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Main Message Board / rudder not enough clearance-how to fix?
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:55:01 AM »
Greetings.  We noticed at the end of last season that the trailing edge of the rudder has only an eighth of an inch clearance.  About 8 years ago we nicked the rudder when our keel got hung up on a rock.  (My wife says she would have noticed it well before now if this kissing the bottom had caused it)  It's solid with no loose play and has posed no apparent problem.  So we don't know the cause.  BUT our idea of fixing it is to belt sand the top of the rudder a bit so we feel comfortable with the clearance.  Q: How would we finish it off? epoxy, primer, then bottom paint?  What epoxy and primer? 

Main Message Board / Bottom paint question
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:41:52 PM »
I'll be repainting my 1990 34' wing keel Catalina.  We sail the great lakes so we've allowed the bottom paint to get pretty sparse.  Q:  How many quarts will I need of red VC-17m extra, how many coats, and how much do I thin it (a fellow sailor says about 1/2 cup of acetone to a quart)?  Also, I may be doing a little epoxy repair on the keel and will need to prime it before painting.  Q: What primer would adhere to both the epoxy and the bottom paint?  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / boat pulling to port when using motor!! Distress!
« on: October 08, 2013, 04:03:23 PM »
This year, for the first time, our boat pulls to port pretty drastically when the motor is on. When moving slowly we don't feel it but as we pick up speed we need to need to struggle to keep it going straight.  Does not happen while under sail.  There was no trauma to the rudder, and we have a new stainless shaft. Propeller good.  Visual inspection down below indicated no problem apparently with steering mechanism, gears, all tight, running freely. Yard put boat to bed very well.  Last year no problem at all. But this year..... What happened and is happening?

Main Message Board / Help! Can't search
« on: June 17, 2013, 03:43:13 AM »
Hi.  I've tried searching lots of items and the site always comes up with:

2: pspell_new() [<a href='function.pspell-new'>function.pspell-new[/url]]: PSPELL couldn't open the dictionary. reason: No word lists can be found for the language "en".
File: /home/c34org5/public_html/bbs/Sources/Search.php
Line: 700

I have a MacBook Pro.

What's happening?  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / vodka for fresh water supply in tanks
« on: June 11, 2013, 03:12:27 PM »
Anyone use vodka, instead of a chemical treatment, for the water supply.  If so, how much?  I"ve heard of it.... Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / v berth mattress size
« on: June 08, 2013, 02:39:51 PM »
Hi sailors, we are miles from our boat and it's been a long time since we put a mattress topper on our cushions in the V-Berth.  Does anyone know the widest and longest measurements of the V-Berth cushion area.  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / replace drain tube/banjo fitting with drain plug?
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:49:51 AM »
Does anyone ever replace the oil drain tube/banjo fitting and replace with a standard (metric 12) drain plug?  Oil change then through dip stick   Thanks, Kerk

I just had installed a P.Y.I. packless sealing system on our boat and before sailing I'd like ideas about what to do if it starts to leak (either slow or fast!) when we are out on the water?  Thanks, Kerk

I'm in the market for a used whisker pole for my c34.  Could even be shorter than those generally used--maybe max extension 12'.  We don't race and only use it in very light winds... thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / hot water heater question
« on: September 25, 2008, 06:04:31 AM »
When getting ready to winterize our boat I took the hose off the cold water inlet and water flowed from the inlet. Is this OK?  I've winterized for four years by connecting cold and hot water hoses, and this has never happened, but in those previous years I may have turned off the pump and drained the hot water heater first, so that by the time I unhooked the cold water hose there was nothing left to spurt out.  When the water started I thought that I had bumped the temp release valve so I pulled it out straight for just a moment, then back. (I shouldn't have done this!) I've ordered another from Seaward. So is everything OK?

We need to order replacement "glass" for 2 of our  "old style" lewmar windows that have crackled. What is the standard tint on a Mark 1, 1990?  tint comes in green, grey, and clear. Also It looks as if the hinges are attached with bolts that can be taken off. How do the latches come off?  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / Will batteries last 11-12 months on the hard?
« on: February 24, 2008, 06:34:23 AM »
We have two battery banks: house with four 6 volt and a 12 volt starting bat. After disconnecting and topping off our batteries with a full charge last Sept. 1 and putting her on the hard outside in Southern Lake Huron (Penetanguishene) we returned home to Kentucky (12 hours away). Because of various situations here, we will be returning to our boat later than we thought, perhaps as late as August or Sept.

Normally we leave our batteries for 10 months (August 1 to June 1), and they're OK.  My question is, after 11-12 months will the batteries be OK? If not, what should I do? And, this is extreme, Is it possible we might have battery acid all over from a crack? If so, how is it cleaned up?

Decomissioning last year I took some kind of measurement of the forward hatch (24 X 24), but I fear that is not right. We need it to order the kind of bug screen that rests on the exterior. Is anyone near their boat and could give me the exterior measurements (top-hinge-to bottom and side to side) that the lead or chain  would sit over? We have a 1990, MK I. Thanks, Kerk

What is the best and least expensive source for a 1/2 " drive, 1 1/8" EXTRA deep socket for tightening my keel bolts. I've only found 50+ dollars for something I will use rarely!  thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / metal filings from shroud-turnbuckle connection
« on: March 29, 2007, 09:08:06 AM »
Last year as we took our mast down, I left my wife to disconnect the shrouds. She totally disconnected the shrouds from the turnbuckles and struggled with it. (I usually keep the turnbuckle and shroud connected) When I returned there were metal filings by each shroud. This concerned me! The yard person said that it would probably be OK. There was probably corrosian and that that filings were probably from the turnbuckle and not the shroud because the turnbuckle is made of a weaker metal, and is the sacrificial part. He thought I'd have to just replace the turnbuckles. I will do a thorough investigation with a magnifying glass when we return to our boat... but what do you think?

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