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Main Message Board / C34 boats for sale
« on: January 16, 2020, 09:02:30 AM »
If you are looking for a Catalina c34 boat for sale, see the Catalina C34 for sale under the message section of the C34.0rg home page.

Catalina 34s for Sale / Chesapeake Bay 1987 C34 Hull #504
« on: January 16, 2020, 08:56:00 AM »
Wind Spirit is located at Herrington Harbour North, Tracy’s Landing, MD on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.  It is a 1987 C-34 hull #504 and conveys with the boat is an Avalon 8’ RIB dink, 3.5 hp outboard engine, Dinghy-Tow, propane gas grill and hatch air conditioner.
The listing can be seen on Yacht World
There is a youtube video at
The broker is George Sabo, CPYB
Integrity Yacht Sales650 Deale Road
P.O. Box 479
Deale, MD  20751
O: 301.261.5775
C: 301.641.3018
I can be reached at 703-856-6249 for any questions.
Jim Brener

Fleet 12 / 1987 C34 Hull #504 for sale
« on: January 16, 2020, 08:21:23 AM »
Wind Spirit is for sale.  It is located on the hard at Herrington Harbour North, Tracy's Landing Maryland. It is listed on Yacht World.  Below is a link to a youtubeube video of the boat.

It is currently listed with George Sabo, CPYB
Integrity Yacht Sales
650 Deale Road
P.O. Box 479
Deale, MD  20751
O: 301.261.5775
C: 301.641.3018
F: 301.500.3108

You can contact me anytime at 703-856-6149 for more information
Jim Brener

Main Message Board / Fuel Pump 101 UPDATE and CRITICAL QUESTION
« on: May 06, 2018, 11:14:32 AM »
The OEM fuel pump on my 1987 finally gave out.  I read all the posts on the fuel pump 101 and then went to a NAPA owned store for a replacement.  All the past part numbers did not come up. They have two part numbers for a Facet High Performance Gold-Flo unit that looks like the one remove from the boat with hose nipples and no inline fuse.  I think I should connect the black wire from the pump to the existing black wire that splits into, if I recall a brown and black (perhaps red, not at the boat)

One model is a 610-1074 12v 4-4.5 psi, the second is a 610-1076 12v 6.5-8 psi.  My question is, which psi pump should I purchase.  The cost of the first is $149.00 plus tax and the second about $10.00 more.

If this question has been asked and answered, I apologize as I could not find it in 15 pages of posts, not in date order.


Main Message Board / Aft water tank leak REPAIRED
« on: July 24, 2017, 09:30:42 AM »
I had a leak in the aft water tank at a corner where the tank is cut out.  I tried different things to seal it, epoxy stick, etc but nothing would stick to the polyethylene  tank.  I looked at all the past posts which were helpful in what to expect when removing that tank but no good method of repair.  After removing the engine control cables at the engine there was enough slack in the other cables to remove the tank through the aft cabin and enough clearance to pick up the tank and clear the fitting on the bottom which attaches to the water hose. The only sure way to repair the tank is with hot air plastic welding.  After a number of false starts, I called a plastic fabricator who had the equipment and could do the job. In Annapolis I used Annapolis Maritime Plastics.  The cost $120.00 which was their minimum. 

I called Catalina Direct to get the cost of a new tank and they quoted a 24 gallon tank for $389.93  plus $134.00 shipping and insisted that this was the correct aft tank even after I said it was not.   I requested a drawing and it was not correct. I sent them a picture of our 42 gallon tank and they said they would correct their records. When using Catalina Direct, trust but verify.

I replaced the water hose that lived in the bilge for 30 years and remembered to attach a messenger line to pull it under the cabin floor.  The tank was reinstalled and all is well.

