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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   6 Days Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,329
Posted By olson34
Lightbulb Re: Why buy new rigging?

Per your bio, you sail in SF. Salt water, salty air, and strong winds.
While your climate is not as corrosive as it would be in SoCal or Florida, it's still pretty hard on the rig.
And then, and I...
Forum: Gas   1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 398
Posted By olson34
Re: Ericsson 32

I would recommend that you ask your questions at the Ericson owners' site. The Starting Point on Ericson Yachts! (

This subject comes up...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By olson34
Question Re: 3rd party insurance

Your bio is blank except for letting us know that you live in "Canada"...
What model and what year of boat?
I know of very few owners with only liability ins, but there are a few. Smaller boats or...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,215
Posted By olson34
Re: Homade Radome mast mount...

Several years ago one of the posters on the Ericson Owners' site posted up some pix of a carbon fiber pole he scored a deal on. Another guy found a straight spar section off a Catalina 22. Both were...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 836
Posted By olson34
Re: Cracks on deck? C&C

One comment about sail vs power boat handling at low speeds...
In general, sail boats with their deep keels and much much larger rudder areas handle magnitudes better at low speeds. Power boats will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-22-2015
Replies: 48
Views: 2,762
Posted By olson34
Red face Re: 2-blade Flexofold Problems

This is an interesting thread. Gotta say, I have no experience with this exact brand, but do have a good friend that grew frustrated with his folder due to lack of reverse thrust. He went to a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-17-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 827
Posted By olson34
Re: Deck hardware: OK to attach with screws only?

Good suggestions so far. You do want to use a backing plate or at least a "fender washer" for each screw on the inside of the cored layup. And that's above the liner. I have done work just like that...
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box   05-02-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 2,010
Posted By olson34
Red face Re: experience to start a thread

One facet about following a thread and then wondering if the OP is still interested... if you click on that person's site name and then on their Profile you can look at their Statistics.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-11-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2,064
Posted By olson34
Lightbulb Re: Messy fenders

While the thread is all about cleaning fenders, there is another potential problem lurking here.

FWIW I have used "boat soap" to try and clean fenders for decades and nowadays use laquer thinner...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-16-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,737
Posted By olson34
Re: increasing and consolidating standing rigging size

I would suggest, after digesting some very good advice from Jeff and others here, is to really read the excellent rigging book by Brion Toss.
You will appreciate the total load path, from foot of...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-13-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,021
Posted By olson34
Question Re: Rnger 28: any good?

The OP seems to be referring to the Ranger Yachts 28 (Mull), Not to the Ranger 8.5 (Schumacher), from Ranger Fiberglass Boats in Kent WA. At least that's my take on it.

Different boats with...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-24-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,351
Posted By olson34
Talking re: How old is too old and how cheap too cheap

Either the Cascade 29 or the Rawson 30 will be good boats - way over built by modern standards. Another "Alaska strong" boat would be a Willard 30 cutter.
No matter what you decide to buy, get a...
Forum: Diesel   11-23-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,485
Posted By olson34
Re: Universal Water Pump (Sherwood) leak

Sounds reasonable.
Note to other readers, that model Catalina likely has a small two cylinder Universal diesel engine.

Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-05-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,758
Posted By olson34
Re: To survey or not to survey; that is the question.

One other reason for having a survey (and owning a boat that can actually pass a survey) is that it is nowadays common for marinas, at least in my part of the country (NW), to demand proof of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-27-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 909
Posted By olson34
Re: Lead keel repair advice needed

Grind out any dirt that's on the surface of the divot in the lead and fill it in with thickened epoxy. I am partial to West System, but others work fine, too.
Fair it out smooth with your angle disk...
Forum: Electrical Systems   10-27-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 608
Posted By olson34
Exclamation Re: advice on chart plotter?

I really like my Lowrance 9" plotter/radar combo. I may have missed it in the discussion, but the first (!) priority for any plotter is location on your particular boat. Most of the current crop of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-11-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,278
Posted By olson34
Re: "Spurs" Line Cutter or similar

Fun watching. Some sort or 'cutter' seems to be a lot better than nothing...

We have a disc type -- have not tested it at sea, and would prefer not...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-07-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 3,790
Posted By olson34
Re: 1981 - Catalina 30' or Sabre 30'?

IMO, Apples to Oranges comparison.
The Sabre is in the quality of design and engineering group of makes like CS Yachts, Tartan, Valiant, and Ericson.
The Catalina is in a lesser group, especially...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-02-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 894
Posted By olson34
Unhappy Re: Got a 'head' ache!

Our prior boat had a Jabsco(aka Par-Jabsco-Brydon) head. For ten years I just took it for granted that marine heads needed to be rebuilt every year or every other year. :rolleyes:
And that the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-23-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,085
Posted By olson34
Re: Securing extra fuel and water tanks for coastal cruising

Fuel notes:
I have done several deliveries over the decades where we had some extra five gal. plastic containers on deck. Lashed them to lifelines with some padding on the lines to prevent chafe....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-20-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 421
Posted By olson34
Lightbulb Re: Replacement stanchions?

You may be able to source it from this old OEM supplier. (Once know as Tops-in-Quality, IIRC)
White Water Marine - Stanchions and Bases (
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-17-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By olson34
Re: Bedding mast deck plate

I would go with the Butyl tape from Mainesail. Best quality product I have seen. Whether the mast is weighing down heavily or you have torqued up a piece of hardware with several 5/16 bolts, the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-10-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 599
Posted By olson34
Lightbulb Re: any experience with this bow roller type?

I have seen this style countless times over the decades, and usually on power boats. My best guess is that they need a roller that they can pivot back onto their little foredeck and not hit docks or...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-07-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,118
Posted By olson34
Cool Re: Any experience with a Habitent

Thanks for the info. We have been exchanging the odd email with these folks for a couple years, and it appears that the only real drawback is that it's for use at the dock or at anchor.
OTOH, a full...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-05-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 548
Posted By olson34
Re: Bow Roller Replacement - Looking for advice

Find the shortest SS roller channel that will hold your chosen anchor and no further. Every inch that it protrudes will provide a stronger lever arm to twist it when anchored in big winds and waves....
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