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Messages - Mick Laver

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Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 14, 2020, 01:08:39 PM »
We store our 8'11" Achilles RIB upside-down on the foredeck. It's secured forward with a single strap from the painter ring to a Wichard 6505 folding padeye. Aft is secured on each side from the handles on the dink to the C34's grab rails. I'll also run a 3" ratcheting strap (not pictured) across the bottom (well the top, since it's upside down) that attaches to the forward shrouds' chain plates. This configuration is pretty secure, we can open the forward hatch a bit for ventilation if needed, there's plenty of room forward on the foredeck to work the anchor or deploy an asym, and the sidedecks are clear so we're not stumbling over tie-down lines if we have to go forward. Since it's usually just the two of us 8'11" is just fine.

We can have the dink in the water in about five minutes, with me guiding it and Sherrie providing the muscle on the spinnaker halyard. Even so, we still have to do all the other stuff that's associated with installing the outboard and getting the dink ready. We do look with some envy and those folks with davits who can have their boat in the water and ready to roll in two minutes.

- Mick

Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 10, 2020, 06:31:44 PM »
Hi folks
Well this post is timely. I've been considering dink davits (see post on on-deck gas storage) but I've always considered a 34 too small. I expected a lot more responses since dinghy stowage and deployment is an issue we all deal with at one point or another. It would be great to hear everyone's opinion and/or experience. But then there's this:

Mick Laver, Noah, Phil Spicer and 17 Guests are viewing this board.

C'mon guys! 35 bucks a year is a small price for such an invaluable resource as the C34 list.

Main Message Board / Re: Mk II gas storage
« on: January 29, 2020, 12:08:21 PM »
Yeah I kind of lucked out. I think most boats of my vintage have the capstan-only version of the VW500. The first owner of the boat sailed out of Oxnard and cruised the Channel Islands frequently. Since the anchorages tend to be deeper he carried 100' of chain and 220' of 5/8" rope for his rode. He specified the combo head for the VW500 when he bought the boat. A friend bought a 2000 '34 about six years ago and tried to replace his capstan with the combo. No go, since Maxwell doesn't make them anymore. Quite frustrating for him, so he wound up replacing the 500 with a VW10-8.

Must be nice to have a gypsy for your chain.

Main Message Board / Re: Mk II gas storage
« on: January 28, 2020, 12:43:10 PM »
Thanks all for the replies and suggestions. I've decided to accept my friend's gracious offer of the 8hp Yamaha 2-stroke. Fuel in the cockpit lockers is a non-starter, but I can replace my 1.25 ga and 2.5 ga gas containers with a single 3 ga mix that will live in the anchor locker when not on the dink. See picture. I only see using the generator on longer trips, and then I'd have one or two 5ga gas containers on the rail. I can just transfer some gas to an empty 1.25 ga for the generator or to the 3ga for the Yamaha. Well that's the working theory.

Yes the 8hp 2-stroke weighs more  (by 20 lbs) than my 3.5hp 4-stroke, and where I could just lift the 3.5 off the rail mount and place it in the dinghy we'll have to use our Garhauer davit to drop the 8hp. We tried to do this yesterday and my wife was able to drop and lift the 8hp fairly easily with the davit. That's good, but I'm somewhat concerned that it's a process I can no longer do myself. I have been resisting dinghy davits, but they may be in our future.

Main Message Board / Mk II gas storage
« on: January 02, 2020, 11:58:59 AM »
Happy New Year, all.

I've recently got a new dink to replace my 1999 9'2" Avon. Great boat, but things do wear out. The 8'9" RIB I replaced it with seems to require a bit more oomph than the 3.5hp Tohatsu 4-stroke I've been using. The manufacturer (Achilles) recommends a 6hp, so I've been looking at the Tohatsu or Yamaha 6hp 4-strokes but haven't pulled the trigger. I was talking to a cruiser friend and he offers me a free 8hp Yamaha 2-stroke that he bought new in Panama. Knowing him it's in good shape, but six years ago I got rid of an Evinrude 3hp 2-stroke and bought the 3.5 Tohatsu so I didn't have to find storage for both gas (the generator) and gas-oil mix for the outboard. If I accept the 8hp Yamaha I'm right back to where I was with figuring out how to accommodate two different kinds of fuel on a (relatively) small boat.

Has anyone come up with a good solution for gas storage on a Mk II ... or a Mk I for that matter? Right now I can store 5 gallons (one 2.5ga can, two 1.25ga cans) in the anchor locker fairly easily. If we go a long distance I can store a 5 ga can on the rail as well. Thanks.

