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Forum: Pacific Seacraft   12-14-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 714
Posted By ralopata
Re: Overheating

Are your bottom and prop clean? While the possibilities of an obstructed heat exchanger or air locks are real, if the bottom has any appreciative growth on it or if the prop has picked up a few...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   11-25-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 323
Posted By ralopata
Re: A/C Install on a PSC40

Since you're in the Carolinas, I'd suggest contacting Thumper at the PSC factory. We sold our 40 (JUNO) in September, so current owners can probably give you better details than my memory serves up...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   10-04-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 939
Posted By ralopata
Re: NiftyNickers

Best wishes to you and Dianne, Chuck. Your contributions to this forum have been immensely helpful and enjoyable.

And while we're on the subject of good-byes, JUNO, too, has been sold and Cynthia...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   08-17-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 867
Posted By ralopata
Re: Interior Teak Care

Not wishing to dispute the comments of others or raise any hackles, here is our experience maintaining JUNO, a PSC 40 built at the Fullerton plant in 2000 --

Cleaning will depend on how the...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   08-04-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,192
Posted By ralopata
Re: what kind of paint for marking my anchor chain

We always have used small black cable ties: one for every ten feet and then either a larger one or two for each 50 foot increment. They never get caught in the windlass and don't fade like paint......
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   05-14-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,607
Posted By ralopata
Re: PHRF Ratings

The 40 can be a fast, competitive offshore boat. In 2003, Guy Jones took first in the Marion-Bermuda Race (and Jones, a Vietnam vet, had only one hand!). The boat was Gorgeous Girl. I'm not sure...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   03-13-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1,179
Posted By ralopata
PSC 40 -- #46 For Sale

If anyone is thinking about a 40, it is with a few mixed emotions that I announce that JUNO (PSC 40 - #46) is now in brokerage with Crusader Yachts in Annapolis. Rod Rowan is the broker.

The...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   02-24-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,420
Posted By ralopata
Re: corroding seacock drain plugs

John:

I don't know one way or the other, but is it possible this is a result of oxidation from the presence of moisture in the locker rather than a leak? Was that green oxidation concentrated at...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   11-30-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,000
Posted By ralopata
Re: Toe Rail Conversion

I would check with PSC. The original aluminum toerails were custom extruded and roll/formed to fit the curve of the deck, which makes for a very robust piece of hardware. I think a lot of retrofit...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   10-16-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,485
Posted By ralopata
Re: Water filter for filtering tank water

We put a Seagull filter (General Ecology) under the galley sink with a dedicated spigot onboard JUNO when we bought her 13 years ago and use it for all our drinking and cooking water. We haven't had...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   08-14-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 737
Posted By ralopata
Re: information on a PS40

Jay:

Will send you an email "off-list."

Roger Lopata
JUNO
PSC 40 -- #46
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   08-13-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 737
Posted By ralopata
Re: information on a PS40

Before answering, I should probably point out that owners tend to be chauvinistic about their boats, so anything I or other PS owners say is likely to be a bit biased...

But yes, the 40 is a...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   05-23-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,719
Posted By ralopata
Re: Location of official hull number

Since it's the owner and not the manufacturer who "installs" this number on the boat, it could be almost anywhere. I'd suggest checking accessible areas around the engine, in lockers and under the...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   02-23-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 837
Posted By ralopata
Re: Confused

I'm almost certain the 37 was originally called the "Crealock 37" back when the first 16-or-so hulls were built by Cruising Consultants, a company that went bankrupt and sold the molds to the...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   10-13-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,855
Posted By ralopata
Re: Pacific Seacraft 61?

I believe it's "Catari," a Bob Perry design that PS and Steve Brodie are/were custom building for a buyer in Annapolis. There was an article, including some design comments by Bob, in Blue Water...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   07-04-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 1,882
Posted By ralopata
Re: Replacing head on PSC 37

Dale --

If it's not too late, save the china bowl from your Groco K until after you have the new one installed. The newer model Ks have bowls fabricated overseas and there have been fit/seal...
Forum: SailNet FAQ   12-17-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 733
Posted By ralopata
Re: install VHF antenna on Pacific Seacraft 34

You might want to re-post this query in the Pacific Seacraft listserve on Sailnet (Pacific Seacraft - SailNet Community (http://www.sailnet.com/forums/pacific-seacraft/)). It is fairly active and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-19-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 854
Posted By ralopata
Re: Pacific Seacraft 31: Wet/Dry? V Berth/Hull Liner?

You might want to re-post this query on the Pacific Seacraft list. It's quite active.

Pacific Seacraft - SailNet Community (http://www.sailnet.com/forums/pacific-seacraft/)
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   09-21-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2,373
Posted By ralopata
Re: Running backstay on my PSC 34

Bob:

We sail a 40, not the 34 or 37, but I imagine the "rules" would be similar. The running backs are meant to keep the mast from "pumping" when the staysail is used. My belief is that in very...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   06-30-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,427
Posted By ralopata
Re: pushing her hard

Not exactly a "lee rail awash" shot, but I still really like it...JUNO somewhere between Block Island and Newport in 15 to 18 kts...

Roger Lopata
JUNO
PSC 40 -- #46
...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   05-17-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,196
Posted By ralopata
Re: Pacific Sea Craft 25 MK-I

There's a Pacific Seacraft 25 owners' group on Yahoo that might be able to provide more info. My memory, hazy at best, is that the original 25 was designed by Henry Morschladt in the 1970s and was...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   05-12-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,144
Posted By ralopata
Re: Cabin interior hatch fastenings

I'm attaching photos of the factory-installed latches from JUNO (PSC 40--#46). They appear to involve no routing of either the wood on the locker cover or the fiberglass on the seat. They do sit up...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   02-01-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,105
Posted By ralopata
Our boat, JUNO, is a PSC 40 not a 37, but we...

Our boat, JUNO, is a PSC 40 not a 37, but we opted for a mast-mounted line control 50/50 (aluminum/carbon) pole. Here was our thinking. That pole is a lot of weight and length for one person (we...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   11-23-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2,899
Posted By ralopata
John: Not sure about the tank on the 34 but...

John:

Not sure about the tank on the 34 but on the 40 the tank is baffled, which helps reduce the possibility of sucking air in a lively sea.

I agree with the previous posts about the dangers...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   09-04-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 3,695
Posted By ralopata
Maryland's middle Eastern Shore pretty much...

Maryland's middle Eastern Shore pretty much dodged the bullet with Irene -- her pass took water out rather than a surge, so the only issue was the wind, reported 60-or-so knots at our marina in Rock...
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