Main Message Board / Bow Anchor Roller Removal
« on: October 23, 2016, 01:23:32 PM »
I would like to remove the bow anchor roller to straighten one side which is bent out of position (don't ask how).  It is held by 5 large slot heads either screws or bolts. Has anyone attempted this and knows how it is fastened to the deck.  If it is through bolted, I don't see any way to access it.  I think it will be difficult to get enough leverage to do this on the boat.

Main Message Board / Autohelm Parts Source
« on: October 06, 2016, 07:17:05 AM »
I have an Autohelm 3000, I named him Oscar, I love Oscar, he steers better than I do, then Oscar broke his leg, I mean the lever that tensions the belt broke.  I repaired it several times before looking for a replacement part.  I found this source, who had made an improved handle and cam.  I ordered one and it works fine.  The site is run by Rick Wallace and he sells other Autohelm parts and has made improvements on OEM parts.  He also has a technical contact who had worked for Autohelm if that help is needed.   

While not state of the art, this unit still works fine and I see no reason at this time to spend  boat bucks for a replacement as long as parts are available. 

Main Message Board / Head Counter Top Replacement
« on: May 28, 2015, 06:10:18 AM »
I am in the process of replacing the counter top in the head.  When completed, I will post this project.  The  need to replace the counter top was water that came under the counter top and the solid shelf the counter top sits on and over time saturated the top.  I need to find the entry point of the water before installing the new top.  Facing the medicine cabinet, water is found in the outer right corner and maybe the outer left corner.  The jib track screws are dry as well as the scupper and stanchion bolts that can be seen looking inside the medicine cabinet and up toward the top.  The wet locker is dry.  The head window is tight and as far as I can determine, the port lights do not leak . I am at a loss as to where the water comes in. The head compartment mold sits away from the hull as far as I can tell and one would think water would run to the bilge.  I do have water entry at the holding tank vent stanchion which I am going to try for the third time to fix but that water drops to the sliding door shelf above the nav station I am at a loss and any suggestions will be appreciated. 

Main Message Board / Water Leak
« on: August 21, 2014, 06:05:04 AM »
I had water leaking in on the port side at the holding tank vent stanchion.  I rebedded the stanchion with butyl tape several years ago and I thought the leak was from there.  Upon inspection, I now think it is coming in by a bolt to the right and below the stanchion.  Can anyone tell me what the bolt is for and where the head is as I see several more to the left in the compartment. Could it be to attach the rub rail?  I know that where a leak shows does not mean that is where the water comes in.

Not sure I will like the answer but thanks as always thanks for your suggestions.

Main Message Board / Chesepeake Bay Warning
« on: June 18, 2013, 07:02:51 AM »
Wind Spirit was launched mid April after spending the winter on the hard.  Due to other projects, time weather and other bad excuses I had not gone through my Spring engine check list until two weeks ago.  Upon start up everything was fine but when placing the engine under load at the dock the RPMs did not increase and it did not go into reverse and hardly in forward.   After checking the fuel lines, fuel pump etc, I found nothing wrong.  I did find, for some unknown reason, throttle was not attached to the engine and the engine cut off handle did not pull up as before.  Again for some unknown reason, the stopper adjustment was moved and did not allow the cut off lever to move all the way forward.

I thought that solved the problem as I could move forward and reverse against the dock and spring lines.  We took the boat our for a shake down and moved slowly above idle just fine but when increasing throttle nothing happened.

A discussion with a mechanic suggested that the prop was fouled which I thought hard to believe after two months in the water.  I had a short haul and the entire shaft and prop was completely covered with barnacles. These were removed during power wash and the yard  applied a coat of Pettit Zinc Prop Coating.  The yard said they have done a lot of short hauls for fouled props this Spring.

The suggestion is even if you can't leave the dock to run your engine often to spin off the barnacles or better yet, go sailing, which we will be doing.  I bring this thought to you as I have not before had this amount of buildup to the extent that it affected performance of the engine.  By the way, here was only a little soft growth on the hull.   Speculation, global warming.

