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Perhaps you may want to consider Don Casey's idea:  it is a piece of PVC white pipe with a cap.  No inflation necessary.  Comes from his "This Old Boat" book.  The small buffer necessary to keep the pump from running all the time is provided by the PVC pipe.  Lots less expensive than $30. Just "T" the PVC pipe into the outlet of the pump to the faucets.
 The other alternative is to let the pump go when it needs to, with no accumulator.  If the pump  wakes anyone up at night, then it's time to add the accumulator, whatever variety comes in handy.
 The basic question that I need your help and input:  why do we need this added thingy?  Is the running pump that annoying?  Or is the concern about the continuing "stress" on the pump pressure sensor?

Main Message Board / Type of caps
« on: June 08, 2001, 07:12:55 PM »
It just occurred to me:  
 1.  winch handles are usually stowed inboard behind locked compartments.
 2.   you were looking for hand operated caps
 3.  wouldn't the "helpful" diesel / water filler have had more trouble getting the cap off if he didn't have access to a winch handle?  
 (OK, OK, he could have used some other sort of blunt instrument to unscrew the cap.)

Main Message Board / Deck Caps
« on: May 23, 2001, 04:08:14 PM »
Dave, I was just waiting for someone to bring this one up again!
 Al Watson found this a while ago:
 ´╗┐urfing the net and found that Catalina Direct has the Replacement Deck Pipe  Caps
 Red - Fuel Z1874  $10.95
 Blue -Water  Z1872  $10.95
 Black - Waste Z1873 $10.95
 See them at:
 I got them by mail order in a few days and they work great.
 Suggestion: since they are plastic, coat them with suntan lotion!  Yes, really.  Keeps them from breaking down in the UV.
 One of the best ways to avoid having this happen  is to DISCONNECT the dang chains to begin with.  Then one doesn't rely on them.  Be careful when removing the caps, place them in the cockpit and bingo, they stay there.
 Hope your wallet came back, too.

Main Message Board / Same issue
« on: June 06, 2001, 06:21:42 PM »
 Here's what I get when I do that:  same "illegal"  (how nice of Redmond!) message with the following:
 IEXPLORE caused an invalid page fault in
 module BROWSEUI.DLL at 0167:7f338bd9.
 EAX=0042d224 CS=0167 EIP=7f338bd9 EFLGS=00010296
 EBX=00520454 SS=016f ESP=0058bf04 EBP=0058d1c4
 ECX=ffffd1a4 DS=016f ESI=00000104 FS=0c7f
 EDX=00000000 ES=016f EDI=7f3a6200 GS=0000
 Bytes at CS:EIP:
 ff 74 c8 04 8d 04 c8 8b 08 8d 85 98 fd ff ff 50
 Stack dump:
 00000104 7152e120 7f332ab8 00520470 003a0044 0066005c 00710061 0070002d 00670061 00730065 0069005c 0064006e 00780065 0068002e 006d0074 0d1e0000
 Hope that helps.

Main Message Board / Another Option for Using the CD
« on: June 04, 2001, 01:16:41 PM »
Also just remembered:  you can use Window's "FIND" to search the CD for text also.  This should be helpful to all those of you who would like a "search engine" similar to the website.  It's there, but not on the disk, just use Windows to do it for you, using the "containing text" box.

Main Message Board / CD Operation
« on: June 03, 2001, 11:07:32 AM »
I have the same problem.  What does work is to use Windows Explorer, and access the individual files in that folder. The files are well named, so you should be able to find what you are looking for relatively easily.  I understand that Wemaster and CD author Dave Smith is away for a few days.  I suggest that you send him an email directly, and if he has a better fix, please post the response.  
 Best regards,  
 Stu Jackson
 Catalina 34 International Secretary
 222 Wildwood Avenue
 Piedmont, CA 94610-1102
 fax: 510-465-7927
 email: or
 #224 1986 Aquavite

