Replacing Tank Vents

I am in the process of replacing the forward water tank vent in my 200 Catalina 380…After some research, including input/advice from the group; I did the following: Installed a 10 “ circular inspection port on the starboard side of the anchor locker; Replaced broken vent with a new perko 5/8” vent with 90 degree bend (where vent pipe attached to vent hose). I looked into a plastic forespar vent but they did not come with a bend on the inside of the hull…I was concerned abut a kink in the water tank vent hose after connecting with the vent. The perko vent appeared to be an exact replacement for the broken vent. http://www.amazon.com/Perko-0506DP4CHR-Straight-Marine-Fuel/dp/B0009TNKCM Good luck! Len Cardoza S/V Edelweiss Catalina 380 # 232

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Sources for deck caps for waste, fuel, and water

Several captains have suggested the following sources for replacements of the stainless caps to the various tanks. Most of the sources below require you to buy the whole fitting. Defender sells just the cap. To me, the chains are dangerous and just beg to have the cap go over the side. JMO. This source sells just the cap without the rest of the unit: http://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1|7504|2290180|2290181&id=191806 The rest of these sell just the whole unit: This one includes it’s own “key” integrated into the cap: http://www.scandvik.com/index.cfm/method/Shopping_Products/CatId/292/ID/351.htm Catalina Direct: http://www.catalinadirect.com/index.cfm/product/1125/deck-pipe-waste-stainless-steel.cfm Marine Parts Depot (this is just one of the fittings, i.e. for Diesel) http://www.marinepartdepot.com/new316ststde2.html Westmarine http://www.westmarine.com/buy/perko–fuel-water-unmarked-fills-for-pipe–P010729861            

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Bobstay for Asymmetrical Spinnaker

I fly an asym tacked to the anchor roller all the time. Trust me, at some point you will fly it in more than 12 kts. I run the tack line from the cockpit through a block with swivel shackle hooked to a heavy line tied tightly around the anchor roller itself (the rubber roller part) This allows me to get the tack much lower than using the bale and it keeps the load off the bale. But Fair winds, Mike C380 #77, Debbia Racine, WImore importantly I suggest adding a Bobstay. As is, the anchor roller is designed to accept down force, without a bobstay, the upward load from the asym tack will eventually work the anchor roller loose from the deck and cause leaks. In extreme cases it can bend it or even rip it out. You’ll be surprised at how much load there is on the tack

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