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Messages - britinusa

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Main Message Board / Re: Mk II gas storage
« on: January 12, 2020, 07:47:32 AM »
I'm a bit obsessed about Gasoline in lockers.

When we spent 3 weeks in the Abacos Bahamas, we had 2 5gal gas canisters secured to the stbd side rail (with 3 5 gal Diesel canisters) all of the gas cans had custom can covers made of Sunbrella. I have a SS tube between two stanchions with straps sewn to the covers that both keep the cover on in high winds and also secure the cans to the SS tube - using quick side release buckles - no tying involved.

We also had 4 6 gallon water tanks on the Port side. Those were the military style - tall thin canisters. I much prefer that style and am replacing both the gas and diesel canisters with the same style.

Our outboard is a 4hp Merc, it can use an external tank but we don't. I keep an empty 1 gallon jug in the stbd locker and fill it before taking the dink away from the boat. After stowing the engine on the rail mount, I empty the 1 gal tank  draining into a 5 gal tank. If necessary,  after leaving it to vent hanging over the side, so that I can store an empty, vented tank in the port side locker.

I have not yet figured out how long the engine will run with a full internal tank and a spare 1 gallon.

I have a Main and gib for our C34 Mk 1 1987. I replaced them in 2016, they're useable.


Main Message Board / Re: Galley makeover and cooler space ideas
« on: December 19, 2019, 04:06:05 PM »
FYI, I installed a 3 filter and UV system in our water works, all of it fits under the sink and behind the triple drawer unit after I trimmed a few inches off of the back of it.

It's a single Whole house filter for the water going into the pump and then a 2 stage filter with UV unit inline with the drinking water faucet.


Main Message Board / Re: New Dodger
« on: December 05, 2019, 08:05:13 PM »
I'm with you Ron.

When the Dodger is complete, there'll be an additional 'hand rail' that will reach from the forward handrail bolt on the Dodger forward and down to the cabin top just aft of the wooden handrail on each side.

Making great progress. Today I finished the Top and the Front Window Panel. Friday I start on the side windows. My appreciation for the amount that the pro's charge grows daily! I'll be updating the cost details when it's all done.


Main Message Board / Re: New Dodger
« on: November 17, 2019, 08:29:07 AM »
Dodger Frame extensions have been added, just need to cut them to the correct length to ensure the Frame is below the minimum boom height.

Main Message Board / Re: New Dodger
« on: November 15, 2019, 05:32:44 AM »
Also... When you make the new, ensure that the zips have a cover. Sailrite often refers to them as a 'tail' in their videos. I've seen a bunch of zips that are basically destroyed by UV when left uncovered.

Main Message Board / Re: New Dodger
« on: November 12, 2019, 11:43:31 AM »
When we bought new sails 2 years ago, we also got a new 'Cradle Cover' after 2 years, I'm not impressed.

If I were to redo (myself) the cover I would change a few things.

1. Have the top zipper run on a continuous line so that it can be opened/closed from either end of the boom.

2. Have drain holes in the bottom seam (where the two sides meet) every few inches to prevent water lakes inside the cover.

3. Have Lazy jacks that can all be pulled down to the boom with the cover rolled (for racing)

4. Have the aft end of the cover held up similar to the way Mac Sails does it, rather than by a line that attaches to the topping lift.

If I made it myself, it would cost a fraction of what we paid, I was feeling flush at the time because we had just sold our old boat.



Main Message Board / Re: New Dodger
« on: November 05, 2019, 06:47:59 PM »
I use Profilen for all of my outdoor projects.  :clap

Main Message Board / Re: New Dodger
« on: November 03, 2019, 09:22:08 AM »
to my recollection, the pieces are unbranded. Sorry. I can check them closely during the week.


Main Message Board / Re: New Dodger
« on: November 02, 2019, 11:37:59 AM »
I've been buying from for at least 7 years, their stuff is very nice, the SS is very highly polished (IMHO), they ship within a couple of days and typically arrive within a week.


Main Message Board / New Dodger
« on: November 02, 2019, 05:15:36 AM »
It's finally time to replace our Dodger. If anyone has seen a quote for a new dodger and choked on the price, don't!

I've posted my first blog post on the process of building our new Dodger, it includes a spreadsheet of the initial costs, I thought it would be around $650, but that's already $200 short!
So far, the estimated cost of Materials is over $800 and I expect it will take at least 5 trips to the boat for initial prep, templating, construction, initial fitting and adjustments. Just doing that many trips to the boat for a business would cost $500 let alone the cost of actual construction. Not sure how long the project will take, but I'm guessing around 20 hours of construction as well, and that would be another $1,000 at $50 an hour and what business can afford to only charge $50 per hour for quality work (I've been sewing for nearly 4 years now and have quite a few projects under my belt, plus about $2000 worth of machine, and tools and I'm just a hammer chewer!)

Here's a link to the blog article.


Main Message Board / Re: water in bilge
« on: October 29, 2019, 12:28:52 PM »
On the front of the mast!

Main Message Board / Re: water in bilge
« on: October 29, 2019, 08:59:08 AM »
We found that some rain water was coming down the inside of the mast and the most like cause was a line entry/exit plate about 6' down from the top of the mast.

We don't use that line (not sure what it's for) so I covered the plate with a piece of Flex tape.

The pic shows the type of plate. On our mast, the plate is inverted so that it's opening faces upwards (ie. rain catcher)



Thanks Ken!

Catalina 34s for Sale / Re: Catalina 87 for sale
« on: September 25, 2019, 06:44:34 AM »
Suzanne, Sorry to hear that your husband passed.

The boat should sell in no time at that price, it's probably $8000 to $10000 below price.

Someone is going to get a deal.

I wish you the very best.


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