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Main Message Board / Old alternator, new choices
« on: February 24, 2019, 08:17:32 AM »
I currently have an "original" Motorola 8RG2009A alternator & it took me 2 weeks of PB application & patience to get the pivot bolt free.  It was bonded from the bolt to the alt frame.  PB did the job.

I am looking to have the alt tested & then determine my next step & trying to keep a tight budget.

I have 2 GC T105 & a group 24 for reserve/starting. My use is weekend on the hook & back to marina. Motoring at times for a couple hrs at the most.  I have a Sterling 30 amp charger, excellent purchase from Mainsail. It will keep the batteries maintained & I currently have no solar.

Based on my use & current config can i just put the alt back on if it tests OK or is an external reg the best way to go?  I've searched this topic on older posts & I got the gist this alt does not do a very good job, am I correct?

Any suggestion as to smart choices would be appreciated.

Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / Teak Eyebrows
« on: October 23, 2018, 08:45:32 AM »
I have original teak eyebrows, decided not to reinstall & they are looking for a good home.  Each long eyebrow is in 2 pieces, they were stored bent in a climate controlled storage locker & broke at one of the screw holes.  A real pain to ship so I would rather sell to someone local to Balt/Annapolis area.

Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / Salon table
« on: October 23, 2018, 08:41:49 AM »
I have the original Salon table which was replaced with a smaller table so I have no need for the original table.  Has no hardware because it was used for the smaller table.  Located in the Balt area & would rather deal with somebody local.  Asking $100.

Main Message Board / Propeller cleaning & treatment
« on: November 28, 2016, 11:00:55 AM »
When I hauled the boat I cleaned the propeller using a wire brush with a cordless drill then painted it with 3 coats of PETTIT
Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier.  I followed the instructions exactly, sprayed very light coats one after the other.  The paint dried very fast so by the time I put one coat (each side of the prop) I went right back and applied the second then third coats.  The pictures of before and after are attached.

When I had the bottom cleaned about two months ago the diver told me it looked really good with minimal growth, sorry no underwater pictures of exactly what he saw.

Does anyone else here have any comments or experience along these lines?

Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / C34 cockpit cushions
« on: November 21, 2016, 03:58:12 PM »
I have a set of original cockpit cushions from my 1986 C34, they are in very good shape with no rips or tears.  They are a little discolored with some very small stains.  The two longer cushions have recently had the zippers replaced and the foam was steam cleaned.  The rear lazerette seat is in the same condition with no tears or rips and the zipper is original.  I decided to go with Sport-A-Seats instead, they are more functional for my use of the boat and much easier to store.

I am located near Annapolis and would rather sell them to someone local who can come see them for themselves.  $100 takes them away.

Main Message Board / Boat trim
« on: August 19, 2016, 06:24:01 PM »
I have done a search on this site but not found any information on this specific topic.  In short my boat is bow heavy, it creates a standing water situation in the cockpit at the compainionway entrance.  This happens after a heavy rain.  I have a water tank under the V berth and one on the starboard side in the salon.  I do NOT have an aft water tank but did have a 50 gal water bladder located under the aft berth.  I removed the bladder because two of the wooden blocks it was attached to had come loose and it had been on the boat for 27 years according to the PO.  When I removed it and emptied it out the sludge that came out was surprising (a pic is attached showing it out of the boat and the black mess on the ground came out of the bladder). Since this forum has been a very valuable source of information I thought I would ask the audience and see what types of response I might get.

I replaced my hot water heater because it was given to me as a present.  I have a 2007 seaward unit that I removed, no leaks and appears to test good.  Free to a good home... I am in Columbia, MD.

Main Message Board / New boat owner
« on: June 29, 2016, 09:56:02 PM »
I am going to be putting my boat back in the water just after July 4th and moving it from Oak Harbor to Magothy Marina.  It was originally on Back Creek and motored it to Oak Harbor to be hauled for bottom paint and thru hulls. I bought the boat in Jan 2016 and it has been a true labor of love consuming all my spare time.  The information I have found on this site has been invaluable in getting things done.  I have spent the past 6 months upgrading a number of systems including ALL the hoses, running rigging, engine exhaust riser, waterlift muffler, entire fresh water system, newly installed AC unit...  the list could go on and on.  I am looking for other C-34 owners in the area to get some pointers regarding good destinations to explore around the Chesapeake and maybe also join me in sailing.  I am a novice sailor but now that my children are grown I'd like to get some more experience sailing so I can see if they would enjoy it as well.  Any advice, input or comments would be appreciated. :clap

Main Message Board / Overhead hand rails
« on: June 20, 2016, 10:08:03 PM »
I installed two overhead hand rails in the salon, they are through bolted for maximum strength.  The yard is replacing the through hulls with sea cocks and put up the plastic to keep the mess to a minimum.  BZ to Oak Harbor marina for their outstounding work and care they put into going the extra mile.

