Ram Mic P/T Problems

Ram Mic P/T Problems¬ Warren Elliott 11/1/2003 Hull #: 44 RAM Mic P/T Problem Although not a Catalina [380 or other] issue, I thought it appropriate to bring this to your attention, because it seems so widespread in our area. Agrowing number of sailors have a Standard Horizon VHF radio with an”extension” RAM mic located in the cockpit. In our local all Catalina fleet,I’d guess that half of the boats have the RAM mic; about 3/4 of those weregularly cruise with have one. This is a great mic, offering almost full remote capability, including channel, volume, power level, squelch, etc. selection. No longer do you haveto rely on a hand-held VHF or run down to the cabin to change channels ifyou had a simple extension version [as I did]. However, it does have one fault, in my opinion, which reveals itself in three ways: when you think you’re transmitting, you’re

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Nav Station Mods

Nav Station Mods Earl Poe 2/1/2003 Hull #: 140 Here is one captain’s solution for space for electronics–we all seem to want more and more toys. But it’s nice to know what’s going on in and around our boat! Nav Station Mods With the proliferation of gadgets for “Angel’s Wings,” I needed to re-design the nav station. The logical choice was to use the shelf above the breaker panel. It was easy to duplicate the wood frame of the door and I used a 1/4-inch thick white melamine panel (available from cabinet shops) for the actual panel. 1 x 1-inch stops around the opening, a piano hinge, and a cabinet lock completed the job. The only thing requiring time was fitting the door since the two existing vertical panels are not square (is anything on a boat?). I now have my VHF, stereo, recording barometer, Autohelm repeater, GPS, Radar/chartplotter, tank

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Westerbeke 42 B Engine Wiring Diagram

Title:Westerbeke 42 B Engine Wiring Diagram Author:Warren Elliott Date: 11/1/2003 Hull #: 44 Here is the wiring diagram for the WesterBeke 42B. This engine was also used on the Catalina 400. Westerbeke 42B Wiring Diagram                                                

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More on 2nd Bow Rollers

More on 2nd Bow Rollers Bob Bierly 2/1/2003 Hull #: 255 That Second Anchor Roller That You Always Wanted- I was the owner who tried to get Catalina and Garhauer to develop and manufacture a heavy-duty double bow roller in the winter of 2000. Simply put, Catalina decided- for undisclosed reasons- not to provide Garhauer a sketch of such a roller incorporating the geometry of the forward part of the C380 that would insure the proper fit and function. Instead, in September 2001, Frank Butler recommended that I add a second roller, similar to the original, on the starboard side of the fore stay. Since we were preparing for a seven-month trip down the eastern coast of the US, I had already done so when the recommendation was received. Figure 1 I bought a stock 24-inch long roller from Garhauer (AR-30), cut off about 6 inches with a hacksaw and

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Refrigerator and Batteries

Title:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ Refrigerator and Batteries Author:¬ Jim Seeman Date:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 11/1/2003 Hull #: 123 Refrigerator & Batteries Jim Seeman, “Pipe Dream” #123 sent me the following: “My wife and I returned from a three week cruise in the Bahamas where we enjoyed many pleasant nights at anchor and some excellent sailing and fishing enroute. Here are a couple of items that might be of interest to others contemplating an extended cruise: My wife found a simple way to prevent water from condensing on the upper access door and the inside roof of our refrigerator. She used an automobile windshield heat reflector (1/8″ foam with a metalized mylar on one side) that was cut to the approximate inside dimensions of the top of the box. The heat shield is placed between the roof of the refrigerator and the freezer coil and on top of

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Aft Cabin Seat Storage

Title:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ Aft Cabin Seat Storage Author:¬ ¬ ¬ Earle Ellefsen Date:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 11/1/2003 Hull #: 271 Aft Cabin Seat Storage Some of you will recall our discussion indicating the storage space available beneath the two seats in our master sleeping cabin. Has developing those spaces been on your ” back burner”? Well, now you’ll have one less excuse for not moving on this: you’ll see what they look like! The photos you see here [Insert Photos #1 & #2 w/captions] were taken by Earle Ellefsen [Valkyrie, # 271] with his trusty digital camera [I’ll have my own soon]. These are of the storage spaces on my boat [#44]. Cutting the openings in the top of these seats is a bit of a chore. The material is 7/8″ thick, with half of this fiberglass and half plywood. After drilling a

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Eliminating Head Odors

Title:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ Head Oders Author:¬ ¬ ¬ Warren Elliott Date:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 11/1/2003 Hull #: 44 Eliminating Head Odors Several C380 owners, either those on Sailnet, friends, or some that I met at the recent northeast Catalina rendezvous expressed unhappiness with this classic problem. And it occurs both in and around the head compartment itself and outside the boat via the vent line. Here’s what’s kept us “sweet-smelling” for most of the 7 years we’ve owned and sailed “My Bride II”. First, I installed an in-line treatment called “Earth Safe” [West Marine #568592, $37]. This consists of a plastic container that is plumbed into the toilet’s water intake. The container has a compartment into which a large tablet is placed; this dispenses a blue-colored liquid that both deodorizes and lubricates the pump. I can report that this system

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Transmisssion Shift Lever

Title:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ Transmisssion Shift Lever Author:¬ ¬ Warren Elliott Date:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 11/1/2003 Hull #: 44   A few captains have reported failure of their shift lever; apparently none occurred at a critical time, so no damage ensued except perhaps to a few egos. It seems that the lever either became very loose or simply fell off, rendering shifting impossible. Quick crew action, including inventing a new handle in the form of vise-grip pliers, may have saved the day. On checking my helm station, and receiving email comments from the manufacturer, Edson, I’m beginning to understand how these situations came about. Here’s two Edson inputs. The first message refers to the particular problem and possible improvement. The second message address my questions: causes for the set screw becoming loose and a related issue: closeness of forward-shifted lever to the

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Installation of Rudder Roller Bearings

Title:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ Installation of Rudder Roller Bearings Author: Warren Elliott, Rick Ranno Date:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 8/12/2003 Hull #: 297 The previous Mainsheet issue included some relatively simple maintenance/repairs for your rudder system; this was in response to a number of captains noting various “”clunking”” or similar sounds that was traced to lateral [or vertical] movement of the rudder coinciding with rolling and/or pitching of the boat. I had the same problem, which was solved by tightening the packing gland, as recommended by Catalina’s Chief Engineer Gerry Douglas. For those of you who are starting to notice some similar sounds, I suggest checking the top of your rudder post at the time you notice those sounds, easily accessed by unscrewing your emergency tiller deck plate. On the other hand, Rick Ranno, captain of “”Sea Flat””, C380 #297 decided to go “”all the way”” and install quality

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Water in Forward Compartment

Title:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ Water in Forward Compartment Author:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ Warren Elliott Date:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 8/12/2003 Hull #: 44 Quite a few of our Sailnet group, over the last year or two, have reported finding water in the forward compartment, the one accessible through the small hatch under the V-berth. This occurred on my boat also when I found about a gallon there after My Bride II was two or three years old. I also found the very small volume at the bow was full with perhaps another gallon. My trusty wet/dry vacuum cleaned out the water easily. I did a routine check of fittings, and hit the area with fresh water, but nothing obvious turned up. In the next three years, another 1/2 -1 gallon accumulated, so it’s obviously not much of a leak. Recently,

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