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Catalina 34s for Sale / Re: 1999 Catalina 34 MK II
November 21, 2023, 08:30:03 PM
We're getting out of boating for a while. Too many other things going on in life.
Catalina 34s for Sale / 1999 Catalina 34 MK II
October 17, 2023, 11:55:56 AM
1999 Catalina 34 MKII – Fin Keel and Tall Rig Model (perfect design for the Pacific Northwest sailing) with Universal M35 Diesel engine (2802 hrs.)
"Calypso" is one of those rare gems in the boating world that you can instantly see has been extremely well maintained, updated, and serviced. When you first see her, it's apparent this boat truly has been an owner's passion and show's much newer than her age.
Since the introduction of the Mark I model in 1985, the Catalina 34 has built a well deserved reputation as a classic blend of performance, comfort and value. The devoted following of Catalina 34 owners now stretches worldwide, making it the most popular 34' sailboat ever built.
This MK II offers the best in cruising accommodations and ease of handling. Her walk-through transom and the wide cockpit is second to none in size, comfort, safety and conveniences.
Below deck you are treated to a bright spacious salon, private forward and aft cabins, convenient aft head, and complete galley. So many upgrades have been completed that a personal tour is needed.
Equipped (less owner's personal items) with the following:
• Multiple sails - all serviced by Leitch & McBride
• Dutchman flaking mainsail system
• 10' Inflatable Gala dingy
• Torqeedo Electric (dingy) motor
• Custom SS Stern line spool and sunbrella cover (300' ½" floating line)
• Dickinson BBQ
• Dickinson propane cabin heater
• Engel fridge/freezer
• "Froli" v-berth bed spring system and additional foam mattress
• Custom SS 300 watt Solar panel arch w/ MPPT controller
• 3 x Firefly Carbon Foam AGM house batteries and separate AGM start battery
• Xantrex Sine Wave Inverter
• Custom added upper galley wood (look) cabinet doors
• Custom added galley sink backsplash
• Custom added cabin settee table leg system
• Garmin SideVu Sonar
• Garmin Radar
• Garmin 12" touch screen chart plotter
• ICOM IC-M506 VHF radio
• ICOM Helm command VHF
• Victron Bluetooth Battery monitor
• Kenwood Bluetooth Stereo w/ speakers
• New mast head wind vane
• Rocna 15kg anchor w/spare Bruce anchor
• Toshiba Dehumidifier
• Lots of spare parts/fluids etc.

Never grounded or damaged.

Located at Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Victoria, BC.
$95,307 USD/$130,000 CDN
Main Message Board / Re: Wind indicator
July 21, 2022, 12:34:37 PM
I'm not at the boat right now but it's an older Raymarine. I've upgraded the rest of the nav equipment to Garmin (really like) but never changed out the wind indicator or autopilot yet. Thinking I should go with a new Garmin wireless GNX wind pack.
Main Message Board / Re: Wind indicator
July 21, 2022, 12:03:43 PM
This is what I'm thinking as the wind speed at masthead is more important than at water level. The other data is a nice to have but not as important to me now and on my budget..
Main Message Board / Wind indicator
July 21, 2022, 11:36:14 AM
My old wind indicator looks to have finally failed. Wind direction is good but wind speed doesn't work and I'm told the parts and/or repairs are not available. So, I'm looking at upgrading. My boat tech is recommending an Airmar 120 WX weather station as it will plug right into my backbone and gives me all sorts of info on the Garmin, including barometric, temp, etc. in addition wind speed and direction.
However, this unit looks like it gets mounted at cabin height or possibly at radar height - not mast top. It seems to me that I want wind speed and direction readings for mast height and this unit is more suited to a power vessel?? Beyond that, these things are not cheap!

Anybody have some recommendations on what I need/should go to? 
Main Message Board / Re: 12 vdc plug
August 31, 2021, 08:02:15 AM
I did go with a decent (sturdy) cigarette plug for our Engle and just put it in a protected area where it wouldn't get knocked. The good thing about staying with this is we can easily move the Engle to the car or ? and not have to mess with the 12v plug.

I'd almost guarantee that it's the filter/screen being blocked up as frankya said. turn off the pump and you can pull it fairly easily. If you don't have a replacement, use a water hose and blow backwards through it to clean it out and replace.
If it's clogged, you may find you have to do this a few times as you may have some sludge in your water tanks/lines.
Main Message Board / attached cockpit seat cushions
March 04, 2021, 11:27:24 AM
Has anyone come up with a good way to secure the cockpit cushions so they don't slide about? Seems to be a bit of an annoyance for me and a safety issue when coming back to the cockpit from the foredeck as they can slip out especially if healing.
Ideally, we keep them stowed when sailing but with guests and family aboard.... and also, for me when cranking winches, they are great to kneel on but easily skid about.
I'm thinking of putting folding pad-eye's along the edge or????

Thanks for any suggestions.
I've decided to pull these from the sale bin and keep them as spares. I'll re-list them again if my plans change.

Main Message Board / Re: Galvanic Isolator?
February 24, 2021, 02:24:01 PM
Hi Rob,

On my boat it is exactly as Jim had mentioned and easily found/viewed. If not apparent, could a P/O have removed it for some reason?
Just finished replacing my HW heater hoses on my 99 MKII. Not quite the same as others had mentioned as it turns out there's a fibreglass channel that the hoses run through under the sole. With the age and eventual hardness baked into them, very difficult to get them to back out of that channel with the hardened bends in them.
I wound up having to run the two new hoses along side that old hose channel. The old hoses were just chopped and left in the channel as it would have meant cutting the floor apart to get them out.

Not much of a fun job to do but, based on the compromised hose condition, a great job to get done!
Have now completed replacement of most all the crucial hoses on the boat!

Sanitation hoses next. Yuck!
For what it's worth, the PO of our Calypso had installed two panels on a custom arch. It was one of the things that really caught my eye on this boat as I love the lines of the 34's w/o too much added structures that I feel take away from the look.

Mine probably isn't that unique but I'm interested to see how Paul's approach works in relation.
Main Message Board / Re: Surfing on a C34
February 03, 2021, 03:49:07 PM
Thanks Paul and love the stories and advice. Certainly inspiring and I sure hope to be staying as involved as you for years to come.

Thanks Stu,
Great advice and exactly what I was looking for. I was doing it as you've suggested and just confirming to know I have a good grasp on best practises.
Main Message Board / Re: Updated advice on Engel
February 03, 2021, 03:42:21 PM
Just a quick follow-up. I built a small 3 3/4" high shelf (14 x 15") that elevates the Engel MT35 enough to back it in fully under the nav table. I found this to be unused space and ideal for this addition to our galley.
Just thought I'd share my final location placement for those that might consider something like this.
Main Message Board / Re: Surfing on a C34
February 03, 2021, 02:29:01 PM
Hi Stu,
Your first reef point looks very similar to mine. I'd say it would shorten my sail by about 4-5'. Doesn't sound like a 2nd reef point is as needed as it might if you were off-shore sailing..

My (novice) question regarding shortened head sail was meant to ask; if I have a fully deployed genoa and want to shorten it - easy peasy, just roller it in however much.
But, if no genoa is deployed and if in a stronger blow, you wanted to put out a shortened head sail, do you fully deploy and then roller it in? or; slowly deploy until you have your desired amount of sail out? I've tried both options but without flogging the sail dramatically and or have extra hands on board, that 2nd option can be a challenge single handed.
Just wondered how is the recommended (easiest) way...