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Main Message Board / lewmar or beckson ports/ screen problem
« on: April 08, 2005, 06:11:32 AM »
I have lewmar opening ports but can't close the ports with the screens in. (I couldn't believe this construction so I called Lewmar and a person there said yes, it's true. They are made in Europe where they don't have a bug problem!!) Is there any way of avoiding taking all these out and installing Beckson opening ports? With mosquitoes chomping at the bit to get in we need to be able to open and close our ports with the screens always in. Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / Catalina held responsible for bottom inadequacy?
« on: March 16, 2005, 07:24:01 AM »
In doing extensive bottom repairs, Torresen Marine in Muskegon, MI discovered that the very bottom bond on our boat (1990), the spray resin that goes on after the gelcoat and before the layers of fiberglass, was not bonded well by the factory. They have pieces of it that show how shiny it is. Torresen said that sometimes Catalina may have taken responsibility for situations like this. Anyone have experience with this and who to talk to at Catalina?  And the best approach to them. We are die hard Catalina customers. Would never have another boat; this is our second. Does this count for anything?  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / Softer waterproof cockpit cushions?
« on: March 04, 2005, 06:35:50 AM »
We've been looking into closed cell cockpit cushions so we don't have to bring them inside, but they seem very hard (from samples) (My wife just had a back operation and might want more cushion.) Are they really that hard?  Any softer closed cell? Or, waterproof cover for softer cushions? Kerk

Main Message Board / solar above collapsible bimini
« on: February 26, 2005, 07:52:25 AM »
I want to install solar panels above our bimini, which we want to remain collapsible, so we can enjoy the sun in Canada.  I've seen kits that install the panels on a permanent bimini.  Anyone done what I want to do?  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / Replacing Horizon with ST60's holes too big.
« on: February 13, 2005, 12:49:00 PM »
I am replacing (on the bulkhead) old Horizon instruments with 4" mounting holes with new ST60 instruments with 3 1/2" mounting holes. New mounting screw holes are very close to the cutouts. How do I fill in the extra space so the new instruments have something to grab on to? Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / Super Max anchor OK?
« on: February 09, 2005, 05:42:59 PM »
A primary anchor Super Max 15 HD #28 with adjustable shank came with the boat we just purchased (secondary is the FX-16). I've been following anchor talk recently here and no one is mentioning the Super Max. We have mud, clay, weeds in the North Channel. Anyone have experience with this anchor, or have people opted to not use it for some reason? I LOVE THIS WEBSITE>THANKS EVERYONE.  After a season of sailing our new 34 perhaps I'll be able to be on the answering side, not just asking. Kerk

Main Message Board / elliptical rudder in light/moderate wind?
« on: February 02, 2005, 06:59:01 PM »
We have a '90 wing keel and have been reading in tech notes, and forum about the elliptical rudder.  Most talk is of the benefit in 18+ knot winds.  We don't usually cruise in those winds and are more apt to be in light to moderate winds.  Is it worth it for us to modify? Would we notice much difference? Would we notice the heavier rudder?  What is the effect in winds less than 18 knots?  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / windlass to be purchased. questions, suggestions
« on: January 17, 2005, 02:53:22 PM »
We want to buy a windlass for our new 1990 34í purchase. Some questions:
1. I noticed that some boats that Iíve seen pictured have only a drum/capstan. Is it possible a chain can be pulled up without a gypsy?
2.  Iíve gathered that a vertical is better than horizontal? Big difference? Is it worth it to go vertical?
3.  What makes and models do people like and what to avoid? Whatís the best source for good prices?
4. I have an unused anchor line from our 25í, but itís only 9/16.  Seems small. What line and chain size do you recommend?
5. Do you recommend a separate 12v battery for the windlass? Where do you put it? What else would that battery power? Boat was bought with 1 12 v starting and 2 6v house. What beefing up is suggested?

We are new 34 owners and this website is fabulous.  My wife and I would be lost without all your help!!! Thanks, thanks, thanks.  Kerk and Freddie

Main Message Board / surveyor at fault? HELP!
« on: January 16, 2005, 02:16:19 PM »
Based on a Dec. 15 survey by a SAMS surveyor of a 1990 34', which reported 9 new blisters on hull and several small on rudder and 9 previous blister repairs, with recommendations to grind out active and previous blisters and make necessary repairs as required (and a verbal recommendation that all we needed to do repair the new blisters, regelcoat/barrier and paint to the tune of maybe $1600, we bought the boat.  A month later, after problems with the bottom were discoverd at Torresen's Marine in Muskegon, MI, the first surveyor hired another SAMS surveyor to resurvey the bottom.  The second survey found the previous repairs were done with a polyester filling compound (improper repair material)with no gelcoat or barrier coat, extensive wet and very wet readings in the laminate, delamination and apparent separation in places. Recommendation to peel down to first layer of laminate, and further for severe delamination areas to the tune of $10000 or more.  The first surveyor who is concerned, respectable, but I believe feels there is nothing he can or should do. He does not have E and O insurance, only liability. Does liability cover accidental misreading of problems.  This is a costly miss on the surveyor's part and we feel he should shoulder some of the the additional cost.  How could he do this? Any ideas?

After months of searching we found a boat we were very happy with and had it surveyed. I asked the surveyor to look at the bottom especially as the owner said that there were blisters.  He did and reported about 7 active blisters and previous blister work.  He did not feel that it needed peeling but just repair the individual blisters because there were so few. We had it shipped up to Torreson's Marine in Muskegon, MI and they were agast. Said it was the worse bottom they had ever seen, ever, and that with a meter they discovered that the bottom was soaking wet. (Maybe previous repairs were done over wet.Moisture is into the fiberglass and maybe laminate. !0,000$ or more.  Anybody ever have this experience and anything I can do, except cough up the repair?

Main Message Board / wing keel/tall rig combo OK?
« on: December 03, 2004, 04:38:30 AM »
Looking for a new boat the question of a wing keel/tall rig combo has come up. One says not a good idea, another says the tall actually helps the winged boat point.  Another says not a problem at all, you'd never notice it for cruising. We sail in the North Channel. Any opinions? Kerk

Main Message Board / tall or standard rig sail differently?
« on: December 01, 2004, 04:39:47 PM »
As we hone in on a couple of boats to buy we've been thinking that the tall rig may be too much sail for us (coming from a 25'). But as I begain figuring, it's only about 36 sq. ft of more sail. Does it make much difference? Do you think it would be noticeable?  Is the boom lower with a tall rig?  Or is the only difference (as suggested in an earlier forum discussion) in the price of new sails? Thanks for all your thoughts and help in this forum!  Kerk

Main Message Board / keel cooler good or bad?
« on: November 04, 2004, 01:56:16 PM »
We are considering a cat 34 with a keel cooler.  We are dubious.  Anyone have experiences pro or con with these?  Thanks, Kerk

Main Message Board / yanmar or universal best?
« on: October 12, 2004, 05:29:47 PM »
We are looking at boats in the 90-93 range to buy and are wondering what experiences people have had with the universal or yanmar engine and what people think is the best?  Thanks, Kerk

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