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I recently purchased and live aboard a PSC34 ('86) - blew out both sails in Atlantic storm - questions:

effort/supplies to convert to cutter rig (tang is on the mast)

gasket material to use on bronze portholes

any used sails out there (contacted mkl in Essex, Conn re his online offering but have not received any response)

emergency tiller options

any suggestions for wind vane steering systems that mount well to PSC34

thanks

Sweet Scarlet
 

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Hi Scarlet,

I've posted replies to some of your questions below.

effort/supplies to convert to cutter rig (tang is on the mast)
The conversion to cutter rig ranges from easy to somewhat complicated depending on what deck hardware you already have. You'll need the deck plate which through-bolts to the foredeck for the lower terminus of the forestay. Of course you'll need a forestay as well. You'll also need staysail sheet tracks and cars. If the tracks are not already on the coachroof, you'll have to install them which is a bit of a job but manageable. Then you really should plan to install the running backstays, which will require some additional mast and deck hardware beyond the runners themselves.

If you plan to do a fair bit of ocean sailing, it's worth the effort. If you'll mostly be coastal sailing/living aboard, it might not be the highest priority.

gasket material to use on bronze portholes
Yours are the oval-shaped portlights originally manufactured by Whitewater Marine. They used to and may still offer replacement gaskets for a reasonable price. This is/was their contact info:

Whitewater Marine Hardware
13663 Automobile Bouldevard
Clearwater, Florida, 33733
727-752-8871
1-800-572-8871

Before replacing the gaskets, double check the set-screw in the portlight hinge to make sure it is properly adjusted to allow the portlight sash to seat evenly on the frame. As the gasket wears, this needs to be adjusted.

any used sails out there (contacted mkl in Essex, Conn re his online offering but have not received any response)
Hopefully you'll hear back from that other fellow with the 34. If not, and if you're really desperate, we have a used 130% genoa (for Harken Unit 1 roller furling) and a used full-batten mainsail from our 31 which might serve. Both are well used but serviceable (the UV cover on the genny needs replacement). I guess the mainsail would be like having 1/2 a reef in for your 34. I had planned to place them at Bacon's in Annapolis for sale.

emergency tiller options
Is your boat wheel or tiller steered? If tiller, a spare tiller is probably your best bet. If wheel, you might consider contacting PSC in North Carolina and see if they have any emergency tillers in stock. They are standard equipment.

Good luck!
 

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Assuming you have wheel steering, the emergency tiller installs under the helm seat by removing the bronze deck plate. An aluminum L shaped tubular stock was fitted to secure to top of rudder post. As John Pollard indicated, it was standard equipment on most boats. You may come across it deep inside the cockpit locker! Good luck on your sail search.

John
PSC 34 #201
"Norstar"
 
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