Bottom paint on Lake Michigan

First, I strongly encourage you to keep VC-17 or SR-21 on the boat. In my experience, it is the only type of paint that works well on Lake Michigan slime. And if you cover over it with something else, you will need to take that new paint off if you or the next owner ever wants to go back. If you are looking to save a few dollars, West Marine private-labels SR-21 as WR-21 and you can usually find it on sale in the spring for under $50. You can apply SR/WR-21 on top of VC-17. Both West and Pettit representatives have told me that the only difference between the Pettit and West versions is the label on the can (and the price). Either VC-17 or SR-21 are very thin paints so a little goes a long way. We are able to get a coat

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Yanmar coolant directive

Directive from Yanmar regarding recommended antifreeze for their diesel engines: Yanmar_Coolant (1)

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Yanmar Drawings Parts List 3JH3E

Note that this is 3JH3E. At least from 2005, Catalina used the 3JH4E. Yanmar_Drawings_Parts_List_3JH3-e

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Blisters and Barrier Coats

There have been many discussions of blisters and barrier coats. Along with this are comments on soda blasting versus sand blasting. Some say that vinylester gelcoat doesn’t blister. Then again, something that looks like a blister can occur. When dealing with barrier coats, some say that none is needed if you have a boat with vinylester gelcoat. Others say you still need a barrier coat to make the paint adhere to the gelcoat. Others say that a single coat of barrier coat is the way to go to act as a “tie coat” where the epoxy adheres to the gelcoat and the bottom coat adheres chemically to a still tacky barrier coat. ————————– Our prior boat was a 1989 C34. We soda blasted to get the old hard bottom paint off because I wanted to switch to VC-17. We were surprised to find hundreds of

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Gelcoat Color

The answer is.. Oyster White (Interlux Perfection) Todd 1997 C380 #30 FK, SR W42B4 ————————– Call Catalina. They keep the the exact color. We purchased some from them several years ago. Cherie Burch C387 #19 2004 ——————————  

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Air Conditioning

Photos from S/V Another Road: Angel’s Wings #140: I have been very happy with my 16000 btu unit by Ocean Breeze in Stuart, FL. It has a radiant heat side that doesn’t need to be winterized, so we can visit the boat in the winter. AC unit runs with a Honda 2000.   Earl Poe ————————————- While Warren went for a cost effective approach, we live in Florida. After our 16k unit dies, we replaced it with a Marine Air 18k unit in the storage locker in front of the galley. With a main duct in the saloon, we have duct work running to both the forward and aft cabins. We have a separate thru hull for the water input and use a condensator for the output which keeps the bilge dry. By adding a smart start, which eliminate the large start up spike, we

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