Normal procedure for drilling stainless steel

Hi all The normal procedure for drilling stainless is: Sharp drill Slow drill speed High pressure. What happens if your drill speed is too high, and you’re not using enough pressure on the drill, the work you are trying to drill will “work harden” enough to dull your drill bit, and it wlll just screech and not go through the material you’re drilling. The ladder tubing is fairly thin, and should drill through using the proper technique in a few seconds. The chips will get very hot, and that’s OK. Remember, the main key is “pressure”. Jack C380 #68 JaxSan

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Heat Exchanger Removal and Cleaning Procedure

I’ve had lots of experience with my Yanmar heat exchanger on my 387 and would bet a bunch you need to have it boiled (Make sure the radiator shop doesn’t “cold soak” it. It’s not the same.) I have had mine apart a few times and it isn’t a terrible job to get it cleaned and reassembled. A couple of points: TIP: Before you remove it, use a straight edge along one row of tubes at the forward end of the heat exchanger and put reference marks on the housing so you can replace it easily. The exchanger will turn easily within the housing but it ultimately has a tab that fits a small hole on the rear cap. Unless you have removed the hoses (which I have found difficult), it is a real pain to get it lined up correctly going back in. If you look at the rear

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Sirius Weather

I just installed Sirius weather on my C385 Raymarine Plotter. Sirius does a poor job of providing user guides to explain all the features. Does anyone know a good resource to learn all the in and outs of the product? I had the same issues last year when my Sirius weather was new. When I inquired, Sirius said there were too many models of equipment and each used / displayed their data differently for them to issue instructions. They said see the equipment owners manuals. It took about a year of playing with the unit to figure out what it would do and how to access it. I am still frustrated with the “warm up” time to acquire a signal. On some days it is immediately present and other days it can take as long as 20 minutes. Jim Sullivan WASOKI C-380 #174 Good luck. I have not found a

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Sea Hood Repair

I have read some of the older threads on sea hood repairs and if someone who has done theirs maybe can give me some more insight. Our sea hood appeared to be a little spongy when we stepped on it as well when ever it rained we were getting a lot of water running in the two troughs at the rear of the companion way which would make it difficult to keep dry as the cockpit cushions and seats would get soaked. I removed the sea hood prior to putting the winter cover on. I stripped the underside today. The underside fiberglass layer was loose on about 1/2 of it so a little grinding and off it came. The plywood underneath was all wet and pretty punky in some spots. It came off pretty easy as there seemed to be very little epoxy or fiberglass holding it to the hood

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Storing E10 Gas over the winter

Friends have had numerous discussions about how to store gas tanks with the gasoline that is now required to have 10% ethanol (called E-10 Gas). For potable gas tanks I just pour the gas into my car and leave the tanks totally empty over the winter. For gas tanks (such as on a boat) that can’t be emptied and stored inside, this article gives some very good input. We should always add stabilizer to any gas tank that isn’t going to be totally used in six weeks, which I understand is the ‘shelf life’ of gasoline that we purchase at the local gas station. I always add stabilizer to the outboard gas and any other small engine gas tanks, even in the summer. Actually I also add diesel stabilizer every time I fill the boat fuel tank as well, but that is a different subject. The last paragraph has a

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C387 Microwave Replacement

My husband and I are in the process of buying a 2004 Catalina 387. The boat has a microwave sitting on the counter that does not fit the space in the cabinetry.. Now that I am reading this discussion from 3 years ago, I am wondering if it will be possible to replace it with one that fits. Any suggestion? Thanks, Sharon Pierce Sharon, When I looked last year, I found one that fit. I ended up with an Emerson. The issue I had was mounting it securely. I ended up mounting the microwave to a piece of plywood, then attaching the plywood to the bottom of the cabinet. Jim Sullivan WASOKI C-380 #174 I just had to replace mine this year as well. I found one at Wal-Mart for about $79 that fit right into the cabinet without any modifications. The only thing I had to do was drill

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Hatch Covers

I do not want to sew them myself. Does anyone know a company that can make them? Thanks, Sharon Pierce s/v Aquarius C-387 #48 Sharon call Annie at 903-523-5994. Tell her you want some hatch covers like she just made for Woody’s 387. She is in Gordonville. Jim Rushing C-387 #101 Sharon, I purchased my canvas hatch covers from JSI in St. Petersburg, FL. They make all canvas and cushions for our Cat 387s. They were able to go to Catalina Factory and make the correct sizes. They were not cheap, but well worth it. Well constructed. I’ve had mine for about 6 years. Bob Aguilar Cat 387 # 68 “Swept Away”

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Cleaning, oiling, and varnishing C387 interior teak

Our 2004 C-387, new to us, looks like it could use some interior teak cleaning. I was told by the broker that it has a water-based varnish inside. What product should we use to clean it? My husband bought some kind of oil at West Marine. Doesn’t seem like oil is the right thing? We need to clean it and there may be places where we need to touch up the interior varnish. Interior, not exterior. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks! Sharon Pierce Aquarius C-387 #44 Hi This is what Catalina uses , EM2000wvx WB-Alkyd Varnish: Semi-Gloss, 32oz http://www.targetcoatings.com/shop/products/EM2000wvx_WB_Alkyd_Varnish_Semi_Gloss_32oz-282-0.html Regards Paul AVID II 380 #148 Sharon, I use Zinolin Furniture Oil (Polish) which was recommended by my prior owner. It works great treating the wood but not leaving an oily residue. I bought mine at Dania Furniture which handles scandinavian style furniture and is for teak and other hard

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Bedding – 387 – Discussion

We just bought a C-387 and I ordered sheets from the Catalina Store. They told me I could also get mattress pads. Hum. Wish I had seen this first. I know the sheets will fit exactly, so now I think I’d better order the mattress pads from them too. On to quilts and blankets….looks like Queen for the aft. What size for the v-berth? My husband thinks we will have to modify the v-berth quilts and blankets or they won’t be too bulky in the bow? And we need multiple layers, as he is hot and I am cold, Of course! We are a bit rusty. Haven’t owned a boat in 17 years! Thanks for any help… Sharon Aquarius C-387 #44 We covered each mattress with a queen fitted mattress pad and a fitted sheet with a color that compliments the interior colors, then bought Travasak sleep systems. It looks

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