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Fleet 1 / Re: Local Marine Suveryor
May 26, 2007, 11:30:14 PM
Hi Scott,

We used Peter Minkwitz for our C34, and he comes highly reccomended from other members here.  I don't have his number here, but I'm sure you can google it.

Good Luck!
Fleet 1 / Re: Cruise to Monterey - April 22, 2007
March 23, 2007, 04:34:59 PM
Unfortunately s/v PainKiller will not have her new rigging in time for this trip, BUT, I would LOVE to crew for someone for at least the first leg of the cruise.

Please contact me at rick.allen(at) or call me at 916 718 378nine if you could use a extra hand!

Main Message Board / Re: Riggers in SF Bay?
March 01, 2007, 05:31:55 PM
Thanks Dave for your input, I was just getting ready to email you for your opinion!  KKMI and Svendsens are around the same price but we haven't nail down the particulars yet.

I'm assuming that if SBRiggers did the work at your slip, then they did not pull your mast.  With KKMI, I motor over from Marina Bay, they yank the mast, and I motor back to my slip and return in a week.

The biggest issue will be if we order the new Hood drum to replace the origonal continuous line stock furler or just bite the bulllit and pop for whole new unit.

Fun Fun Fun!

Thanks again!
Main Message Board / Re: Riggers in SF Bay?
February 28, 2007, 02:04:36 PM
Thanks Stu and Ray for your unlimited knowledge!

That vendors list is a very good resource, as a matter of fact, we used Mr. Minkwitz for our purchase survey a few years back.  (I think I have a picture of him at the top of the mast while the boat was on the hard!)

He noted in that survey that the standing rigging although origonal, show no signs of distress, but should be replaced just because it's past it's normal life. PainKiller spent most of her life up in Stockton away from the salt air back then so changing it wasn't a priority.  We slid through last year, but I'm not hot to risk it again this year.  Besides the insurance company wants it replaced anyway.

KKMI seems to be the best bet for us (location wise). But I didn't want to throw money at them without some input from the experts on the board!

Thanks again!

Main Message Board / Riggers in SF Bay?
February 28, 2007, 01:23:11 PM
Hello all,

We're looking at getting our C34 re-rigged in the next few months here in SF (Richmond)  It still has the origonal 1988 standing rigging and it's time to get it replaced.  I've looked at KKMI and a few others and I wanted to get some local opinions on who is the best rigger to use and who to avoid.  You cam PM me or email me ( if you like.

Thanks in advance!

Main Message Board / Re: Offer Accepted!
February 25, 2007, 01:48:06 PM

Congrats on your new mistress!  Lots of great help here!

Fleet 1 / Re: Typical Crew Size
August 07, 2006, 10:09:20 AM
Thanks for the info Ray,  We've been thinking about a crew of 6, but you never know who's going to show up!  Look forward to seeing you at the race, I'm sure we'll be looking at your stern most of the time!!
Fleet 1 / Typical Crew Size
August 05, 2006, 05:27:19 PM
Hi all, we're looking to enter s/v PainKiller in the 34 Nationals comming up.  We haven't raced her much (Three bridge, Doublehanded) and we were wondering what the opinion on optimum crew would be.  we were thinking six, but I know we could have as many as eight.  What do you guys typically race with?  We won't be flying a spinnaker.
Main Message Board / Re: Sails for Sale
March 23, 2006, 11:45:18 AM
George, see my PM.

What size jib do you mostly use in the bay during the summers?
Main Message Board / Re: Sails for Sale
March 21, 2006, 10:15:28 AM
George, I am interested.  Please email me at the post above address.
Main Message Board / Re: Sails for Sale
March 20, 2006, 12:50:44 PM
Richard, regardless of size, I might be interested in your headsail(s).  Please email me at or give me a call at 916 718 3789.

s/v Painkiller
1988 C34
San Francisco, CA
applying for a PHRF cert.  Thanx
c34 "painkiller"
Main Message Board / water in bilge normal?
August 19, 2005, 11:20:22 AM
Salsailor, send me an email at: rick.allen* (replace * with @)
and I'll fill you in.
Main Message Board / water in bilge normal?
August 12, 2005, 11:25:09 AM
I would agree with Mr. Stu here.  We just completed the purchase of a 1988 C34 #746 (formerly "SIGNE") and used Peter for our survey.  He is very knowledgeable about Catalinas and gave us a very complete survey.

Rick Allen
1988 C34 "Painkiller"
soon to be in Richmond, CA