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New head
« on: April 25, 2020, 10:52:47 PM »

Hi!

So as a new owner to a 1992 Catalina 34 that came with a head that didnít work it was obviously my first project. Decided to treat myself and get a Jabsco Deluxe flush electric head, no more explaining to non boaters how to flush lol. I will be editing a video of the whole process but I figured Iíd share with the group the progress so far. Iíve worked with insulation foam as a plug material before and I like how easy it is to create any shape you want. The idea is to build a fiberglass insert that will accept the new head but that can be removed down the road if I change my mind or sell the boat and new owner wants to go a different route. Should look almost factory when Iím done.
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Re: New head
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2020, 12:10:01 PM »

Curious; is this a 17 in. or 14 in. Jabsco, and why did you select this electric head over other electrics, such as the Raritan Elegance or Dometic.
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Re: New head
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2020, 02:17:40 PM »

Itís a 14Ē slant back model, no thought pattern went into why Jabsco and not a different brand. Every boat Iíve had has had a Jabsco head, going with what I know I suppose?
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Re: New head
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2020, 02:42:11 PM »

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Thx!
« Last Edit: April 26, 2020, 03:36:22 PM by Noah »
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Re: New head
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2020, 03:50:25 PM »

Thanks for sharing with us.
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Re: New head
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2020, 05:59:26 PM »

Finished the plug today, taking it home with me to sand it down to where I like the look of it. Then I have out fairing compound all over it and sand again till Iím happy with it, bring back to the boat to confirm nothings moved. Then back home to glass over it and repeat the process. Itís gonna take me a couple more weeks as I can only work on it over the weekends.
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Re: New head
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2020, 08:45:26 PM »

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The idea is to build a fiberglass insert that will accept the new head but that can be removed down the road if I change my mind or sell the boat and new owner wants to go a different route. Should look almost factory when Iím done.

Hi & Welcome.

I looked at your photos and went back to your OP.  The piece I'm completely missing in understanding is: Why?

Doesn't the new head simply lag bolt onto the existing platform?
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Re: New head
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2020, 10:04:05 PM »

Hi Stu,

Simple answer, cause otherwise it wonít fit. Itís deeper and has a back thatís meant to go against a bulkhead that in our boats doesnít exist.
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Re: New head
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2020, 11:15:02 AM »

Continuing on the project from home today, getting ready to apply low density filler and then sand it down. Not sure why this platform keeps rotating my pictures?
If anyone is interested I have a YouTube channel, it pretty new and Iím very new at content creating so bear with me. Eventually when I finish the project I will be uploading a video if the whole process.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK47pXEAVBykhtJXC-K8NMw
« Last Edit: April 27, 2020, 11:18:59 AM by LogoFreak »
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Re: New head
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2020, 11:19:38 AM »

Did you see if it is operational with the new configuration?  I'm wondering about water level.
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Re: New head
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2020, 11:27:38 AM »

Hi Mark, could you expand on your question? Not sure what you mean? Head came with a raw water pressure pump, unsure how the water level has an impact on the functionality of the head?
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Re: New head
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2020, 11:32:30 AM »

I don't know much about how the head works but I know mine is below the waterline for some reason.  Your raw water pump may make that unnecessary. I just think it's a good idea to see if it actually functions well before doing the final fit up.
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Re: New head
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2020, 11:45:04 AM »

There are different types of installations and in all cases a system can be arranged for it to work. If your head is below the water line then a hose routed through a vented loop above the waterline is all you need. Same with with the holding tank and itís discharge hose, if the tank is below the waterline a vented loop above the waterline is required for your discharge hose.
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Re: New head
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2020, 11:50:54 AM »

Hereís the link to the heads manual, you can see all the options listed for the installation based on any particular case. https://www.xylem.com/siteassets/brand/jabsco/58xx0-technical-datasheet-en.pdf
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Re: New head
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2020, 01:25:38 PM »

Donít think I can get a job making wedding cakes anytime soon  :D
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