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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Re: A perfect February day in San Diego
« on: Yesterday at 11:32:02 AM »
Cool on the trains Stu.  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>I know it isn't Catalina 34 related, but a photo of your layout would be fun to see.

I had Lionels as a kid.  Lost somewhere during my many moves, darn it.  I built this N scale in 1987.  What's left are the tracks and control panel, the scenic stuff is all in boxes.  I am in the process of cleaning all the tracks and getting stuff to run before I go any further.  Here's the track plan.  When I get the locomotives and cars back on the tracks I plan to take some photos to share with my new friends on the n scale forum and could post them here, too.

Main Message Board / Re: Sailboat stability
« on: March 01, 2021, 08:30:35 PM »
I've always thought the significant weakness of our boats, strong as thedy may be elswewhere, are the portlights, especially on the cabin.

Steve Dolling made some excellent points about the C34 in his Mexico trip reports.,5270.0.html

Main Message Board / Re: A perfect February day in San Diego
« on: March 01, 2021, 12:17:14 PM »
Sweet, thanks for sharing.  This is simply one of the nicest one of these posts I've ever seen.  Usually they throw in some "while yuze guys're freezing" malarkey.  But not here.  It's good to remind us of good times we've had and those yet to come.

In the meantime, I'm back off to continue resurrect my 30 year N scale model railroad.  Lots of track cleaning, some re-building including an up&over pair of bridges.  Got locos to run around the entire set after more than a week's worth of work.

Electrical issues are just like boats!   :D

Mahendra : Look in the Mainsheet tech notes. You'll find an article I wrote on the programing/reprograming of the Teleflex Tach dip switches.
It was so long ago, I seem to recall? that I might have even given the OEM alternator dip switch settings.

Look in those old Mainsheet tech note - there are TONS of information!!!   :clap

A thought
Hi Ron.

How are you? It's been a long time...:-)

Could you point me to the month/year? That would help very much.


Here's the link to Ron's article:

How did I find it (so easily)?  I used The Knowledgebase.

This is discussed in this link:    A Quick Start Guide -- a.k.a. Too Much Information on this Website,5260.0.html

which includes this text: 
NEW!!!-Jan. '07 -: Tech Notes, Projects, and FAQ Articles KNOWLEDGEBASE & Index,3362.0.html is also helpful.

Ron often says: "Read those old Mainsheet articles."  He's right, and he has written so much with such important information, but never gives any links.  Most likely it's from the sheer of the quality material he's provided for us over the decades.

So, I learned to use The Knowledgebase.  It's a very handy tool.

Main Message Board / Re: Checking Keel Bolts
« on: February 25, 2021, 11:42:40 AM »
Im curious to know why the boat need to be blocked up to check torque?

The concept, IIRC, Alex, is that you might find it hard to lift that much metal if it's just "hangin' there."

Mahendra, I somehow recall 12 poles on the OEM Motorola alternator.  When I installed my new Blue Circle alternator back in 2003 or so, that's what I think I asked and it was the same as the OEM.

I'd try that first.

Another way to approach it is working with "knowns" like the WOT of 3000 rpm.  Set the tach with something to start off with (like try 12) and see what it does, adjust accordingly.

It's a boat.  Who says you have to get it right the first time?   :D :D :D

Main Message Board / BoatUS Cooperating Group Discount ENDS
« on: February 24, 2021, 11:14:26 AM »
On Wed, Feb 24, 2021, BoatUS sent us the following message.  Too bad they took almost two months to tell us about this one, too!

Dues Changes Effective January 2021

Effective January 4, 2021 the price of basic BoatUS Membership dues increased to $25 annually. We wish we could continue to offer a Membership discount to our Cooperating Groups, however we have faced regular increases in operating costs over the last 10 years. This dues increase is the first time we have raised the price over that time. This change is necessary to maintain the great services and benefits our Members enjoy. We will continue to offer 10% off Unlimited On-the-Water towing services and we hope that you will continue to support BoatUS. We still think the price of BoatUS Membership as an amazing value and encourage you to share all the reasons to renew with your group or encourage your boaters to join if they are not yet Members!

We have recently sent out renewal letters with this Cooperating Group discount still included.

