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Messages - kwaltersmi

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Main Message Board / Re: Catalina 425
« on: March 03, 2017, 11:28:50 AM »
Congrats! That's such an awesome boat. Wonder if she'll be the first 425 on the Great Lakes? Do you know?

Main Message Board / Re: Beckson Port Advice
« on: February 22, 2017, 11:37:02 AM »
I'm with Stu. Or you could add some epoxy adhesive to the gap and let the port frame and bolts act as a clamp when you put it back together.

Main Message Board / Re: 2008 Catalina 387 For Sale
« on: February 21, 2017, 07:24:07 AM »
Love the 387 and particularly, this local Great Lakes boat. Wish I was in a position to move up to that.

Main Message Board / Re: second anchor?
« on: February 21, 2017, 07:21:06 AM »
We carry a Danforth in the bow anchor locker as a secondary, but as Paulus mentioned, we didn't use it when we were in the North Channel. There are however several anchorages where a bow anchor and a stern shore tie work well.

Main Message Board / Re: A few requests for recommendations
« on: February 21, 2017, 06:50:59 AM »
I've got an electric oil change pump hard wired to the 12v system and mounted on the starboard side of the engine compartment. It works great and makes a simple task even easier. No excuses for not changing my oil!

Main Message Board / Re: Largest dinghy towed
« on: February 11, 2017, 08:32:28 AM »
We've occasionally towed our 12' AB center console RIB w/ a 25hp outboard (total weight around 400lbs), but it's only for a couple miles at time. We more frequently tow our 10' RIB (w/ motor stored on stern rail) when conditions are good and I'm too lazy to lug it onto the foredeck.

Main Message Board / Re: Source for fixed port replacements
« on: February 09, 2017, 09:36:30 AM »
a local glazing shop

So what's a glazing shop? If I could get them made for significantly less than the $590 in the link above, I'm all for it.

Main Message Board / Source for fixed port replacements
« on: February 09, 2017, 05:58:39 AM »
I've seen the topic of fixing leaking fixed ports and replacing fixed ports come up multiple times over the last couple of years but haven't seen any easy sources for getting the parts. Anyone ever order these:

Main Message Board / Re: Catalina 425
« on: January 25, 2017, 01:16:29 PM »
I went through the 425 at the Chicago show a couple weeks ago. Here are a few random impressions:

1) It felt like a 7/8th's scale 445 on the inside.
2) The absence of the aluminum toe rail is a plus in my book, since it likely means fewer holes in the deck/hull for water intrusion.
3) The cabin finishings are still very much recognizable as Catalina and distinct from the Euro boats also at the show (Bene, Jeanneau, Hanse, etc.).
4) The stern scoop is small for my tastes, both aesthetically and functionally.
5) Standard self-tacking jib and in-mast furling main are pluses for my (typically) lazy sailing.
6) Foredeck sun pad and starboard cockpit bench fold-out pad are firsts on a Catalina (as far as I'm aware)
7) Love the twin aft cabins, particularly since we're a family of 5. I also like this layout on the C42 as mentioned above.

Main Message Board / Re: Repowering advise
« on: January 24, 2017, 09:37:58 AM »
I can't speak to the specs, proper operating rpm's, etc. of the Betas in question, but I can say that my C34 with a Universal M25XPB sometimes feels underpowered. I've seen the M25XPB's shaft hp rating listed anywhere from 21 - 26hp. I don't think the C34 (and likely your Sabre) would be overpowered with 30hp, as evidenced by the MkII's with the 30hp M35.

Main Message Board / Re: Rain Running Down Mast Into Cabin
« on: January 03, 2017, 06:13:31 AM »
What Noah said.  :clap

Main Message Board / Re: strictly sail in Chicago, January 2017?
« on: December 26, 2016, 05:54:12 AM »
FYI - If anyone is looking for tickets, our "contest" is now live on here:

Main Message Board / Re: strictly sail in Chicago, January 2017?
« on: December 14, 2016, 07:05:09 AM »
We haven't been since they moved from Navy pier to McCormick and combined it with powerboats and RV's.  However, I'm planning to attend this year with some boating friends and will have extra free tickets to giveaway soon (check my website at for updates in the next week or so).

Main Message Board / Re: Flexible Solar Panels
« on: December 01, 2016, 05:30:51 AM »
Very nice write up. I'd love to have a similar set up on MkI.  We currently get by using a portable (non-mounted) rollable 14w panel from PowerFilm, but we don't run the fridge while away from the dock (unless motoring) so it really just tops off the batteries from using lights at night. Your set up is much nicer, but I can highly recommend the PowerFilm flexible panels. Ours has been working great for 4 years with no issues. Here's my original write-up on the PowerFilm panel.

Main Message Board / Re: Floorboards...
« on: December 01, 2016, 05:18:59 AM »
Most likely you've got a "teak and holly" veneer on plywood. If so, light sanding and polyurethane is doable. You can also strip the old finish completely (either via chemical strippers or a heat gun), then light sanding, then recoat. I did all of mine last winter and they turned out nice. I also added poly to the undersides for added protection. There's plenty of threads here on the forum about redoing the cabin sole, either by refinishing or replacing.

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