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Messages - Stu Jackson

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Main Message Board / Garhauer Rigid Vang
« on: January 17, 2002, 04:40:29 PM »
1.  There was a thread on this message board about this equipment some time ago.  I suggest you use the Message Board Search Engine (blue box, upper right hand corner), and check it out.  Performance is great.  The search should lead you to a discussion of topping lifts as well.
 2.   Our PO boat had the Garhauer vang installed when we bought it.  There is a much larger boom bail installed on the boom that holds the upper end of the vang, and one of the mainsheet blocks was relocated to another one of the smaller bails.  If you need more details, I can sketch it out for you or take a photo and email it to you.  Let me know by email direct.

Main Message Board / Thin Water
« on: January 17, 2002, 09:40:59 AM »
While it is assumed that the water in SF Bay is deep, it isn't in most places, only the main shipping channels.  When we bought our PO boat two and a half years ago, the PO didn't know at what setting the depthsounder would advise of the real bottom.  Since I frequently travel in thin water, over soft mud, I tried it out, and determined that my depthsounder, with my keel, with the usual stuff on board, will hit at 4.4.  Therefore, I try to stay above 4.4 on the depthsounder.  When I see 5.0, that's my warning.  Seems to me that the effort to set the sounder to some specific offset or real actual depth may be a time consuming but unnecessary exercise.  Of course, if all you've got are rocky bottoms in your neighborhood, this concept isn't quite as useful.
 beang's concern about shallow water is understandable.  One way to overcome that would be to rent a bareboat in the Bahamas where shallow water is a way of life, and you get a nice vacation to boot!

Main Message Board / Draft
« on: January 13, 2002, 05:34:13 PM »
The Brouchures section of this website has all the statistics you are looking for.

Main Message Board / Wing Keel Draft
« on: January 13, 2002, 11:36:38 AM »
My understanding is that the wing keel draft is measured two ways:  one, at rest, horizontal; two, when heeled.  Heeled will give a deeper draft, hence the need to only go aground with a wing keel when sailing closehauled, so when you turn around the keel gets shallower!

Main Message Board / 86s Rule
« on: January 13, 2002, 08:53:17 AM »
 If you check out the C34 website, you'll find lots of us who have purchased previously owned 1986 boats and many who have  retained their original 1986 boats, 16+ years!  
 Unlike most other manufacturers who change things because they didn't get them right in the first production run, Catalina got it right directly out of the box.  
 We have #224, #55 won the National Regatta in Connecticut last year and #8 here on SF Bay wins a lot of races, too.  
 Many of us have upgraded systems over the years, and sometimes I think the only thing Catalina has missed is a powerful electrical system for these boats, although they seem to have finally gotten the idea with the C310 and new C350.  
 You just can't go wrong with a 1986 C34.  We saw a lot of newer C34s during our boat search, but our older boat was a lot "newer" and in better condition than anything else we saw in over a year of looking (for ONLY Catalina 34s). One of the best parts about the C34 is that everything is accessible, and parts are available.  
 See "Why We Bought Our Catalina 34" in the FAQ on the website.  Good luck, and don't forget to join the International Catalina 34 Association when you get your boat.
 Best regards,
 PS  The brochures section of the website has the original Sail magazine writeup of the 1986 C34, as well as the original price list, which shows the mast option as Ron mentioned.

Main Message Board / Sink Removal
« on: January 13, 2002, 07:43:04 PM »
 Al Watson took his whole galley counter aprt, and wrote it up in Projects with a link to his own website.  This was in addition to his article on the sink improvement. Seems a lot more work to get the sink out and then back in for what you need to do.

Main Message Board / Flybacks
« on: January 13, 2002, 09:01:16 AM »
 Use the search engine on the message board, upper right, blue background.  Type in Flyback, hit the search button.  Answers are there.

