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Fleet 1 / Fleet 1 Half Moon Bay Cruise, April 15, 2016
« on: March 08, 2016, 03:52:12 PM »
Join us for Fleet 1’s first cruise of 2016!
Please contact me as soon as possible if you’d like to be a part of this event.

Weather permitting we’ll rendezvous just west of Alcatraz Island at 0900 on Friday, April 15th. The ebb tide is in our favor as we head out the gate in the morning. This will be a fun and exciting coastal cruise with lots of wildlife to see along the way.
Pertinent USCG marks are as follows:

MSC #8   37.775318N   122.587555W   Whistle Bouy Red 2.5sec
PP B#1   37.486290N   122.505867W   Green Gong Bouy 1 2.5sec
PP R#2   37.472931N   122.484291W   Red Gong Bouy 4.0sec
PP B#3   37.481621N   122.482872W   Green Gong Bouy 3 4.0sec

We’ll typically turn left at MSC#8 if the swell is favorable. It’s important to study the chart(s) closely before entering Half Moon Bay as you need to run between R#2 and R#3 to avoid grounding.

Please monitor VHF Channel 72 for Fleet communications throughout the cruise, I can also be reached on my cell at 916 718 3789.

Again, please contact me as soon as possible with boat name and crew size so I can reserve slips and secure Saturday dinner reservations.

More info to follow!



Fleet 1 / C34 Fleet 1 2016 Cruise Schedule
« on: February 29, 2016, 11:28:52 AM »
As we look forward to a new year of exciting cruising I wanted to again thank all the members who participated in last year’s cruises. 2015 was a fun year and we had good turnout for each trip! :clap

The 2016 cruising schedule for Fleet 1 is as follows:

Pillar Point Harbor/Half Moon Bay
April 15-17th.
This is a great trip for those with little coastal experience who want to edge their boat under the Golden Gate and out of the bay for a while. Expect to see lots of the marine life during the cruise! During our last trip we saw whales, dolphins, otters and way too many crab pots!
Approximately 75nm round trip from Alameda

Benicia Marina
June 3-5th.
The former Capitol of California offers some great shopping and dining within a few blocks of the marina.
Approximately 60nm round trip from Alameda

Ballena Isle Marina, Alameda
September 23-25th.
It’s a short cruise to this park like marina with great views of the south bay and nearby dining opportunities. Those of us on the estuary might take the back door route via the San Leandro Channel for nice change of scenery!
Approximately 10nm round trip from Alameda

All cruises will feature dockside cheese and wine gatherings in the afternoon and the usual tall tales and maintenance tips from our wonderful members.

I’ll be putting more information out to everyone as we get closer to each departure date and I always have an eye and ear out for additional activities and destinations. Please, and I cannot stress this enough, check your calendars and indicate your availability as soon as possible for each cruise. It certainly helps us with planning and securing slip and meal reservations. :thumb:

For those of you on Facebook, I’ve created a C34 Fleet 1 Cruising Group to post pictures and information about upcoming cruises.
You can find the Group here:
Or just search for “C34 Fleet 1 Cruising” while on Facebook.
As always, please feel free to contact me anytime at

I’m looking forward to fun cruising and great member turnouts in 2016!

Rick Allen
Cruise Chair

Main Message Board / Re: Macerator Installation
« on: February 12, 2016, 02:21:19 PM »
Thanks Stu and Rick! Where is the Y valve located on your arrangements?

No Y valve in my arrangement, the holding tank has 4 dedicated openings.
1. Inlet from head.
2. Outlet to pump-out.
3. Outlet to macerator, then macerator to dedicated thru-hull.
4. Vent line. (Not shown in photos).

Main Message Board / Re: Macerator Installation
« on: February 12, 2016, 01:38:00 PM »
I'll add three fun photos.. Good Luck!

Main Message Board / Re: Oil Pan Removal
« on: August 27, 2015, 09:49:05 AM »
Paul, are you replacing the oil pan while the engine is in place or did you have to raise it up? I didn't think it could be done while the engine was in place.
Enquiring minds want to know...

