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Suppliers and Vendors: Add your own favorites and rogues / Cordage
« on: May 27, 2017, 09:21:58 AM »
Columbia Basin Knot Co. (509) 291-3024
Samson and New England rope, spools and some types by the foot.

Main Message Board / Hot water issue
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:20:09 AM »
This is a mostly a seed to plant in the back of your mind when you get this unusual symptom with the hot water output at your galley sink or head sink.

Situation: Our first overnight cruise of the season and I'm getting significant alternating of warm and cold water at the galley faucet with only the hot water valve on. Changes to the boat from stock: PEX water line upgrade. Tempering (mixing) valve on the hot water tank output to mitigate the scalding risk of 165 degree engine heated potable water.  Changes over the winter: Accumulator tank on the cold water side to reduce pump cycling.

So, my primary theory was there was something interfering with the tempering valve operation, like scale keeping it from smoothly blending the hot/cold to maintain the desired 120 degrees output because I could feel the brass body of the valve being plenty warm compared to what was coming out of the faucet. I had also changed engine coolant over the winter and was a little suspect of an air bubble. Continuing troubleshooting, I also bypassed the accumulator tank on the off chance that it was affecting things with no resultant change in symptoms. Lastly, when I got back to the slip, I pinched off the short hose (not PEX) between the cold feed and the tempering valve with vice grips to keep cold from reaching the tempering valve, thus only hot water should be flowing. Again, no change in symptoms. Grrr!

My partner then jumps in and starts asking me about how things are plumbed and I'm trying to describe the flow paths to her. She then asks about the water lines going to the cockpit shower and how they connect. I told her that I have valves and tees to isolate and drain them in the winter so they don't freeze. Then was the "Ah Ha!" moment. I'd recently plugged the drain tees and opened the inline valves to the stern, but when draining in the fall, I'd left the cockpit valves on. The shower wand has a "trigger" to allow flow out the wand head, but it was off, so nothing was leaking at the cockpit under pressure to give the clue that the cold was bleeding back into the hot side. She turned off the valves in the cockpit and everything returned to normal.

Palm of hand to forehead, Duh!  I'll never forget that again.  :thumb:


Before I put it on EBay:

Used, two years old. Replaced with a 40A charger of the same model.  $120 plus shipping. Original shipping box from the 40A unit I installed this morning, manual and temperature sensor. Can send a picture.


Broomfields in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Quality work at a reasonable cost repairing my exhaust riser, replacing the elbow at the water injection port.

Main Message Board / Bull Rail
« on: October 03, 2016, 03:08:41 PM »
Ok, I found it, and found one in the bottom of my very deep port lazarette on my C30. I can't validate how well it works, but the YouTube video makes it look like just the ticket. Oh yeah, of course it's not cheap, it's for a boat!

Main Message Board / Recognize this?
« on: August 16, 2016, 09:13:38 AM »
We had a little excitement as we returned from Desolation Sound last week. As we were motoring down Thulin Passage, north of Lund, B.C., the engine stumbled for a couple beats. I turned the helm over to my G.F. and dashed down below to check my M3-20, under the galley in my C30. I saw a small stream of bubbles coming in the bottom of my Racor and when I reached down to check if something was loose, the "head" of the plug pictured below fell off and introduced a big leak. The engine obviously stopped immediately. Luckily, close at hand, I had a partial roll of butyl rubber (from Mainsail) and some duct tape. I made a "chewing gum" wad of the butyl rubber to plug the hole and secured it to the filter bowl with the duct tape. A few seconds of fuel pump refilled the bowl, purged the air, and the engine started. Needless to say, we were a bit nervous for a few hours while we continued on to Powell River where there was a chance of getting spare parts. The patch worked fine for the remainder of our journey home, about 25 more hours of engine use.

It's a mystery to me, why this plug for the optional water detector probe failed. I have a replacement bowl on order and will check locally for maybe just the plug.


