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Messages - John Sheehan

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We have been using a "Bugbusters" by Sogeman screen that sounds like what you were talking about.  It has a mesh screen held down with internal lead weights around the edges and two ties up forward to attach it.  We have been very pleased with the screen having tried it in Little Shark River in the Everglades with great success under the largest organized mosquito attack I have ever experienced.  We have tried other various screening systems but this is the best for us.  Getting in and out of the cabin calls for some dexterity to keep the enemy at bay but that is true with any system.  It comes in a small plastic box so it is easy to store.  For our 34's you will need to get the larger (48" x 68") version.  West Marine 2008 catalogue on page 555 shows it. 

Main Message Board / Re: Engine Spares for a Long Cruise
« on: October 22, 2008, 07:03:10 AM »

I would second the thoughts on the fresh water pump.  Ours had a seal go out with only 365 hours on the engine and it took three weeks to get a replacement.  Now I carry a new pump and gasket on board along with a new raw water pump. 


Our '03 measures 8'.


Main Message Board / Re: Adding A/C
« on: July 24, 2008, 02:06:05 PM »
The dealer installed the unit when we purchased the boat.  It is a tight fit but they probably removed the door frame to give themselves more room.  It has worked well for us because we haven't lost any usable storage and with the head door closed it is quiet.  Not sure if I ever have to work on the unit how much fun that will be. 

Main Message Board / Re: Adding A/C
« on: July 23, 2008, 01:14:03 PM »
There has always been plenty of flow.  The boat cools down quickly when we turn the system on. 


Main Message Board / Re: Adding A/C
« on: July 23, 2008, 09:23:33 AM »
Roc & Bill,
Attached (hopefully) are photos of the cabin vent and the A/C mounted under the head sink.  The Cabin vent has inside measurements of 7.25 x 5.25.  The photo under the sink shows the shelf that was fabricated to mount the A/C unit and the water pump.   In the background are the strainer and the intake opening that goes through to the quarter berth.  The inside opening of the intake is 11.25 x 9.  There are also 3.5 x 3.5 outlets for the V-berth and the quarter berth.  However, I close off the vent in the quarter berth so we get a good flow through the main cabin and back through the quarter berth to the A/C intake.  We have never noticed any problem with air from the bilge since the bilge is kept dry as much as possible and we get good return flow through the intake in the quarter birth.

We do a lot of cruising and storage space is at premium which is why the under the sink installation has been great for us along with it being much quieter in the V-berth where we sleep.


Main Message Board / Re: Adding A/C
« on: July 21, 2008, 07:38:32 AM »

Our A/C unit is installed just to the port of the head sink under the countertop.  A small platform was built off the hull to support the unit.  The through hull and strainer are under the sink.  With this location the quarter birth (main storage area) is easily conditioned and all the ducting goes along the port side just below the shelving thus still keeping the storage space behind the port seat backs.  Another advantage of this installation is it is much quieter in the V berth where we sleep.  Our system is a 16 K unit and it does great for both the heating and cooling.


Main Message Board / Re: Make of faucet in head
« on: April 21, 2008, 08:59:48 PM »

Try pulling the end of the nozzle and it should go from flood to spray.  It does on our 03.


Main Message Board / Re: Aft water tank and Lewmar windows
« on: April 10, 2008, 01:32:48 PM »
Every so often, or before we take a cruise, I sanitize the system by filling the tanks half full, add a cup of Chlorox, fill the tanks the rest of the way and then pump through all lines including the water heater until I can smell the Chlorox in the sinks.  Then let it set a few hours before pumping them empty.  When I fill the water tanks for drinking I do so after washing the boat down to get good fresh water in the hoses and piping at the dock then fill through an in-line charcol filter.  For drinking I installed another in-line water filter in the cold line at the galley.  This way we always have had clean fresh tasting water for drinking and no problems with algae or smell in the system.

Main Message Board / Re: Rebedding Chainplates
« on: December 31, 2007, 05:49:38 PM »
When you re-tighten the chainplates only turn the nut and keep the screw motionless. That way there is no tendency for the seal to be broken around the screw.  I had to learn this the hard way.

Main Message Board / Re: Kubota Block Equivalent
« on: December 31, 2007, 07:45:30 AM »
Went and checked our M-35B motor this morning.... The block has V-1305 cast on the starboard side and the number on the dipstick is 16224-36411.

Happy New Year to all.


Main Message Board / Re: Squeak in steering quadrant
« on: August 06, 2007, 08:44:17 AM »

If the squeak is in the quadrant and not the Edison pedestal then the Catalina manual recommends opening the hatch for the emergency tiller and just adding a little water down around the rudder post.  It says to use water and not oil or WD-40.  I have used water and it stops the squeak.


Main Message Board / Re: Another overheat mystery . . .
« on: July 17, 2007, 07:10:16 PM »

On our M-35B the raw water goes through the tubes and the antifreeze solution goes on the outside of the tubes.  If you look at the position of the zinc in the heat exchanger the raw water goes around it at the end of the tubes.


Main Message Board / Re: Hard Starting/ Possible glow plug problem??
« on: July 02, 2007, 09:18:34 AM »

I have made up a jumper to run the fuel pump when changing the filters and it works quite well since I can control everything while at the engine.  Still not sure why in the C-34 application they think shutting the fuel pump off with low oil pressure would be a safety device if your fuel tank is over half full.  Probably just a generic system that may work for other boats or applications.


Main Message Board / Re: Mark II Cockpit Width
« on: June 23, 2007, 07:47:25 AM »

When we ordered our 34 we got the cockpit cushion package.  One of the best things about the package was the helm seat cushion.  It is arched similar to the fiberglass seat on the earlier 34's, so at reasonable angles of heal you can still sit upright and not slide.  The cushion is attached with straps on the bottom of the cushion snapping on to snaps on the top of the fiberglass seat.  A custom cushion shop should be able to make one up without much problem.


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