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Here's a PDF that provides an overview of what I did to upgrade my MKII with LiFePo4 house battery and solar charging. We like to anchor in remote-ish parts of Biscayne Bay for weekends and long-weekends with constant refrigeration and fans. So far the system works well.

    https://robertgiroux.com/downloads/Solar_LiFePo4_Inverter_Catalina_34MkII.pdf

Would love feedback, opinions and questions. I'm not in any way an expert but I've been researching it all quite intensely for a while now.

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Finally tackled this project on my MKII and I think this document might be helpful to motivate others to do the same. :clap

See link to PDF for a mostly pictures description of how I did it. I tried to upload PDF but it was a little larger than the 1024KB limit per file...  :shock:

https://robertgiroux.com/downloads/Mounting%20a%20Raymarine%20Rudder%20Position%20Sensor%20(C34%20MKII).pdf

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Main Message Board / Expected speed under motor?
« on: May 25, 2021, 10:15:17 AM »
I feel like my boat has slowed down since initial purchase back in October 2020. It's a 2003 MKII with M35B and three blade prop.

I can't seem to get it going more than 5 kts even with wind behind me. I keep hearing other owners claiming "hull speed" with theirs?

My bottom is clean, so what could be the issue? Can something be slipping in the drive train? I checked transmission fluid and it's pink and at proper lever.

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Main Message Board / Spinnaker pole on mast mounted track?
« on: January 29, 2021, 06:03:55 AM »
Hello everyone, I'm considering mounting my huge spinnaker pole on the mast to get it off the starboard deck, where it's currently stowed. I've not found much details on this when searching the forum but I could have missed it...

Can those who've made this upgrade/modification chime in with their experiences, parts lists, would they do it again, etc. 

Thanks!

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Main Message Board / NMEA 2000 Engine Gateway YDEG-04 with M-35b
« on: December 30, 2020, 07:09:38 AM »
Hello everyone.  Has anyone here tried the Yacht Devices YDEG-04

https://yachtdevicesus.com/products/engine-gateway-ydeg-04

It's relatively inexpensive and comes with either SeaTalkNG or Devicenet connectors.

I believe my C34MKII's Universal M35B uses the standard J1939 connection?

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