Main Message Board / This should work for new boats, too
« on: June 06, 2001, 08:19:19 AM »
Vigor's Interdenominational
 Boat Denaming Ceremony
 by John Vigor  
 Due to an overwhelming number of requests for copies of John Vigor's Interdenominational Boat Denaming Ceremony, we are rerunning it again. Now, take care to save this one!
 I once knew a man in Florida who told me he'd owned 24 different yachts and renamed every single one of them.
 "Did it bring you bad luck?" I asked.
 "Not that I'm aware of," he said. "You don't believe in those old superstitions, do you?"
 Well, yes. Matter of fact, I do. And I'm not alone. Actually, it's not so much being superstitious as being v-e-r-y careful. It's an essential part of good seamanship.
 Some years ago, when I wanted to change the name of my newly purchased 31-foot sloop from Our Way to Freelance, I searched for a formal "denaming ceremony" to wipe the slate clean in preparation for the renaming. I read all the books, but I couldn't find one. What I did learn, though, was that such a ceremony should consist of five parts: an invocation, an expression of gratitude, a supplication, a re-dedication and a libation. So I wrote my own short ceremony. Vigor's inter-denominational denaming ceremony. It worked perfectly. Freelance carried me and my family many thousands of deep-sea miles both north and south of the equator, and we enjoyed good luck all the way. I used the same ceremony recently to change the name of my newly acquired Santana 22 from Zephyr to Tagati, a Zulu word that means "magic," or "bewitched." We're hoping she'll sail like a witch when I finally get her in the water this summer after an extensive refit.
 I'll give you the exact wording of Vigor's denaming ceremony, but first you must remove all physical traces of the boat's old name. Take the old log book ashore, along with any other papers that bear the old name. Check for offending books and charts with the name inscribed. Be ruthless. Sand away the old name from the lifebuoys, transom, top-side, dinghy, and oars. Yes, sand it away. Painting over is not good enough. You're dealing with gods here, you understand, not mere dumb mortals. If the old name is carved or etched, try to remove it or, at the very minimum, fill it with putty and then paint over. And don't place the new name anywhere on the boat before the denaming ceremony is carried out. That's just tempting fate.
 How you conduct the ceremony depends entirely on you. If you're the theatrical type, and enjoy appearing in public in your yacht club blazer and skipper's cap, you can read it with flair on the foredeck before a gathering of distinguished guests. But if you find this whole business faintly silly and embarrassing, and only go along with it because you're scared to death of what might happen if you don't, you can skulk down below and mumble it on your own. That's perfectly okay. The main thing is that you carry it out. The words must be spoken.
 I compromised by sitting in Tagati's cockpit with the written-out ceremony folded into a newspaper, so that any passerby would think I was just reading the news to my wife, sitting opposite. Enough people think I'm nuts already. Even my wife has doubts. The last part of the ceremony, the libation, must be performed at the bow, just as it is in a naming ceremony. There are two things to watch out for here. Don't use cheap-cheap champagne, and don't try to keep any for yourself. Buy a second bottle if you want some. Use a brew that's reasonably expensive, based on your ability to pay, and pour the whole lot on the boat. One of the things the gods of the sea despise most is meanness, so don't try to do this bit on the cheap.
 What sort of time period should elapse between this denaming ceremony and a new naming ceremony? There's no fixed time. You can do the renaming right after the denaming, if you want, but I personally would prefer to wait at least 24 hours to give any lingering demons a chance to clear out. (Scroll down for the wording of the ceremony.)
 Now you can pop the cork, shake the bottle and spray the whole of the contents on the bow. When that's done, you can quietly go below and enjoy the other bottle yourself. Incidentally, I had word from a friend last month that the Florida yachtsman I mentioned earlier had lost his latest boat, a 22-foot trailer-sailer. Sailed her into an overhead power line. Fried her. She burned to the waterline. Bad luck? Not exactly. He and his crew escaped unhurt. He was just very careless. He renamed her, as usual, without bothering to perform Vigor's famous interdenominational denaming ceremony. And this time, at long last, he got what he deserved.
 Vigor's Denaming Ceremony  
 "In the name of all who have sailed aboard this ship in the past, and in the name of all who may sail aboard her in the future, we invoke the ancient gods of the wind and the sea to favor us with their blessing today.
 "Mighty Neptune, king of all that moves in or on the waves; and mighty Aeolus (pronounced EE-oh-lus), guardian of the winds and all that blows before them:
 "We offer you our thanks for the protection you have afforded this vessel in the past. We voice our gratitude that she has always found shelter from tempest and storm and enjoyed safe passage to port.
 "Now, wherefore, we submit this supplication, that the name whereby this vessel has hitherto been known (_____), be struck and removed from your records.
 "Further, we ask that when she is again presented for blessing with another name, she shall be recognized and shall be accorded once again the selfsame privileges she previously enjoyed.
 "In return for which, we rededicate this vessel to your domain in full knowledge that she shall be subject as always to the immutable laws of the gods of the wind and the sea.
 "In consequence whereof, and in good faith, we seal this pact with a libation offered according to the hallowed ritual of the sea."  
 CLICK HERE for Printable Page of Vigor's Denaming Ceremony Christening Ceremony  
 After a boat is denamed, you simply need to rename it using the traditional christening ceremony, preferably with Queen Elizabeth breaking a bottle of champagne on the bow, and saying the words:
 "I name this ship ___________ and may she bring fair winds and good fortune to all who sail on her."
 John Vigor, an Oak Harbor resident, is a boating writer and editor. He is the author of The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge (International Marine) and Danger, Dolphins, and Ginger Beer (Simon and Schuster) a sailing adventure novel for 8 to 12 year-olds.  
 ...return to 48┬░ North title page.

