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Main Message Board / Shower Sump Pump woes
« on: April 19, 2011, 08:51:30 PM »
The first time I tried the shower sump it worked... kinda

Last weekend it didn't work at all.  The pump makes lots of noise but it doesn't drain.  At first I could put my finger in the drain and feel a little suction... but then it stopped sucking completely.

So I tried putting a Shurflo Bait Sentry 1100 in to replace it, because I had it.  My buddy did the install while I installed the new DC panel.  After he got it all hooked up it still wouldn't pump.  I looked at how he installed it and think I can re-route the hoses to get it lower in the bilge... but I'm wondering if the bait pump will work or not.  It has no problem running dry but maybe it's not self-priming?

I tried to check for a one-way valve or strainer but couldn't find one.  I don't see any access under the shower pan.  My thru-hull is a T connector that is shared with the head.

Is there any way to get access under the shower pan (where the drain connects, to check for strainers/etc)
Is my problem I need to get the pump lower and prime it somehow, or is it just the wrong pump for this application?

Main Message Board / Source for replacement DC panel
« on: April 11, 2011, 08:31:09 AM »
I'm considering replacing the AC/DC panel on our 91.  The AC lights flicker green and the breakers aren't reliable (ie: sometimes you have to turn things off and on multiple times to get them to work)

I already scoured the site for posts about it.  I don't think going with Blue Sea panels would save me any money.  I found this one on catalina direct for $522

My question is, has anybody been able to source one for less?  Is it worth calling Seaward?

I'm in California.

Was cleaning the stainless on the boat today and came across this crack.  The other side has a matching crack.

So my questions are:
1) What is this part called?  It's where the forestay attaches at the bow
2) How risky is it to go out in light air (10-15 knots)
3) Can this be repaired by welding it, or do I have to replace it?  Do you have it welded on the boat or do I have to remove it?  (Looks like it would be a bitch of a project to remove)

Main Message Board / Transmission shifter issue cropped up today
« on: March 27, 2011, 09:26:12 PM »
Still shaking down the "new to me" boat.  The engine usually shifted from reverse to neutral to forward with very short throws, and even felt like there were indents for the different gears.

Today I threw the boat in reverse after I stopped the motor and it felt like something gave way, and the reverse lever now moves too far back (even though it still works).

I recently installed an autopilot and ran cables down the starboard side of the pedestal, but that's where the old cable was so I wouldn't think that would break anything.

Before I dig out everything in the aft cabin (aka storage area right now), do you think I need to be looking at the transmission side or will I need to open up the pedestal to figure out what's going on?  I want to make sure something isn't about to give way and then I'll be stuck unable to shift the boat at the wrong time.

Main Message Board / New owner of a 91 with a dark salon/cabin/galley
« on: March 12, 2011, 10:37:42 PM »
We are you happy owners of a new (to us) 1991 Cat 34.  I've been searching the forums for all kinds of good info, but one thing I haven't found much info on is what to do about lighting in the salon.

The first day we were working on cleaning the boat out and once the sun went down it was really too dark to do anything.

If I turn the cabin lights on, we get lighting along the sides of the boat.  There is no overhead lighting at all.  It would be tough to use the galley or have lighting at the table, since the light is limited to the edges of the boat.

What do you guys do for lighting?  I don't really want to stick battery powered hockey pucks to the cabin top!

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