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Forum: Electrical Systems   4 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 189
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: What is the right charger for my boat?

Wiring a new charger From Maine Sail: Marine Battery Chargers - Installation Tips & Considerations - SailboatOwners.com (http://forums.catalina.sailboatowners.com/showthread.php?t=136765)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   5 Days Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,078
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: State Registration (Again...)

Charlie,

A good point. However, to add to that, one should be "armed" with facts. While hard to obtain, a bit of reading these posts and links and understanding what the issues and THE LAWS are...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   5 Days Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,078
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: State Registration (Again...)

How long can I cruise FL without tax? - Cruisers & Sailing Forums (http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f57/how-long-can-i-cruise-fl-without-tax-151827.html)

The fun continues.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   5 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 768
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Federal judge blocks new "Waters of the United States" rule

I always get a chuckle out of this kind of attitude.

Where do you think the nasty stuff came from to begin with?

The EPA didn't "invent" the rotten substance, it was put there by greedy...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 703
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Cooling system water not flowing

What engine & what pump? Surprised no one has asked.

If it's an Oberdorfer pump, you need to confirm that the faceplate is not scored and is flat.
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 2,156
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Main sail trim

Buy Don Guilette's excellent Sail Trim book. Use your traveler before your mainsheet going upwind.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,311
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: What to do when conditions get really bad?

It's quite possible that you can get caught out sometime. Learn what YOU can handle and what your BOAT can handle and how to do it. All of your items are reasonable starting points. Unless you...
Forum: Living Aboard   1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 347
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Vancouver or Victoria

The ferry from Tw'ssen goes 15 knots and takes over an hour and a half.

How fast can you sail? :):):)

Really, folks, time = speed x distance, right?

Then you'd have to tell us your route,...
Forum: Electrical Systems   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Independent charging of 2 batteries from alternator/solar

That's what the echo charger is for. Regardless of the source of charging, which should all go to the house bank.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,246
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Actual maintenance experience.

Water heaters: come in a variety of makes. Isotemp top of the line, best insulation hot water lasts longer and comes with a thermostatic mixing valve (they all should). Seaward, good, our...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,246
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Actual maintenance experience.

I, too, sail where radar is NOT a NECESSITY.

If I lived in Maine, I'd have a COMPLETELY different response.
Forum: Learning to Sail   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 664
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Theoretical Hull Speed

Yes.

Stop using mph. :) :) :)

Keel humming? Loosen or tighten it to suit.

Good luck.
Forum: Introduce Yourself   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: New Catalina 400 Owner

Congratulations on your new boat, lovely. Yes, get to know the C400 skippers, a great bunch willing to share. The "trick" is to avoid reinventing the wheel.

One of those techniques is to learn...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 86
Views: 3,519
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Do You Pole out your Jib?

It's YOUR boat, do what YOU want to do with it.

We used our whisker pole (with a lift) for many years (many times for racing, others for long distance downwind cruising). Haven't used it in over...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 2,816
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: What engine is in my 85 catalina

What you can also do is go to

Marine Diesel Engines and Engine Parts - Universal, Volvo, Westerbeke, Yanmar, MASE (http://www.marinedieseldirect.com)

They have all those engines there. Many...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 2,816
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: What engine is in my 85 catalina

Engines 101 - The BIGGEST & BEST collection of M25 Series Universal Engine Information on the Internet, plus some M35, too :)

Diesel Engine - C34...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,360
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

AGMs are the worst choice for any bank that will be neglected. Reading Maine Sail's posts on this are very clear.

AGM Battery Issues (from Maine Sail)
AGM Batteries - Making The Choice -...
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-27-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 632
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: low alternator output current

You have other "issues" if you've still got an ammeter in your cockpit.

Motorola alternators do not do what you describe. Only Hitachi alternators do that, and they're horrible. Do a search here...
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-27-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 632
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: low alternator output current

Your wiring is way too small.

Why go to the start bank when it's the house bank that needs the charge?

Internally regulated alternators work just fine for what you're doing.

Without an...
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-25-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 353
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Battery Switch rewired... wont turn OFF

Installing Battery Selector Switches (the "posts" in the back don't physically match with the switch positions on the front) Batteries and a factory (?) mis-wired battery selector switch...
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-25-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Alternator for Charging Batteries

Overcharging with Combiners or ACRs The MYTH:
Overcharging Batteries with a Combiner or ACR (http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,7052.0.html)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-21-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: 1981 Catalina '25 Needs a rudder

If you don't know these guys...

Association Forum - Catalina 25 Specific Forum (http://catalina-capri-25s.org/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=3)

...you should.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-18-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: cheapest marine hose source?

Right now?

C'mon. A little internet shopping goes a long way.

You seriously want us to do your homework for you?
Forum: Diesel   07-18-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 1,411
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Universal won't start

Mark, I don't know. I just checked the TOAD website, and the sales brochure seemed to be the only photo doesn't show it (unlike the M25 which has two photos showing both sides of the engine).

The...
Forum: Diesel   07-17-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 1,411
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Universal won't start

Mark, your contention is that the alternator wiring caused the plug connection deterioration, and that if repaired the trailer plugs are just fine.

I simply disagree, not because of the cause,...
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