Main Message Board / More
« on: June 05, 2001, 11:17:20 AM »
Frank,  It also occurred to me that you also need to put sealant in the hole where the bolt passes through the bottom of the clutch.  This will keep water from getting from the base of the clutch down underneath it.  Stu

Main Message Board / Cltuch Bedding
« on: June 04, 2001, 07:54:10 PM »
 If I understand your problem, the front of the clutch is not flat on the bottom.  It has a little protrusion.  Given that, there should still be no reason you cannot countersink the hole for those locations, so the protrusion fits down into the countersunk portion of the hole in the deck.  As previously noted by a respondent, you'll just need to seal the entire hole.  If you want more security, oversise the hole, expoxy the sides of the hole that show wood,(or fill it all in and redrill), then use the sealant.  Be sure to let the sealant dry a day or so before doing the final tightening.  Tighten only the nuts from below, don't turn the screws, which would break the seal.

Main Message Board / Bleeding Air
« on: June 04, 2001, 07:48:08 PM »
See FAQs,  Engine Air lock.  April May 2000.  And many other articles.

Main Message Board / Pulpits
« on: June 03, 2001, 11:09:43 AM »
I local friend recently had the same problem, and used a local metal fabrication shop.  He was pleased with the results and it was somewhat less expensive.  Shop around.

Main Message Board / Props
« on: May 10, 2001, 09:01:22 AM »
 If you use the search engine on the IC34 website homepage and type in "props" you will get 70 hits.  While some of them have to do with prop walk and prop noise, a majority of them have to do with just the question you are asking.  
 Best regards, Stu

Main Message Board / Lightning
« on: June 01, 2001, 11:04:55 AM »
Herb Scneider wrote articles in Mainsheet about lightning.  Suggest you check the website search under that topic.

Main Message Board / Dinghy Davits
« on: June 01, 2001, 11:02:08 AM »
Try this from the C34 website: Dinghy Davits Cheap Version
 Stern inflatable C Hooks  

Main Message Board / Fuel Gauge NOT!
« on: May 22, 2001, 04:23:38 PM »
B & G
 I agree with Mitch.  It just isn't worth the effort to keep fixing it.  Many reasons for failure, and some folks may have found a good answer, but most of us haven't.  The old Mailing List, as I recall, discovered someone who found one that worked.
 As long as the engine hour meter is running, you can conservatively figure 1/2 gallon per hour.  I have kept very careful track of consumption for the last two and a half years, on a spreadsheet.  We motor out for about an hour each time we sail, sometimes motor an hour or less back in at 2/3 throttle.
 It turns out it is actually less, and averages about 0.4 gallons per hour, or over 2.3 hours per gallon.  I usually fill up when the tank is half empty, so it's about 10 gallons a refill (23 gallon tank).
 Just remember to fill up every 20 engine hours or so and you never need a fuel gauge at all.

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