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Messages - ewengstrom

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Main Message Board / Re: Checking Keel Bolts
« on: February 22, 2021, 10:05:11 AM »
In the thread that Ken mentions the torque spec was 107 ft/lbs.
When I had Ohana out of the water for a short haul this past spring I checked them and found that while I did get some movement out of them, it didn't take much to get them to the specified torque.
Hope yours goes as well.

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Main Message Board / Re: Rigid vang help
« on: February 22, 2021, 04:16:00 AM »
Karista, quite a bit actually. I'd be most interested to see where that upper block on the vang attaches, maybe there is just slack in the line but it almost looks like it attaches somewhere other than the upper part of the vang itself???

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Main Message Board / Re: Rigid vang help
« on: February 19, 2021, 04:20:51 AM »
Hey Diversion, thanks for the link. I'd posed this same question on that thread and those shots, while pretty similar, aren't the same setup I have....so that's why I created the new thread specifically for this model vang.

Alex, I do hope rotating that lower mount won't cause any issues. The way it's mounted now also interferes with the hatch in the main salon, it only opens until it hits the vang...and that's really not much.
We've owned this poor boat for 1-1/2 years and it just amazes me the stuff I run across...if you look closely at the photo's I posted you'll also note that the bolt that holds the lower pivot on the vang is inserted upside down (nut at the top) which is absolutely incorrect.....maybe it was mounted this way when it was originally installed, I'm sure I'll never know.
I'd REALLY appreciate it if you think to snap a few photos of your setup and share. I lurk here often and will spot them quickly. Thanks so much for the help!!!! Hope I can reciprocate one day.

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Main Message Board / Re: Rigid vang help
« on: February 18, 2021, 09:17:20 AM »
In this shot the boom is horizontal to the water, the vang is mostly compressed with very little "travel" left in it. I'm picturing the bottom mount mounted correctly which will further compress the vang when the boom is horizontal to the horizon. I haven't tried it yet and I may be all wet with regards to this worry. I was just seeing if anybody else had this model and could weigh in.
Since this shot I've pulled the boom, vang and mainsheet off the boat and it's all in my basement for service. I'll flip the bottom mount when I reinstall the whole thing and see how it goes.
By some chance do you have any shots of your vang all set up? When we bought the boat it wasn't set up at all and I had to guess as to where the blocks were mounted and how the control line(s) are run. Any way I set it up it ends up binding up and rather than being easy to operate, I need a winch to move the thing....it just seems wrong.

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Main Message Board / Re: Rigid vang help
« on: February 18, 2021, 07:45:23 AM »
A different angle.

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Main Message Board / Rigid vang help
« on: February 18, 2021, 07:43:17 AM »
Thanks to those that posted in the other topic replying to my request for help with my rigid vang. Originally I thought this one is a Garhauer model....but now I'm not so sure.
Obviously it appears to be mounted incorrectly based on what I'v observed in other photos (the mount on the mast is upside down!!!!) But I'm beginner to wonder if this was originally designed for this boat. If I flip the lower mount it will reduce the length and I'm not sure there is enough travel left to do that.
Just seeking advice from others who have mounted one before and can help me sort this out.

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Main Message Board / Re: Transmission fluid "silvery look"
« on: February 18, 2021, 04:46:31 AM »
I've mentioned before that when we bought our 88 C34 it was in a very neglected state. Last winter I pulled the motor/transmission for a very serious cleaning and replaced many gaskets and seals, and installed new motor mounts. While it was out I pulled the transmission for service and to replace the original damper plate. When I drained the transmission this is what I found.
I flushed it multiple times and will follow Ron's (and the manufacturers) advice going forward. So far the transmission sounds okay, but only time will tell if this level of neglect seriously affected my transmission.
Seems to me these Hurth transmissions are tougher than I thought.

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Main Message Board / Re: Trip Videos
« on: February 15, 2021, 06:40:15 AM »
One cannot go to Tangier Island and not visit Mr. Parks, he's a character and fun to talk to....oh...and he LOVE's the ladies!!!! Don't bother hailing Parks Marina on your way in....you can try but he may or may not be listening, just go find a slip and tie up, he'll be along on his scooter to collect the fee before dark.
A great place to anchor at Tangier is in the cut behind the southern most point on the island, if the wind is blowing out of the south you may catch a bit of the fetch around the tip of the island but it's still a nice spot to anchor.

