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Main Message Board / Can't restart a warm engine
« on: August 19, 2021, 02:40:51 PM »
Hi All,
Has anyone had the same experience that I am currently having?  I have a 1989 34 of course, with a Universal M-25 XP.  After I have used the engine and it gets up to operating temperature it won't restart until it cools off.  When I push the starter button when the engine is warm all get is a buzzer sounding off behind the instrument panel.  The starter motor does not engage.
I have gone through the manuals and can't find any help there.
If anyone has any thoughts on my problem it would be appreciated.  Thanks.

Main Message Board / Rigging hardware on mast
« on: May 03, 2021, 06:51:43 PM »
Hi All,
I have owned and sailed my 1989 C34 tall rig now for 5 seasons sailing out of Erie, PA.  I want to expand my sailing experience by using a whisker pole on the head sail and flying a spinnaker.  My question is what is the most popular hardware that is mounted on the mast to connect the poles to.

If you have any pictures to share with me, that would be helpful.

Thank you,
Paul & Judy
o/b Windswept

Main Message Board / Nut size
« on: April 16, 2021, 05:09:56 PM »
Hi All,

Does anyone know the size of the nuts on the keel studs?  I read somewhere that it's a good idea to check that they are still torqued up to specs while still on the 'hard'.

Paul & Judy
1989 Tall rig

Main Message Board / Universal M25 diesel ID
« on: October 28, 2020, 02:01:29 PM »
Hi All,

I am hoping that someone might be able to help me identify which model of engine I have.  Just an M 25 or a M 25XP.

Are there number on the block somewhere?

I have taken the engine out for rebuilding over the winter.  So, I have to figure out which gasket kit I need to order, etc.

Stay safe out there.

Paul & Judy o/b Windswept

Main Message Board / Hood Seafurl 705/810/915 LD
« on: September 16, 2020, 07:18:24 PM »
Hi all,
Does anyone know where I can get info on how to remove my Hood Seafurl?  Mine is damaged up top.  I need to bring it down to see if I can affect repairs.
I tried to Google it.  No luck.
Thanks in advance.

All the Best
O/B Windswept

Main Message Board /
« on: September 16, 2020, 07:02:35 PM »
Warning to All, do not do business with acobaa shop.  The are not reputable.  I ordered an item from them and they sent the wrong product.  They won't respond to resolve the issue.  I have reported them to PayPal.

All the Best,


O/B Windswept

Main Message Board / Whisker pole
« on: September 03, 2020, 07:59:37 AM »
Hi All,

I have a 34 tall rig, can anyone tell me the recommended length for a whisker pole.


Paul & Judy  O/B Windswept

Main Message Board / Universal M25 diesel problems
« on: July 03, 2020, 06:47:35 PM »
Hi All,

I have an '89 Catalina 34 with a Universal M 25 diesel.  On the top of the engine next to the coolant tank is what appears to be a crankcase vent.  Currently when the engine is running there is an oily vaper coming out of it.  The vent has threads, maybe 1/2 inch JIC.

My questions are, is the discharge normal if so is there supposed to be a vent hose attached and if so where does it got to?  Also, when I put my finger over it, pressure builds up.

Can anyone give me some advice.

Thanks,  Paul

Main Message Board / Spreaders
« on: August 24, 2017, 04:24:51 PM »
I need to replace my spreader boots on my 34 Catalina.  Does anyone know the width of the spreaders at their ends where the boots go?  I only want to make one trip up the mast instead of two.  Up to measure, then up again to install.

Thanks in advance.

Paul Spark
Pittsburgh, PA

Main Message Board / Auto pilots
« on: July 28, 2016, 05:41:59 PM »
Hi All,

Does anyone out there have any experience in trouble shooting Raymarine autohelms?  Mine is stuck on the same heading, 348 to 352, no matter what direction I'm heading, east west south etc.

Any idea what to do or replace?

Thanks in advance,


Main Message Board / Lake Erie
« on: July 20, 2016, 10:38:09 PM »
Hi All,

I am new to this group.  Having just bought a '89 Catalina on Lake Erie.  I have noticed the fleets listed.  Every where but Lake Erie.  Just wondering, is there any other Catalina owners out there on Lake Erie?  Near Erie, PA. by any chance?  Say, ''Hello'' here or email me at

All the Best,

Paul Spark

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