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Main Message Board / A word of thanks
« on: April 05, 2021, 12:56:10 PM »
I just had to do I'm probably known for mentioning in a few of my posts, My wife and I have spent the better part of two years "bringing back" our pretty neglected 1988 C-34 "Ohana" from a boat that as I reflect back, was probably too far gone to be worth the effort. (like that has ever stopped me before......)
This past Saturday I buttoned up yet another pretty major improvement/rehab project and I just feel I need to reach out to many of you and to Rod at Compass Marine ("Mainsail") with a heartfelt word of thanks for the countless bits of information I used to successfully complete this project.
This particular project was upgrading the old and worn out group 27 batteries to a much more robust battery charging/management system including (4) Trojan T-105 batteries...along with a new alternator, Balmar 614-H external regulator, Sterling Battery Charger, Blue Sea ACR-I and Balmar SG200 battery monitor. I also added a new dedicated start battery located behind the engine just underneath the aft cabin berth.
After I ran the last wire(s), I did a final check of all connections and basically realized I was at the point where starting the engine and seeing how I did was all I had left to do.....and guess what???....everything worked as it should!!!!  :shock: (Yeah I SHOULD if I did it all correctly.  :?)
I really do owe this feeling of success to two sources of information that helped me have the confidence to take this particular project on.....Compass Marine ("Marine How to") and the message board and Wiki pages. Everything is just have to be willing to dig to get to the answer(s) you need......and sometimes don't want.
I'm not timid about tearing into anything....It's in my nature...I love the learning, and the work itself....but electrical work just doesn't come naturally to me and is just something I've never excelled at so I approached this project with caution....and a lot of studying.
So again....THANKS!!!! The support of this group, it's members, and to you Rod. You really do have a customer for life. (BTW....also LOVE the Bed-it butyl tape too...but that's another subject entirely.  :thumb:
Time to go sailing!!!!!

Main Message Board / Rigid vang help
« on: February 18, 2021, 07:43:17 AM »
Thanks to those that posted in the other topic replying to my request for help with my rigid vang. Originally I thought this one is a Garhauer model....but now I'm not so sure.
Obviously it appears to be mounted incorrectly based on what I'v observed in other photos (the mount on the mast is upside down!!!!) But I'm beginner to wonder if this was originally designed for this boat. If I flip the lower mount it will reduce the length and I'm not sure there is enough travel left to do that.
Just seeking advice from others who have mounted one before and can help me sort this out.

Need a quantity of 2 of the original pull handles found on the sliding doors in the main salon, nav-station, galley and head in the Mk-1 boats.
I just like the look and if you have two that don't have a home, I'd love to hear from you!!!!

Thanks in advance,
Eric Wengstrom

Main Message Board / Fuel Tank Replacement...revisited
« on: April 06, 2020, 04:34:08 AM »
I discovered on Saturday that my 32 year old fuel tank is corroded to the point that cleaning it caused several holes to open up in the bottom of it. Apparently the only thing holding the fuel in was corrosion and when cleaned up, which it desperately needed, it just let go.
So I'm now in the market for a replacement fuel tank for our 1988 C-34. This was one of those things I was hoping to avoid, but I guess that was too much to ask for..... :cry4`
I've looked back thru the more recent articles and see that Ezell (out of Florida) may be a good choice for a supplier and I've already shot a note of inquiry off to them for pricing and lead times, but I'm curious if anyone has any experience with manufacturers out of the mid-Atlantic area?
Since the current health crisis has us all tied to the dock for the foreseeable future I'm not in a major rush to get this item, and of course some shops may be shuttered and unable to respond, but any insight and or experience is welcome.

Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / Complete Dodger Frame
« on: November 14, 2019, 10:05:18 AM »
Complete original dodger frame removed from our 1988 Catalina 34. This is a two bow frame and includes stainless cabin side mounts and loop mounts on the back bow for tie down attachment(s). It is constructed of 1" stainless tubing and includes all the original fittings. The frame and fittings are in great shape and show little wear.
The reason I'm selling is that I picked up a new frame with grab rails and simply don't need two dodger frames for one boat. We are located in Virginia, the entire frame will travel nicely in the back of a small pickup truck or even in an SUV. (I've seen it'll work!!!) I can also help with delivery if you don't live too far or I can meet you along the way, just contact me to work out the logistics. $225.00/OBO

Main Message Board / MK1 in anchor locker windlass install
« on: October 02, 2019, 07:18:26 AM »
Curious about something. I've been reading allot about windlass installs on various models and the info on the C34 site is AMAZING!!! Thanks to all for sharing your experiences.
We just purchased "Ohana" in late July 2019. She's an 1988 MK1 with the split anchor locker and these models had no provision for installing a windlass in them.
I'm quite convinced I want to go with an in locker install as Ron Hill did on his boat Apache, I like the offset and other aspects of that particular job. My question has this setup held up over time? I like the low profile design of the Lewmar 700V but the motor is meant to protrude below deck... With the in locker install the motor itself would protrude below the mount and down into the locker itself and I'm wondering if the exposure to the elements has caused any issues (like corrosion) over time.
Thoughts, suggestions...all are welcome!!!

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