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Messages - Ron Hill

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Main Message Board / Re: Fresh water pump will not shut off.
« on: January 27, 2020, 02:57:51 PM »
Bob : With NO leaks the problem is internal to the pump!  My guess (had the same problem with my pump) was that some junk from the tank (shavings) went thru the course filter screen and screwed up the internal pressure differential inside the pump.
I called the company and told them about the problem and they sent me a new pump (as long as the old pump motor worked - which it did). 
Then I got a finer screen for the fresh water filter - Wrote that up in the Mainsheet tech notes. All is well!!

A few thoughts

Main Message Board / Re: boom end caps
« on: January 26, 2020, 01:27:06 PM »
Glenn : The end caps came from the factory with a flat black paint!!

A thought

Main Message Board / Re: Universal M35B steam at 2500 rpm
« on: January 25, 2020, 01:59:12 PM »
Derek : Did you ever find those missing blades??   They usually don't make it all the way back to the HX!!

A thought

Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Smile
« on: January 25, 2020, 01:44:27 PM »
Guys : I believe that the factory used much more than one tube of 5200 between the hull and the keel.  As Gerry Douglas commented to me once, "You never heard of a keel falling off of a Catalina!!".

There is so much weight (thousands of pounds) pulling on those 8 keel nuts when the boat is in the water, it's nearly impossible for those nuts to back off.

A few thoughts

Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Smile
« on: January 25, 2020, 09:32:30 AM »
Guys : I wrote this 25 years ago in the Mainsheet Tech Notes : Snap-On -Tools makes a 6 inch deep, 1 1/8" - 1/2" SD socket.  You really need to check your keel bolts once when you are on the hard.    :thumb:

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Main Message Board / Re: Upper shroud pin size for top fitting
« on: January 22, 2020, 02:46:37 PM »
Mike : Go to a local or mail order chandlery and get both a 5/8" and 1/2" pin.  Check their return policy (if necessary) and you'll be all set for no surprises!! 

A thought   :clap

Main Message Board / Re: Can't get all the oil out of my M35 engine
« on: January 21, 2020, 02:14:26 PM »
esji : Like Ken says it all depends where you oil drain is on the oil pan - mid pan like most Universals (Oshkosh) or in the rear of the oil pan (Westerbeke). 
The engine is installed on an incline so if the oil drain is NOT in the rear of the oil pan there is no way that you can ever get out all the old oil!!

A thought   :cry4`

Main Message Board / Re: Turnbuckle replacement
« on: January 20, 2020, 02:29:04 PM »
Mike : When I replaced all the standing rigging I also replaced the complete turnbuckle.
I kept all of the old rigging with its' turnbuckles just incase I ever found a broken strand I had a ready made spare to replace while a new one was being made. 

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Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Smile
« on: January 19, 2020, 02:39:43 PM »
Bill & Guys : To get at an aft keel bolt I use a 1/2" swivel on the extension.

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Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Smile
« on: January 17, 2020, 02:56:01 PM »
Guys & Noah :  The way a hull (especially a wing keel) should be blocked is so that the front jack-stands are just snug against the hull so the boat can not tip over - with the main weight of the boat on the nose of the keel . The stands just behind the keel should be very tight and also with the same with the stands near the transom  (load bearing on the 4 rear (aft of center) and snug on the 2 front stands). 
Most travel-lift operators want to tilt the hull so the bow is higher than the stern so that any water in the cockpit will run out the scuppers and place a load on the front stands.  In that blocking effort if the operator sets the keel (main boat weight) on the ground blocking and then lets the aft strap down further/faster than the fwd strap the hull will rotate aft and you'll stress the fwd joint of the keel to hull - the Catalina Smile.  The stern of the boat is always heavier in the winter because the fuel tank is topped off (full) to prevent condensation.

Anyway those are my thoughts 

Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Smile
« on: January 15, 2020, 02:48:03 PM »
Cliff : With a fin keel I'll guess that you can thank the travel lift operator and the blocking people for your Catalina smile. 

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Main Message Board / Re: C34MkII fuel tank maintenance
« on: January 12, 2020, 09:58:58 AM »
Guys : In the late 1990s Catalina had 2 replacement fuel tanks for the C34 - aluminum and plastic. 
It is my understanding that they discontinued the plastic tank.  Owners complained that their plastic tanks had become permeated with diesel and the smell of diesel was overpowering.

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Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Smile
« on: January 10, 2020, 02:05:23 PM »
Guys : I asked Gerry Douglas when the wood ended in the keels of the C34 production.  I printed that hull # in the Mainsheet tech notes.  As I recall it was a hull in the low 700s. Sorry time has eroded the exact number from my memory.

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Main Message Board / Re: Catalina Smile
« on: January 08, 2020, 02:00:29 PM »
Cliff : You didn't say, but I assume that you have a wing keel.  If so the main problem is that the boat is NOT blocked properly.  As I recall the factory told me (30 yrs ago?) that 25% of the boat weight should be on the stands and 75% of the weight should be on the keel - with the majority of that weight on the nose of the keel!!

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Main Message Board / Re: Latest Boating Safety Topic
« on: January 07, 2020, 11:08:47 AM »
Guys : My Grandson works for the USCG in the "Mapping Division" and thought I'd ask him what was going on with the NOAA charts.  Here is his reply  :idea: :


Last summer my old office at NOAA announced no more production of paper charts (raster). But raster charts started dying out out 3 or 4 years ago when NOAA announced that all charting changes would be electronic nautical chart (ENC) first. Meaning raster started taking a back seat to the ENC and the resources slowly moved more toward ENC. The final nail in the coffin was the 2018-2018 government shutdown that cause paper charts to be abandoned in terms of updates because of bare bones resources. The shutdown caused a backlog of nautical charting changes where NOAA could no longer maintain two intensive charting products. As a result NOAA started only updating local notice to mariners and critical discrepancies.

So that is how NOAA came to sun setting their paper charts. In the next 5 years they plan to end the charts in phases. These phases start this spring when they stop production on Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and all US Territories (these are the least active in terms of nautical users and changes.

I switched jobs in February of 2019 to the Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems as their nautical charting advisor and policy project manager. The whole Coast Guard and small parts of the Army are the only military services still using paper for navigational purposes, but only as navigational backups and planning. So the CG and Army are in panic mode to find solutions for their backups... NOAA claims that they can print raster charts from the ENCs which they can but this method is expensive to develop and not reliable yet. DLA plans to use these raster ENCs as the alternative to current raster charts but with expiration dates...  Needless say NOAA, USCG, DLA, and NGA are all trying to figure things out...

- Chris Hill

On Jan 6, 2020, at 4:37 PM, Ron <> wrote:

Chris : Iíve heard that NOAA charts are no longer being printed in the future??  Can you shed any light on what is happening?   Grandpa Hill

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