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  1. Flying Jay

    Rigging the 2nd reef in a 310?

    From a diagram in the 310 manual it looks like it’s meant for the reefing system(s), there’s one on each side. My addition of the carbo block makes the angle more severe, but it was a point of friction before I added the block too. I think lowering it, or replacing with cheek block will be a...
  2. Flying Jay

    Rigging the 2nd reef in a 310?

    Yes, the fish tape ran straight through from aft end of boom towards the mast and I couldn't see any internal block inside. That was actually the easiest part, and what I thought would be the most difficult. I see what your saying on the better knot for the 2nd reefing line where it ties off...
  3. Flying Jay

    Rigging the 2nd reef in a 310?

    We got the second reef all sorted out and it works great! We used the carbo blocks for all the reef grommets. We each practiced numerous times and got our process down. Reefing and running with gusts nearing 30 today was easy. Still planning on a mast gate to avoid messing with the slugs and...
  4. Flying Jay

    Rigging the 2nd reef in a 310?

    Awesome, that's what I was hoping for. Thank you Tom! We had a couple of nice days sailing and figuring out the current reefing system, as well as adding the carbo blocks to reefing line 1 and playing with pulling the slug screw. The carbo blocks recommended by Parsons and others work great...
  5. Flying Jay

    Rigging the 2nd reef in a 310?

    Thanks to all of you for the excellent explanations. It's getting a lot clearer in my mind now. I checked today and I have an open clutch, block at the base of the mast, and the starboard side of the boom is open for what should work out to be a parallel version of reef #1. I also found a...
  6. Flying Jay

    Rigging the 2nd reef in a 310?

    Our mainsail has grommets for a 2nd reef, and from what I've researched we are able to rig jiffy reefing for a 2nd reef on our 310s, but has anyone done it? I saw a post from Jesse that eluded to it. Our Catalina 310 manual (pg 28) shows the "optional 2nd reef" on the port side of the lines led...
  7. Flying Jay

    New toilet and holding tank system

    First, thank you all for the responses! Peggy, it's especially welcome to hear from you, and once we get further sorted out I'll take you up on your offer via a PM. Yes, we have a 2003 Catalina 310, sailing exclusively in SF Bay. I just got back from cutting off the shelf that was over the...
  8. Flying Jay

    New toilet and holding tank system

    From what we've been able to piece together from various threads, reading Peggy's book, and other bits of research we are leaning towards pulling it all apart and starting from scratch. Our general issues are: Odors associated with the head and sanitation hoses; also, we really want a holding...
  9. Flying Jay

    Sailing Brownsville TX

    I was stationed at Naval Air Station corpus and kitesurfed laguna madre for three years. It was very shallow except for the narrow channel cut out for barges. I’m currently sitting in Cancun on a layover (airline) and fly this route from south Texas coast to Cancun frequently. I’ve never seen a...
  10. Flying Jay

    Exhaust hose replacement

    Figured out access and got it off, so 1/2 way there on this job. Was able to unscrew and gently slide the compressor over onto the starboard shelf, which allowed me to slide the hot water heater a bit… thus allowing me just enough access via the aft starboard lazarette to get the transom part...
  11. Flying Jay

    Exhaust hose replacement

    Ok, that makes sense. My fridge compressor sits on top of the water heater, so I’ll have to rig something, but it makes sense that having the water heater space open makes the hose replacement possible. Thank you again for your help!
  12. Flying Jay

    Transmission bracket issue

    Perfect. Thank you!
  13. Flying Jay

    Exhaust hose replacement

    I've read a few threads on replacing the exhaust hose (from transom to the lift muffler) on other types of Catalinas, but don't see a lot on the 310 specifically. It looks straight forward until I get to the transom fitting. It's deep in my starboard lazarette with the hard-to-move refrigerator...
  14. Flying Jay

    Transmission bracket issue

    As I start to poke around deeper into our newly acquired C-310 I've come across a few issues, (I'll post my questions/issues separately for better search-ability for future readers). There's a bracket that comes off the transmission that holds the transmission cable in place. Based off of my...
  15. Flying Jay

    Hey! We're at 1243, the name on it right now is Isabella II, but we are changing it to About...

    Hey! We're at 1243, the name on it right now is Isabella II, but we are changing it to About Today soon. We should be around quite a bit, we live a mile away. Cell: 831 915-7176. We are in the process of joining the CP Yacht Club, hoping to try learning some stuff by going on the beer can races...
  16. Flying Jay

    Maiden voyage

    I think I can envision your process and invention, but a pic would be really helpful. The Dock-o-Matic sounds legit! I'd like to work my way up to single-handing, and from reading your thread, it seems like this would work well.
  17. Flying Jay

    Maiden voyage

    Thank you for the reference. I’ll check it out.
  18. Flying Jay

    Maiden voyage

    I totally agree with the potential dangers, take full responsibility for this, and know I need to be better.
  19. Flying Jay

    Maiden voyage

    Here’s the aftermath. He was a great sport about it… it was a slow-motion stretch from boat to dock that he eventually lost. I had a great view of it from the helm. I had *just* given the brief that there should be no need for athletic maneuvers. Reports are that my sister-in-law still hasn’t...
  20. Flying Jay

    Maiden voyage

    Coyote Point, and it looks like you're there/here too... let's meet up! DM me if you'd like to exchange phone numbers.