Join the C34 Association Today!
[C34 Home] [C34Tech Notes] [C34 Tech Wiki] [Join!]
Please login or register.
Advanced search  


Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - Rick Roberts

Pages: [1] 2 3
Main Message Board / Re: Rear Pulpit seats.
« on: November 05, 2019, 01:18:26 PM »
Why bother with the pushpit modification?

That's what we had before and let me tell you Stu that the comfort difference is worth the money for us since we use them every day.

Main Message Board / Re: MK1 in anchor locker windlass install
« on: November 05, 2019, 01:08:40 PM »
We used to have a Lewmar V700 which has been used extensively while it was sailed twice to Mexico and anchored 99% of the time. We love the fact the motor was protected and wasn't coming in contact with saltwater. When we pulled it out, it was over 10 years old and replaced it with a Lewmar V3 for the simple reason that the V700 wouldn't be handling 5/16 chain and the 300 feet of chain we just purchased. It was a bit of a nightmare when we realized the foot print of the V700 was actually bigger than the V3!  :shock: We had to reglass the deck and while we were there I raised it and reinforced it. Anyway, all that to say the vertical windlass hasn't been awesome for us and worked like a charm matched with the Mantus bow roller. Here's a few pictures  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Rear Pulpit seats.
« on: November 05, 2019, 09:46:28 AM »
We made ours in Mexico with the help of a Metal fabricator for fairly cheap and got some propane tank support at the same time. We quite like them and give us plenty of extra space in the lazarette.

Main Message Board / Re: Keel Hull Joint... rust?
« on: July 01, 2019, 02:00:53 PM »
We had a similar problem with our keel and ended dropping it. The were some serious fiberglass delamination and minor rust streak coming out of it. We documented our work during the process, here's the video if you are interested;

Hope that helps a little bit.


Main Message Board / Re: Singlehanding the Sea of Cortez + Video
« on: May 16, 2019, 01:07:46 PM »
Thanks guy! The plan for now is to sail North of the Sea of Cortez for the hurricane season until next November. Then sail to Central America before starting our South Pacific Crossing in March. The youtube channel is about a year behind and there's lots footawge more coming.

Hi Sojourney,
Yes it's still for sale and it's for a fin keel boat. You can contact me directly to


Main Message Board / Singlehanding the Sea of Cortez + Video
« on: April 27, 2019, 08:45:45 AM »
Last year, I had the best time singlehanding in the Sea of Cortez on this boat formerly known as SV Blackdragon. It was such a treat, not having to rush from a place to another and not being on a schedule. For the first time I had the luxury of understanding what it means to ACTUALLY going with the wind. Sailing from anchor to anchor at times. It didn't matter if I was going 2 or 7 knots. In this video I also give some feedback about the Sailrite sails I made.

Let me know what you guys think. I love making those videos and looking forward of making more. Feedback will be greatly appreciated and well received!

Youtube video:

Main Message Board / Re: Cracked rudder advice?
« on: April 27, 2019, 08:31:16 AM »
If you ever consider switching to a elliptical rudder. I have one for sale  8) PM is you're interested.

Jon W, that rode counter is waterproof isn't?

Here's a photo of the new anchoring setup before splashing

Thanks! I drilled the hole for the new windlass, which was an excessive 1inch a half of solid fibreglass and installed the new Lewmar V3. Upgraded the wiring, fuse and breaker.

I also installed an AutoAnchor chain counter which was pretty tricky to install. Had to run an extra 8 wires from the windlass to the pedestal, thru the 1-inch tubing. Now I can see exactly how much chain/rode is out and control it from the helm. Totally forgot to take pictures before flying to Canada for the Holidays, will back to the boat in Mexico in 2 weeks. Will take a few pictures of the new setup when I'm back. :thumb:

Main Message Board / Re: Manus swivel
« on: January 15, 2019, 12:40:42 AM »
Thinking about putting a mantus swivel on my 5/16 chain and 32lb bruce anchor.  The rep at mantus recommended the S1.
Appreciate any thoughts about the product and size.

I got the S2 Mantus swivel with 5/16 chain and a 45lbs Mantus. I know the website mention that the S1 and S2 would be the proper size for 5/16 chain. I only decided to go with the S2 because we have plans to do extensive cruising, living at anchor every single day and the working load/breaking strength is stronger than the chain. I'm sure it would help to solve your issue, a lot of old school guys will try to tell you they are the weakest link of your chain but that isn't true anymore.

Gelcoat almost completed

fiberglassing and gelcoat

Inside and starting to glass

Pages: [1] 2 3