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It looks like we might have a good turnout for Fleet 1's upcoming cruise to Monterey!
As of this writing we have 3 boats possible with openings for a few more.
We will be departing out San Francisco on Monday morning, May 15th, arriving at Pillar Point Harbor in Beautiful Half Moon Bay that afternoon.  At this time, I have no organized activities planned for HMB, but there are several great dinner spots within walking distance of the harbor.
We'll depart HMB early in the morning for the long sail to Santa Cruz on Tuesday, May 16th.  Again, I don't have any activities planned for Santa Cruz, but there are a few good restaurants close by. We'll leave Santa Cruz Wednesday morning for what is usually an amazing sail across Monterey Bay to the Monterey Municipal Marina. The last time we sailed across Monterey Bay there were dolphin, whale, and harbor seal sightings everywhere!  A few lucky skippers even saw several Killer whales!
After arriving at the Marina Wednesday afternoon folks can check out the nearby Fisherman's Wharf for great food and shops. The sunset in Monterey during the spring is always a thing of beauty. Who knows, an impromptu dock party might spring up near our boats!
We'll spend the entire next day in Monterey exploring Cannery Row and perhaps the Famous Monterey Bay Aquarium!
I will organize a group dinner for the Fleet Thursday night once I get a good attendee headcount. Our Fleet dinners are always a blast with many tales of the week's sailing.
Friday Morning it's off once again to Santa Cruz and from there to HMB by Saturday night, then a nice sail north back into San Francisco Bay Sunday afternoon to complete this amazing trip.
Like I've said before, if you've never made this trip, this is a terrific opportunity to get some coastal sailing under your belt with a good group of experienced skippers. With 5 to 7 boats travelling as a group, it provides a safer experience to view the incredible California coastline.
Please contact me as soon as possible with your availability and headcounts so I can finalize arrangements at the different marinas. I'll have more information for the attendees very soon. Time is running out, so get ahold of me ASAP!

Rick Allen
Fleet 1 Cruise Chair
Fleet 1 / 2016 Fleet 1 Cruising Video
January 14, 2017, 11:02:33 PM
2016 Cruising destinations
Half Moon Bay
Ballena Bay

Thanks for a great season. Enjoy!
Main Message Board / Re: Autohelm Parts Source
October 06, 2016, 04:12:14 PM
Good source!

Thanks Jim!
Main Message Board / Re: Let's talk Macerators...
October 04, 2016, 04:01:53 PM
Thanks for all for your great comments and suggestions.

I agree that a good route would be: Toilet to Y valve, then either to tank or thru hull. IIRC, my only existing thru hull is 1"ID. This might present an issue going from 1-1/2" to 1" at the Y valve. The existing thru hull was the 1" discharge from the macerator.

Ken, I love your setup with the trap, but I don't see that happening unless I raise the holding tank and that presents a million more problems.
I guess I'll look into the fittings needed to replace the small hose between the tank and the macerator with sch40 PVC.

It's always good to get some differing opinions!

Thanks again.

Welcome to Canada Stu! We miss you down here my friend. 
Main Message Board / Re: Let's talk Macerators...
October 03, 2016, 04:00:17 PM
Jon, I cheated.
I cleaned the top of the holding tank like crazy with 409, then I applied a few coats of Rust-Oleum flat black spray paint for plastics.
Looks good so far!!
Main Message Board / Let's talk Macerators...
October 03, 2016, 02:04:14 PM
I'm not happy with the way the macerator is installed on my 1988 MKI. I know this has been discussed before in the forum, but I haven't yet seen a good solution. With the way it's installed now, effluence will continually sit in the short hose between the holding tank and the macerator and accelerate permeation. Since I'm currently replacing all my sanitary hoses, I'm thinking of perhaps using PVC instead of hose between the tank and macerator or just not replacing the macerator at all and plugging the fitting from the tank.

My main sailing area is SF Bay and I do a little coastal cruising. In the 12 years I've owned this boat, I've only used the macerator once.
I tend to believe times have changed since the macerator was installed 28 years ago. Pump out stations are more plentiful now than they were back then, and with the rapidly increasing number of "No Discharge Zones", I don't see myself using the new macerator much. I don't take long voyages. If I install a new macerator, effluence will just sit in the short hose and increase its permeation time.

Installing a short schedule 40 PVC pipe would work if I could align it correctly and work out the fitting issues. Has anybody done this? Any tips?

Here's a link to some photos of the area and my progress so far. Everything is out and I've used Bilgekote to brighten up some of the spaces.

As Stu would say: Your boat, your choice....



Greetings fellow cruisers! I hope everyone had a great summer on the water!

Our next Fleet 1 Cruise is fast approaching!  This time we'll be heading over to beautiful Ballena Isle Marina on Alameda's west shore on Friday September 23rd through Sunday the 25th. I believe this will be a short cruise for most of us.

I'm looking to set Saturday night's group dinner at nearby Pier 29 Restaurant.

As usual, please contact me as soon as possible for slip reservations and dinner attendees.

This is our last cruise of the year so let's make it a fun one!!!

Thanks all and I'll get more information out soon!


C34 IA Fleet 1 Cruise Chair
This is a older video of my boat being splashed after some bottom paint. At 1:04 into the vid you can see the wing keel hitting the water just a nanosecond before the rudder. this of course assumes that the waterline is level..

Great information Jon!


Fleet 1 / Benicia Cruise, June 3-5, 2016
May 10, 2016, 04:43:01 PM
Fellow cruisers, Thank you all for the great turnout at Half Moon Bay!! We drew quite a lot of boats for a coastal trip and I believe everyone had a good time. Pictures will be posted soon to the fleets "Flickr" site for all to enjoy! :clap

We're just over 3 weeks away for our next cruise to beautiful Benicia!
Join us on Friday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 5 on this great cruise through San Pablo Bay and under the Carquinez Bridge to the Benicia Marina.  I'd like to get a boat and crew count as soon as possible so we can reserve the slips. (Tim Graham of Nessie, gets first slip choice this cruise to make up for their horrid accommodations at HMB, sorry about that sir!).
Also, I've made reservations for Dinner Saturday night at Sailor Jacks a few short blocks from the marina. Please please, let me know if you can attend plus how many in your party.
More logistical info to come..

So to recap..
HMB, what a blast!
Benicia, I need boat and crew counts PLUS dinner attendees.

The sooner the better guys!

Thanks! :thumb:

Rick Allen
C34 Cruise Chair
s/v Painkiller
Bob, this my setup..
Great Job Jon!!!!!
Main Message Board / Re: Motor Mounts
March 30, 2016, 04:00:11 PM
Broken forward/starboard engine mount flange?
Been there, done that.....
Main Message Board / Re: Air filter fill
March 15, 2016, 09:17:17 AM
QuoteWhat type hose barb is on the crankcase breather -- a threaded or push in, or....?
Ken, it's threaded. I don't recall the size hole I drilled into the rubber top, but it screwed in very tight. I was going to put a nylon nut on it but never saw the need. besides, if the nut came loose, it would fall into the intake.

QuoteWhat is the black box on the right bulkhead for?
Jon, IIRC, it's a RF noise reducer installed by the PO. I don't know much about it but I assume he installed because he had an SSB on the boat at the time, but I may be incorrect.

Here's a better picture:

I'm getting ready to redo the connections as they're looking worn..
Main Message Board / Re: Air filter fill
March 14, 2016, 12:55:18 PM
I also installed the K&N RU2450 and it's been working great.