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Topics - Mark Sutherland

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Main Message Board / New Interior Photos (batch 1)
« on: February 15, 2014, 12:56:04 PM »
Here some photos of my recent re-upholstering project.  I'll upload more photos after I get this first post right.

Main Message Board / Bottom Blisters
« on: September 04, 2013, 10:00:32 AM »
My diver informed me on my last dive report that I have "...about 20 dime size blisters", and that my paint condition is "Good: 70-85% Anti-Fouling".  My question is, should I be concerned about the blisters NOW, or should I wait until the diver tells me that I need new bottom paint?  Thanks.

I was planning a trip to Two Harbors Catalina on July 11-14th.  Coincidentally, the Catalina Yachts Rendezvous is the same weekend.  I've never attended this event and am wondering how big of a crowd the rendezvous draws.  I don't know whether I should be concerned about finding a mooring when I arrive or not.  Anybody know how many boats generally attend these events?  Thanks.  :D

Main Message Board / Chain Plate Bolt Size?
« on: February 08, 2013, 09:56:03 AM »
Does anyone know the size of the chain plate bolts for an '86?  I believe it is 3/8-16, but I don't know the length.  Thanks.

Main Message Board / Need Chain Plate Re-bedding advice
« on: February 03, 2013, 01:25:52 PM »
I have an '86 C34.  I want to preserve and protect the value of my boat as much as possible and I believe that protecting the core of my decking is crucial to this goal.  I've read all of the content on "potting"(with epoxy) the chain plate openings.  Potting is a time consuming process, which I'm willing to do if necessary.  However, if I open up the chain plate deck opening and observe that the core is solid and free of rot, am I taking sufficient preventive action by simply "coating"(with a brush and epoxy) the walls of the opening in order to seal the core surfaces that may become exposed to leaking between periodic re-bedding intervals?  Also, if the core is solid, but perhaps a little wet, does the application of rubbing alcohol help in drying the core surface before coating it with epoxy?  Any other suggestions on drying would be great. By the way, I opened up one chain plate hole yesterday just so see what my core looked like.  I needed to close it back up quickly, so I rebedded it with Butyl Tape.  I gotta say that Butyl Tape is pretty awesome stuff.  SUPER easy to work with and cleanup was an absolute breeze.  Thanks All.

Main Message Board / Need help diagnosing Fuel Pump failure
« on: November 30, 2012, 03:37:40 PM »
Today, my mechanic was performing routine annual maintenance on my engine.  He started and ran the engine earlier in the day, and it(and the fuel pump) ran fine.  After changing the fuel filter, he wanted to bleed the fuel line, but said he could not get the fuel pump to turn on(I'm assuming the fuel pump turns on when you roll the ignition key over into first position).  He says he checked the connections at the pump and all seemed okay.  He also substituted a spare/new fuel pump, which also did not work. I'm assuming that the fuel pump gets it's power directly from the ignitions switch, correct?  If so, is it possible that there is a blown fuse? Any ideas what might have happened to cause the pump to stop working?  Thanks.

Main Message Board / New Chain Plate Source?
« on: November 22, 2012, 08:59:17 PM »
I'm planning to re-bed my chain plates on my '86 and want to know where I can buy some new chain plates?  Could not find any at Catalina Direct.  Thanks.

Main Message Board / Need Sail Brand Recommendation
« on: August 24, 2012, 08:28:40 AM »
I may be in need of a new sail for my '86 soon but I'm not sure who to buy from(I'm in So. Cal.).  A friend recommended "National Sails", who appear very price competitive, but they are in Florida.  If I have a service issue, my boat will be "dead in the water" for days or weeks if the sail is getting serviced out of state.  There is a Doyle Sails and a North Sails loft near where I live.  I'd like the board's input on Doyle vs. North, or any other recommendations.  Thanks everyone.

I have not used my anchor.  My windlass has a smooth barrel with a lower gypsy for the chain probably pretty typical. I envision winching in the rode with the rope around the smooth barrel section of the windlass.  When I get to the chain section of the rode, do I stop the windlass before the chain reaches the windlass, or can I bring the chain section of the rode in a few feet with the chain ON the barrel, then maybe put a snubber on the chain(to bear the weight of the chain and anchor) while I transition the chain off the barre and on to the gypsy?   I have a bad back so I won't be able to stop the chain short of the windlass and "pull" the rode whatsoever to get the chain the last few feet to the gypsy.  Thanks.

Main Message Board / Need Lewmar 46 Jaw Kit
« on: February 08, 2012, 05:03:10 PM »
The jaws on my Lewmar 46 self tailing winches on my 1986 C34 are worn and need replacing.  I tried the 44st/46st kit, but it doesn't fit my older winches.  Lewmar says they don't make the jaw kits any longer for my winch.  Does anyone have a source for these older jaw kits?  Thanks.

Main Message Board / Windlass Wiring
« on: January 13, 2012, 06:23:37 PM »
My '86 has a Simpson Lawrence windlass(Probably 5 yrs old?).  It's not working properly, but I think it's because the P.O. put a small length of 12 guage wire where there should have been 2 guage.  I'm replacing that tomorrow.  However,  I notice the tech articles all show the use of a solenoid or a contactor between the breaker an the windlass motor.  My wiring goes from the battery, to a breaker, directly to the footswitch then to the windlass motor.  No solenoid or contactor.  The owner's manual shows this as the proper installation for this unit.  Should I be concerned that I don't have a solenoid/contactor configuration?  Thanks.

Main Message Board / Engine Wiring Harness Question(Critical Upgrade)
« on: December 01, 2011, 09:41:01 AM »
I'm having a mechanic replace my engine panel on my '86 next Monday.  I gave him all of this site's info and instructions pertaining to the engine wiring harness "Critical upgrade".  My question is, does ALL of the existing wiring between the engine and the panel necessarily need to be replaced or is it possible that 25 year old wiring could still be in satisfactory condition?  I told him to "use his judgement" as to whether to replace entire wire runs.  Would appreciate your input.  Thanks.

Main Message Board / Need Engine Shutoff "T" handle replacement
« on: November 13, 2011, 01:53:42 PM »
Does anyone know where I can buy a replacement "T" handle for the engine shutoff for my '86?  Cat Direct has them with the entire cable kit, but I don't need the cable(or want to spend $105 to get the handle.  Alternatively, does anyone know the thread size and count?  Thanks.

Main Message Board / Need Service Provider Referrals in Long Beach CA
« on: October 09, 2011, 04:43:58 PM »
Can anyone in the So. Cal. area share their list of local service providers?  Need referrals for General repair and installations, Electrician, Diesel maint,  Rigger, Teak work, Canvas, Boat Yard/bottom painter,  whatever you've got....  Thanks Much. 

Main Message Board / Need Haulout Checklist
« on: October 07, 2011, 10:57:59 PM »
Does anyone have a checklist of service items I should address during my next haulout for bottom paint?  Thanks much. 

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