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Messages - dfloeter

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Main Message Board / Re: Transmission replacement
« on: July 11, 2019, 08:29:12 AM »
Our rudder had that same crack this year and I was able to repair it.   After grinding out the crack to metal the area was ground back to a good taper I laid in layers of glass starting narrow and ending up wrapping the full length of the taper.   The results looked good and I hope strong.

Main Message Board / Traveling the AICW during hurricane season
« on: July 07, 2019, 08:42:00 AM »
We are leaving Michigan this week for a trip south down the ICW to the Bahamas for the winter and will potentially be in the path of east coast tropical storms this fall.   Fortunately the forecast sounds better than last year.  I have a list of theoretically safe and better protected marinas for hiding out but do wonder if anyone here might have some favorites to put on our list.   We anchor out most of the time but with a named storm coming our way my preference is either a safe dock or hauling the boat and getting out of there.   My current list hopefully is attached.   Any input is appreciated.

Last year I changed over from the v belt on our M35AC to the Balmar serpentine belt.   The left over parts from the change over are: v-belt in great condition Gates 7417),  Balmar machined v-groove pulley (61-0010), raw water pump pulley, left over Balmar spacer and assorted screws.   The v-groove pulley came off of a Balmar 120 amp 6 series alternator.   These are spare parts in a box in my garage that I do not want to toss knowing that someone among us can likely use at least part of this set of junk parts. 

Any takers? For the cost of shipping plus a six pack?

Main Message Board / Re: Cracked rudder advice?
« on: April 27, 2019, 02:41:51 PM »
Thanks Ron and I think I can still do just that and I have a tube of 5200 that still seems usable.

Main Message Board / Re: Cracked rudder advice?
« on: April 27, 2019, 01:41:30 PM »
Thanks but I think mine may already be elliptical, and now much stronger.   5 layers of cloth including 2 of roving and it laid up nicely.  Thanks all.

Main Message Board / Re: Cracked rudder advice?
« on: April 27, 2019, 06:59:41 AM »
Thanks Ken, I just ground out the crack and it went all the way through to the post. The FG skin was cracked all the way down to the step.  There is also a crack on top.  At this point Iím going to grind the main crack on a good taper and reglass it.  I think that is what Catalina would likely recommend.  Onward with the belt sander!

Main Message Board / Cracked rudder advice?
« on: April 26, 2019, 02:05:32 PM »
Leaning on the collective wisdom again.
I dropped the rudder to pull the shaft and found a crack on the forward side of the rudder, at the top and above the step. It looks like itís been there a while and is well painted over. Due to itís position the crack was not visible before.
I am thinking I need to grind the area back, V grind the crack, fill with epoxy and put on a few layers of cloth as strapping to hold it all together. 
Is this overkill? How much stress do we have up there?

Main Message Board / Re: Working on mast cap
« on: April 25, 2019, 02:43:38 AM »
Maybe try the Blue Sea version with a stainless cap to cover the nylon?  As to the ragged hole, I would try to drill it out with a larger bit and file/dremel the edges.

I am interested and could you pass along my email?  thx

Main Message Board / Re: cockpit table
« on: April 23, 2019, 02:35:22 PM »
Very nice work on all counts.  Glenn, how did you attach the extension?

The prop is sold and shipped.    I can provide photos of the spreaders at request.   If I were going to use them, I would likely clean the anodizing off and paint the pair.   I will just tuck them away in the garage for the next person whose spreaders get wrecked.

Along with the prop I also have a spare set of aluminum spreaders with the cast aluminum shims for the base.   The base of one is a little flared but can be reformed with some careful mallet by a skilled individual.    Otherwise, they are not in the least corroded, having been in fresh water only since 1996, have good though not pretty anodizing and would probably benefit with a paint job for esthetics.  How about $150 plus shipping and Paypal fees?

Also in the box sits a nearly perfect stuffing box to replace that old corroded thing that has been in salt water too long.

Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / 15x9 3 blade prop for sale
« on: February 05, 2019, 01:34:55 PM »
I know this is a long shot but this pretty much perfect prop is either a lawn ornament or it will end up on someone else's boat.   It is the standard Catalina issue 15x9 Michigan prop, never in salt, never dinged, probably never even off the boat until last week.   Anybody need a spare or an uncorroded replacement?

Main Message Board / Re: Cabinet top storage on a Mark Two
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:08:21 AM »
The box joints were easier to cut on the table saw than I expected and they acted like hinges on assembly.   Thanks.

Main Message Board / Re: Cabinet top storage on a Mark Two
« on: January 10, 2019, 02:28:12 PM »
This last week, in the cold Michigan winter, I finally designed a solution and built it.   Hopefully the photos, with really bad light under the cover, will post and show the results.    With between 5 and 7 inches above the small cabinets in the salon, the boxes give us an amazing amount of additional storage.   The first step was patterning with excess matt board and a sharp knife.  I chose the dark and very solid Cumaru (think 3x as hard as red oak and the weight of lignum vitae) because I have a pile of it in the garage. Resawn and then planed to just under ⅜", I box jointed the corners because there aren't many square corners and added an ⅛" ply bottom.   The dished front top edge may be cut deeper once we start using the boxes/trays but that will be easy.  I also bored a 2.5 or 3" hole in the exposed end of each box/tray for easier handling.   

The other part of the project was expanding the storage area between the cabinets on both sides in front of the port.    I made an extension piece that covers the original oblong slots with Ĺ" locator dowels countersunk in the back and I reused the original  fiddle.   Screws with fender washers hold these pieces firmly to the cabinets.  The result, I think, came out a little clunky with the cherry still about ⅞" thick but I wanted the strength versus a sleeker look.   I also wanted to avoid permanently altering the factory woodwork in case this did not work.

Thanks for the earlier input.   It helped me to better form the ideas that have been swirling in my head for a couple of years.

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