Electrical Overloads

We have a mini 1200watt heater from west marine. We have used it for a few years mostly on the starboard circuit. We put it on the port circuit this past weekend and it caused a fire on the white wire going to the block on the starboard wall behind the breaker panel. The end of the wire that was on the block burnt clear through. This line came from the shore power breaker and went directly to the wall panel. The wire was a 12awg but the main breaker is 30 amp. The breaker does have two connections…so I was wondering if it breaks down the amps into two 15 amp lines? If not then the wiring is undersized! 30 amp should be on 10awg. I replaced the burnt wire with a 10awg and tightened all of the other connections as well.

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Westerbeke Engine Mount Part Numbers

Westerbeke# 40510 for the front 40511 for the rear. They are virtually the same spec other than the rears are designed for a bit more weight. This is for the Westerbeke 42b four with a Hurth transmission. Westerbeke’s original part number for the 42b is 36341 however Catalina had different mounts spec’d for this motor in our boats. I managed to get a pn off one of the original ones and dealt with the wb dealer here in Ontario. The 40510/40511 were originally used on the 35b Westerbeke. Westerbeke shows no stock if you plug the number in on WB main website but according to my guy they have 25 currently in stock and it is a stocked item. I decided to stay with OEM parts as they lasted this long and easier to swap out with the same re measurements height etc. About $180 piece Paul C380 hull 170

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Recommendations for Dodger Bimini Enclosure

Things to consider: All our dodger windows are removable, makes for good ventilation and easy winter storage Use polycarbonate glass in the dodger, visibility is superior to standard material, only drawback is that they do not roll up Grab rail is a must Cover for the window to view the sail in the Bimini is opened and closed from the inside with the actual cover on the outside Zipper on the connector to the dodger should zip from the outside to the center providing easy access from either side when boarding Frame for the enclosure mounted on the stern rail minimizes additional holes in the fiberglass Brace leading forward on the enclosure provides hand support when getting on an off as well as a brace to lean on when flaking the sail at the end of the boom Side entrance windows of the enclosure are secured to the enclosure to

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Replacement Hot Water Heater

Has anyone replaced the original equipment Seaward 11 gallon hot water tank? If so, how hard was it removing the old one, and with what did you replace it? I think mine might be starting to corrode. Steve Klegman C380 #113 Folie A’ Deux We just replaced ours about two weeks ago. Seems like a lot of them are failing. It came out pretty easily. We disconnected the plumbing from the bottom of the sink and that made it pretty simple to get it out. We went with an eight gallon IsoTherm as a replacement. Seems to work great. Insulation appears to be much better than on the old Seaward. Good luck with it. Wayne Phillips C380 #67 Steve – we replaced ours 2 years ago with the exact same unit. It took a solid half day from start to finish. You have to totally empty the space beneath the

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Size of Yanmar Engine Mount Nut

After calls to two distributors and to Yanmar USA, the answer is that it is a M16-1.5, which happens to be almost but not quite the same dimensions as a 5/8th, fine thread. Don’t force the imperial nut onto the mount stud.

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Isoltherm Refrigerator Installation

When my compressor failed I went for a completely new system. I installed a Isotherm SP system. It is very small, no fan, no pump. The power draw is much less and there is no noise! Makes the aft cabin more peaceful. I installed it on a shelf, high up under the galley sink and no one even knows it is there. The only down side is that the boat has to be hauled to install. Here are three photos of the Isotherm installation. One is of the freezer section across the outboard section of the upper shelf in the fridge. I made a solid base and lid for it from starboard. We’ve had stuff frozen in there for weeks. The second is the compressor under the sink. The potable water pump is bigger. The third shows the PVC pipe that I ran the refrigeration lines through behind the stove.

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When do you replace standing rigging?

I had an interesting conversation with a friend and 320 owner about standing rigging inspection and replacement. We began by him suggesting it was time to replace the lifelines on his 2001 320. We moved to the standing rigging after he told me that the person he spoke to at Catalina told him they recommend replacement every five years. He contacted the current provider of the rigging and they recommended every 10 years. My question is; how long is too long to have the rigging replaced? Our boats are in So Cal, and in the water all year. Wes Spring Fever C387 #53 (2004) Marina Del Rey, Ca Wes Interesting topic.  I’ve heard from several not necessarily definitive sources that rigging in the Puget Sound area tends to last longer due to our rainy climate that continually cleans it.  Most people up here are pretty comfortable with 20 year old

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Refrigerator door repair

[Editor: Also see post of refrigerator door replacement.] We appear to be getting a lot of condensation from the main forward facing fridge door. It is the original door and as far as I can tell the original door seal. I did the dollar bill test and it seems as if there is not a lot of drag on numerous spots around the seal. Has anyone replaced the seal on the door before? If so was it successful? And where would you get a new seal? I have seen in the photos that some have upgraded the complete door assy with the stainless steel version. Is this a better option long term and a successful fix? Is the door exchange/replacement a perfect swap or what is involved in that project? Thanks, Paul Hull 170 Maybe I should take some pictures when I am at the boat this weekend. I added

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Refrigerator door replacement

I have also been fighting the refrigerator door. It has to be defrosted weekly. The gasket material had been replaced by previous owners with weather-stripping. The hinge side gasket gets pushed off when you close the door, our door is warped from latching down at the top left corner with a noticeable gap around lower right corner. I was looking at a screw down hatch latch for the lower corner and decided to order the stainless steel door with commercial latch from Catalina. (I passed it off as a birthday present for my wife…she LOVED it) It is a special production part based on your hull number and was ordered JUST LAST WEEK! I can’t wait to get it. Cost is $505 plus shipping (Gulp) but over the next 10 years or so there is no doubt we will appreciate it. John C-380 #105 Lucky Star

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Hardtop Dodgers and Biminis

Folks, You have probably seen the ads in Boat US magazine and other boating pubs for Affordable Hardtops and listing a website www.hardtotop.com. The product shown on the site both in a photo gallery and in sketches is basically a bimini top (mostly for power boats) constructed of hard plastic translucent polycarbonate (2 ft by 8 ft ?) sheets fitted together fore and aft with a proprietary aluminum extrusion and attached to your preexisting SS or aluminum bows. The top is is sold as a kit for DYI or local fabrication. My question is simple. Has anyone here on Yahoo groups done one of these kits or have any experience with the company behind the ads? Having worn out two canvas biminis in 14 years this has some appeal. Comments? Bob Bierly CMON WIND #255 Bob; The product looks very much like a product from the Architectural skylight industry that

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