Main Message Board / Leaking Fixed Port
« on: June 06, 2013, 04:12:30 PM »
The starboard fixed port is leaking along the top.  I have removed it twice and rebedded it only to see the drips return on the inside.  I am a convert to butyl rubber tape and will be rebedding most everything with it.  Has anyone tried using this on the fixed ports?  After removal and cleanup, I can see at least two  1/2" strips of tape or more  and perhaps  numerous screws to hold the port in place. This means drilling holes in the plastic which has its own risk.

If all else fails, I will consider removal for the third time, not fun.  Any thoughts will be appreciated.

Main Message Board / AC WIRING ISSUES
« on: July 08, 2012, 08:01:51 AM »

Being married to a former Inland Marine Insurance Writer, one can expect her to have risk aversion issues. I on the other hand tend to have work aversion issues with the "if it is not broken, don't fix it"  Needless to say, hers is the better policy

I have not seen much posted about possible AC wiring issues on the older boats. The mate thinks that all the AC wiring should be replaced with new AC breakers, shore connection  and outlets. Concerns about chafe, loose connections, corrosion, etc, come to mind.

I will be interested in any thoughts on this topic.

« on: June 03, 2011, 01:51:33 PM »
Fleet 12 is sponsoring a C34 Rendezvous on June 25th at Hartge Yacht Harbor Marina, on the West River starting at 2:00pm.  This event is open to all C34 owners and crew and there is no charge to attend.  This is a rain or shine, come by land or sea event. Please see the flier that I hope is attached for more information and where to R.S.V.P.  We would like to hear from you by June 21st.  We will welcome last minute arrivals but if we know in advance then we will have enough refreshments.

I have tried to reach out to C34IA members who are not members of Fleet 12 and your attendance will make the event a success. We are intending to compile a directory of C34 boats on the Bay for distribution later in the summer.  If you can't make the Rendezvous but want to be included in the directory, please send name, address, contact phone, email address, boat name, hull number and marina to

Please direct any questions to and I hope to meet you on the 25th.

Fleet 12 / C34 Rendezvous - Chesapeake Bay - June 25th
« on: May 12, 2011, 04:17:45 PM »
I am reaching out to C34IA members who are not members of Fleet 12 to invite you to be part of what I hope to be the largest gathering of C34 owners on the Chesapeake Bay.

Fleet 12 will sponsor an informal C34 Rendezvous June 25th, on the lawn, at Hartge Yacht  Harbor in Galesville, MD on the West River starting at 2:00pm.  There will be no charge for  this event.  The event will be held rain or shine so if it is blowing "stink" there is plenty of parking.  If coming by boat, see slip reservation information below.  There are  places to anchor and if you don't have a dink, someone will have one to ferry you ashore.
The program will be round tables on technical issues hosted by Ron Hill, on cruising hosted by Phyllis Hill and Susan Recla and any other topics you want to address.  We will provide light refreshments.  Please R.S.V. P. to Dave and Janet Ewing at 443-994-8131 or email

I want to publish a directory of C-34 boats on the Bay.If you want to be included you  can send your personal and boat information to Hank Recla at  Please  include name, address, phone contact, email address, boat name and hull number and marina. It will be in spreadsheet form so it  can be sorted.

We have members who have lived aboard , been down the ICW. and have done the Delmarva loop and I hope they will attend and share their experiences.  There are projects to share, and stories to tell, not too tall I hope,  We will have a table for a nautical flea market. So mark your calender and help make this a success.

Fleet 12 / Fleet 12 Membership Information
« on: March 26, 2011, 08:29:54 AM »
New members are the life blood of any organization and Fleet 12 is not exception. Our dues are $20.00 and can be sent to Susan Recla, 13006 Emmet Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192.
Please include the following information.
Home Phone
Cell Phone
Email address
Boat Name and Hull number
Marina location

You will receive a membership list and notices of events.
Jim Brener

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