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  1. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Stopping Leaks with the Magic of Butyl Tape

    @jssailem did you through bolt your hatch or use screws?
  2. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    USB at the Helm

    We also have a two USB outlet at the nav station. A two USB outlet on a secondary panel for entertainment/internet stuff. A standard 12 volt cigarette lighter style plug at the nav station. Another standard 12 volt plug at the helm. And a two USB plug up in the vee berth. My preference is to...
  3. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    USB at the Helm

    I switched to the Rokk Charger from Scantrust. A little more money but worth it. Two waterproof connections. I installed it on the back of the navpod.
  4. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Stopping Leaks with the Magic of Butyl Tape

    I'll put up a bigger post later. But here is the issue with how Catalina installed the hatch in my opinion. Lewmar recommends that at least the screws near the hinges be through bolted. But Catalina just used wood screws. So we ended up potting all the locations and through bolting them. We used...
  5. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Coolant in Engine Pan

    My advice is to get the whole working. It is probably there but filled with minerals. Mine was. Cleaned it out with a drill bit and torch tip cleaner. And the coolant tank does work if the hole is kept clear.
  6. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Strange Head Issue

    Thanks Peggy. That makes perfect sense. The joker valve is over a year old. Guess I know what I am doing today. Yum!
  7. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Strange Head Issue

    Good morning all, We started having a strange Head issue about two days ago and I'm a little baffled by this one. Looking for some collective wisdom from the forum. The boat is a 2001 Catalina 310. Two people live aboard full time, so the head gets a lot of use. It's a Raritan PH Superflush...
  8. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    How are Sabres higher quality?

    We added the watermaker in St. Thomas. We had been out for almost 2 years. Doing the east coast with a 35 gallon tank was easy. Water stops are plentiful. The 6 months we spent in the Bahamas was the most difficult for water. The way our boat is setup there is the 35 gallon tank, the water...
  9. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    How are Sabres higher quality?

    First rule of cruising early (we started at 40) is that you only buy electronics that come new in a box. We bought our watermaker for $1500. If I had a larger boat I would have bought a Spectra unit I found used for $2000. That was also a 12 volt unit but made 15 gallons per hour for the same...
  10. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    How are Sabres higher quality?

    Water tankage can be compensated with a watermaker. I prefer DC systems for this. Our tank is 35 gallons (120 liters). We have a 12 volt watermaker that makes 7.5 gallons (28 liters) per hour at 18 amps. With sufficient solar (we have 495 watts) and good batteries (we have lithium) you can run...
  11. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    How are Sabres higher quality?

    Look up MNJ Sailing. Matt and Jessica started with their Saba 34 in Michigan, took her down the east coast, through the Caribbean, over to the Azores and back. They had a blog for that whole trip. They now have a YouTube channel that documented their refit on an aluminum hull. They launched that...
  12. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    schaefer furler

    First you don't want to furl flat. You want it to be thicker in the approximate middle and tapper out as you go towards the ends. The sails may look flat but they are constructed with a belly that bows out in the middle. Sail manufacturers can put foam or rope on the leading edge of the sail...
  13. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    How are Sabres higher quality?

    In 2015 we relocated via our boat from Boston to the Caribbean. We now live in the USVI when not out cruising. I am writing this from Rodney Bay on St. Lucia on a rainy day. So, 2017 was a big year for us. We ran from Irma but got bad fuel from the marina in STT when we left. It turns out the...
  14. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Fuel Pump Filter?

    Honestly I had an issue with the whole setup of the fuel pump. I ended up ditching the cheap lift pumps and getting a Wahlbro. I had to mount it on the bulkhead instead of the engine but the quality is a world apart. Do you have much experience with the Wahlbro pumps?
  15. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Smart Switch bilge pump install

    I screwed it to the bulkhead near the terminal block I put in. No issues but I do spray it down with T9 every 6 months. Been there for about a year.
  16. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Smart Switch bilge pump install

    You don't need a wire going from the bilge for the light to work with either auto or manual. The light feed should come off the switch.
  17. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Smart Switch bilge pump install

    That is the exact float switch I am currently running. We already have the wiring and the light. I put the alarm in the bilge since it's close to the bed. You can hear it through the floor boards no problem.
  18. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Fuel Pump Filter?

    Mainesail showed you where it should go. But in my experience it didn't fit and that is why you don't have one on your pump. I tried putting one on the factory lift pump and it rubbed on the heat exchanger. Also, since it is past the Racor (that typically has a 10 or 30 micron element) what is...
  19. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    How are Sabres higher quality?

    We have a little over 25k nm under the keel of our Catalina last time I added it up. I probably have that combined on other boats like Hinkleys, Sabres, Brewers, Hunters, Production Catamarans, pro-built racing trimaran and other boats. We know people who have sailed a Sabre 34 across the...
  20. JK_Boston_Catalina310

    Engine Cover Attachment

    If you look at jssailem's photos his has the metal bowl. That is the correct one for where I mounted the filter. I need to add the metal bowl but I am having a hard time finding the bowl in the Caribbean and getting parts shipped is hard now that we are cruising again. I wanted the Racor 500...