Main Message Board / Pacific Northwest Catalina Rendezvous
« on: May 10, 2016, 08:22:35 AM »
We attended the C42 Fleet 12 spring rendezvous this past weekend at Roche Harbor Resort in the San Juan Islands. The past few years, due to dwindling participation, they've expanded their invitation to all Catalina owners in Washington and British Columbia.

Besides the usual potlucks and happy hours, there had been arranged talks by fleet members on winch maintenance, provisioning, plumbing, and a presentation on clearing US Customs by the local CBP agent. Fun things included a dinghy parade, disk golf (ashore) and a treasure hunt. The best part was meeting new friends and seeing how people organize and outfit their boats.

In addition to the eight to ten Catalina 42's, there were a couple 47's, a 40, two 34's, two 32's, three of us 30's and a 29. Not sure where the 36'ers were? At least eight boats came from B.C.

For all of you sailors on the Salish Sea, you should mark this on your calendar for next year. You won't be disappointed.  :thumb:

Craig Illman
S/V Mocha 1990 #5898 SRFK

Main Message Board / Isotherm Smart Energy control
« on: November 25, 2015, 08:06:12 AM »
Anyone installed one of these? I stumbled across it on Sure Marine's website.

I was told it would install on any Danfoss compressor module.

Main Message Board / ST4000 / NMEA 0183
« on: November 11, 2015, 01:37:29 PM »
Anyone have their ancient ST4000 connected to a NMEA 0183 device? Would I see any advantage feeding it GPS sentences for heading information in addition to it's fluxgate compass?  I still seem to need to tune it a bit, it wanders quite a bit compared to my Simrad wheelpilot I used to have on my C34. There's not really any room on my C30 to install a rudder position sensor.


Main Message Board / Foldable suitcase solar
« on: August 05, 2015, 08:59:59 AM »
Anyone tried something like this to augment battery capacity while at anchor or on a mooring?


Main Message Board / Secure clew on genoa sheet
« on: February 17, 2015, 09:05:51 AM »
The PO upsized all the running rigging and I'm in the process of getting everything replaced with correct sizes to run better through all the blocks. I was planning on replacing the pair of genoa sheets with a single line. For people that have done this, what knot have they used to attach the clew in the middle of this long sheet? I have a couple ideas, but would prefer leveraging the expertise of more skilled sailors.


Main Message Board / An interesting engine wiring discovery
« on: November 15, 2014, 05:26:02 PM »
When I bought my C30 a little less than two months ago, I assumed the solenoid in the engine compartment was the glow plug modification, but I didn't actually trace the wiring to confirm it. I was removing the engine side "trailer plugs" yesterday and discovered that the solenoid was actually "upstream" of the solenoid on the starter motor itself. So that the start button on the engine panel energized the added solenoid which sent current to the starter solenoid. I can only guess that there wasn't adequate current up through the panel to energize the starter solenoid directly? I'm open to any other theories.

I've removed the trailer plugs at both ends, ran 8 gauge to the positive side of the panel (fused with an inline Maxi-fuse at the starter end) and 8 gauge back to the starter solenoid. I've repurposed this additional solenoid as the glow plug modification. It started right up this morning with twenty seconds of glow plug with a forty degree engine block. Mission accomplished.

I'm sure the person that bought my C34 had some "questions" about some of the "enhancements" I had done. Older boats certainly get to be a archeological endeavor.


Main Message Board / New Boat
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:36:22 AM »
I'm finishing the purchase of a C30 today. I missed my C34 a lot the past four years, but I had to downsize to fit my budget and retire before I'm 70. Anyway, it's a 1990, hull #5898. I'll still be lurking these parts because this forum (and group) are the best resources on the Internet for these boats. I have a list already of things I want to fix and improve, so I'm going to have a busy winter. I already have Jack H. drafted on Monday to run us up to Blaine from Anacortes for the move to new moorage.  :thumb:

Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / M25-XPB
« on: May 22, 2014, 01:07:22 PM »
Just saw this on craigslist.       they're asking $5K

Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / Alternator bracket
« on: May 11, 2013, 03:55:11 PM »
Alternator bracket. Make me an offer? Send me an email.

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