Main Message Board / Tapping
« on: January 06, 2002, 03:41:23 PM »
Another option to consider regarding Ron's suggestion to caulk, is to use Lanocote.  Lanocote is a material that separates the aluminum from the stainless steel, so there is no galvanic corrosion between the mast and the screws.  The mast plate may be steel anyway, so it's less of a problem, but anytime you put a steel screw in the alumnimum mast, it is better to use Lanocote than caulk.  A small tub of it costs maybe $10 and lasts forever.

Main Message Board / Source
« on: January 03, 2002, 01:11:48 PM »
 The Universal dealer here is SeaPower Marine, Kennedy Street, Oakland, off the 23rd Ave exit of 880 south, easy to get to.  Phone is 510-533-9290.  Another company recently advertised in Latitude 38 that they were also newly in the business of distributing Universal parts, don't recall who.

Main Message Board / Bending the Boat Back ( where it started...)
« on: December 28, 2001, 05:37:49 PM »
 You wrote:  It seems to me that with a masthead rig boat like the C-34 once the forestay is taut it becomes easier to flex the ends of the hull up than to bow the center of the lower stay supported mast.
 The idea, as I understand it, is to tighten the forestay by tightening the backstay TEMPORARILY with the backstay adjuster.  Once off the wind, the tension is released.
 You wrote:  Can you folks open the cabin and head doors when the backstay is honked tight?
 Too busy sailing upwind when using the adjuster to notice.  Doors still open when backstay tension is released.  Come to think about it, the aft cabin door never did open when we were on port tack anyway, so we installed a door hold open device (simple cup & hook) so we could get in there just in case we needed something while sailing.  Head door always opens, always needs to...  Never honked it tight, just tension it some.
 You wrote:  I just set my forestay/backstay very tight and put about 6" aft rake in the mast and leave it so all season. If I want a slightly fuller jib I loosten the halyard.
 If the issue is "bending the boat" then it seems to me that keeping tension on "very tight...all season" could induce more boat bending than infrequent backstay tensioning.  I guess, Cahrlie, as long as your doors still open, you've got it adjusted just right!
 I also figure that the racers amongst us have many more tricks about the use of the backstay adjuster.  Now all I have to do next season is to get the jibs' (yes, both of them) luff's lengths set up properly with our new roller furling gear so I can use the backstay adjuster which was installed when I put on the new standing rigging which went with the new forestay which went with the new furling, etc.

Main Message Board / New Garhauer Backstay Adjuster
« on: December 11, 2001, 03:53:04 PM »
In addition to Steve's reference to the FAQs, Garhauer last year came out with a very good looking backstay adjuster.  It's got two really well polished pieces of stainless connecting two wire blocks with a series 30 line block hanging below for the vang arrangment.  They can also give you a wire block for the lower vang if you'd like.  Cost:  $50.  Beat that!  Call Bill or Guido, a great addition.  Make sure you measure your backstay split.  Most likely will want to raise it.  Measure twice, cut once...

Main Message Board / Winch Servicing
« on: December 09, 2001, 03:19:31 PM »
Jim:  Seems that the best source would be the winch manufcturer.  If you have the OEM Lewmar's, Lewmar makes different "kits" for winch repair, which you should be able to get from catalogs, West Marine or Boat/US.  As I recall they also have a very good maintenance guide with a "Winch Maintenance for Dummies" type of book, specific to their equipment.  It may also be available on their website -
 When in doubt, use your web browser, it's amazing how much is out there.

Main Message Board / Knuckles Galore
« on: December 06, 2001, 11:36:29 PM »
Ron is an inspiration to us all.
 It has been a GROUP effort all along, and will continue to be so with members like you.
 Take notes.
 Keep posting.
 Pictures, before and after, are surely welcome.
 Keep enjoying, fun, ain't it?!?
 Thanks, Stu.
 PS - got up to 1989 yet? (We '86'er's know how you feel)

