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Messages - Ron Hill

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Main Message Board / Fuel Treatment "Algae X"
« on: August 18, 2004, 04:20:44 PM »
Paul : With such a low fuel consumption I surly hope that you've been using "Fuel Stabilizer" and or "Diesel Store and Start".   It's a mute point on how to kill the microbes if the fuel is braking down.
I'd dump what you have, remove the tank, clean it and refill with fresh fuel.  I use BOTH Algae X and Biobore Jr.  I also have an Algae X that the fuel flows thru.
There have been a number of articles in the Mainsheet on how to "polish" your own fuel.  I let my bleed valve open 1/4 turn so fuel is circulating thru the filter in excess of what is being used.
Some thoughts. :wink:

Main Message Board / Garhauer Outboard Hoist
« on: August 18, 2004, 03:56:36 PM »
Bill : There was a very nice article (w/picture) written by Henry Heck in the C34 Tech section of the MAINSHEET Nov 2002, on how he mounted his Garhauer  motor lifting davit on his MK II C34!   :wink:

Main Message Board / Leaky opening port
« on: August 18, 2004, 03:45:41 PM »
Mike : Don't know about the newer Lewmar side opening ports, but I believe they are installed like the older ones.  
There is compression between the outer oval ring and the inner side.  Remove the inside trim ring and tighten the screws sequentially and see if that doesn't help.  If not you'll have to remove the outer ring, re caulk and reinstall.  Good luck. :wink:

Main Message Board / Lightening Strike Photo
« on: August 13, 2004, 06:15:00 PM »
Ted is correct - the 3 million volt lightening "gorilla" will go where ever it wants to.  
I know of a C34 that was hit by a strike on the mast head which traveled down the head stay.  It then jumped to the anchor/chain into the anchor locker and finally blew out the anchor well drain port.  It was lucky that the drain is above water line because that 6" hole below the water line would have surly sunk the boat.   :!:

Main Message Board / Dipstick question (oil, not person!)
« on: August 13, 2004, 05:57:37 PM »
Guys : What Stu failed to mention is - that if the first pull of the dip stick reads correctly you need a new dipstick because the rubber seal is leaking.  There should be a complete seal in the dipstick tube after the engine is shut down.  This been written up in the Mainsheet many times and in the FAQs.
Always double check that your dipstick is completely seated.  If it isn't you'll find one "heck of a mess" from dirty/filthy oil coming out of the dipstick hole!!!  Believe me!

Guys : The new blue water fill caps are made of a different clear blue "plastic".  Only time will tell if they turn into the white glaze like the older ones did.  :?:

Main Message Board / Racing Upgrade
« on: August 12, 2004, 06:06:36 PM »
Mike : I got rid of my aft stops as unnecessary after I installed the Garhauer (Ball Bearing) movable Genoa car system.  
Make sure that your new "cheek" (turning) blocks are also ball bearing like the ones I got from Garhauer.

Main Message Board / Thru hull lubrication
« on: August 12, 2004, 05:54:55 PM »
Jack : Listen to Randy (he read my Mainsheet article).  You should lube with the waterproof/resistant grease from below as well as the top.  Close the thru hull and brush grease from the outside and then remove the hose and grease it from the top.  Then work each thru hull 6 or 7 times.  Replace the hose and clamps and you'll be good to go for another year.

Main Message Board / Flopper stopper
« on: August 12, 2004, 05:34:31 PM »
West : May I show my ignorance and ask, "What's a FLOPPER STOPPER"?

Conrad : If you C34 is a MKI try the address that Stu listed.  I just bought some new "water" (color BLUE) and they were $17.95 each + shipping.
If you haven't done it - change out the entire fuel fill to stainless.  The old plastic cap tends to crack and allow rain/hosing off water to entire the fuel tank.  There have been many articles in the Mainsheet on this topic.  I also wrote one on changing the fuel fill to stainless.  Easy access as you can get at the hose and bottom of the female fitting by taking out the engine instrument panel.

Main Message Board / Racing Upgrade
« on: August 11, 2004, 07:26:50 PM »
The older C34's have a recessed inboard Genoa track (1986 - 1991?).  Catalina did NOT install an aft stop on the track.  Maybe a PO did?   :wink:

Main Message Board / Prop Clearance
« on: August 11, 2004, 04:33:27 PM »
Vic : Jerry Douglas of Catalina (the designer of the C34) has stated many times NOT to go larger in diameter than 15 inches for a C34 prop.  Why don't you give him a call?    :wink:

Main Message Board / Woody Wax
« on: August 09, 2004, 06:29:41 PM »
Chouse: I haven't done anything to my anti skid in 17 seasons and it looks great.  
There are plenty of other smooth places on the boat that need to be waxed.

Main Message Board / Rule 2000 pump failure
« on: August 09, 2004, 06:18:34 PM »
Corb : You didn't say how many points on the mount that you used to secure the pump to the bilge floor.  You might have a "hump" in the floor and using multiple screws is cracking the housing.  
I'd think that one or two screws should be able to to secure the pump.

Main Message Board / Engine Alignment
« on: August 09, 2004, 06:05:32 PM »
Kuching : What you're looking at is called a "Driver Saver" - it's NOT a flexible coupling.
To check shaft alignment you need to take it off and mate the round metal coupling on the shaft directly to the 4 "studs" on the transmission. It's the (no more than .003") spacing between those two pieces that you need to check for.  Also make sure that your spacing between the front of the prop hub and the aft end of the strut is no more than 1".
Hope this helps.   :wink:

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