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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / The Expensive Stuff
« on: February 26, 2003, 06:24:59 PM » Lanocote, by Forespar.
 It's brown, it's guncky, it's more expensive, it lasts and it's (sometimes) harder to find than Vaseline.
 So far, it's also worked.
 Ron's advice is well taken, and with the complexity of our boats, it's well worth reading ALL the material that has ALREADY been published.
 And, (I couldn't resist this one), the SEARCH engines on this website are really useful.

Main Message Board / Boom Costs
« on: February 23, 2003, 10:50:47 AM »
 The website has a parts list.  It's old, but may give you guidance.  Of course, you can always call Catalina.  If you do find out, please let us know.
 Thanks, Stu

Main Message Board / Masts
« on: February 22, 2003, 10:43:51 AM »
 A while ago we asked the question about keel and deck stepped masts.  The answer is:
 If you use the message board search with stepped, you'll find other posts that resulted in this one.

Main Message Board / Regatta
« on: February 18, 2003, 08:07:06 PM »
 ...unless you're willing to host one in 2003!  Seriously.
 The difference between the racing and cruising fleet is basically skipper's choice.  In 2002 it did not involve any headsail issues, since max in the class is still 130's here on the windy coast.
 We used our OD regs, which you can obtain from George Bean, our C34 Chief Measurer.
 Even in PHRF multi-class races, we've been able to field enough C34s to have our own class and use our own OD figures (Dave Davis: Correct me if I'm wrong).

Main Message Board / #1214
« on: February 17, 2003, 09:46:19 AM »
 Only one owner is listed in the C34 Intl. Assoc. membership log, and their membership expired 2/28/94.  Evidently, the next owners didn't become C34 Assoc. members.
 Stu Jackson

Main Message Board / 4 kw Genset
« on: February 19, 2003, 08:49:13 AM »
David & Heather
 It sure would be helpful if you have pictures of your installation to get them to Mark Elkin, the C34 Associate Webmaster for Projects.  He would be pleased to post your project on the C34 website for everyone to see.
 C34 IA Secretary

Main Message Board / Wind vanes, heavy weather and autopilots
« on: February 11, 2003, 02:39:49 PM »
 Congratulations on your trip.  Glad you're still in touch.
 I posted a question about wind vanes a few months ago, and also received no reply.  Could be that the 2 C34s that have them are out there cruising, and may not be in touch via email.  
 All of the abovedecks autopilots are really not suitable for heavy weather, as you found out.  The reaction and hardover times don't cut it, and, of course, they simply can't anticipate quartering seas.  Even here on SF Bay in heavy weather, our autopilot can't keep up with quartering seas, and we hand steer or avoid going in those directions that would put those waves on us by tucking in behind islands.

Main Message Board / Lots of Choices
« on: February 11, 2003, 08:46:40 AM »
 In addition to those two, you may want to consider the autohelm (Raymarine) 3000.  This is the one with the belt.  The reason I chose this one was it was to replace an older 3000 model that pooped out on me (it was 15 years old!).  I didn't have to rewire through the pedstal.  The advantage of the 3000 over the 4000 is that it can be disengaged by moving the arm on the motor, thus freeing up the belt and making the wheel "free."  While I haven't seen it personally, I remember someone telling me that the 4000 was always enagaged with the wheel.  The 3000 has a built in fluxgate compass, so you don't have to wire something else.  I don't use mine for interfacing with anything, so KISS works for me.  There is also a tremendous amount of discussion on both this site and about the frustrations people have had in calibrating the 4000.  That seems to be solved, but not by Raymarine, but by sailors who have posted their own solutions.  If you do get the 4000, you'll need to read those posts to get it to work.  Good luck - you'll just love having one!

Main Message Board / Pump Orientation
« on: February 11, 2003, 02:41:54 PM »
 Mine does the same thing (Oberdorfer).  Not a problem, when you realize what's going on inside, it just doesn't matter.

Main Message Board / Universal engine paint
« on: February 09, 2003, 11:44:44 AM »
 Thanks, I was aware of that.  I had purchased the spray paint before Ron had addressed that issue.  I find it easier to paint with a brush than to mask off areas for spraying.  I've painted on battleship gray rust primer and have yet to do the final coat of "bronze."  At least now I know the paint color match!
 Thanks, Stu

Main Message Board / Dripping Raw Water Pump
« on: February 06, 2003, 01:06:57 PM »
 I had the same problem a few years ago, before Ron's article was published.
 It turns out that there are two seals, as mentioned, inside the pump.  I had two choices:  rebuild the old pump by removing and reinstalling new seals, or get a new pump.  I chose to get a new pump.  I still have the old one and one of these days I'll have the old seals bunged out and replaced for a complete backup.  Nigel Calder's book has a good description of how to do it yourself.
 Also, the dripping does and can cause damage, not only to the oil pan housing, but to everything on that side of the engine, inclduing the forward starboard engine mount.  I had to wire brush everything there clean, and repaint with rustproof paint, still awaiting the finish coat of Universal bronze, so part of the engine is still battleship gray!
 I think that a carbon shaft came with the new pump.  
 IMy records show it cost me $285, but that includes the pump, some hoses, gaskets, clamps, etc.

Main Message Board / NJ Fleet
« on: January 26, 2003, 02:31:29 PM »
I'm working directly with Gene to get him the Fleet Formation Package and the list of C34 members in NJ and PA.

Main Message Board / Fleet
« on: January 23, 2003, 08:46:34 AM »
 The closest fleet is Fleet 12, Ches. Bay.
 If you check out the message board, there's a post called "Fleet Announcement" earlier this week by Jim Brenner.
 They're your folks.
 If the Ches. is too far for you, you and two other C34 owners could start your own NJ fleet.  Let me know if you'd like a fleet formation package, and a list of owners in NJ and vicinity.  The IA supports new fleet formation with a three hundred dollar assistance fund.
 IC34 Secretary

Main Message Board / Radiator Cap
« on: February 03, 2003, 01:51:17 PM »
 Glad to hear you tracked it down.
 There was a recent post about radiator caps, don't know if you saw it.
 My answer was for the M25 engine, and your newer boat will perhaps have a different one.
 There is also the Universal engine website as a resource.

Main Message Board / Aqua Lift
« on: January 29, 2003, 03:14:53 PM »
 Don't know if they were ever made stronger, but rather the use of the hump hose seemed to help to prevent the problem as discussed in the referenced post.
 Ron replaced his, I chose to do the lip rebuild method as Larry did earlier.
 Haven't heard the CO voices.  I'm not sure that there is a "great" deal of pressure involved.  After all, the pressure required is only that needed to push up out the long exhaust tube and overboard, but there is some there for sure.
 The only catastrophic failure I've had was the alternator bracket (see FAQs and Projects).  All the others seem to be creeping up slowly but surely.
 I would choose to do what you feel comfortable with.  If the entire box seems questionable to you, do Ron's replacement (way fun!).  I just keep checking mine regularly, as did Larry.

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