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Topics - Rick Johnson

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Main Message Board / Heater Project - Propane Line
« on: December 08, 2011, 07:32:09 PM »
I've added a Dickenson P9000 heater to the port side salon bulkhead and I added the new propane tank to the stern rail (with a new solenoid valve and regulator.  Now it's finally time that I ran the new propane line.  Has anyone mounted a heater in a similar location and/or run a new fuel line to a heater?  Kent at Catalina made a suggestion of "running the line aft along the port side behind the head and below the fuel tank", but I thought I would see if anyone had any experience in this area?

Thanks,

Rick

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Main Message Board / Interior Gelcoat
« on: January 09, 2011, 05:38:34 PM »
I've finally gotten around to replacing the drawer under the v-berth with 2 louvered doors but this involves glassing in a piece of fiberglass to complete the center section.  I understand the part that I can use a piece of what I just cut out to match the rest of the gelcoat, but that still leave a line (top and bottom) that needs to be touched up.  Does anyone know the color code of the interior gelcoat is?  Is there a source for a gelcoat paste like Spectrum makes for the hull?  Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Rick

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Main Message Board / Installing a Raritan PH-II
« on: November 09, 2010, 11:05:04 AM »
Seems like I saw this somewhere but I've searched the posts and cannot find it.  I'm installing a new Raritan PH-II and replacing the hose to the holding tank.  Seems like I saw that a good idea is to install a 1 1/2" ball valve so you can close off the hose from the holding tank when working on the head.  A great idea, but can I use a PVC ball valve from Home Depot or do I need to buy something from the jewelry store (i.e. West Marine)?  Does it need to be a bronze valve?

Cheers,

Rick

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Main Message Board / Propeller Shaft Flange Questions
« on: August 14, 2010, 04:42:06 PM »
OK, the C34 is finally on the hard and getting bottom paint.  The cutless bearing is shot, so I need to replace it.  Any suggestions on getting the flange off on the transmission side so I can remove the shaft?  I've removed the bolts holding it to the transmission and removed the two set screws. The darn thing just won't budge!

Also I noticed that of the 4 bolts holding the flange to the transmission, 3 are 3/8" and 1 is 1/2".  Seems like that's a sure way to induce vibration or does that offset the 2 set screws?

Central Texas is over 100 degrees today and the inside feels like a hot-house.

Thanks for any help.

Rick

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I finally purchased a Dickinson P9000 propane heater for the cabin and a #6 aluminum propane tank that I'd like to mount on the stern rail (the tank,not the heater).  What I cannot seem to find here is what rules or guidelines to follow when installing the new propane system.  I'd like to remove the old tank and propane locker and just have the #6 tank for both the heater and the stove.  Can the regulators be installed inside the boat?  What about the solenoid switch?   The only rule I found was that you want to have one continuous propane line inside the boat.  One line to each device and no breaks or fittings inside.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers,

Rick

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Main Message Board / Austin Boat Show
« on: January 15, 2010, 06:55:14 AM »
I made it to the Austin Boat show yesterday.  I didn't expect much but the only thing worth looking at was a 2010 Beneteau 34.  Not much headroom and seems really small inside.  It made me very happy I have a Catalina 34.

My 2 cents,

Rick

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Main Message Board / Solar Dodger
« on: January 13, 2010, 05:34:41 PM »
I don't think I posted this before, so....

I believe you can never have too much power while out on the hook...  I added two 40w solar panels to go with the 100w on the stern arch/davits.  The new panels are BP panels I got on eBay.  

http://cgi.ebay.com/BP-340J-SOLAR-PANEL-40W-12VDC-2-31Amp-NEW_W0QQitemZ270466797907QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ef913d153

The price went up slightly but I still think it is a steal at $155 each.  I'm considering adding two more on either side of the 100w panel.

Cheers,

Rick

This follows from here "Hard Dodger":  http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,4760.0.html

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Main Message Board / V-berth Cabinet
« on: January 10, 2010, 07:39:12 PM »
Latest project:

The first picture is the jig I made to get the curve of the deck and hull.  The second is the template that I made using the jig.  I have finished fixing the $9 teak doors from Minney's Yacht Surplus.  Now waiting on the teak veneer.  Then, it will be time to cut some marine plywood and cover it with the veneer...

Baby steps...

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Main Message Board / Sink Cover
« on: December 30, 2009, 03:47:05 PM »
Two $5 cutting boards from Ikea and some 1/4" cherry & walnut from the hardware store equals new sink covers...

Cheers,

Rick

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Main Message Board / Increased Water Capacity?
« on: September 28, 2009, 06:26:47 PM »
I have been mulling over the idea of adding a bow water tank to my C34.  Catalina Direct sells a bow tank that would add another 25 gallons, but I worry about the weight that far forward.  Does anyone have any experience with a bow tank or installing one?  I think that Tom (over at the C36 site) installed one, but I cannot find any information other than a picture.

Thanks for any help,

Rick

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Main Message Board / Lewmar V1 Windlass
« on: May 30, 2009, 06:01:19 PM »
Finally 100% done and tested last weekend.  I already wish I had a wash-down pump to keep the mud off...  It worked great and makes life much easier.

Cheers,

Rick

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Main Message Board / Windlass Project
« on: March 17, 2009, 11:51:31 AM »
OK, the final fit went OK. I will need to open up the access to the motor below deck a little more, but the mounting bracket seems very secure and strong. I'm thinking after gelcoating the whole thing, I'll use 5200 rather than fiberglassing the box into the anchor well.

I'm surprised at the thickness of the anchor well.  The box and flange I made are a little thicker and the top will finish out about 1" thick.  8 stainless steel bolts hold it in place and once I add the 5200 it will be a dry/secure place for the motor...

I'm still considering cutting the corners off at about 45 degrees.  That might improve access to the anchor rode.

Now I just need the #2 cable and the foot switches...

Cheers,

Rick

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Main Message Board / Hard Dodger
« on: February 03, 2009, 06:50:00 PM »
The latest project.  With the advice of Mike (S/V Slacker) and Jack (S/V Mariah III), I've started to prototype a hard dodger.  We'll see how it turns out....

Cheers,

Rick

P.S.  The following link shows the details of Mike's project.  Look for the entries dated 1/2/09.

http://www.sailblogs.com/member/slacker/

And thanks to Ron Hill for the idea of the PVC propane bottle storage that you can just see on the stern-rail in the second picture...

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Main Message Board / Clipping Points for Safety Tether
« on: January 22, 2009, 06:02:59 PM »
I was thinking about adding some pad eyes to use with a safety tether (mainly for the kids on the boat).  Has anyone installed some and where?  I'm looking at under the companionway,  starboard side by the helm and maybe somewhere on the cabin top?

Cheers,

Rick

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Main Message Board / More Galley Fun
« on: January 11, 2009, 05:57:20 PM »
So what do you do with the teak winch handle holder you bought for $6 at Minney's, but will not fit your locking winch handles?

Why cut a couple of pieces of 3/4" teak as inserts and turn it into knife storage, naturally....

Cheers,

Rick

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