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Messages - britinusa

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Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: May 17, 2020, 08:57:20 AM »
Arch and solar panel adjustable angle

Now that is an ARCH! Love it. *****
Integrated pushpit gets a bonus point.

and your dodger and bimini look great too.

Very nice!

Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: April 17, 2020, 10:24:56 AM »
Here's how we store the dink. We use a 4:1 handy billy to hoist it for raising / lowering which makes it a whole lot easier than hauling directly on a halyard.

Main Message Board / Re: Solar Arch
« on: March 10, 2020, 09:47:32 AM »
I've been looking at Arches for quite a while.

The back end of Eximius is already crowded. We have 350w of solar on top of our Bimini, so wires are running down the Bimini supports, we have a Radar mounted on a 2" pole with several stabilizing supports and, of course, there is the Pushpit and Swim ladder. We also have 2 Propane tank tubes and regulator hanging off of the Stbd Pushpit.

I saw a cruising video where they were considering adding an arch and making the decision between an integrated (with the pushpit) arch or stand alone arch. They went with the Integrated Arch.

That involved removing the pushpit and incorporating it into the Frame of the Arch. The result was a much cleaner layout, several of the holes from the Pushpit were utilized for the Arch, and in our case, it would really clean up the back end.

So, I'm leaning towards an Integrated Arch, it would have to be custom made. Saving boat bucks.


Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 19, 2020, 07:51:05 PM »
Our Atlantic Tower is what they call a "tower in a box". They come in various sizes and Atlantic Towers was very helpful in picking the right size for us and answered all my stupid questions. Ours is schedule 80 aluminum and is solid as a rock. As memory serves I believe we paid $2300 on sale which included shipping. Installation was a breeze and they have a ton of accessories so you customize it just about any way you want. The only thing to watch out for is to make sure you watch out for the clearance for the mounting bolts because of the location of the storage area in the aft berth on the MKI. But you all know that story...measure a lot of times, drink a stiff shot before you drill holes in your hull. We did relocate the aft nav light on the arch because the dinghy blocks the one mounted on the pushpit.

It's very easy to raise and lower the dinghy and after we lower it into the water we use one of the blocks to lower the outboard. Two people are helpful but it's no big deal for one person either.

I saw them at Annapolis a year ago, impressed!


Main Message Board / Re: Smallest plumbing pipe diameter
« on: February 19, 2020, 07:02:43 PM »
The crimp tool arrived, got the one that makes or breaks the crimps.

So far I figure the cost to be about $150, which includes the Crimp tool, Pipe Cutting tool, crimps, pipe (White, Red, Blue) and the connectors which are mostly Pex to PVC and a bunch of Pex T's and L'bows.

Should start on it next month - I have another project that is creeping up in priorities - New Batteries!


Main Message Board / Re: Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 12, 2020, 01:47:11 PM »

I've got a 10' Cribe RIB, it weighs about 95lbs and aside from locking the painter to the handrail when not in use I don't really tie it down. The weight allows it to rest securely on deck even when it gets wild and wooly. With an 85lb 15hp motor it's a heavy rig but since I use it for diving it works for me. I also have a swim platform on the transom which would be a problem with davits, but that doesn't mean davit wouldn't be a good solution for someone else.

Do you keep it on deck upright? That's what we do right now, hoisting to / from the deck with a handy billy which even my wife can pull sufficiently to hoist the dink sans engine (that gets hoisted and stored on the port aft rail stowage.)


Main Message Board / Re: Smallest plumbing pipe diameter
« on: February 12, 2020, 06:11:32 AM »
Great input, thanks!

Plan is to use the standard (I think that's PEX-B) and crimp fittings.
White will be for unpressurized cold water (from the tanks to the Manifold before the pump and to the pump)
Red for pressurized hot water (from HW Tank to T then to Galley Faucet and Head Faucet and Shower Thermostat)
Blue for pressurized Cold water (from Pump to Manifold - Drinking water faucet, Galley Sink Faucet, Hot Water tank inlet, Head Cold water faucet, shower Thermostat)

Researching supply manifold options - looking for ball valves with pex connections.

I'll update my plumbing diagram when I have all the bits.

Thanks guys.


Main Message Board / Re: Smallest plumbing pipe diameter
« on: February 06, 2020, 02:00:35 PM »

Main Message Board / Davits... do you have them?l
« on: February 06, 2020, 07:05:32 AM »
Before I plunge for a pair of davits, I'm curious how many c34 have them.

Also, if you have them, about how high from the water is the dinghy when fully raised?



Main Message Board / Smallest plumbing pipe diameter
« on: February 06, 2020, 06:58:27 AM »
I'm looking at replumbing our hot and cold water pipes.

Preference would be to get away from hose and clamp style and use push in pipes and fittings.

Any input?

And recommendations for the smallest diameter pipe?



Main Message Board / Re: Mk II gas storage
« on: January 12, 2020, 07:47:32 AM »
I'm a bit obsessed about Gasoline in lockers.

When we spent 3 weeks in the Abacos Bahamas, we had 2 5gal gas canisters secured to the stbd side rail (with 3 5 gal Diesel canisters) all of the gas cans had custom can covers made of Sunbrella. I have a SS tube between two stanchions with straps sewn to the covers that both keep the cover on in high winds and also secure the cans to the SS tube - using quick side release buckles - no tying involved.

We also had 4 6 gallon water tanks on the Port side. Those were the military style - tall thin canisters. I much prefer that style and am replacing both the gas and diesel canisters with the same style.

Our outboard is a 4hp Merc, it can use an external tank but we don't. I keep an empty 1 gallon jug in the stbd locker and fill it before taking the dink away from the boat. After stowing the engine on the rail mount, I empty the 1 gal tank  draining into a 5 gal tank. If necessary,  after leaving it to vent hanging over the side, so that I can store an empty, vented tank in the port side locker.

I have not yet figured out how long the engine will run with a full internal tank and a spare 1 gallon.

I have a Main and gib for our C34 Mk 1 1987. I replaced them in 2016, they're useable.


Main Message Board / Re: Galley makeover and cooler space ideas
« on: December 19, 2019, 04:06:05 PM »
FYI, I installed a 3 filter and UV system in our water works, all of it fits under the sink and behind the triple drawer unit after I trimmed a few inches off of the back of it.

It's a single Whole house filter for the water going into the pump and then a 2 stage filter with UV unit inline with the drinking water faucet.


Main Message Board / Re: New Dodger
« on: December 05, 2019, 08:05:13 PM »
I'm with you Ron.

When the Dodger is complete, there'll be an additional 'hand rail' that will reach from the forward handrail bolt on the Dodger forward and down to the cabin top just aft of the wooden handrail on each side.

Making great progress. Today I finished the Top and the Front Window Panel. Friday I start on the side windows. My appreciation for the amount that the pro's charge grows daily! I'll be updating the cost details when it's all done.


Main Message Board / Re: New Dodger
« on: November 17, 2019, 08:29:07 AM »
Dodger Frame extensions have been added, just need to cut them to the correct length to ensure the Frame is below the minimum boom height.

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