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Messages - Jon W

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Main Message Board / Re: West Marine Battery Manufacturer
« on: October 22, 2015, 08:23:49 PM »
Thanks Ted.

Main Message Board / West Marine Battery Manufacturer
« on: October 22, 2015, 07:14:26 PM »
Anybody know who makes the flooded batteries sold at West Marine? Are they re-branded Trojan or US Battery? Thanks for the help.

Jon W.

Main Message Board / Re: Gummy Bears & Cockpit Panel Fastening Ideas
« on: October 16, 2015, 06:55:22 PM »
Hi Ken, Not an electrical, but a mechanical example. My slip neighbor has spent the last week plus fixing a Yanmar engine problem on his Tartan 37. Early 2000 vintage he purchased around 6-7 mopnths ago. He had to replace two fuel injectors ($$$) and a myriad of fittings ($$$) due to severe corrosion. Where did the corrosion come from? A failed anti siphon valve that ran above the engine inside the engine compartment. Apparently it had been leaking for years. He relocated it out of the engine compartment. I guess it isn't the brand, it's how you take care of it.
Jon W.

Thought Iíd pass on some findings to other new old boat owners. I came across the following doing back to back projects. For reference I have a 1987 MK1, hull #493.

1.   While cleaning up the mess from the original engine compartment insulation I replaced, I noticed that the throttle linkage
     interfered with the heater hoses. A slight adjustment to the routing of the hoses fixed it. No more interference.

2.   While replacing the fuel level gauge wiring, I had left the port cockpit lazarette open even though it was raining. I noticed
     water leaking into the aft cabin. Looking around I found that the floor of the lazarette and aft wall of the lazarette are not
     sealed. They had gaps I could see through from the inside of the boat. I used a tube of above the waterline waterproof sealant
     from Home Depot to close all the gaps.

3.   The aft water tank vent hose connects to the top of the tank with a ĹĒ hose. Come to find out the other end of the hose
     connects to a 5/8Ē hose barb on the end of the silver vent cap on the starboard side of the cockpit. I changed the tank
     connection to a 90 deg fitting with 5/8Ē hose barb and ĹĒ MIP to screw into the tank, and a 5/8Ē hose.

4.   While attaching the hose to the cockpit vent fitting, the propane locker limits access. While figuring out how to get in there I
      noticed the propane fuel line that goes to the galley.  My locker has top and bottom vents going overboard, a very small
      propane tank, and all the other bits inside the locker with a lid that seals all of it shut. Except for the propane line to the
      galley which was screwed onto a fitting attached to the outside of the locker. I plan to replace the whole thing with a 10#
      tank, room for a few smaller BBQ tanks, and move it to starboard corner under the corner of the cockpit with some way to
      slide it toward the centerline to remove the tank to refill when the seat is opened. Havenít designed it yet so donít know how I
      will keep it from sliding when I donít want it to. Iíve read what others have done on this forum and will be copying previous
      ideas. Should be an interesting challenge.

Jon W.

Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / Re: MK 1 parts
« on: October 08, 2015, 09:48:35 AM »
Do you still have the Racor assy and spare element for sale? Jon W.

Main Message Board / Re: Gummy Bears & Cockpit Panel Fastening Ideas
« on: October 07, 2015, 02:03:04 PM »
Hi Noah. I tried removing the panel only first, but had interferences with the shut-off cable post (tee handle removed), and the top of the tach hitting the tray. Reached through the aft lazarette to remove the nut on the back of the tray securing the shut-off cable to the tray. Couldnít get enough leverage or grip because the nut was both frozen and surrounded by caulk. Ultimately decided to remove the shutoff cable from the engine and pull the tray, panel, and shutoff cable out together (had leaks between the tray and coaming anyway). I mentioned the tray having no back because CD sells a fully enclosed replacement tray, and thought that might be the common set-up.

Jon W.

Main Message Board / Re: Gummy Bears
« on: October 06, 2015, 08:35:29 PM »
What a great idea. Never would have thought of using an earplug soaked in epoxy. For the machine screws do you use 5200 or something similar to bond the nut?  Jon W.

Main Message Board / Re: Gummy Bears
« on: October 06, 2015, 07:37:57 PM »
Looks like I have caused some confusion by not being clear. My apologies. Thanks Ken for clarifying my intent. I meant to say re-bed the tray to the coaming with bed-it butyl tape.

