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Messages - Vic Suben

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Main Message Board / Re: Reacher/Drifter
« on: January 18, 2013, 06:05:06 AM »
Thanks for the tip.  At the same site I found the sail dimensions for the standard rig.  If you're interested, the  luff  is 43.72'; the foot is 22.54'; the leach is 39.42' and the area is 442.67 sq. ft.


Main Message Board / Reacher/Drifter
« on: January 16, 2013, 08:42:14 AM »
Does anyone know the dimensions that a reacher /drifter headsail should have for a Catalina 34 with a keel-stepped mast.  Surprise is a standard (not tall) rig. I need to know the luff, leach and foot dimensions. :abd:



Main Message Board / Data Marine Instruments
« on: September 17, 2012, 07:27:58 AM »
I have a Data Marine Link 5000 instrument set (wind, speed and depth) in my boat.  It recently stopped working, and now I notice that the display flashes intermittently with all the characters showing, and occasionally it displays accurate readings for about a minute at a time.

All the connections are tight and all the fuses are good.  The chartplotter on the same circuit works perfectly.

Has anyone encountered a problem like this, and if so what was the cause?



Main Message Board / Re: Dirt and soot on diesel engines
« on: July 11, 2012, 08:02:29 AM »
Thank you for the tips.  i guess simple green and elbow grease is the answer.


Main Message Board / Re: Dirt and soot on diesel engines
« on: July 10, 2012, 04:37:38 PM »
Do you think a pressure washer would work if the alternator is protected?

Main Message Board / Dirt and soot on diesel engines
« on: July 10, 2012, 09:26:42 AM »
Has anyone found a convenient way to clean 25 years of dirt and soot from the exterior of a Universal diesel engine?


Main Message Board / Pencil Zinc
« on: March 27, 2012, 05:28:46 PM »
 :sleepy:When replacing the pencil zinc in the heat exchanger, should the threads of the brass holder be wrapped with Teflon (plumber's) tape?


Main Message Board / Re: Mast boot is beat...
« on: November 15, 2011, 06:43:55 AM »
 :clap Has anyone tried Spartite?  If so, how did it work out?

Main Message Board / Re: Lucite Panel for Shelves in Cabin
« on: October 27, 2010, 06:04:26 AM »

Your panels look great.  Thanks for the idea.


Main Message Board / Re: Lucite Panel for Shelves in Cabin
« on: October 22, 2010, 06:29:04 AM »
Thanks for all your suggestions.


Main Message Board / Lucite Panel for Shelves in Cabin
« on: October 21, 2010, 12:41:26 PM »

Surprise is a 1987 Catalina 34 (MK I).  In this boat the shelves above the berths in the main cabin are hidden by sliding Lucite panels.  The panels slide in top and bottom wooden tracks.  Unfortunately, during this past season, one of the sliding panels was broken.  I have been unable to remove the broken panel from the tracks.  I am looking for suggestions on how to remove the broken panel from the tracks.


Vic Suben
Surprise - C34 Hull No. 453

Main Message Board / Engine mount replacement
« on: March 11, 2010, 03:55:53 PM »
I am trying to replace the engine mounts in my 1987 Catalina 34.  I followed all the suggestions in the C-34 forum, but now I find that starboard forward and the aft port mounts are frozen to the studs.  It should be noted that it took a lot of Liquid Wrench to loosen the nuts above the engine mounting flange.

Despite hammering on the mounts with anything on hand and copious amounts of Liquid Wrench, the mounts are still frozen in place.  Does anyone have any suggestions on how I might free the engine from the studs?


Vic Suben
C-34 No. 453

Main Message Board / Re: Engine Mounts and Flexible Coupling
« on: September 09, 2009, 04:18:23 AM »
From the literature, it appears that the R&D coupling uses the same flange that  currently holds the prop shaft.  In the Vetus literature it appears that their coupling replaces the flange on the drive shaft.  I would rather not cut the shaft.  So please let me know if my reading of the vendors' literature is correct.

Also, any idea whether the R&D engine mounts are better vibration dampers than the Vetus?


Main Message Board / Engine Mounts and Flexible Coupling
« on: September 07, 2009, 07:13:28 AM »
Has anyone had experience installing engine mounts and a flexible coupling from R&D Marine?  If so, what were the problems/benefits, etc. with the installation and use of their systems.


Vic Suben
Surprise, C-34 Hull 453 :clap

A couple of years ago I had the same problem.  I emptied the fuel tank by using the boat's electric fuel pump to pump the fuel into 5 gallon buckets that I bought at Home Depot.  West Marine sells a funnel that filters the fuel as it is poured into the tank.  After replacing the tank I used that funnel to filter the fuel as it went back into the tank.  I did not pour all the buckets' contents into the tank, but left the dregs in the buckets.  I disposed of the dregs in a tank used for old oil.

When I changed the Raycor fuel filter at the end of the following season, I found it to be very clean - almost no gunk.

I got rid of the odor by thoroughly airing out the boat.

Hope this helps.

Vic Suben
C-34 Surprise (Hull No. 453)

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