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  1. jsalley

    Alternator Cooling

    Hey RC - I am having a problem with my alternator overheating any time my batteries drop below about 90% SOC. I can reduce the temp by going to Small Engine Mode (switch at helm), but that obviates the benefit of the HO alt. My engine space is very compact, especially around the front of the...
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    Dedicated Start Battery?

    RC -- I'm planning to reconfigure the DC supply side of my boat, a 2012 Catalina 355. Current setup is OEM: two independent 4D flooded batteries, through a 1-2-B switch. I have already installed a Blue Sea ML ACR, and MRBF fuses. I plan to add a separate Group 27 reserve battery, parallel the...
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    Battery Monitors

    Hi MS - buying and soon upgrading a new-to-me C355. First project will be to add a battery monitor. I had a BEP in my last boat, and liked the bilge pump monitoring feature. The Blue Sea unit seems to be the only one that has this feature now that BEP discontinued their product, as well as the...
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    Moving on

    Well, I went and did it. I sold my C309 after a wonderful 7 seasons, and will be replacing it with a preowned but nearly unused C355. The 309 was a great boat, but we wanted a few more creature comforts when cruising. I plan to continue scanning this forum, and will chime in if there's anything...
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    Improving Refrigerator Ventilation

    Lousy sailing weather lately, so back to the project list. The fridge in the 309 is not very efficient, partly because it is set into a very tight space in the galley cabinetry with virtually no means to ventilate the hot air from the condenser in the rear (put your hand on the countertop above...
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    Asym sheet blocks

    Flew my new Doyle APC asym today for the first time - what a blast! 7 knots boat speed with 9 knots 120 degrees apparent wind. For the sheet blocks, I used snatch blocks shackled to the stern docking cleats. Although it worked, they're too far aft and inboard. I called Catalina and spoke to...
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    Fire Port

    When I had my USCG Vessel Safety Inspection this year, the inspector suggested I add additional fire extinguishers and an engine box fire port. Found the fire port online for under $10; was a simple installation. They apparently are now required by ABYC on new boats. Also added 2 more...
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    Splash!

    First time back in since Sandy. Lousy weather , but at least she's floating again.
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    Cabin Handholds

    Since I've had my 309, I've always felt there was a lack of well-placed handholds in the cabin. It's especially dangerous when you need to go below under way in anything but a flat sea. Over the years, I've been looking at how to remedy this while still maintaining the "look" in the cabin, and...
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    Can't acces on Apple devies

    Phil et al - Was trying to receive a PM earlier today, and got a "mailbox is full" message. While deleting a bunch of old posts (I was using the iPhone app), the site froze up. I am now unable to access the site from either my iPhone or iPad, using either the app or through the regular website...
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    Chasing impeller vanes

    My boat was hauled on short notice at the end of October for Sandy, so I had to do my winterization on the hard. Somehow in the process of running antifreeze through the raw water side of the Yanmar 3YM20, the flow got interrupted for a few seconds, and then the pump quit working:cry:. When I...
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    Rebuilding the PSS Shaft Seal

    My boat just completed its 7th season. According to PYI, the PSS shaft seal bellows, O rings, and set screws should be replaced at 6-year intervals, so I decided to do it now while I'm on the hard. It turned out to be a lot more tedious than I expected, partly because I did it alone. The hardest...
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    New table

    This was supposed to be a winter project, but I got bored during a period that I couldn't get to the boat. Always thought the original fold-out table was too big (in fact, it's been in my attic for the past 3 years), and the little "cocktail" table that Catalina offered as an option was too...
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    Closing in open shelving

    One of the ways Catalina made the 309 a little more "affordable" was having open shelving along the sides of the main cabin instead of using closed lockers like those on most of the larger boats (and the new 315). I've never liked the shelves, as they become a collecting point for all sorts of...
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    Frank Butler and Catalina Yachts

    I went to the show in Annapolis on Thursday. Spent quite a bit of time looking over the new 5 Series at the Catalina display. While there, I ran into Frank Butler and Gerry Douglas, and spent some time talking with them. During the conversation, I mentioned that one of the bulkheads in my boat...
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    Mainsheet Cam Cleat Upgrade

    Anyone with a late-model Catalina has had to deal with the poorly designed main sheet clam cleat on the cabintop. There was a thread on the Catalina 310 forum (thanks, Truckman) describing replacement of the OEM clam cleat with a proper cam cleat and lead assembly. Since our boats are very...
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    Marine Elegance Head Install

    My OEM W-C Headmate bit the dust recently. I'd planned on replacing it with an electric model at some point, to simplify things for guests and for my wife. I decided on the Raritan Marine Elegance pressurized fresh water head that was recently top-rated by Practical Sailor. It's pricey,but only...
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    Buff and Wax - Completed!

    Finished the second coat of wax today. My boat is only six years old, but was showing significant oxidation of the topsides despite annual cleaning and waxing, including using Island Girl acrylics one year. This time I used Maine Sail's technique, starting with acid washing/machine compounding...
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    Last 309; Catalina Parts

    Had a tour of the Catalina factory today - quite impressive, and pretty busy with 5 of the 6 "big boat" (>30 ft) lines filled. The last 309 to be built is nearing completion (doesn't have a keel yet). It's hull #203, and apparently is being pretty extensively tricked out with factory options by...
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    Washdown System

    After several seasons of hauling up multiple pounds of black Chesapeake Bay bottom goo every time I raise the anchor, I finally installed a washdown system. Not terribly difficult, and was a good opportunity to replumb the head intake into sink drain line (actually the reverse - more on that...