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Main Message Board / Re: question about whisker pole
« on: August 12, 2019, 04:58:25 AM »
Both - there is a cleat just above the deck, and a small padeye way up under the deck light by the spreaders. Both are on the mast centerline.

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Main Message Board / Re: question about whisker pole
« on: August 11, 2019, 04:38:15 PM »
Thanks Jim. I did as you suggested and rummaged around in some cans of fittings that had been on the boat and found what looks like a mast ring. I had looked through everything a few years ago but at the time I wasn't thinking of the whisker pole so didn't recognize it. I guess the PO never got to installing it. I'll give it a try!
Carlos

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Main Message Board / Re: question about whisker pole
« on: August 10, 2019, 05:25:08 PM »
Yes that's what I'm starting to suspect. It's big and in the way for something you can't use though... I wouldn't even bring it to the boat until I had the mast set up for it.

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Main Message Board / Re: question about whisker pole
« on: August 10, 2019, 12:10:54 PM »
Thanks Jim. Was your pole usable without the mast fittings? I'm ok adding one but now I'm curious if PO just bought it and never used it, or if there's a different way he attached it.

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Main Message Board / Re: question about whisker pole
« on: August 10, 2019, 09:36:26 AM »
When I bought the boat the pole was stored in chocks on the stanchions.

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Main Message Board / Re: question about whisker pole
« on: August 10, 2019, 09:24:33 AM »
I don't think so, the pad eye is small and way up the mast (12 feet?) and out of reach. I wonder if he used this at all - but then why have it in chocks on the boat?

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Main Message Board / Re: question about whisker pole
« on: August 10, 2019, 09:03:54 AM »
Thanks that helps. There's no ring or track on the mast though...

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Main Message Board / question about whisker pole
« on: August 10, 2019, 06:06:42 AM »
When I bought my C34 the PO had a Forespar whisker pole stored in chocks on the stanchions. I took it off because it was in the way, and at the time I wasn't ready to learn to use it. Now it's a few years later and I'm thinking it might be useful. However, I don't really know how the PO had deployed it, and unfortunately he had passed away and I bought the boat from his family that didn't know any details. From what I have read, typically a whisker pole is attached to the mast via a car on a track, or at least a ring. I don't see anything on the front of my mast except a cleat just above the deck, and a small unused padeye way up, just under the deck/steaming light fixture.

I've attached a photo of the ends of the whisker pole. Can anyone suggest how the PO might have deployed this, or a resource where I can find out more about using it?  I could attach a ring to the mast, but it seems unlikely to me that he had this on the boat with no way to use it... any advice welcome. During the winter I could install a better system once the mast is down.
Carlos 

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Main Message Board / Re: 3D printed Catalina 34 logos
« on: July 27, 2019, 05:28:41 AM »
Bruce, don't worry about payment, he's excited to help. Enjoy the logos!

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Main Message Board / Re: potable water pump
« on: July 17, 2019, 04:03:45 AM »
Roland - I leave my pump on whenever I'm onboard. Does your system have a leak? Mine doesn't run unless I'm using water. Should I turn it off anyway?

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Main Message Board / advice on upgrading mainsheet blocks
« on: July 08, 2019, 07:22:18 AM »
hi all- I've tried to search but unfortunately mainsheet and block are way too commonly used.

My mainsheet blocks on my '86 might still be original. The sheaves aren't in great shape and I'm getting a lot of friction, so I'm looking to replace them and hopefully get smoother run on the mainsheet. I've seen some suggestions (such as Stu) on upgrading to Garhauer blocks - does anyone have advice on that vs. going with the the Catalina Direct "C-34 MkI Mainsheet Block Kit"? https://www.catalinadirect.com/shop-by-boat/catalina-34/rigging/running-rigging/cars-blocks-sheaves/c-34-mki-mainsheet-block-kit/

also I need to replace the blocks at the mast base, any suggestions? All I see are the ones on CD, or maybe Lewmar Synchro Halyard Blocks (though I'm not sure if the jaws will fit my mast base fitting, they don't seem to provide measurements of jaw width).
 
thanks!



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Main Message Board / Re: Hoisting mainsail singlehanded
« on: July 07, 2019, 07:04:09 AM »
I didn't see any reply about size cam cleat to use... Any suggestions?

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Main Message Board / Re: Does anyone know what this is?
« on: July 05, 2019, 06:48:55 PM »
Maybe part of a cotter pin?

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Main Message Board / Re: Water tank clean-out
« on: July 03, 2019, 03:51:34 AM »
I have, thanks for the reminder. I was thinking about the tanks themselves though (sort of related to the BPA craze) . Peggy doesn't really discuss that, it's just about the water.

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Main Message Board / Re: Water tank clean-out
« on: July 02, 2019, 03:58:39 PM »
I've always worried about drinking the water from my '86 tanks. Did you replace yours on your 87, or are they original? Maybe I'm just paranoid. I bring a separate 5gal container for drinking water.

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