about 5-6 seconds from time to time even if I am not running water (it just comes on and runs - but only very occasionally).  We were on-board for these 30 hours (when the 1" came back) and had the electric water pressure on the whole time. I am guessing there is a small leak in the freshwater system which is filling the bilge?  Does that sound plausible?

I've not noticed the problem getting any worse when the  pump is shut off at the electrical panel.

FYI - I have checked all the thru-hulls and they seem to be dry.  I would think if a leak was coming from the shaft then I'd have some oil or grease in the bilge - i'd not think the water would be so clean.

Thoughts?  Thanks in advance.

Main Message Board / Crack in Keel
« on: April 29, 2016, 06:43:44 AM »
Hi everyone - I have noticed a small crack on the forward edge of my keel (photo attached - this is an extreme close up - standing 15' from the boat I hardly noticed it).  It is only on the port side.  I have a Cat 34 Mk II and i have never grounded (not sure if the previous owner did).  I have been reading the forum and found references to the "smile".  Not sure if this is the same thing.  I have never seen this crack in past years.  This winter was the first winter I was on jack-stands and not my cradle (long story) but i've heard cracks can appear in the front if improperly blocked.  I am not close to the boat at the moment so cant check tightness of keel bolts.

Thoughts based on your collective wisdom and extensive experience will be most welcome...thanks in advance.

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