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Messages - Tom Clay

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Main Message Board / Re: Companion Way Doors
« on: March 10, 2008, 09:37:23 PM »
I have installed a barrel bolt to the port side of the companion way. It goes up and secures the hatch. Very easy to install and works very well.

I will get a picture of the installation.

Main Message Board / Re: Diesel heater installation
« on: February 01, 2008, 08:07:53 PM »

I purchased the Espar through a company called cool-it in Canada. Link below.

They had a listing on Ebay for the Espar hydronic kit (18,000BTU). Included eveything except the through hole fitting, and the radiator's. I just checked Ebay and they have one listed for under $1200.00. Excellent service, we received the unit from Canada in 4 days. We also checked locally for the Espar and were quoted $2500-3500 for just the parts, $6000-7000 installed. We also heard we needed an additional pump, our system does not have one and functions fine. You will probably hear that the higher priced unit is designed for the marine environment, and the cheaper units are truck heaters. I checked the part numbers the heaters are same.

The 2 radiators I ordered locally from MSR marine. Call Jim at 206-546-5670. they were 135.00 each. He was also helpful in picking the right size heaters for the Catalina 34.
He recommended two smaller radiators, and he suggested we install them at the far ends of the main cabin. We did not plumb any heat into the cabins, as we like cooler sleeping. Through hole, plumbing and fittings added another $250-300.

The install was straight forward, and would not hesitate installing the Hydronic again. We spend alot of time on the hook and the wife wanted hot water. The radiator's have a 2 speed fan and on low they are verrrrry quiet.

I hope to be at the Catalina 34 get together next weekend, if you are coming maybe we can talk further.

Main Message Board / Re: Diesel heater installation
« on: January 30, 2008, 10:02:07 PM »

We installed an Espar D5 hydronic (18,000 BTU) in November of last year. It was easy to route the plumbing, and the heater heats very well. The heater is in the aft port locker. I installed 2 registers one in the Salon and one in the head. I plan on hooking up the hot water tank to the system next month. The heater keeps the boat warm in 20-30 degree weather.

We have a aluminum tank and it was easy to tap into it. Everyone I spoke to that installs these heaters said do not tap into the engine fuel line, so I went with there recommendation. They said that folks tend to have more problems with the units if they don't have there own pickup point from the tank.

Total cost for all materials $1800.00. I had a friend with a Catalina 350 help and he said if he has trouble with his Espar air unit he would install the hydronic.

Main Message Board / Re: up date on the hairline cracks
« on: November 30, 2007, 11:55:25 PM »
Michel and Annick,

Sorry to hear about the problems you are having with your new boat.

We have a 2006 hull number 1760 that had a couple voids on deck that needed to be taken care of. I have noticed a couple small hairline cracks around a port side stantion but nothing like you are dealing with.

Good luck on getting it resolved.

Main Message Board / Re: Seattle sailing
« on: October 29, 2006, 08:46:19 AM »
As has been previously posted, permanent moorage in Puget Sound takes time.

We live a little over 1 hour south of Seattle in Olympia. We are on a waiting list (number 3) to get permanent moorage at $248.00 a month, includes power. The boat is currently moored at the guest dock, where there is plenty of room.

South Puget Sound (Olympia) has a lot of 20-30ft water. There are also many shallow bays to anchor in where the water is 100-200 ft. outside the bays. Lots of open water with very few boats.

Middle sound (Seattle area) will cost you more and the water is deeper, but may be more convenient to those going north. Many more boats for the given amount of water, but still not what you would see on lakes, or in the Florida area.

North sound  (Everett to Bellingham) is a little cheaper than the Seattle area. We spent the summer with our boat moored in Bellingham (dealer allowed us 3 free months moorage) and visited the San Juans and the South end Gulf Islands. Moorage in Bellingham (3 year waiting list) allowed us to be in the San Juans in 3 hours. We plan on taking the boat to Bellingham again next summer for 30-60 days, special deal with the dealer......LOL

You will hear about all the rain we get here. There are days of rain, but when you have 60-90 days throughout the summer at 75-90 temperatures, with no rain it doesn't get any better. The summer and fall periods have been getting dryer the last 5 years. Don't tell anyone else, we try to keep the nice weather up here a secret.....LOL

If you make the move north to Seattle I look forward to seeing you on the water.

Fleet 5 / Re: Fleet start up???
« on: October 04, 2006, 08:29:40 PM »

We may also be interested in the fleet. Currently moored in Olympia, but may move the boat further north next year.

Enjoy cruising through out Puget Sound.

Main Message Board / New Boat hose clamps loose
« on: August 15, 2006, 09:18:07 PM »
I have read to check the hose clamps on the new Catalina. I had planned to do that this last weekend, we have owned the 34 for 3 weeks. When we arrived at the boat I found the water tank empty, after filling the tank and running the water pump I found the line from the hot water tank had come off.

I reinstalled the hose and checked all inside water and waste lines. Found 2 others that were not tight enough. I plan to check the fuel and any other lines in the cockpit this weekend.

I have also cleaned out the bilge, want to see if it stays dry. If not I plan on adding the shaft packing others have recommended.

So far dearler has taken care of any problems that have come up. I mentioned the hoses after I fixed it, the dealer was appreciative that I just took care of it. Wind gauge has quit working, dealer is going to replace the unit at top of mast.

So far really enjoying the boat, friends comment on the value and quality of the boat.

Main Message Board / New Catalina 34' owner
« on: July 24, 2006, 06:28:27 PM »
Hi all....

We just became new Catalina 34' owners this weekend. Hull number 1760. We have been looking for a new boat for the last year. We were not finding the right boat until we stumbled on the Catalina 34 (long story). We had not seen the 34' at any of the boat shows. Previously owned a 2000 Macgregor 26X for 6 years....don't laugh, it got us hooked on cruising and sailing.

We both knew when we took the Catalina out that it was our boat, the boat was quick and responsive, and seemed to sail more upright than other boats we had tried.

The dealer gave us the magazine mainsheet, and suggested we come to this site. This site and all of your posts and modifications helped with the decision. Thanks.

Looking forward to many days on the water in Puget Sound.

Tom and Lynn

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