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Catalina 34s for Sale / 1988 Catalina 34 $42,500
« on: June 15, 2019, 10:01:30 AM »
I am selling Pretty Lady. She is a 1988 Catalina 34. Not sure if she is a TR. The spinnaker bag says TR. I have not measured. She is turn key ready. All I need to do is put the water source hose on the head and a sanitation hose (I had a compost in it when I lived on it). All original head fixtures put back in. Below are the links to sailboatlistings and my YouTube video of her.

She has been a great boat. Fast and fun to sail! I moved up to a 37 foot for more space to live on. Located at Orleans Trail Marina at Stockon Lake in Missouri. Slip paid up until August 2019.

Asking $42,500 obo

Main Message Board / Negative battery terminal HOT
« on: September 13, 2018, 03:42:19 PM »
I have 3 new Renogy 100ah gel batteries. Had them on a new Xantrex charger, but the charger quit after a week. In the meantime, I bought a cheaper charger while waiting for Xantrex to do whatever they do to returned battery chargers.

Two of the batteries negative terminals spark when hooked up and get really hot when the nut is finally tightened. The other battery is fine. No problems. Why is this happening? Is there a mis-wire somewhere along the line? Or are the two batteries bad?

Everything is unhooked right now while I figure this out. Thanks for any help.

Main Message Board / Aft tank leak
« on: August 28, 2018, 06:33:52 PM »
I filled up the aft fresh water tank for the first time Sunday. Today, I noticed water all over the floor under my mattress. My mattress is a custom foam that rests on vented tiles to allow air flow. The bolts that hold the wall are saturated and continue to leak, especially the last few bolts closest to port side.
What causes a leak like this? I looked at it the best I could but didn't see any visible leaking. I dried off the seam where the water is coming in, but it keeps leaking. Any ideas?

I don't know if this is normal, I am new to this so please forgive my ignorance. Took boat out yesterday to sail. Had the stairs off to cool the engine (other problem that was solved) and during sailing, I noticed the engine shaking quite a bit when the prop was left in neutral to spin freely. Not a small shimmy, but enough to get sound to get noticed, and upon inspection, motor was shaking quite a bit all over the place.

This must be an issue because the new PYI dripless seal that was put on leaks .... a lot!!! I noticed this back at the dock. I spent a lot of money to get that leak fixed with this new seal and the new one leaks worse than the old one. It was burped by the workers when returned to me, so I assumed all was well.

Engine shaking....motor mounts fatigued? Which could cause vibration and possibly make the shaft seal leak? I am sure this might have been discussed in a previous post, but I can't seem to find it right now. Any help much appreciated.

1988 Catalina 34 with M25 Universal

Main Message Board / Black Mold?
« on: August 19, 2018, 09:33:31 AM »
As I am cleaning up the mess of hoses under the sink from PO's, I noticed a lot of black flaky stuff all over the place on fiberglass. It is all under the sink area way back up in there. There are some of the same black flakes resting on the bottom of the bilge, too. They are slimy, and away from water they are like thin black paper. It stinks and irritates my nose when I have my head close to the opening of under the sink. I usually run an exhaust fan in there to get the smell, but I really need to get rid of it.

Is it black mold? If not, what is it? Most importantly, any suggestions on how to get rid of it?

Main Message Board / Adler Barbour Cooling Fan
« on: August 19, 2018, 07:47:45 AM »
Hello all. There is an old Adler Barbour cold machine unit on my boat. It was not working when I bought the boat. I replaced the thermostat and it works. It cools pretty well, with a thin layer of frost on the evaporator (it has developed an iceberg on one of the corners). I felt the compressor yesterday and it was pretty warm, but not hot. I could keep my hand on it without any pain from heat. I cleaned the fins off and tried to remove all of the dust from the unit.

It sits next to the aft water tank, way down in there, and it is hard to get to because my propane tank is mounted right above it, leaving a small space to squeeze in and try to clean the unit from dust and debris.

