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Messages - Gary Brockman

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My original Day/Night vents worked really well and were basically silent. Over the last 12 years I replaced the motors twice as they wore out. When Marinco stopped selling replacement motor kits (I think their supplier went out of business) they brought out the new models.

One of my vents recently failed, so I bought two of the new 3" models and installed them last weekend. One of them makes a soft whirling noise while the other makes pronounced whirling noise that is very distracting. Has anyone else who has installed the new vents found them to be noisy, or did I just get two bad ones. Marinco said I could send them back to be repaired or replaced, but if they are all noisy, i may return them and go another way.

Main Message Board / Re: Atlantic Crossing
« on: July 20, 2020, 09:50:20 AM »
It all depends on the conditions you experience. A well made deepwater boat can have major problems and a Columbia 26 can go around the world without seeing winds over 20 kts. An Islander 36 was beefed up and went around the world a few years ago with only a few problems.

The mast and rigging on a 34 are over sized and should not be a problem, as long as they are in good condition. The hull is well built and strong enough. My question would be if the connection of hull to deck joint and the bulkheads could take the beating. The cockpit on a Mk I is very large and the drains are far to small to drain it fast enough if you take a wave. Installing larger drains through the transom would help. The extreme forces on the rudder are always a potential problem, so the rudder and the steering system should be gone over very carefully. I would want a strong under deck auto pilot with a back up. As mentioned above, plywood window covers could protect the ports. I would rather take a 34 to Hawaii than cross the Atlantic, but it can be done.

Main Message Board / Re: Rigging a Barber Hauler
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:31:12 AM »
From my experience, a barber hauler is used to bring the jib/genoa clew closer to the centerline when going to weather, resulting in being able to point higher. What you did was more like using a tweaker on a spinnaker sheet. When reaching with a genoa, you want your lead to go forward and outboard to the rail. You can attach a additional sheet as you did, or you can re-lead the lazy jib sheet to the rail forward of its normal lead position and under the life lines.

Main Message Board / Re: Asymmetrical Luff Length
« on: March 25, 2018, 06:01:40 PM »
The distance from the top of the mast to the base of the headstay should be about 46', and since the spinnaker luff curves out from the boat and is not a straight line, you should be OK. I fly my asymmetrical spinnakers using a 2 to 1 tack line forward of the headstay and don't think you will have a problem. Even when the tack is sheeted in tight on a beam reach, the spinnaker may touch the bow pulpit but it is not a problem. When you are on a deep run, the tack line is normally eased out so that the tack of the sail is above the bow pulpit.


Main Message Board / Re: Rudder Dimensions C34 Tall Rig Wing Keel
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:01:05 PM »
Sorry, I just looked at the picture again a saw that the rudder length dimension included the shaft.


Main Message Board / Re: Rudder Dimensions C34 Tall Rig Wing Keel
« on: January 22, 2018, 02:51:51 PM »
Paul -

When I wanted to replace my rudder, I got a set of rudder plans from Catalina showed the following:

The original fin keel squared rudder: 51" deep
The original wing keel squared rudder: 46" deep
The elliptical fin keel: 58" deep
The elliptical wing keel: 46" deep

As you can see, the fin keel rudder is deeper than a wing keel rudder, for both the early squared off rudders and the later elliptical rudders.

Your rudder dimensions are much deeper rudder than any of the Catalina plans show.


Main Message Board / Re: 10:1 outhaul?
« on: March 28, 2017, 10:06:17 PM »
I switched to a 10/1 two years ago from the factory original and it was well worth it. I race my boat quite a bit and have a loose footed main with the outhaul is lead back to the cockpit. The outhaul adjusts very easily from light winds to heavy winds even with the extra friction of bringing it back to the cockpit. It you just set the outhaul once and never adjust it, you don't need 10/1, but if you adjust it a lot like we do, the 10/1 is great.

Main Message Board / Re: rope clutches
« on: December 27, 2016, 10:19:10 PM »
I replaces my original Lewmars with Spinnlocks two years ago and the holes lined up perfectly.

Main Message Board / Re: Rudder is soaked
« on: November 10, 2016, 11:24:28 AM »
I used the local boatyard, Windward in Marina del Rey. I had the boat hauled out the morning I picked up the new rudder and the yard dropped the old rudder and cut and drilled the new rudder to match the old one. I think any good yard should be able to do the job.

Main Message Board / Re: Rudder is soaked
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:02:33 PM »
Yes, I bought a new elliptical rudder from Foss Co. in Newport Beach last December as did Margie Woods for her race to Hawaii in the Single Handed Transpac. Both Margie and I can highly recommend the Foss Rudder which I believe was designed by Carl Schumacher as a replacement for the Catalina 34 and 36. The rudder cost $1,900 and I picked it up from the factory so there was no shipping charge.

Main Message Board / Re: New Tech Notes - Part of new website
« on: November 04, 2016, 03:58:45 PM »
Hi Sue -

The November 1987 link does not open, is this because we don't have the issue?



Main Message Board / Re: Replacement Winches
« on: September 30, 2016, 09:07:19 PM »
Same on my boat, Lewmar 46ST.

Main Message Board / Single Handed Transpac
« on: July 19, 2016, 07:28:19 PM »
Congratulations are due to Margie Woods, who is a member here, who sailed into Hanalei today to finish the Single Handed Transpac in Haunani, her Catalina 34.

Main Message Board / Re: lifelines
« on: May 26, 2016, 04:59:55 PM »
We were required to take the plastic coating off of the lifelines on the boat I went Transpac on last summer (race rules). All of the wire was is good shape and no replacement was necessary.

Main Message Board / Re: catalina 34 review
« on: April 12, 2016, 07:25:02 PM »
Like I said, all of the 34's and 36's I have seen have had the outside tracks (6 on my dock), but I guess I haven't seen enough.

My outside tracks are 1 1/4".


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