Our 2003 C310!

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  1. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,423 posts, 315 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    I had the same issues with the bimini top. I first lowered the bimini a bit by adjusting the clamps on the bimini supports, and I had a leather patch sewn on the top of the bimini where the boom would rub. Then, a friend pointed out that I was not tensioning the halyard enough, so I corrected that and it helped somewhat. What finally cured the issue was when I had the sail reconditioned, and they resewed the luff bolt rope. This made a huge difference in how the sail tensioned and hung on the boom. Now I can sheet the main in til it is flat, and still have plenty of room above the bimini.
     


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  2. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,423 posts, 315 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    We always sail with the bimini up, especially when we were in Florida. That sun will kill you! I imagine it is somewhat the same in Alabama. Besides, my bimini does not fold down. It is a job to dismantle it at the end of every season, and there is no way to do it on a daily basis. Same for the dodger. They are both built very heavily, and have survived 60 mph winds intact (plus one 88 mph microburst).
     


  3. JRT

    JRT

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,233 posts, 411 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    Thanks @Tom J I did have to get the halyard winched tight and the luft was good. The only way the get a flat clew was tighten the outhaul and then put the vang on since the spring load seems to really want to push the boom up. I'm tempted to disconnect the spring load boom vang withthe main up and see how the sail looks. Obviously this would be dock side with a low wind day.
     


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  4. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,423 posts, 315 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    You have already figured it out, JRT. To get the boom level, haul in on the vang. The downhaul on the vang easily overcomes the spring tension, and then you can ease the downhaul, and the spring will hold the boom up when you want it to.
     


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  5. JRT

    JRT

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,233 posts, 411 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    Excellent, the local canves/boat care guy checked my issue today and said it would be no problem to cut the mount down and would meet me at the boat to measure it with the sail and boom at the proper height to make sure there would be clearance. He also didn't try to up sell me either as he felt a few repairs is all I needed vs replacment.

    They also will do a buff and polish and remove the old name as our first step to making her our boat too.
     


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  6. marchem

    marchem

    Joined Nov 16, 2012
    776 posts, 133 likes
    Catalina 310, 2000, #31
    US Santa Cruz
    Here’s the cleat my rigger set up for me on our C310. That original clam cleat was terrible and unsafe. The swivel lets it lead cleanly to the winch.
    We also redid the traveler control lines to make them easy to adjust from the cockpit.
    IMG_0671.JPG
     


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  7. JRT

    JRT

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,233 posts, 411 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL


  8. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    2,350 posts, 550 likes
    Catalina 30 Mk II
    US Barnegat, NJ
    Very wise to do because your idea of the correct length and CD's idea of correct length may not be the same. Plus you can do better on price elsewhere. I use CD for those things which I cannot find or identify through other sources but line wouldn't be one of them.
     


  9. JRT

    JRT

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,233 posts, 411 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    Ok dumb question, filling the water tank. How do I know when it is full? Do I have to have someone monitor it under the V-Berth as I fill from the deck or is there an over flow?

    Also I want to get some wrenches for the stuffing box adjustment, I'm not at the boat but if anyone could tell me the size or just get 2 adjustable wrenches to keep on the boat then I'll do that. Also a dumb question for sure...
     


  10. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,353 posts, 4,172 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Not a dumb question. And you answered it the way I solved the problem.

    I needed one each of these
    husky-wrenches-16pl0134-64_1000.jpg crescent-adjustable-wrenches-ac218vs-64_1000.jpg
    I tie lines to the ends just incase I drop one so it is not lost in the abyss know as my bilge.
     


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  11. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    2,634 posts, 1,243 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Everett, WA
    Most Catalinas are same size on locknut and packing gland. I have two different sizes 1 7/8 & 2. CD sells wrenches that fit in the space - you jut need to measure for the size (3 or 4 choices). I have a bias against adjustable, too many busted knuckles and rounded bolts (but I do have them)
     


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  12. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,423 posts, 315 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    Not such a dumb question, JRT. I installed a gauge on my water tank, but it is not very accurate. When I think the tank is close to full, I go below and lift the mattress and unscrew the access lid. Once the level is close to the top of the tank, I'm done. If the tank is over filled, I unscrew the lid a bit and let the excess water flow into the bilge. If the tank stays over filled, it expands and lifts up the mattress, putting pressure on the top of the tank.
    For the packing nuts, I carry two of the large adjustable wrenches John showed. They carry them at marine supply stores, but the same wrench is available at hardware stores for half the price. Look in the plumbing section. And do yourself a favor and keep those nuts saturated in PB Blaster or something similar.
     


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  13. JRT

    JRT

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,233 posts, 411 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    Ok, Thanks all, I do actually like having sized correct wrench when I do work, especially on motors. I figure for now I'll at least grab an adjustable spanner wrench and 10" or 12" adjustable wrench. I'll measure next time out, hopefully this weekend for sure.

    Good feedback on the tank filling process, I was going down the gauge process also as a nice project. The previous owner used the fresh water for flushing the head and we plan to keep doing that since we are just day sailing and it seems to be an improvement in head smells. Got to pick up the special Toilet paper also before next trip before I have a revolt by the crew too.
     


  14. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,423 posts, 315 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    While you are at it, you might want to put a gauge on the holding tank, also. You can have one monitor that will look at three or four different tanks.
    Using fresh water in the head definitely helps to keep the smell down, especially if the boat will be sitting for a while.
    When you check the packing gland for wrench sizes, remember that you need very skinny wrenches. I find that the adjustable plumbing wrenches work well because they fit side by side on the gland nuts.
     


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  15. Alansails

    Alansails

    Joined Oct 3, 2011
    649 posts, 113 likes
    Anam Cara Catalina 310 Hull #155
    US Lake Erie/Catawba Island
    Even on Lake Erie we use fresh water to flush and Practical Sailor did a study and recommended West Marine Oceans TP but a while ago they said if it was septic safe it would work.
    We use chemicals recommended by THE HEAD MISTRESS, maybe she will jump in and give you guidance, We used the chemicals-KO CP-in our 25 and now 310 and have never had a smell issue!
    BTW you can get too many projects going at once-sail the boat-Everyone will be happier!
     


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  16. JRT

    JRT

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,233 posts, 411 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    Thanks, just figuring it all out right now. The KO/CP is a great recommendation, just ordered them on prime.

    Only real project I need to address is the bimini and some lines, managing tanks is new to me so just thinking for now. Going to try and sail today, if we can make it might enter our clubs spring race at 1PM, but that depends on our schedule this morning.
     


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  17. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,423 posts, 315 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    This addresses the issue of smell from the holding tank, but it doesn't deal with the problem of salt water in the tubing. If the system is flushed with salt water and left to sit for an extended time, the microbes and other sea life start to decay and have a powerful stink. I have found that we can flush with salt water on a daily basis without an issue of bad smells, but it is necessary to flush thoroughly with fresh water before leaving the boat for an extended time.
     


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  18. Ron20324

    Ron20324

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    6,889 posts, 869 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    Don't you have a vent on the water tank? I fill my tank with the deck filler until the water runs out the vent in the hull. Flushes the vent in the process for debris.
     


  19. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,423 posts, 315 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    Yes, we could do that, but as I mentioned, the tank would then be over filled and it would expand, lifting up the v berth mattress, and putting pressure on the top of the tank.
     


  20. JRT

    JRT

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,233 posts, 411 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    Had fun today, tank was pretty full so didn't need to top off. Did a lot of cleaning and organizing, weather was a bit iffy so stay and enjoyed the AC and stereo. Took this pics of my battery set-up.
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