Main Message Board / Fresh water manifolds
« on: June 20, 2016, 09:42:55 PM »
I have been replacing ALL of the hoses and am in the process of re plumbing the fresh water system.  I found it easier just to redo the entire system.  I removed the sink for access which then lead to replacing the water pump, water heater, water filter...  It seems every time I dig deeper I get more involved.  It seems owning my boat has turned into my NEW hobby but I enjoy every task and this site has been an invaluable resource.

The following are pics of the fresh water manifolds I have built, they include water supply selection, cold water and hot water.  I will edit the pictures when time permits to explain the madness behind the over engineering rather than just using Ts to split the water to where I want it to go.

I will take more pics once I have everything installed but the reason for the post is to get opinions from others that have done this type of project.

Main Message Board / Cleaning water tanks
« on: June 20, 2016, 08:54:08 PM »
I had three water tanks, one under the V berth, one starboard under the setee and a third bladder under the aft berth.  I removed the water bladder (still not sure if I going to reinstall, two of the wooden blocks holding it in place had come loose from the hull).  All the tanks are original but none appear to be leaking.  I removed the starboard tank because it was not that hard and to secure it better (the PO had wedged some wooden blocks) and also give it a good cleaning.  The V berth tank has a wooden support glassed into the hull so removale is difficult unless I cut it out.  The two hard tanks have 3in inspection ports which make visual inspection easier.  I have replaced all fill, vent and supply hoses.  I have reviewed all the information about commissioning the tanks and understand the cocktail I should use.

My question has anyone used the inspection port and some type of flexible rod to clean the inside of their tanks?  Is the cocktail or some other mixture the best way to clean the tank?

Main Message Board / Water tank fill hoses
« on: June 14, 2016, 01:01:32 PM »
I have 2 hard water tanks, one under the V berth and the other stbd side under the setee.  I also removed the 200 liter water bladder under the aft berth and have not yet decided if I am going to replace it or reinstall.  I am in the process of changing all water supply, vent and water fill hoses on the 2 remaining tanks.  The water supply and vent hoses were simple but the water fill, which are connected to the deck fill ports, seem to be more of a challenge.  I have followed them and they appear to go up to the deck fill via wooden compartments.  I have done a search on this site but have not found any detailed discussion of the best way to get access.  The outside of the hoses are sticky, they old and worn so they are most likely original.  Any assistance from somebody that has done this task would be very helpful and greatly appreciated.  :shock:

Main Message Board / Reserve/starter battery location and mounting
« on: June 07, 2016, 11:36:30 PM »
I am going to install a dedicated starting battery.  I have done a search and reviewed all the previous posts but am now looking for pics as well as more specifics on EXACTLY where others have mounted theirs.  I am trying to stay as close to the engine as possible and would like to place it an accessible but hidden location:
Under the aft berth.

Has anyone else changed the location of the Water Heater from the space below the sink?  I have removed the Water Heater and am considering relocating it to the space under the aft berth, the area under the smaller opening.  I am headed to the boat today to see how the new Water Heater would fit in that space.  I understand this would mean rerouting the following:
Coolant lines from the engine
AC power
Hot water supply lines
I like the idea of being able to use the storage area under the sink by moving the Water Heater to an area which is less accessible to use for storage.  I am in the process of doing some extensive plumbing so changing the routing of water lines has to be done anyway.  Re routing the coolant lines would not be difficult.  Extending the AC to this location would also be easy.  Other things I have considered are the extra length for hot water but that does not seem to be an issue.  Longer AC run, also a minor concern.  Re routing the coolant lines, just another location but the length would be about the same.  I was thinking that the heat from the water heater under the berth might be something to consider but it is insulated and being in a smaller enclosed space might help.

Is there something I am missing?  At first glance this sounds like it might be a good idea...  Please chime in with opinions.

Main Message Board / Aft water tank
« on: May 31, 2016, 09:46:36 AM »
I viewed previous posts on this forum talking about the aft water tank which if accessed via the rear bulkhead in the aft berth.  I currently have a water bladder located under the rear berth and plan to remove it and install an actual water tank.  The water bladder is 200 liters and I understand I will not be able to get a rigid water tank with the same capacity to fit in the space under the aft berth.  I've attached pics of the current water bladder and will also attach a pic of the aft bulkhead for reference.

My question is has anyone else attempted to do this?

There are currently two water tanks, one under the V berth and one under the starboard setee, one of the reasons I want to install a third under the aft berth is because the boat sits bow heavy.  I notice this after it rains because water collects in the forward portion of the cockpit.  I also assume this is why the aft water tank behind the aft berth bulkhead became standard configuration on later boats.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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