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

You need to be logged in to see the rest of this content.  Catalina380-IA members, please login.

To join please fill out a membership application (Association->Membership Application) and send a check to the address on the form.

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.

You need to be logged in to see the rest of this content.  Catalina380-IA members, please login.

To join please fill out a membership application (Association->Membership Application) and send a check to the address on the form.

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.

You need to be logged in to see the rest of this content.  Catalina380-IA members, please login.

To join please fill out a membership application (Association->Membership Application) and send a check to the address on the form.

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

You need to be logged in to see the rest of this content.  Catalina380-IA members, please login.

To join please fill out a membership application (Association->Membership Application) and send a check to the address on the form.

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

You need to be logged in to see the rest of this content.  Catalina380-IA members, please login.

To join please fill out a membership application (Association->Membership Application) and send a check to the address on the form.

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

Factory Supplied Fridge Door

You need to be logged in to see the rest of this content.  Catalina380-IA members, please login.

To join please fill out a membership application (Association->Membership Application) and send a check to the address on the form.