We'll have to change the references to this now-former "perk" which could take some time, since it's all over the 'site as well as a lot of our correspondence.

If you see one of those pesky things, post it here and we'll track 'em all down with your help.

It was fun while it lasted.  :cry4`

Main Message Board / Re: Companion way Steps
« on: February 20, 2021, 11:13:55 AM »
I stopped filling the bottom steps. I am not sure the wood filler will hold so I am going to use the top steps as a test this year. >>>>>>>>>>>>>

In Reply #4, I included a picture of our steps.  My wife put that wood filler there in 1998 or 1999.  That picture was taken in 2017.  Your plan may make sense, but my experience differs.

Main Message Board / Re: Rewiring my boat
« on: February 20, 2021, 11:04:15 AM »
Going back to the original question:

Is there a reason the AO does not go directly to the house bank (or its + busbar)?

IIRC, most ACRs instruct that the installation to go to batteries with fuses, rather than "elsewhere."

Main Message Board / Re: Transmission fluid "silvery look"
« on: February 17, 2021, 05:19:52 PM »
When I change the fluid, it seems to be a darker red.  New fluid is bright red.

From the 101 topics, Transmissions 101:

The Flix,5139.msg31528.html#msg31528 

Main Message Board / Re: Exhaust soot on transom
« on: February 10, 2021, 12:04:37 PM »
Mike, I went back and reread this thread.

You just mentioned operating temperatures.

What temperature thermostat do you have installed?

During the installation I'm finally thru-bolting the traveler track.  I purchased the longer bolts (screws) and they measure about 10 1/2 inches.  I was planning on putting them thru the most outboard holes at both ends in the traveler track.  Has anyone drilled thru that hole and thru bolted?  I'm a little concerned the bolts may not be long enough.  How thick is the deck generally in that area?  I realize every layup may be a little different.  I'll be checking location using a trick a boat tech taught me of using two rare earth magnets on either side of the deck.  They will center up on each other even thru 3/4 to 1" thickness.
Thanks for the  input on the hole location.  BTW, I'm not trying to save the threads in the embedded plate. The threads on the bolts I got don't run the entire length so there is no need to save the threads on the insert. 


In the first two links of mine in reply #1 on this thread, on page one, I wrote:

"My answer is to ADD the new bolts, and NOT use them to replace the old ones. "

Michael, yes I did that mod, but we used the existing Garhauer track.  My records show that I used the same "1/4-20 X 9 inch long flat head SS screw" from Catalina.   I did not have to remove the track, since I was using the existing one, so I was able to leave the existing two original screws (tapped into the molded in plate, most likely) in place.  I just drilled the two new holes with a very long drill bit I picked up at Ace Hardware through another bolt hole in the existing track inboard of the existing two screws.

I'm sure you've read those links, they have a lot of details of what I did.

That means they got installed (by me) on one of the more inside of the holes.  That seems it was because the outer two holes were the ones into the embedded track.  I do NOT know this for sure, only going with what I wrote over the years since I did the work in 1999!!! 

In looking at some pictures of when I rebedded the track in 2018, it appears I used two different holes, one three holes in, one four holes in, from the edge.  Those are the long bolts standing up in the pictures.  One shows the shorter screw laying on the flat.

I did that long-bolt work pre-digital cameras, so don't have jpegs of that original work.

In one of my writeups of the work, in one of those two links I included earlier here on page one, I noted where they came out on the port side, close by the bulkhead to the head.

My bolts were nine or nine and a half inches.  I don't know if a 10 1/2" bolt would work on the outermost hole.

What I would do is find out which of the holes actually have the embedded plate and do them inboard of that.  Instructions may also be in Jim Moe's original article, although IIRC his writeup was for a C30 but written for C34s also (he owned both boats or was in a club with both).

Good luck.  That's a neat trick you described.

I also encourage the use of butyl tape under the track.

Main Message Board / Re: Traveler and Main Sheet Block upgrade
« on: February 08, 2021, 09:06:14 AM »
I was wrong.  In looking for traveler pictures, I came across this:

Main Message Board / Re: Traveler and Main Sheet Block upgrade
« on: February 07, 2021, 12:08:35 PM »
how do you insert pics in the message so they don't have to be downloaded?

Try jpg not pdf

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