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Messages - steveg

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Main Message Board / Re: Halogen light bulb wattage?
« on: April 01, 2020, 11:33:06 AM »

I would change out all the lights from halogen to LED lights. There are not as hot, longer lasting and a lower drain on the batteries then halogens. I have changed out the lights on my boat (2001 34 mkii) from the eye ball fixtures with LED lights. I tried the disc LED style lights with the two pins. The problem with them, is that you cannot align the two pins because it blocks your view and makes it almost impossible to get it in. I went with the tower LED lights with the two pins, and they worked just fine. I tried two sizes and found the the smaller ones gave plenty of light. I also did them for the running lights as well. Some of the other lights in the cabin have a different style. There are festoon bulbs if I remember correctly. You can get them from Catalina Direct or from Dr. Led lights. If you have any questions, Let me know.

Steve G.

Main Message Board / Re: Battery Orientation
« on: January 28, 2020, 12:16:50 PM »
Tim,  a parallel set up allows one battery with a lower voltage to bring down the others until the voltage is equalized. The big problem would be if one battery has a short, then it would drain all the other ones down. If it goes unchecked, then the remaining two would sulfate the batteries if not caught in a reasonable time.


Main Message Board / Re: Canvas Cockpit Enclosure
« on: October 07, 2019, 11:57:40 AM »
Jim, if you do not want the enclosures, then I would be interested. My boat hull number is real close to yours. It is hull #1572 and I am located in Milwaukee, Wi.

Main Message Board / Re: sheer stripe tape 2001 MKll
« on: September 12, 2019, 06:14:55 AM »
Jim, I had the same problem over 10 years ago when we had a northeastern storm that scuffed up the rub rail and stripe tape in our slip. Yes, you can get replacement tapes from Catalina Direct. Just make sure that you give them your model year, color and width of the tape.

Main Message Board / Re: Who can supply a stern pulpit?
« on: August 03, 2019, 12:50:04 PM »
Allatsea,  The original supplier of stern rails to Catalina is a company called Railmakers, it is located in Los Angeles. I had them make new stern rails a few years ago that were modified special for me. They fit perfectly into the original mount locations. The gentleman I contacted was Dave Hawley and his number is 949-642-6506. I believe that they are still in business as far as I know.

My boat is a 2001 C34mkii.


Main Message Board / Re: Jib Fairlead Track
« on: November 22, 2018, 09:26:59 AM »
 I had the same thoughts. I measured the area in front of the track and the most you can add is 2 since the stays are in the way plus you need some room to put track blocks on. So I asked Catalina that question when I was at the Annapolis sailboat show this year.

I gave them my thought of replacing the standard 8 track to a standard 10 track since only two additional holes need to be drilled for each track. They said it can be done. You can grind the anti skid down to a smooth surface or just go over the existing pattern. You just need to make sure with the second option that enough chalking is there to seal the holes since there will be a slight gap from rise of the track.


Main Message Board / Re: Jib Fairlead Track
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:33:08 PM »
I have two Low Lead Cars from Garhauer that came with the boat. They are an older version and in good shape. If you would like, I can give you a good deal on them if you are interested.


Main Message Board / Re: Jib Fairlead Track
« on: November 19, 2018, 10:39:41 AM »
Dale, I have a 2001 Catalina 34 mkii as well and you are correct in that the genoa track is 1.25. I bought  1.25 adjustable track cars from Garhauer. If you have the means, buy them, they are great.

Steve Guhl

Main Message Board / Re: Bowsprit for Catalina 34 Mk II
« on: June 25, 2018, 01:42:08 PM »
Dfloeter, I just arrived back home from the race last night. I have the pictures on my phone but am unable to get them onto this forum. If you would like, I can send them to your cell phone. Otherwise, Does anyone know how to get photos from an I phone onto this site?


Main Message Board / Re: Bowsprit for Catalina 34 Mk II
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:16:12 PM »
Dfloeter,  I will be at the boat tomorrow to get it ready for the Queens Cup race this Friday, so I will get some pictures. We will see if I am successful posting them.


Main Message Board / Re: Bowsprit for Catalina 34 Mk II
« on: June 20, 2018, 04:28:17 AM »
Noah,  I have a Selden 075-075-70 gennaker bowsprit on my boat that I bought at the Chicago Boat show.  It was the one that allows the tackline to go through the bowsprit.  I tied off the port side mainsheet  to the deck mounted block so that the tackline can lead straight back to the cockpit where the mainsheet used to be. It works great and gives me the ability to control the tension on the luff of the assymetric spinnaker.


Main Message Board / Re: Bowsprit for Catalina 34 Mk II
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:11:29 AM »

Yes, you can mount it there. I have my bowsprit on the port side forward of the anchor locker. I keep it stored on deck with a bow bracket mounted in front of the anchor locker with padeyes mounted on the deck with one in front of the cabin for storage and the other just aft end of the anchor locker when you need to extend the bowsprit to fly the assymetric spinnaker.

 I leave a small section of the bowsprit protruding in front of the bowsprit ring when it is stored. It does not take up much room and has not been a problem. I do have some storage mounts on the port stanchions in case I want to get it off the deck and use the anchor. My boat is a Catalina 34 mkii 2001.

Steve G.

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