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Messages - Fred Koehlmann

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Main Message Board / Re: Cabinet top storage on a Mark Two
« on: December 23, 2018, 07:00:16 PM »
I agree with Jim, that storage is an "individualized" thing, depending on what you're wanting to store. In our case, we found the existing short lip was adequate to retain the typical "quick access' foodstuffs like loaves of bread, bags of buns, muffin trays, or things like a box of Kleenex, or popular board game.

Main Message Board / Re: Catalina 315 as a replacement to 34?
« on: November 29, 2018, 07:23:28 PM »
Agree, C34 -> C355, whereas the C315 is really a C30.

It is a "hanging locker", and in our C34 MkII, it was a "Cedar hanging locker". Cedar plywood of course.
It's not a wet locker, so not there is no drain or anything. We used the conveniently located head as our wet hanging space, and it, of course, does have a drain.

Ditto on the black stuff. Must have oozed out of the hose at some point. Time for a new hose?

Main Message Board / Re: how to unblock a chain locker?
« on: July 29, 2018, 10:16:43 AM »
On our C34 MkII we also had some mud chunks get in the way of adequate drainage. I had to clear things out and literally get to the bottom of things. We then did put a grate in the bottom to help keep the rode up and prevent it from slowing drainage. When I accessed the space below (from the forward cabin), I found that our hose had a slight dip in it before exiting out through the thru-hull. I couldn't shorten the tubing to get the dip out since the real issue was that the outlet was put in just a bit too high relative to the underside of the locker. So we just made sure to adequately flush the locker after every anchor raising, and check on the starboard side to ensure that we saw the water coming out.

Another thing to watch out for, if your boat had been out of the water for a while is to check all your thru-hull fitting before going into the water for wasp/bee nests or other insect homes.

Main Message Board / Re: PT11 / PT-11 / PT Eleven Nesting Dinghy
« on: July 27, 2018, 03:35:27 PM »
Looks like a nice little kit, and seems to sail well as a little dinghy, if you have the time to do the building.
Otherwise, you might consider the Walker Bay. We love our 310, which we got with the sailing package. We also added the buoyancy tubes to increase the stability when we had several people, and for when the kids were younger and sailing the dinghy. They wouldn't need them these days.

It's such a pain that they left Canada.

He thinks to himself..."Hmm, wonder what the duty and freight would be on a 100' spool".

Hi Mike,

You mentioned "A common theme is to have the vent line as horizontal as reasonable, no dips, etc. ". I'm going to assume that you meant "vertical"? Right? Definitely no dips in the line. Keep in mind that the line may not be plugged or stopped by water, but also very likely by waste. Us sailboats like to heel and its amazing how the stuff likes to swish about. If it goes up the vent line and later pressure build up forces it further up, it may not come back down via gravity. This was one reason why we implemented a full 1" hose and sent it to a mushroom outlet/inlet by the forward closet. When we pump out we send fresh water down the vent line (important that you don't have line dips here). This flushes the vent line and since we had the vent at the opposite end from the pump out outlet, we also flushed the length of the tank.

Also if you are still using the stanchion vent, check for bugs and spider nests at that tiny outlet. These can also easily block the vent line.

When we replaced the holding tank in our C34 MKII, we also replaced all the hoses and redirected the vent. The hose from the head originally did a strange route going aft from the toilet, then turned under the sink area and looped back forward behind the head and then the nav table down to the tank. I think it was some crazy length like 12 - 14 feet. I cut a new hole behind the toilet and sent the pipe straight back and up towards the port side and then down behind the nav table to the tank under the settee. I think I got the hose length to be like only 8 feet or less. Less hose also means less sh!t potentially sitting in the hose (and less permeating in the future). Definitely, use the Trident Sani hoses. For venting, we redirected forward and up behind the forward berth's port closet (minimum 1" dia. hose).

Main Message Board / Re: Electric pump on ice box drain
« on: July 06, 2018, 01:40:40 PM »
Here's a picture of it.

Main Message Board / Re: Electric pump on ice box drain
« on: July 06, 2018, 01:35:54 PM »
On our C34 MkII the ice box and the shower drain went to the same pump. There was a selector switch in the line that allowed you to switch it over to the ice box whenever you wanted to.

Also, with the dripless style, you need to be aware of the rubber's age and flexibility. As it ages the rubber gets harder and less flexible. I don't remember how often they need to be replaced, but you might want to check that out as well.

Water in different areas can come from different sources. under your prop shaft, I'd expect it to come from your stuffing box, which is pretty normal. If that is excessive then gently tightening the nut can reduce the flow. Just make sure there's still adequate stuffing and your not over tightening.

Under the sink and elsewhere could be coming from loose claps or leaking hoses. Engine vibration over the years can cause wear on hoses that are resting or up against rougher fibreglass areas. Check to make sure they're not leaking. Sometimes slipping a sacrificial piece of hose around your other hoses will allow them to last longer.

Water just under the stair, but on top of the flooring, I found came from the behind the engine area when we would heel and the water the accumulated there couldn't go down the narrow centred drain hole/pipe to the bilge. It instead would flow beside the engine and out the front into the cabin.

We had a MkII and that shower drained into a hose and you had to turn on a pump to force it out (same pump for draining the ice-box). No shower sump box. So unless the pump was on it wouldn't drain. Earlier models might be different.

You also mention a "mystery leak that drains from the walls on port side to the shower floor". Have you checked your deck fitting on the port side by the head? This might be a source. Not exactly there, but in behind the electrical panel we had a leak that caused an electrical short. This turned out to be the holding tank vent line that went to a port stanchion vent. We ended up cutting the through deck fitting off, fiberglassing the deck hole shut re-bed the stanchion and re-vent the tank forwards. The electrical was nice and dry after that.

Best of luck on your leak hunt.

Main Message Board / Re: Cetol remover
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:53:10 AM »
Hmm, I had to do that on the rails of our old C&C 30. I did go with the sand option, mostly because I was not interested in dropping all that caustic to semi-caustic stuff onto the exterior gelcoat. In my case some of the wood had also gone gray so the sanding helped get down to clean wood. Because the sanding dust was all dry it mostly blew aware (did it on the cradle before launch - not to both my neighbours with the dust). Sanded it most in one weekend and brushed the new Cetol on the next weekend. Looked like new.

One person's perspective.

Main Message Board / Re: Tuning my mast
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:45:47 AM »
Those are the general principals for everything from a dinghy to a keel-boat, but there are other things to consider depending on whether you have a furling foresail, deck stepped versus keel stepped mast, etc. Best bet I would say is to identify a local with a similiar setup as yous and find out what they do. Alternatively provided a more detailed description of you rig and setup.

I know hindsight is 20/20, but in the future, make sure that you mark your turnbuckles on all stays and shrouds before removing the mast. Then assembly becomes a much quicker process, and you only need to tweek it after a week or two of sailing.

Main Message Board / Re: Is the c34 right for us?
« on: April 13, 2018, 12:44:10 PM »
The C34 basically meets your requirements (we had a C34 MkII), depending on what your expectations are, but you probably have that already in mind. Three sleeps areas if you count the dinette area. I grew up on a Grampian 26 with a family of five, but it was like camping on the water. So when we had 6 on the 34, no problem from my perspective. but it was a bit more like "camping" again. Don't have a dog. My kids are animal enough, LOL.

We found the cockpit plenty big enough, and the storage adequate for our needs. The wing keel is amazing, allowing us to get into anchorages that few other boats our size could get into. Yep, she was a good boat.

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