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Messages - Lance Jones

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Main Message Board / Re: deck repair
« on: September 21, 2016, 07:21:31 AM »
There are many ways to do it. It just depends on Stu's question - where is it?

Main Message Board / Re: Aft Berth Ventilation
« on: September 21, 2016, 07:20:36 AM »
Back to the topic at hand...
When I installed the A/C in Kitty's Cat (16k btu), I ran a 4" line down the port side into the head. From there, I t'd it and ran a length to the foot of the aft cabin. Works great! This summer, I installed a 4", in line, duct-fan to force more cool air back there. I hard wired that into an extra breaker on my 120vac panel. So, we can actually use the fan alone without the a/c running.  I have also installed a couple of 12v fans back there. Is it perfect? No. However, one can sleep back there in a Florida summer in relative comfort.

Main Message Board / Re: Additional (Second) Shore Power Inlet
« on: September 08, 2016, 05:35:20 PM »
I would SERIOUSLY rethink that location.
1. Anchor locker is damp anyway from rain intrusion.
2. When in high seas, any wave over the bow will get into the anchor locker. If it's saltwater, you know what that means.

Just my 2 cents.

Main Message Board / Re: Another new owner
« on: September 08, 2016, 02:33:02 PM »
Welcome to the herd of cats!
I second Ron's post and would also suggest that you add your home port. You never know when someone is close by that may be able to help out or, just get together and tell sea stories. The difference between a sea story and a fairy tale is that a Fairy tale begins with... once upon a time. The sea story begins.... there I was, no fecal matter, thought I was going to die!

Main Message Board / Re: Head replacement
« on: September 08, 2016, 02:25:12 PM »

Main Message Board / Re: Midships Water Tank Vent
« on: September 07, 2016, 03:23:57 PM »
Stu, I have to disagree with drilling outboard below the rub rail. The reason is that it isn't unusual to put a rub rail in the water when on a good run or a storm. Imagine salt water being forced in the lower vent hole.....

Main Message Board / Re: Oberdorfer water pump problem
« on: September 07, 2016, 03:14:12 PM »
I recently had a similar issue. My steps:
1) You've done many of them already.
2) (New ideas) Make sure your coolant level is full. Mine was a wee bit low.
3) Also, this might be a good time to replace your thermostat. At least tap it when it starts getting over the 165 - 170 degree range.

Main Message Board / Re: In the Market for a 34
« on: September 07, 2016, 03:07:28 PM »
OMG, this discussion again? ;) Technically - no. However, based on loading and whether you're under power, the rudder MAY extend below the wing keel. We have a wing keel. Here in NW Florida, it is needed.

Main Message Board / Re: Head replacement
« on: September 07, 2016, 03:05:30 PM »
We recently purchased the new Raritan to replace our electric Raritan (Never go back to electric again). We both love how well it operates.

Main Message Board / Re: In the Market for a 34
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:16:28 PM »
We own a Mk I. I would look at the Mk II, if money is not an issue, for 2 reasons.

1) You get the final, evolved sugar scoop.
2) It is beamier in the stern which makes for a roomier cockpit.

I am a medical product of being a paratrooper - knees, shoulder and back are shot. Both Kitty and I are avid snorkelers. So we are up and down the swim ladder all the time. Or, we are taking the dogs to shore in the dinghy. All of that is so much easier in the later versions of the Mk I's (I.25 & I.5) after they introduced the sugar scoop and later, the walk through transom.

Just my thoughts.

Main Message Board / Re: leaving boat on shore power when gone
« on: August 29, 2016, 02:11:30 PM »
We've had our boat for 7 years and except for sailing or transport, it has always been plugged in. If you don't keep your fridge or AC on, it shouldn't be an issue to unplug.

Main Message Board / Re: Water over the swim step under power
« on: August 17, 2016, 06:34:04 AM »
If you watch most Catalina boats, they squat when under power. It happens on my Mk I; but, obviously doesn't come into the cockpit. When I went to a 2 bladed prop, it was less. Now that I am back to a 3 bladed prop, it has returned to the lower squat. Simple physics.

Main Message Board / Re: 88' draft of wing keel and rudder
« on: August 11, 2016, 06:33:04 AM »
That makes total sense. :thumb:

Main Message Board / Re: 88' draft of wing keel and rudder
« on: August 08, 2016, 08:42:29 AM »
Hummmmm. I have noted that the rudder IS deeper than the keel. The few times I have grounded Kitty's Cat (At very slow speed and in sand), the rudder is the first to ground. We were once grounded at low tide, in sand, the boat was level with the rudder in the slightly deeper water. It was about 3" in the sand.

Main Message Board / Re: Sheet (line) recommendations for MKI
« on: August 04, 2016, 09:15:01 AM »
I have grouped my line coding to specific sails. All the Main lines are either solid or red tic, Jib Blue or blue tic and Spin is Black or black ticked.

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