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Messages - sailaway

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Main Message Board / Re: A week long Cruise
« on: April 26, 2010, 02:30:19 PM »
Brad Just got back from the BVI. The charter company told use to run the engine 1.5 hrs  at 1800-2000rpm in the morning and an 1.5 hrs at evening. Not 3 hrs at one time. We had 2 frigs,5fans, two heads with shower pumps.hope that helps. charlie

Main Message Board / Re: thru hull fittings
« on: December 23, 2009, 01:08:14 PM »
Thanks guys for all the help. I want to upgrade my seacocks. I will stay with the flush thru-hull and put a tee on it. Now I have to take the strainer basket off, and use a coat hanger to clear the problem. I think my intake is 3/8 and I will up the size. Charlie

Main Message Board / thru hull fittings
« on: December 22, 2009, 06:21:43 PM »
I want to change my  thru hull fitting for my engine intake.  I would like some pros & cons of brass intakes with the grating or slots protecting them. I have a 1986 34 and sail in lake Erie. My old thru hull is flush with the hull. I want to replace it with a larger dia maybe 3/4 in. The problem I have is seaweed in some marinas, have  plugged the intake.  I am not sure who the new thru hull will fit in the counter sunk hole of the old thru hull . Charlie

Main Message Board / Re: Increased Water Capacity?
« on: September 29, 2009, 07:10:02 PM »
Rick, I have a catalina 34 1986 hull #95 with a factory installed water tank in the bow. I carry two anchors, and have  a/c mounted under the vee berth. The water line is level. I think catalina changed  the water tank aft  because my 34 has  water on the starboard cockpit settee. When it rain's. The boat sail's great in all kinds of weather.

Main Message Board / Re: shaft removal
« on: September 25, 2009, 04:54:48 PM »
Navyguy. S/S prop shaft that is flaking off is caused by lack of oxygen. I seen a prop shaft in cruising world that was in a drip less packing shaft log that had flaked off due to alack of oxygen. s/s is made for above the water line. under water it is no better than mild steel. If the boat is moving ,that is better, more oxygen. If the boat is in the marina a  lot  there  will be more flaking. Charlie

Main Message Board / maxwell 17 winches
« on: June 15, 2009, 05:17:43 PM »
I am looking for spare parts and am having a hard time. Everyone I have talked to never called me back. I also tyred the Australian company who bought them out no luck. If any one has good used one I am interested. Maxwell 17 or 26 winches . Charlie  patychas at embarqmail dot com

Main Message Board / Re: Autopilot ratchetting
« on: June 14, 2009, 02:17:35 PM »
Jerry I had the same problem. I had to buy new rollers that go inside the round wheel I believe there are seven. You need to call ray marine for a parts list they faxed me one.  Ray marine is hard to get on the phone but when you finaly get there they can help. Ray marine roller kit part number A18058. Tension adjuster kit A 18059 , Drive lever/ eccentric A18059. Charlie

Main Message Board / Re: Starting Battery Location
« on: April 01, 2009, 12:44:16 PM »
  I am installing a battery in my port locker in the cockpit. I just ran two  number 2AWG wires down to the engine. I had to take the aft cabin panel off. But it is a very short distance 8 to 10 feet of wire.  Right now I am going to have it a stand alone system with only the alternator to charge.  I may connect to the house bank latter. Charlie

Main Message Board / Re: Holding Tank Repair
« on: March 17, 2009, 01:54:22 PM »
Mike I have never repaired a holding tank but am a big fan of gorilla glue. Repaired the cooling system on my engine with gorilla glue and finished the season. Charlie

Main Message Board / water under v-berth
« on: March 10, 2009, 02:16:14 PM »
Question, When I run hard into the weather. Punch holes in waves. I get 2 to 3 gallons of water under the v-berth forward. Has any one had this problem.  I Think it might be the anchor locker hose. The only problem is I can't get to it. I have an water tank under the v-berth and main salon. No water tank aft. Hull number 95. Has any one had this problem. Thanks Charlie

Main Message Board / Re: Lightning Grounding
« on: January 19, 2009, 03:18:11 PM »
Tim. The idea to ground or not to ground a boat has alot of debate. I  teach marine electronics for our local power squadron.  The books tell you  to ground, all of the older boats had a wire from the mast to the keel. It gave the lighting a path to follow. It was the norm in most sailboats up until about the early 80 when they stoped the practice. The thorey was that with the grounded mast you where attracting the lighting. But without a ground it will blow a hole in the boat and sink it.   This summer a new sailboat boat in Lake Erie, in Put In Bay got hit and it put holes  in the hull  about a foot up from the water line.  Alot of holes did alot of damage. The last I seen the boat it was in Huron, Ohio on the hard. This is a personnal choice I really don'thave an opinion.  Charlie

Main Message Board / Wanted Main 34
« on: January 03, 2009, 01:14:47 PM »
I have seen a main for sale on buy sell by Foursailing. How can I get in contact with Foursailing his E-Mail is hidden. Charlie Sailaway

Main Message Board / Re: How Much Does Your Big Alternator Put Out?
« on: December 28, 2008, 01:31:03 PM »
Alternator output. The big problem is the m25 engine is a little underpowered for the 34. If you put a larger  output  alternator it will rob hp from the engine. You don't  get anything for free. Solar cells sound like a good choice. Charlie

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