Main Message Board / Re: raymarine ST 4000+ conversion to EV 100
« on: September 15, 2019, 10:01:52 AM »
Hi Dan,
Well I'd *like* to help. I just don't understand why the wheel wouldn't turn properly after replacing the drive belt, especially if everything was working before and it was the correct replacement belt. Buying a new wheel seems a little drastic, even more so if it's not an ST4000+ wheel/drive (which you can still get - see I seriously doubt the drive for a EV100 is compatible with the ST4000+ "head."

It seems coincidental to a belt change, but is there a possibility your ST4000+ head has gone belly up? I had a SeaTalk failure in mine back in 2013, and at the time Raymarine had a flat rate repair policy. My 4000+ has been a rock ever since. (He says knocking on wood.)

I'd agree with Dave. The Raymarine forum is probably the best place to start. You might have to wait a day or so for the answer/suggestion, but they've helped me out a lot.

Main Message Board / Re: Reefing system
« on: September 14, 2019, 09:46:26 PM »
Hi Andre,
Here's some detail of my second reef. The 2nd reef blocks are hung from "dogbones", both on the starboard side of the sail. The first reef blocks are also hung from dogbones, but on the port side of the sail. Since both the first and second reefing lines go through blocks (on deck, on the sail, and in the boom) friction is minimized. The sail comes down pretty easy. I'm using single line "slab" reefing, so each reef requires one line. For the first reef I used 60 ft (18.3M) of 5/16" (8 mm) of Sampson LST. For the second reef I used 90 ft (27.5M) of the same line.

Again, if you're just making the sail you might want to get the sailmaker to add loops in your sail at the reef cringles so you don't have to use dog bones. You can just hang the blocks on the loops, if you decide to go this way.

Main Message Board / Re: Reefing system
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:04:47 AM »
I think a hook for the first reef and lines led to the cockpit for the second and third is a very bad idea. I'm not sure of the weather conditions where you sail (perhaps you could add that to your signature?), but chances are you'll use the first reef 20 times for each time you use the second. (The third? My sail is coming down.) The goal is to make it easier and safer so you'll be more inclined to do it when the "maybe I should take a reef" thought comes into your head. The whole idea of slab or 2-line reefing is that you won't have to leave the cockpit because your reefing line(s) and main halyard winches are all in the same place.

I will try to take some pictures for you this weekend.

Main Message Board / Re: Reefing system
« on: September 07, 2019, 11:05:31 AM »
Hi Andre,
When you say it is always "blocked" does that mean the sail won't come down, or does it mean that you can't pull your reefing line in any more?

Your slab reefing system is probably like mine was, where the line comes up from the cabin top on the port side of the boom, goes through the forward reef cringle (first reef)  and down to the starboard side of the boom, through the boom to the end, up the starboard side of the boom to the aft reef cringle, and then down the port side of the sail and tied off on the boom. Is that correct? There is a lot of friction in that system, and it can be made a lot smoother by putting small blocks (I used Harken 2149 Carbo T2 40mm) at the reef cringles and having the reefing line go up and down the same side of the sail.

If you're just having your sail made you may consider having small loops put in at the reef cringles. Your first reef would have the loops on the port side of the sail, the second reef would have the loops on the starboard side.

I can show you some pictures, but please let me know if this translates OK.

Main Message Board / Re: Holding Tank Vent Question
« on: May 06, 2019, 09:44:35 PM »
Not hard to imagine. I measured mine at 13 gallons to the very tippy top.

Main Message Board / Re: Mantus on bow roller
« on: April 09, 2019, 06:00:15 PM »
Thanks guys. I've gone ahead and ordered one (Fisheries Supply in Seattle has them marked down substantially until tomorrow.) I know they're great anchors.

Main Message Board / Mantus on bow roller
« on: April 05, 2019, 11:45:40 AM »
Iím considering getting a 35# Mantus as a back-up anchor for my Rocna 15, since the Mantus can be disassembled to be stowed. However, the spade on the Mantus seem to be more angled back than the Rocna, making me wonder if it will sit properly in the anchor roller without jabbing into the gellcoat on the bow. This is the standard roller on a Mk II.


Main Message Board / Re: San Diego slips
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:01:05 PM »
Hey Rob,
Welcome to SD! See you on the water.

Here's a plug for the SD Catalina Association. We meet the second Thursday of the month (except July and December) at Silver Gate YC on Shelter Island.

If you'd like more info just send a PM.

Main Message Board / Re: Poor exhaust water flow
« on: January 16, 2019, 06:21:54 PM »

Main Message Board / Re: Steam in exhaust M35B
« on: January 13, 2019, 06:10:15 PM »
Hi Dale,
No, I don't think that occluded hose was the problem. I replaced all the hoses in the cooling system (fresh and raw) from the intake through-hull to the exhaust riser nipple and that was a "yikes why didn't I do this sooner?" moment. The steam issue began later when I swapped my Sherwood G-908 for an Oberdorfer N202-908.

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