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Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   08-30-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 4,860
Posted By jonfreeman
Sea Trial First - IMHO

From my real world experience, a sea trial FIRST really makes sense for a big reason:
- COST

A few years ago, my wife and I fell in love with a VERY well equipped boat. RADAR, bow thruster, GPS,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-14-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 3,352
Posted By jonfreeman
Seacraft Yachts in Seattle specializes in Dana's...

Seacraft Yachts in Seattle specializes in Dana's and other Pacific Seacraft. They also build and represent new Dana's, and were at the last two boat shows with a new one. Very nice!
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   04-28-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,449
Posted By jonfreeman
I have owned a West Wight Potter 19 and a...

I have owned a West Wight Potter 19 and a Catalina 22. Both were LOTS of fun, but the C-22 was s much better performer than the Potter. However, it was also harder to set up and launch, everything...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-10-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By jonfreeman
The outboard's carb probably needs a rebuild. ...

The outboard's carb probably needs a rebuild. Sounds like the low/idle port is plugged. You'll either want to boil it out with carb soak, or have a mechanic go through it. Get the carb kit before...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-08-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,221
Posted By jonfreeman
I need to throw my hat in the ring here. I love...

I need to throw my hat in the ring here. I love every asoect of boat ownership. The seasons are natural divisions that, IMHO, serve in the decision making process."SO, shall I go sailing, or finish...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-02-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,270
Posted By jonfreeman
All - The installation is complete and running...

All - The installation is complete and running well. The first few times running, the smell of theheat wrap burning off was pretty nasty. I hooked up the aft fan heater to the fresh air vent tube...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-26-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 713
Posted By jonfreeman
This reminds me of our (wife's and my) recent...

This reminds me of our (wife's and my) recent experiences buying boats. 3 years ago, we decided to buy a sailboat. At the time, I had a 1975 Tolly Sedan. GREAT boat, built like a tank, and I had it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-24-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,270
Posted By jonfreeman
All - Thanks for the concern. I already...

All -

Thanks for the concern. I already installed the CO Monitor, but am taking it one step further. I have on order some fittings to plumb the fan heater to the outside air. The back of the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-23-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 631
Posted By jonfreeman
I am going to throw in here. I am thinking they...

I am going to throw in here. I am thinking they MIGHT be for stepping the mast. I recall diagrams for a set of short cables for each side of the boat to support the mast laterally (beam-wise) while...
Forum: Living Aboard   03-23-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 4,921
Posted By jonfreeman
BTW - My buddy has the 17,000 BTU unit in his...

BTW - My buddy has the 17,000 BTU unit in his Catalina 34. He is completely happy (because his wife is happy).
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-23-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,270
Posted By jonfreeman
Well - I am a HAPPY camper. Finished the Espar...

Well - I am a HAPPY camper. Finished the Espar installation over the weekend after a couple long and satisfying days. Fired it up yesterday. Had to bleed it several times, and restart a few times,...
Forum: Living Aboard   03-23-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 4,921
Posted By jonfreeman
Try this link: BTU Calculator...

Try this link: BTU Calculator (http://www.hearth.com/calc/btucalc.html) - Artful Dodger's number is probably pretty close (maybe even high). I just put a 17,000 BTU Espar Hydronic unit in my Catalina...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-20-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,270
Posted By jonfreeman
OOPS - BTW - Thanks Deadeye MUCH for the other...

OOPS - BTW - Thanks Deadeye MUCH for the other hints. These were things I hadn't thought about.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-20-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,270
Posted By jonfreeman
The compass was installed there by the PO (or the...

The compass was installed there by the PO (or the Broker, can't tell). I will investigate moving it, as you guys suggest. If I'm lucky (usually am), the wire will have lots of excess still...

I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-19-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 8,410
Posted By jonfreeman
Oil Change - FILTER

I take a 1 gallon milk jug, and cut it to resemble a scoop, and insert it under the oil filter while removing it. The oil and the filter drop neatly into the jug, and I can drain it into my...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-19-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,270
Posted By jonfreeman
Hydronic Heater Install

Hello all -

I am about 75% complete on my ESPAR hydronic system installation in my (new to me) Catalina 310. We cruise here in the PNW, and being cold can really be a drag. Plus, it keeps the...
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