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Messages - Bob Mobley

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Main Message Board / Advice on selling C34 in Seattle
« on: April 06, 2015, 01:49:05 PM »
We are going to have to sell our C34 that is currently docked in Seattle.   We live 600 miles away so usually only use the boat in the summer.  In early May we will spend our usual week cleaning it up and getting it ready for the season.   This year we need to sell it. 

Because we live so far away we  are thinking of using an agent rather than selling it directly ourselves.   I am interested in others experiences either pro or con.   

Any advise on specific agents or companies?



Main Message Board / Accessory 2 attachment(s) on 1988/89 C34
« on: June 30, 2014, 11:39:56 AM »

I am sure this is already somewhere in a note but I can't find it.

I am probably going to add an simple AIS system and am looking for a place to power it from.   I still have the original electrical panel and never have the  accessory 2 switch on.  It has a cable attached to it that appears to head toward the stern of the boat.   I would have tried to follow it further but managed to have some health issues about that time and could not handle the task.    So, does anyone know what it is attached to and if I can disconnected it and attach the AIS equipment? :?


Bob Mobley

Bob Mobley

Main Message Board / Wax versus 303 protectant on hull
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:14:52 PM »
Since i purchased my 1988 C34 5 years ago, I have waxed it each spring with 3M Marine Ultra Performance Paste Wax, a big job by hand.  That is the wax that  the previous owner used.  The boat still looks good.    My brother-in-Law says that the people is his sailboat yacht club just use 303 protectant  on their boats.   I have used the 303 before and once put some on the deck of an older small sailboat, big mistake.      Any thoughts on the merit of one versus the other.  I have one shoulder (left) that I  am not currently supposed to use.  I usually switch back and forth between arms as they get tired.   Obviously the paste wax is a lot of work.   I could always wait until the shoulder is better.   If there wasn't always many others boat things to spend money on I could pay someone to wax it but that will not happen soon.

Bob :?

Main Message Board / Battery charger settings for AGM batteries
« on: July 19, 2013, 05:02:13 PM »

Last thing yesterday , just before leaving the marine and going north for a week. I found out that my two Gel batteries were shot.  So to save not going, I went down and purchased two of the same size AGM batteries.

In see from some other post that wet cell was the way to go.

Anyway, the battery charger has two setting, flooded or Gel.  I have received conflicting advice on which setting to use.  One post said I should get a different battery charger with an AGM setting.  That can't happen until at least middle on next week.

Advice welcome,


From my readings, I gather that Butyl Tape is the "right" thing to use for rebedding the chain plates.   The rigger that I am working with recommends using Sikaflex 295 UV instead and it is available at the local store. Has anyone had experience with using Sikaflex 295 UV or the newer Sikaflex 295i UV.


Bob Mobley

I found that the previous owner left a band new New England brand 200 ft + 1/2 " anchor line on the boat.  However, it has plastic thimbles on the ends.   Any advice on if I should use this new line at all for my anchor.   The existing metal thimbles on the installed line are corroded and the line has some warn spots.    I have moved the boat to where I will do lots of anchoring in the future so I acquired a Rocna 15 with 35 ft of chain.   I am suspecting that I should forget about the existing new one with the plastic thimbles.  Advice?   

Bob Mobley :?

Fleet 5 / Greetings
« on: May 23, 2013, 09:02:11 PM »
Hi, our C34 is now at Swantown Marina.  No mast installed yet but soon.  We plan on moving to Elliott Bay Marina at the end of July.   

Greetings sailors in the fleet 5 area.

Bob and Ann Mobley

Main Message Board / Drain hole at bottom of mast?
« on: May 13, 2013, 07:27:27 PM »
Sorry if this is covered elsewhere.   

When I purchase our boat 4 years ago the guy doing the survey recommended drilling at drain hole at the bottom of the mast to let the water out easier.   Well, the mast is down for repainting and trucking.   

I do remember moving the wires where they come out close to the bottom of the mast after a good winter storm and having water come out.   There was lots of dirt around the bracket that the mast sites on that may have reduced the drainage there.   

Any thoughts?


Fleet 5 / Misc Washington State Costs?
« on: May 04, 2013, 01:07:54 PM »
I am moving my C34 from the SF bay area to Olympia this month.   I am used to paying the property tax fee for the boat every year to the county that it is in.  In runs around $380 a year.  I currently don't pay anything to the state of California for a fee.   For the county I have the value listed as $44,000 or something like that.

What iare you guys paying to the state of Washington on top of what the marine changes?   I haven't seen a simple formula anywhere on the yearly cost.

Bob Mobley

Main Message Board / Re: Need to repaint the Mast?
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:44:32 AM »
Thanks for the advice.   I ordered "This Old Boat",  it is not available in the library.   Yes, it sounds like lots of work to do it myself but it sure is a lot of money to have some else do all the work.

Main Message Board / Need to repaint the Mast?
« on: January 03, 2013, 11:27:32 AM »
We are planning on having our 1988/89 C34 trucked from the Bay Area to the Seattle area in late May.  Obviously the mast needs to be removed.   We redid the rigging 3 years ago but the mast and boom have never be repainted.  It seems like the logical time to do that if we are going to have it done.  There is a reasonable amount of corrosion that can be seen.  The cost seems to be between $3000 and $6000 for the repainting.   Repainting them on the Seattle end after it is moved would be the best option because of possible damage during shipping.   Obviously repainting the mast and boom is a significant amount of money.   How important is it that we have that done? 

Thanks for any comments.  :?

Fleet 5 / Re: Winter out of water
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:43:54 PM »

I found a place in Bellingham today. 

I will call the two you mentioned tomorrow, thanks.

Thanks. :clap :clap


Fleet 5 / Winter out of water
« on: August 21, 2012, 08:26:08 PM »
Anyone know of a good marina other than Olympia that has  a boat yard that has out of water boat storage for a C34 during the winter?   A more central or northern location would be better.


Bob Mobley

Hi Guys,

Thanks for the comments.  At this point I am looking for a spot close to Seattle so my son in Seattle can check the boat occasionally in winter.   Yes, it would be nice to be further north but when we go sailing it will usually be for an extended period.

Any suggests on a boat yard to truck the boat to and have it put back together.   Obvious I will need a rigger.  Suggestions on riggers, it was replaced 2 years ago so it is in good shape?

The mast needs repairing so I will probably have it done while it is down. 

Bob Mobley


I have an 1988 C34 in the SF bay.   I will probably retire next summer and would love to move the boat north (Puget sound) and sail a month or two every summer.    I spent a couple weeks several years ago on a smaller sailboat boat sailing the San Juans and south and it was really enjoyable.

On the web site of every marina I have looked at they say there are big waiting list for slips.   I need some local wisdom on the subject.   I remember when I was told in SF that the Marina where I wanted to stay had a 10 person waiting list.   It was obvious that there were lots of slips though.  The real story was that they were screening people.   That wanted people with well maintained boats that would actually pay.  Any wisdom or suggestions?

Another issue is if I should move the boat or sell it in SF and buy another equal boat up north.   I would like to keep the current one because I have become familiar with its characteristics and challenges.   The is also the cost of shipping it north, $5,000?   

Another  option is to sell it and just rent one for a month or two every summer.   

Bob mobley

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