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Messages - Ekutney

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Main Message Board / Re: Pics of my smaller dinette table
« on: June 07, 2019, 07:53:22 AM »
I have a smaller cocktail table & it works fine to support the cushion for turning the area into a bed.  The smaller table means it does not fully support the edges of the cushion but when laying down provides plenty of support.  It is possible to push a hand through the gap between the end of the cushions but it has not caused any safety issues.

Main Message Board / Re: Teak Grate in Head
« on: June 05, 2019, 07:10:03 AM »
Nice looking custom teak grate.  I would also be interested in any more source info you can provide.  I have a bath mat that covers the head floor but like the idea of what you did.

Main Message Board / Re: Advice Requested: Battery Monitors
« on: May 29, 2019, 06:12:24 AM »
I am in the process of installing a Balmar SG200, there is a detailed article at this site & I purchased through him.  This site is an amazing resource for a DIY type person, lots of great information & his prices for things are good.

My use is to monitor the House bank & determine power consumption while on the hook for the weekend.

I'll post some pics of the install in a couple weeks.

Main Message Board / Re: I bought the boat
« on: May 17, 2019, 07:28:02 AM »

A Great 34

You'll find this forum a great resource for getting information on most any task you can think of.  Take the time to search & read, lots & lots of great info, I can easily lose myself for hours following 1 link after another.



Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: May 13, 2019, 08:42:51 AM »
I bought a 1986 C34 in 2016, the PO had it for 27 years & upgraded to a larger boat.  This forum was extremely helpful with many of the projects I did to include:
Replace exhaust riser, water lift muffler & exhaust hose
Clean 3" heat exchanger
Replace all engine hoses
Replace scupper hoses
Replace all fresh water hoses
Replace fresh water pump
Replace water heater
Replace Marlon thru hulls with bronze seacocks
Traveler thru bolt
Install Cruiseair AC unit

The PO did a good job of keeping the boat clean but most systems were original & I agree 100% that you're better off buying a boat where the upgrades have been done (ONLY if there were done correctly!!)  I sail the Chesapeake & what I have discovered is there are more EXPERTS than I thought possible in the Marine industry & very few actually know how to get back to you when they promise.

Good luck & using this forum to get good data is the best path I have found.

Main Message Board / Re: Air conditioning !990 c34, some pictures
« on: May 07, 2019, 06:50:31 AM »
I am also located in the Chesapeake where the days can easily get in the 90's & very humid.  I had a guy from Annapolis Cruise Air, Denny, come by & look at my boat before I even bought the unit & he said a 12K would do fine for the same reasons Glenn referenced.  It has been used for 2 seasons & cools the boat fine, even on very hot days.  I get a good bit of condensation & have the drain pan plumbed to the raw water output.  It also does a good job of warming the boat up in the cooler months.  The unit is installed the same location as Glenn's, Nav locker.  I only have 2 vents, one just above the unit on the top surface of the Nav locker & a 2nd to the aft cabin.  The vent on the top of the Nav locker has the fins adjusted so airflow is directed the top middle of the salon.  I also have 4 fans aboard to move air around, 1 aft cabin, 1 fwd cabin, 2 salon, 1 port 1 starboard.  Airflow helps a great deal making down below comfortable.

Main Message Board / Re: Cabin Led light bulb replacement
« on: April 15, 2019, 05:58:12 AM »
Pics of the original light fixture in the salon:
Pic 1 light with cover on
Pic 2 light without cover
Pic 3 light open showing dim bulb
Pic 4 light open showing bright bulb

Main Message Board / Re: Cabin Led light bulb replacement
« on: April 11, 2019, 08:27:53 AM »
The light fixtures I have in the salon (qty 4, 2 port 2 starboard) have 2 sockets per fixture with a ON/OFF switch on each side fore & aft.  I used the low lumes bulb for one socket & the higher lumes multi LED bulb for the other socket.  I've attached a pic to give you an idea of the type fixture & location on port side. 

The lights fixtures I have in V berth (qty 2) & in the aft cabin (qty 2) are shown at this link but as they state no longer available.

Main Message Board / Re: Cabin Led light bulb replacement
« on: April 09, 2019, 12:12:50 PM »
I also installed these units:

1 installed over the Nav table & 2 installed over the Ice Box/Stove area.  The swivel works well so it can easily be adjusted for the best results.  This light fits nicely on the back side of teak trim.

The above light replaced the original florescent light in the head, installed same location as the original light.

Main Message Board / Re: Cabin Led light bulb replacement
« on: April 09, 2019, 09:25:38 AM »
I  switched over to all LEDs for internal lighting. 

For the salon lights I kept the original fixtures & used 2 separate bulbs:

one bright,

one dim,

For the aft cabin & V berth I used the original fixture with the following:

Bulbs were installed 3 years ago & have worked fine.  I also tested the bulbs by applying 15VDC to make sure they were properly heat sinked, a potential issue with cheap LED bulbs.

Main Message Board / Re: Sickened by what we found
« on: April 09, 2019, 08:37:39 AM »
I also have a 1986, have hull #42 & noticed yours is also a 1986.  Really sad to hear it took bad placement on the hard to cause such damage not age of the boat & improper care.

The local area I am, near Annapolis, has a good number of boats that are just left to the environment.

Best of luck & keep us updated.

Main Message Board / Re: Motor soot
« on: April 03, 2019, 05:28:18 PM »
Where is the output of your crankcase going?

Main Message Board / Re: Motor soot
« on: April 03, 2019, 02:34:46 PM »
Any exhaust smell at all?  Look under the head sink as suggested & see if there is any indication of soot at the muffler input or the riser where it goes into the muffler.

Have you noticed any change in water flow out the exhaust?

Main Message Board / Re: Overheating
« on: March 28, 2019, 08:43:46 AM »
I replaced my Exhaust Riser 2 years ago & it is quite a job.  Good idea soaking the manifold bolts with PB, give them time.  In my case when I removed the old one it just fell apart, almost like the insulation was holding it together.  I was in the US so I ordered a SS one from CD. 

While reading through the forum to gather info to replace the riser I found a few people that talked about having a unit fabricated some used SS but others used Black Pipe (obviously will not last as long as SS).  Also keep in mind the hump hose if it did not have one.

Main Message Board / Re: Wire Harness Upgrade and memos
« on: March 27, 2019, 06:34:50 AM »
Nice work, it might be a good idea if you offer to build that you got to heat shrink marine terminals.

I'm in the process of doing the same project, along with major wire upgrade to remove the qty 2 ea 4 AWG cables & replace with 01 AWG cables.  I'm not sure what the advantage to adding the terminal block is.  I'm thinking more direct wire because connections are just another potential failure point & if done correctly (good heat shrink terminals at both ends) should outlast the original install which worked for 30 yrs in my case.

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