From Catalina Direct today:

"Has your stovetop cutting board seen better days? Does its condition make it a perfect surface for rebuilding your diesel’s raw water pump?"
It looks like CD is trying to find some owners with OEM boards so they can start reproducing them.

Main Message Board / Re: Vacuum Gauge Model??
« on: July 02, 2015, 02:21:58 PM »
Ken, I've seen installations where it's installed in-line between the Racor and the fuel Pump.  I believe on the Racor 220 series, if I get the right fitting I might be able to install the gauge at the second "Out" point on the filter...

Main Message Board / Re: Vacuum Gauge Model??
« on: June 19, 2015, 09:48:01 AM »
Thanks all for the great info.  I agree that a "Drag Needle" is the way to go! The gauge will be installed as such:

Fuel Tank --Shutoff Valve--10 Micron Racor Primary Filter--Vacuum Gauge--Facet Fuel Pump--Secondary Filter--Knurled Knob--Engine..

Main Message Board / Vacuum Gauge Model??
« on: June 18, 2015, 02:10:43 PM »
I’m thinking about installing a vacuum gauge between my primary Racor 220 filter and the Facet fuel pump to monitor and record any fuel flow restriction and filter replacement intervals.
While researching gauges online, I’ve come up with a wide range of prices. Does anyone have an opinion on the following manufacturers and any reason while I shouldn’t just use the cheaper one?

Cheap DuraChoice Model…

Or the more expensive (and probably better) Racor..

While my particular Racor model does not have a T fitting on top, I can certainly use any number of fittings to mount it to the “Out” hole on the filter housing.

Any help out there?? I’ve already completed the required TNO and Messageboard searches…



Main Message Board / Re: Tech Notes Online (TNOs) Updated
« on: June 17, 2015, 11:21:10 AM »
Great job to all involved. This was a herculean effort!!
 :clap :clap :clap

Main Message Board / Re: Active Captain - Locations App
« on: June 11, 2015, 04:00:10 PM »
I've been looking into it. Seems like Facebook for boaters??  I do have an account.  They sure do want lots of information....

Hello Fleet 1 members,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring sailing season!  We had a great cruise up to Petaluma last month and now it’s time to start thinking about our next cruise to beautiful Sausalito, July 17th through 19th.

We will again be berthing at the wonderful Schoonmaker Point Marina. ( They have been very kind to the Fleet in the past and are again welcoming our arrival this summer. Those of you who’ve been on this cruise before are already familiar with the location and access to great shopping and dining up and down Sausalito’s historic Bridgeway Promenade. For those who haven’t been, you will discover a great sailing destination that you’ll happily return to year after year.

I’m looking at a few different options for a group dinner Saturday evening and certainly welcome your suggestions. Within the marina, there is the very hip and trendy “Le Garage” that we’ve been to several times, but there are other choices within walking distance that may be good also. Please let me know if you have a favorite.

My crew and I are thinking of playing a little golf (9 Holes) on Saturday at the nearby McInnis Golf Course and would love to have some fleet members join us. Perhaps we can have a mini C34 Fleet 1 Golf Tournament! (I’ll head to Goodwill and buy a cheap Trophy..).

So mark you calendar’s my friends! Next cruise, Sausalito, July 17-19! I love to see a good Fleet showing!!

Please contact me as soon as possible with your availability!


s/v PainKiller
Phone and Text: (916) 718-3789

Very cool, thanks John!

Stu, I like Leo's table too and still looking for some sources....

John, I like the Nautic Star Table table and it seems to be well priced. It looks great with the glossy varnish!!
Did you have any issues with applying the varnish over the black deck caulking?  Or perhaps I'm confused, I assume the black area is caulking? Does it stick?


Main Message Board / Fleet 1 having some fun..
« on: May 24, 2015, 02:40:59 PM »
Fleet 1's Cruise up to Petaluma California for the American Graffiti Car Show. 37 miles each way.

Boats and Classic cars! How can you go wrong??

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