On my boat, the tray has no back to it. See attached before photos of the back of the tray and panel with the old wiring. In the photo of the tach you can just make out that the positive wire is missing to the light. It had corroded and fell off sometime in its' life. Some screws holding the gauges and tach to the panel were also missing. Added them with the wiring change. All gauges, wiring, switches, etc. attached to the panel are exposed to any leak between the coaming and the tray. The tray had been sealed with some type of caulk. I had seen water leaking past the caulk onto the gauges, wiring, switches, etc.

When ready to re-install the tray, I removed all of the old caulk and decided to use butyl tape after all the endorsements of how well it seals. I may end up removing the tray again to replace something, but donít know when that will be and like the peace of mind knowing I have a top quality sealant.

The tray was screwed onto the coaming before I started. Not sure it looks like crap, but agree it would look nicer without the screws. Each corner of the tray has snaps for the protective sunbrella cover to attach to. Unfortunately the snaps are 3/8Ē long thread. Over the years they are no longer snug and can pull out so need to thread into the coaming with 1Ē long thread snaps. While waiting  for the 1Ē long snaps, Iíve used SST screws at each corner to ensure the tray is sealed.

I have a protective boot on the glo plug push button. Donít know what happened to the one on the start push button but am looking for one to put on.    Jon W.

Main Message Board / Re: Gummy Bears
« on: October 04, 2015, 04:16:39 PM »
Ron, I just bought the boat 5 1/2 months ago. I don't know why one of the PO's didn't do this critical wiring harness upgrade.

I also don't know why they didn't change the steering idler pins to SST, fix the leaking exhaust riser, change the gooseneck fitting to the one without the cotter pin, remove the fuel pick up strainer in the fuel tank, or the fix the fuel fill cap which had a broken 0-ring and cracked cap.

As of today all the critical upgrades I could find on this forum have been implemented or verified done on my new to me 1987, plus the items I listed in a June post. 5 1/2 months seemed like quick progress to me.

Jon W.

Main Message Board / Gummy Bears & Cockpit Panel Fastening Ideas
« on: October 03, 2015, 08:56:38 PM »
I just finished the last of the critical upgrades which is the harness upgrade and adding a voltmeter to replace the ammeter. A while back someone was asking what everyone was referring to when they say "Gummy Bear". I've attached a couple of photo's of the Gummy Bears that I removed from my 1987 hull #493. The first two were at the engine, the third was at the cockpit control panel.

Also attached a photo of the fuel pump positive the goes to the control panel with it's original ring terminal. I posted this because the second day of doing the upgrade it literally fell off the crimp. Same thing happened with the blower motor positive. No tugging/pulling/rough handling. Just fell off. Might want to think about this.

The last photo is my control panel, engine running with a voltmeter! Still need to clean it up and reseal with bed-it butyl tape.

Hopefully all attachments show up.

Jon W.

Main Message Board / Re: Bottom paint recommendations for SoCal?
« on: October 03, 2015, 08:20:56 PM »
Hi Noah, Interlux Ultra, 3 gallons.  Jon W.

Main Message Board / Re: are my water tanks reversed?
« on: October 02, 2015, 09:43:41 PM »
My 87 looks similar to Noah's photo. I might have missed it, but what do you have behind the aft removable panel in the aft cabin? Wondering if you have a second fuel tank? Jon W.

Main Message Board / Re: Bottom paint recommendations for SoCal?
« on: October 02, 2015, 09:15:50 PM »
I can verify brand when I'm at the boat tomorrow, but think ultralux ultra is what Shelter Island Boat Yard recommended.

Main Message Board / Re: Diesel fill hose to tank from deck size
« on: September 26, 2015, 01:54:14 PM »
Rough measurement is that it's 1 1/2". Did a check using the search engine and found it is 1 1/2" x 4 feet long. Came up with 44" in my rough measurement. So 4 feet it is.

Main Message Board / Size of diesel fill hose
« on: September 26, 2015, 10:29:36 AM »
What size is the diesel fuel line from the deck fill to the main fuel tank? Getting ready for the harness upgrade so looking at the vent and fuel fill hose and noticed small cracks at the bend where connects to tank. Thanks for the help. Jon. W

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