Noises: I hear gurgling and occasionally slight hissing in the lines running from the unit to the fridge box. Hissing not so much, but gurgling quite often. I hear it now as I am typing this.

When I replaced the thermostat, I put the wires back on exactly how they were on the old one. The knob is worn out, so I really don't know how high I have it. I turned it to the left, then moved it to what I think is the middle....maybe around 5. Ever since it has been revived, the fan runs continuously. It wasn't noticeable at first, but it has become louder, and I can hear it anywhere on the boat.

My question is: is the fan supposed to run continually 24/7? I would think it would cycle on and off.

I tried to describe the best I could and attached a picture. Thanks for any help.

Main Message Board / Whale Gulper 2 Gallon Sump Tank
« on: July 05, 2018, 01:27:17 PM »
Hello all. I think I have found a location for my Whale Gulper 2 gallon tank and pump. I am going to put it under the counter to the right of the sink where the fridge manual pump is and water hoses are. I can remove the fridge pump and should have enough room in there for the tank. Will be easy to drain the sink into it. Will be a tight fit, but I think it will work. I can eliminate opening through holes every time I want to drain my sinks. Pump will automatically expel the water. Just need to figure out what above water through hole I want to use. Also, I plan to pump the shower in my bilge, but might connect it to the WG tank. Not sure about that yet.

Question is...the manual foot pump for the fridge....If I have it connected to drain to the tank, will I need the pump to get the water from the fridge in the tank? I thought it would just drain out and surprised I even need a pump just for the fridge.

Also, what outlet could I hook it into for pumping out that is above water? Right now I have the AC, bilge and I think two holes for the propane vent (not sure, I need to check).

Main Message Board / Port side list at dock
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:19:55 AM »
Hello all. I have noticed a slight list to portside at dock. Constant list, not occasional. I can feel the list when I am in the cabin. My fuel tank on the port side is half full. There is a small diesel heater on that side, too. The black tank is gone. Starbird side has a full water tank and 3 batteries. The AC system is in the middle under the forward birth. Bilge is near empty.

What could be causing this list to port?

Main Message Board / Water under engine and where does it drain?
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:40:41 AM »
Hello. As I am working aft right now, I see there is some water under the prop shaft that has seeped over into the area under the sink, as well as seeping through the wall between the engine and head sink (I can see the water under the bottom part of the stairs by the wall. I see water sitting in the shower drain, too. My question is: Are these areas supposed to drain into the bilge? I ran the shower pump before removing head, but the water is still in there. I can get pictures later after work, if needed.

Thanks for any help

1988 C34

Hello. I have the leak. It's leaking from the top of the unit at the gasket and also bottom at the valve. Tried to tighten valve. No luck. Tried to tighten unit, no luck. It's been leaking for awhile and I bought my boat in February 2018. So the fuel has had time to really penetrate everything on the boat.

The unit is short and is not like the longer, more expensive units I see online for our boats. It is compact and screws into a metal base mounted in the area under the head sink. The valve is plastic.

This has moved to the top of my list (even over all of the cabin leaks) and I am shopping for a replacement filter.

1. Suggestions on a replacement.
2. Do I need to relieve pressure in the system first? (I'm a lady with limited knowledge on diesels and sailboats, but I can do the job if correctly directed. Lol. )
3. What to use to clean out the fuel that has leaked and stagnated on the surface for who knows how long. Need something that will eliminate the odor.
Stayed overnight on the boat a couple days ago and could barely stand the odor.

Thanks for any help. :)

Main Message Board / Drilling into ceiling to mount a projector
« on: May 12, 2018, 10:00:46 AM »
Hi. I have an 88 Catalina 34 and I want to mount a projector on the ceiling. Unit and mount are approximately 15 lbs total weight. What am I drilling into? Balsa? Plywood? Best screw for what I want to mount? 
Thanks for any help.

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