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Messages - billmathus

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« on: November 12, 2013, 03:56:35 PM »
Digging into my 1988 Catalina 34 electrical system I have determined that the Engine Wiring Harness upgrade was not done by previous owners.  I have studied the info provide herein, and called Seaward today only to discover they do not offer the harness kit any longer.  BUT, Dennis Igarashi  - cell - (626) 374-6422 does offer the kits and the harness - apparently he used to be a part of Seaward and as moved on but has an inventory of parts..  The kit is now $54 (subject to change) and the harness - listed in this site as costing $35 back when everyone else did the upgrade - is now $140 (subject to change).

Added by Stu 11/13/13:

Bill, Seaward was bought out by Whale, who no longer sell to the public.  Dennis used to work for Seaward and is selling off the remaining stock he accumulated.  Thanks for his phone #, I posted about this earlier.,7405.0.html

Main Message Board / Extra Batteries ???
« on: October 14, 2013, 11:12:21 PM »
A previous owner added 2 batteries - total of 4 - to my 1988 Catalina 34.  Two starter batteries, in parallel, have been added in the Lazerette, and two house batteries, in parallel, are located in the battery compartment under the forward salon table seat.  The wiring runs are somewhat confusing, but seem to work well enough. I am wondering if the added capacity is worth the loss of storage in the lazerette - not to mention the added weight in the stern.  I am considering going back to the original design, and keeping it all very simple.  Are two 27 series batteries (1 house and 1 starter) sufficient for everything onboard?(wondering why the change was made in the first place).  Any thoughts or opinions will be appreciated.

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