Garhauer Dingy Davit Installation

Jim Turner, Makana Kai, 2000 C380 #227

Mainsheet February 2011

When we moved up from our Catalina 30 to a 380, the extra room and ease of boarding certainly made life easier for us, especially given our crew includes a 50lb Portuguese water dog.  The two nice state rooms and ample salon means there’s even room for friends.   This allowed me to justify a larger more stable RIB to carry all the people, pets, and supplies.  While the 11’ RIB tows well, its bottom quickly fouls with growth if left in the water.  I also don’t like hoisting a 120 lb. RIB on and off foredeck, squeeze around it, or trying to spot objects in the water over it.  Towing the dinghy also overly complicates arrivals and departures, or docking, since we must reposition the dinghy often.  My initial inclination that davits weren’t in our future dissipated quickly, and it

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Note from the Editor – February 2011

Steve Riddle, Blue Heron, C380, #194

Well, old man winter is rearing his ugly head again – at least for those of us in the northern climates.  I finally broke down today and winterized Blue Heron.  And she put up a good fight as I found a couple maintenance items that needed attention.  So it was a long day.

This winter’s project list isn’t too long.  Primary focus will be on solving the engine raw water pump seal leakage.  This is the second year in a row that the pump started leaking after a rebuild with a new shaft, bearing and seals ($$).  So that will require some discussions with Westerbeke.   Then I have decided to go for a Stack-Pac mainsail cover.  I got a very good price through Sail Care of Ford City, PA for the Doyle version.  I will also get the main cleaned and re-coated while

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Anchor Washdown Pump – C-387

John Welch, Dragon’s Lair Hull #7, League City, Texas

My wife and I are preparing our boat for cruising once we retire.  One of the modifications we felt we needed was a wash down pump which, when we have chartered, we have found a useful tool.

I purchased a Jabsco Washdown Par Max 4.0 Washdown kit model 32900-0092 from West Marine.  The current price at West Marine is $199.  The pump produces 4.0 GPM.   When I purchased the boat, I had a ¾” bronze full flow safety seacock/thru-hull installed just forward of the keel which provided a water source for the system.  If hauling the boat to install a thru-hull is not an option, another approach would be to place a “T” and a shutoff valve in the water intake for the AC unit.  You will need hose, stainless steel nuts, washers and bolts, clamps, sealant, and electrical wire to

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Owner Improvements

The list below provides links to owner websites and their descriptions of improvements they have made to various aspects of the Catalina 380 series. I include them in this post so that they will be available to the search routines of this site.

RIGGING

Spinnaker Rig Details – Som Sikdar
Whisker Pole – Paul McManus
In Boom Furler – Kevin Murray
Back Stay Adjuster – Kevin Murray
Double Footblock – Som Sikdar
Boom Brake – Kevin Murray
Preventer – Som Sikdar
Power Primary Winch – Kevin Murray
Mainsheet Cam Cleat – Kevin Murray
Jib Furler Line Clutch – Kevin Murray
Go Fast Rigging – Steve Dublin
Bobstay – Kevin Murray

STAINLESS
Stern Handrails -John Estes
Stainless Projects – Scott Brear

CREATURE COMFORT
Drop Leaf Salon Table– Jim Jaeschke
Table Tray – Robert Taylor
Sink Boards – Kevin Murray
Stove Cover Board – Robert Taylor
Cabin Storage – Som Sikdar

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