Main Message Board / Mainsheet & Website Have It All
« on: December 06, 2001, 03:33:57 PM »
 A C34 website search on "fuel screen" (search EXACT phrase) turned up two answers, one of which is:
 A very detailed explanation, hope it's what you're looking for.
 The search engine installed on our C34 website is one of the best I've seen.  In many cases, I use that to help message board "posters" find answers.  We know the website's VERY BIG, (and I'm only about 55% up on remembering it all myself!) but like Google or other search engines, sometimes you have to be patient and sometimes creative.
 Good luck.  If you get your screen out, come on over and you can remove mine!
 Happy Holidays to All,

Main Message Board / Radar Reflections
« on: December 02, 2001, 10:54:49 AM »
 (Shamelessly copied on September 16, 1997 from
 Cruising World magazine, August 1995)
 I can no longer remain silent.  At first I thought it was just a few eccentrics, but I am now afraid that I am beginning to see a pattern. I think that the final straw was the recent article I read on sailing in fog that said that if I didn't have a radar on my boat, perhaps I had misappropriated my boating budget.  I must confess: I have no radar.
 Not only do I not have a radar, but I have no
 intentions of buying one.  My new gear priorities
 list does not even contain this item.
 I must go on:  I do not have a GPS.  Can you
 imagine that I actually sail - even cruise - without one?
 There's more.  I do not have roller furling.  Yes,
 that's right.  I actually have more than one jib
 and what is more, I have to hank it on - one hank
 at a time - every time I go sailing.  Wait!  When
 the wind is up and the seas build I actually go
 forward, on the top of the deck and - now get this
 - change to a different jib.  Can you believe that
 anyone can be so primitive?
 More.  My only electronics are a Loran (recently
 purchased), a speed/log, a depthsounder and a
 cheap VHF.  Yes, I will admit it.  My VHF is a low
 priced model!  Furthermore, my electronics are
 not interlinked or whatever fancy jargon
 aficionados use to indicate that their electronics
 talk to each other.  No, I do not have an
 anemometer.  At times I can be caught standing
 on deck estimating the wind speed.  I even go so
 far as to make sail changes based on the boat's
 sailing characteristics.  I have never told anyone
 this, but I am ready to bare all:  I don't have an
 apparent wind indicator.  I am not lying.  We use
 a piece of - I am so embarrassed - a piece of
 cassette tape tied to the shroud.  I do believe it
 was from "Smurfs Do the Whitbread" or
 something like that.
 At any rate, we survive and make port without
 calling for assistance.  We enjoy wonderful meals cooked on the Weber that hangs off the stern pulpit and corn on the cob cooked on, of all
 things, an alcohol stove.
 I could go on and on.  By now you must have
 figured out that my boat is OLD (1973).  Heaven
 It's hard to imagine that I could enjoy sailing
 under these abominable conditions, but the truth
 is that I am as addicted as the guy who has all
 the equipment.  I am proud to say that my boat is
 not a marina queen - she lives on a mooring -
 from which it is easier to sail her.  Her name is
 Trav'ler and I make sure she lives up to her
 We have lost sight of what this sport is all about.  We have lost sight of nature, of ourselves, and our God, unless your God is powered by 12 volts.  Mine is not.  Once - and I remember this - an RDF was considered a luxury.  I remember a trip in fog so thick (you know the cliché) and we made it home with nothing more than a compass, a depthsounder, a sumlog and a VHF.
 Once we even did a fog run without the sumlog,
 as it had broken.  We just estimated our speed.
 I know my boat so well that I could estimate her
 speed within a fraction of a knot.  What
 tremendous satisfaction there is in reaching your
 port using the true skills of a seaman.
 We often hear the lament of how nonsailors
 perceive our sport to be one that is reserved for
 the wealthy.  Is it any wonder when we read
 articles about how we all should have radar, or
 how our latest mast project only cost $1,200?
 These are elitist statements made by people
 who know nothing about the lives most of us live.
 Sailing can be done safely and enjoyably on a
 budget and I feel it is about time that those of us who sail on a budget speak up.
 Joe Higgins
 Crystal Lake, Illinois

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