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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-08-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 906
Posted By bratzcpa
I went underneath and verified nothing on shaft. ...

I went underneath and verified nothing on shaft. No rope or "dings" on prop.

There was quite a bit of play at the cutlass bearing. The shaft kind of "rattled" inside the bearing. Probably...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-04-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 906
Posted By bratzcpa
thanks everyone for your thoughts. Just a couple...

thanks everyone for your thoughts. Just a couple of comments to clarify some parts based on the responses I read.

the boat is in Florida, not Montana, so it's in the water. We just purchased it in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-04-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 906
Posted By bratzcpa
vibration from prop shaft

We have noticed a pronounced prop vibration when underway.

Here are the observations. When sailing (engine off and transmission in neutral per Yan Mar service bulletin ) we can feel a steady...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-27-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 3,476
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Coast Guard Documentation process times.

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yes, exactly. I faxed in the priority notification and 3 days later the Certificate was in my mail box.

In answer to your question about "why doesn't everybody request priority filing", it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-19-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,261
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Forwar - Neutral - Reverse when sailing??

Thank you everyone for your replies.

I found the info and link from Maine Sail to be definitive. I'll go with that. But in the interest of always trying to "get smarter" (ha ha, right!) I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-18-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,261
Posted By bratzcpa
Forwar - Neutral - Reverse when sailing??

All right, so this might be a silly question, but . . . we have a new boat (2001 Catalina 320). It has an inboard diesel - this is new to us. Up to now, our sailing experience has been with in an...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-05-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 3,476
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Coast Guard Documentation process times.

Real life facts!

We bought our new (to us) sailboat the first of January. I submited the paperwork for the transfer via fax on January 25th. I had been checking the website weekly for two...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-20-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 1,902
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: How to cut stainless steel railing

I have ordered most of the fittings from this place. Good prices and (so far), I've been pleased with all of the various things I have ordered from them over the years.

They just have a simple...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-18-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 1,902
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: How to cut stainless steel railing

thanks for the awesome ideas.

I am going to be working on this while we motor down the ICW for endless hours. It'll give me something to do and get a project done at the same.

Based on that, I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-18-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 1,902
Posted By bratzcpa
How to cut stainless steel railing

I'm working on building a frame on which to mount my 3 solar panels. The design phase is working out well. I'm planning to use the premade corner, rail, hinge fittings.

But . . . what's the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-10-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 475
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Recommendation for cordless LED spotlight?

I got a super cheapy from Harbor Freight Tools. It stays on deck and gets wet/spray coated. I know it will fail eventually, but to date, it's worked marvelously. Quick charge with 12 volt...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-02-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,832
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: mystery item from rigging

Yikes, that would be scary - - it had to come from SOMEWHERE. And a 3/8 diameter pin is meant to hold something strong/important!!!! phew

I think you have a trip up to the top of the mast to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-26-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,029
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Cruising Through Tax Season

Good morning Vega:

Disclosure alert >>> I am a practicing CPA, cruising seasonally now until I can sever the BIG dockline in a few years.

It seems to me that you simply need a new relationship...
Forum: Electrical Systems   01-24-2015
Replies: 69
Views: 3,281
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Recommendations for Battery Monitor

Thanks Phillip.

I'm wondering if anyone else has any experience with this Nasa BM-2 monitor.

NASA Marine BM1 Battery Monitor 12VDC | eBay...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-21-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 2,312
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Which 27 ??

We have a Catalina 27 (1973) and love it. One very big advantage (in my opinion) is that you can easily get just about ANY part you might need for it. Catalina Direct:...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-21-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Storage in Florida for a year?

Thanks for the comments so far.

We'll be using the Indiantown Marina, btw.

Looks like it will be important to install a couple of solar vents. In order for them to work, no tarp (it sounds...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-21-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
Posted By bratzcpa
Storage in Florida for a year?

We recently purchased a 32 Catalina - She'll be stored on the hard in Florida for 11 months (until November 2015). So far, we have arranged to keep her at an inland marina (25 miles up Okeechobee...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-17-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,517
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Automotive Heater

I have one of these (a bus heater that I bought off of eBay) installed on a M/V. The engine coolant cycles through. We use if off shore of Vancouver Island, even in summer. It is WONDERFUL. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-14-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 5,267
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: How do these seacocks look?

Hello Bricka: In answer to your question, I used the mushroom head. I really like their flush fittings a lot, but decided there was too much margin for error in trying to "cut" in the right angle...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-04-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 5,267
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: How do these seacocks look?

We had those EXACT same things on our Catalina 27 - - and they looked just like that. In all honesty, I'll bet they probably would outlast me. BUT, I want to be able to sleep on board at night and...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-10-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 628
Posted By bratzcpa
Any sail-netter in Fort Lauderdale, FL?

Hello:

I'm looking for a fellow "sail-netter" in the Fort Lauderdale area of Florida who might have a little free time on their hands.

We are currently considering a boat purchase from a long...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   09-30-2014
Replies: 200
Views: 18,682
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Chucking my propane stove, what to replace it with

We put the Origio non pressured stove into our boat. Works well. When we were in the Bahamas, we had no problem finding denatured alcohol. Every town with a hardware store had DA. It was...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-17-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,654
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: .25 gal/hr. Really???

I am pushing a 27' Catalina with a 9.9 Nissan (4 stroke) outboard. At 1/2 throttle, we move approx. 5 kn in calm water. Fuel usage is somewhere between a 1/4 gallon and 1/2 gallon an hour.

This...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,492
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Last one for tonight. Tiller pilots

We have the ST1000 Raetheon/Raymarine on our Catalina 27. About 8,000 lbs. Works great - love it. BUT, the comments above about being NON-water proof are "dead on accurate." It isn't waterproof...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-08-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,124
Posted By bratzcpa
Re: Bent shank on my Danforth Anchor

We bent the shank on our Danforth. Write to the company. They replaced the anchor at no charge with a brand new anchor. EXCELLENT customer service. We just sent them pictures.

I know that...
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