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#151
And don't forget the freshwater purge after every trip. The PO obviously didn't do this on my boat. The exposed wire reinforcing coroded. The belt snapped 150 miles offshore. Made for a fun 30 hours of manual helming!
#152
Thanks guys,

Excellent advice as always. A rail mount ratchet cleat might just do it. I'd prefer to do something that didn't involve drilling the superstructure.

Is potting really necessary in this part of the boat? I'd assumed that potting was only needed when on the wood/balsa core parts.
#153
Main Message Board / Adding a Roller Reefing Cleat
June 07, 2022, 11:54:09 AM
Hi guys,

I want to mount an additional cleat on the port side, above the cockpit locker. This is to secure the roller reefing line because I just don't trust the existing cam cleat in hard weather with the foresail well reefed.

I have a couple of questions!

What should I use to bed the cleat to the deck? Some kind of silicone?
On the underside, I'm debating whether to use a glassfiber backing plate or just penny washers. This cleat isn't going to be taking huge loads, so I'm thinking that a full-blown backing plate would be overkill.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

#154
Thanks Noah. Yes, the MkII is definitely short on free rudder stock. I've just measured mine and there's just enough for the Edson.
#155

Hi to all you guys who have successfully completed a below decks autopilot install.

The Edson tiller arm comes in two lengths, 10" or 15". Which is best for a MkII? I'm guessing the shorter one??
#156
Main Message Board / Re: Refitting Polonaise
April 30, 2022, 11:21:45 AM
Quote from: LogoFreak on April 28, 2022, 08:46:55 PM
I have 3 jobs left before I call it quits for the season, in order of importance.

1. Prep bow for bow sprit
2. Build the mount for the linear drive (below deck autopilot)
3. Build the enclosure for the 4 i70s and 1 p70s displays that goes above the companion way.

Hey Logo, I'm very interested to see how you do the below decks actuator mounting. Lots of pics please! Have you decided where to put the ACU yet? I'm in two minds, either by the chart table, or on the forward bulkhead of the stbd lazarette.
#157
Main Message Board / Re: need info help about toilet
April 25, 2022, 02:45:06 PM
Quote from: KWKloeber on April 25, 2022, 11:47:38 AM
Quote from: KeelsonGraham on April 25, 2022, 06:38:06 AM

Being new to boat ownership, I hadn't realised that yacht plumbing doesn't seem to have heard of non return valves. I accidentally left the macerator sea cock open after using it. The holding tank back filled then overspilled, flooding the bilge. Could have been seriously nasty if I hadn't noticed before leaving the boat.


Of course they have heard of them!!  But check valves are generally discouraged except on clean water lines (e.g., supply to the water heater.)
Accumulating poo and paper in a blackwater tank check valve would at some point not seat well and be fairly useless in preventing a backflow.

RTFM and close the thru hulls!!  The same way one can have a failsafe reminder to open the seawater pump valve before starting the engine, one can also make a failsafe reminder to close other thru hulls after using them.

Sorry KW but there ain't no such thing as failsafe human behaviour. You can have failsafe devices but not failsafe humans.

As far as I'm aware there are no other seacocks on the CAT II that will flood the boat when left open. The others might under abnormal conditions. I'm pretty sure the manual doesn't mention this. It tells you to close the seacock, but doesn't underline the threat.
#158
Main Message Board / Re: Engine oil shelf life
April 25, 2022, 08:49:36 AM
Quote from: KWKloeber on April 23, 2022, 01:20:34 PM
Whew!! What luck.
Conventional oil has been in the ground 60 million years.  If it expires in 5 years we've gotten it out JUST IN TIME.  : thumb: :thumb: :clap :clap 
What a break.  Imagine what a waste it would have been had it all gone bad just sitting there waiting for us to pump it out!!!!   :cry4` :cry4`

Pour a refreshment.
Go sit back down.
Put your feet up.
Re-congratulate yourself.

Yup, they just suck it up and bottle it.  :?. Personally, I'm suspicious of using very old oil that's lain opened for years.
#159
Main Message Board / Re: need info help about toilet
April 25, 2022, 06:38:06 AM

Being new to boat ownership, I hadn't realised that yacht plumbing doesn't seem to have heard of non return valves. I accidentally left the macerator sea cock open after using it. The holding tank back filled then overspilled, flooding the bilge. Could have been seriously nasty if I hadn't noticed before leaving the boat.
#160
Yes, it's the same on my boat. All tightly bundled with other stuff. The wires go all the way back to the pod at the helm, unless you have some kind of SeaTalk network or similar.

Putting in a new triducer, it was too difficult to follow this route so, instead I routed through the port cabin locker then under the cabin settee to the chart table.
#161
Main Message Board / Re: First Sail of the year
April 19, 2022, 01:08:53 PM

120 miles including an all-night passage last weekend, for us. A great start to the new season.
#162
Main Message Board / Re: need info help about toilet
April 19, 2022, 06:58:35 AM
Quote from: Dave Spencer on April 19, 2022, 06:00:41 AM
Holger,
The vented loop (anti-siphon valve) is required when the toilet is at or below the waterline.  If the pump is left in the wrong position after using the head, water can siphon from the sea into the toilet bowl eventually overflowing and flooding, possibly sinking the boat.  Either operator error or a failure in the pump would have to to happen but the vented loop eliminates the chance of drawing sea water into the toilet bowl unless it is deliberately pumped in with the toilet pump.  Many boats don't have a vented loop but it is wise to have one installed, especially where the toilet is located on our C34s. 
Here's a link that may explain it better: https://marinesan.com/y-valves-vented-loops-check-valves-etc/vented-loop-q-a/

I can vouch for this. It happened to us recently. Came down below to find water slopping around the cabin sole. I'd left the toilet inlet seacock open. Toilet bowl was full of seawater and overflowing.
#163
Main Message Board / Re: Refitting C34 MKII
April 11, 2022, 07:32:59 AM
"BOAT"

Break Out Another Thousand.
#164
This is my setup.
#165
Main Message Board / Re: Restoring Washboards
April 05, 2022, 04:52:11 AM
Good tip Ron. I'll do that.