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Main Message Board / Re: Dyneema Lifelines
« on: February 09, 2021, 04:27:10 AM »
The Pelican hooks are 4" Seadog Pelican Hooks. I was a bit skeptical of that design but I've warmed to it since the install. They do stay connected as long as there is tension holding them in place......all the more reason to keep some tension on the Dyneema life lines.

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Main Message Board / Re: Dyneema Lifelines
« on: February 08, 2021, 12:17:15 PM »
A few more shots.

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Main Message Board / Re: Dyneema Lifelines
« on: February 08, 2021, 12:14:37 PM »
I did find those photos. This isn't my boat but I copied this install almost exactly.

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Main Message Board / Re: Dyneema Lifelines
« on: February 08, 2021, 12:10:33 PM »
Jim,
Before I decided to switch, I did bring the wire home and removed the vinyl cover on the old lines....I found broken wires and meat hooks all over the place....it was super easy decision to replace those things once I dug into them.
By the time you see that corrosion thru the cracks, I'd say that it's MUCH worse inside the cover.

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Main Message Board / Re: Dyneema Lifelines
« on: February 08, 2021, 10:01:12 AM »
Paul,
I did search my phone for photos and while I usually take shots of all my projects....I didn't that time!!!!  :cry4`
I'll see what I can do when I go down this weekend....IF I go down this weekend. (I usually do)
The Dyneema may creep a bit at first...and I'd actually expected it to...but it seems to have settled down at this point. I don't pull it bar tight either but do keep a bit of tension on it, just enough that it doesn't sag. The smaller line can be untied and tightened as needed and I also like the look.
I don't have access to my records at this time for the 1/4" line itself, but if you just get a total linear footage of the lines, then add approx. 18" for the splices and turns around the thimbles you'll be VERY close. I do remember originally ordering 30' of the 1/8" Dyneema and then picking up another 10' from West Marine later to finish the job, I did turn this smaller line back upon itself quite a few times so I'm sure I used more than I thought I would for each connection...better too much than too little though.  8)

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Main Message Board / Re: Dyneema Lifelines
« on: February 08, 2021, 08:40:16 AM »
Paul,
We did this replacement over the winter of 2019/20 and have been very happy with the conversion. We did do the thimble terminations and brummel splice method. The old turnbuckles on our boat were seized and were basically garbage, along with the SS lifelines. I simply terminated the thimble(s) approximately 6" short of the pushpit/pullpit and tensioned the assembly with 1/8" Dyneema pulled thru the thimble and pulpit loop. This provided a nice adjustment as everything settled into place over the first month or so. I'd seen this on another C-34 and a friend also did his on his 88 C-34 so that makes three that I know of.

Embarrassing admission time......I'd finished up the new life lines early last Spring, but I'd forgotten to install the turning blocks for the furler over the stanchions.  :shock: (I'd removed all the stanchions on the boat to straighten and re-bed them.) When I realized this I found I had two choices....cut the Dyneema and buy new or attempt to un-splice it, install the turning blocks and re-splice the life lines. Nothing ventured, nothing gained so I went with option #2 and it was EASY....I had them pulled apart in no time and had no problem re-splicing the two connections. I've had zero problems out of them since.
P.S....this entire installation took very little time, once you get the splicing down...it went VERY quickly.
That's my experience, your mileage may vary. I do hope this helps!!!

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Main Message Board / Re: "Ultimate" rigging and sails for TR/WK
« on: February 05, 2021, 07:43:19 AM »
Noah,
Thanks for the photos, although they are only somewhat helpful for what I'm looking for. The problem isn't the routing back to the cockpit, ours is routed back to a triple clutch on the ports side cabin top. My exact problem is the routing of the lines on the vang itself. I'm also not sure my vang is exactly like yours but since everything is off of the boom I'm going to go down and get a couple of shots of it this weekend.

I do like that jam cleat for the main halyard on the mast though, that was a big bonus included with your photo(s)!!! I have a spare jam cleat that's been living in my parts box for years and now it's got a home and purpose, much obliged on that point sir!!!

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