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Iím in salt water Noah.

Hi KW,

I suspected the keel bolt because I blocked off the two limber holes and a very small amount of water still found itís way into the centre bilge section where the keel bolts are. Also, the water tasted salty.

Also, thereís some rust sludge around the base of the bolt - even though the bolt and nut itself look pretty clean.

No one has yet said this is an emergency structural problem (phew) so I think Iíll just keep a watchful eye on it for this coming season.

If/when you torque the bolts, you will probably need a cheater bar (piece of pipe) to slide over your torque wrench to give you more leverage. When I went to torque mine last October, without one, I discovered just how old and weak I have become! 107lbs. sounds easy, but it wasnít for meÖ :cry4`

Wonít this screw up the Ďftí part of the ft lb torque measurement???

Main Message Board / Weeping Keel Bolt - Safety Issue or Maintenance Issue?
« on: February 04, 2022, 07:30:43 AM »

Hi all,

Iíve been aware of a slightly wet bilge ever since I bought my Cat Mk II last August. I had assumed it was water from a dripping stern gland - at least thatís what the surveyor told me it was.

Now, Iím certain that there is a small weep from the port side aft bolt. About 2 pints per month.

Thereís not the slightest sign of cracking, or a Catalina smile on the hull keel interface.

Iím assuming therefore that this isnít an immediate safety issue. Is that correct?

I havenít yet checked the torque settings. - still looking for an extra long socket.

Thanks guys for such excellent and helpful advice. Iím in a marina, so the plan is to wait for a day when the wind is on the nose.

I did read my Shaeffer manual - but couldnít make head nor tail of it.

The Leisurefurl in-boom system means I donít have to worry so much bout that

Main Message Board / Real Newbie Question - Schaefer 2100 roller reefing
« on: December 16, 2021, 08:45:44 AM »
OK, so now Iím going to have to reveal what a total greenhorn I am when it comes to boat ownership!

I have to take the genoa off before the boat is lifted next month. I have no idea how to do this!

I have Schaefer 2100 roller reefing system. After unfurling the genoa do I simply disconnect the foot, release the halyard and pull the sail down and out of the slot?? Or is there more to it than that?

Also, how do I do this in anything other than a flat calm (unlikely in the UK within the time available).

Main Message Board / Re: Installing Raymarine wind instruments
« on: October 25, 2021, 06:17:54 AM »

I had rigger install the wind vane transducer and run the cable through the mast last week for few hundred based on suggestions here, so I don't know how that other vendor got to 2K. I am now trying to figure out how to run the cable to the instruments. Any further details or pictures from your install would be greatly appreciated.

For SeatalkNG you need a special adapter called an ITC-5 (essentially an analog to digital converter). This has bayonet connectors to allow you to connect the 4 or so wires running from the wind vane. The ITC-5 also has plug-in sockets so that you can then connect it to the backbone. Iím guessing that there is an equivalent type of unit for Seatalk?

Main Message Board / Re: Below deck autopilot install
« on: October 23, 2021, 01:27:28 PM »
Thank you Noah. Thatís an extremely useful description.

Main Message Board / Re: Below deck autopilot install
« on: October 23, 2021, 06:41:00 AM »
Logo- I think you have already seen my install and I know a MKI is different, but you might consider the ďtowerĒ mount to the hull as an alternative option.

Hey Noah, how did you bond your tower to the hull? I see four bolts and I read that you glassed a 1.5Ē oak panel onto the hull. Did you simply put the nuts into some kind of rebated hole on the hull side of the oak panel? If so, how did you make certain that they canít/wonít ever turn?

Main Message Board / Re: Any idea what this might be?
« on: October 22, 2021, 10:18:51 AM »
Thanks Robert, thatís a very useful pic. I love the idea of putting in a shock absorber. Oh, and reding the Cat Direct page, it sounds like I might just have one floating around at the bottom of the lazarette!

Main Message Board / Re: Any idea what this might be?
« on: October 22, 2021, 10:17:45 AM »

Do some searching, in the back of my alleged mind remember someone installing a below deck autopilot on a MKll.  To get the room he modified the aft water tank.  Looked like a great install. 

Hi Jim, yes that was another Graham from the UK. Weíve been in touch. However, the issue is the amount of exposed rudder post I have. I need 1 and 5/8ths for an Edson tiller arm. At first sight It doesnít look like I have enough.

Main Message Board / Re: Any idea what this might be?
« on: October 21, 2021, 01:23:17 PM »
And in other news from LA Ladyís stern, looks like Iím outta luck for installing a below decks autopilot. I havenít measured it yet but it looks like thereís not enough clear rudder tube for an Edson tiller arm.

Main Message Board / Re: Any idea what this might be?
« on: October 21, 2021, 01:12:05 PM »
can't imagine being without a rudder stop.

Looks like Iím without one at the moment.  :?
Canít imagine the force it must have taken to break it.

Main Message Board / Re: Any idea what this might be?
« on: October 21, 2021, 11:45:52 AM »
 Thank you Jim and Noah.

Jim, you referred to Ďtheí rudder limiter. Does that mean is was standard equipment on the Mk II?

Main Message Board / Any idea what this might be?
« on: October 21, 2021, 10:21:01 AM »
I was going over some photos I recently took and noticed the frayed remains of a wire shackled to the rudder quadrant. Presumably it was installed by the PO rather than being an OEM item.

Iíve no idea what it is for. Maybe a broken rudder travel limiter???

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