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  1. tweaker

    J/125s Are AWESOME

    Also Raisin Cane is hull # 13.
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    caption contest

    After doing a through search Reed found his new chick magnet.
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    Cruising with an outboard

    The FT 10 has an outboard well just aft of the companion way well inboard. I have been considering going to electric power when my diesel goes in my Cat 30. Torqueedo is now making a saildrive like electric pod drive combine with a generator( diesel or maybe propane) for long distance range. Bolt on the pod drive and put the generator in the outboard well. Now you have AC power on demand and propane for heating/ cooking battery charging etc. One negative you still have some kinda of fuel and another would be cost and complexity. Back to your outboard issue. Yes you could use one to make such a long trip with carefull planning and execution. Or just ship your boat there. 95% of the time the motor is just used for docking. Many people have undertaken long distance budget boat trips with out motors. You wouldn't be the first to attempt such a trip.
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    2016 Vic-Maui race

    Quattro indeed I got confirmation too. Oops they missed. O Well. It is starting to look Really Good I agree. "Balls to the wall Boys"
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    2016 Vic-Maui race

    Those are my friends on Mountain. I have done a couple of Transpacs with both of them. This is the sixth Hawaiian race each for them I hope you are wrong about missing a mark. The tracker shows them missing it but it is notoriously off at times. Any way another day and they should be in good wind. What should be interesting is the 3 tropical lows in the forcast with the first one tracking right to Maui around Sunday now. We'll see how good the model is.
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    Catalina 275 Sport - New Boat for 2014

    Why not use the second stock location for your starter battery? Is the cable run too long? 2 batteries do make sense. When do you get your boat? They glass in a flat/level 8x15" area for one battery, how hard is it to do it in another place? They are willing and are suppose to do the same directly on the direct opposite side, but that would be for the second house battery that I may add in 7-10 years. I'm looking for a different location under the aft bunk for a starter battery as I think all electric start motors should have a second battery unless you can easily talk someone with a car and jumper cables to pull along side you. Lithium Ion batteries and their complications/cost are way beyond the need and purpose of this boat at least until they become more standard. And I still need to secure it from rolling around the aft bunk. If Catalina has the deck off and they are already spraying glass/etc. into the boat, why not except my money to do the same elsewhere? The next owner of my 1989 Capri 22 can not get a replacement forestay out of Catalina. I could not get replacement battens or a replacement 5x8" plexiglass window for the same boat, so at some point, they move on and leave you to the secondary market.
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    Catalina 275 Sport - New Boat for 2014

    Yes, I understand that, but I'm willing to pay for the upgrades and it is a hell of a lot cheaper at the factory while the deck is off than at any other time after that. I don't see how the factory could cheaply modify their hull liner or? For extra batteries. Research lith ion batteries for more power and less size and weight in the stock compartment. You will like how Catalina supports their boats. I have 1986 C 30 and can still get parts for it. If you have a major problem with it you'll be able to address it directly with Jerry Douglass.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    PITA! don't I know it, But the IC30A wouldn't be what it is with out him. Say Hi from the Fleet 13 fleet captain. Check your rudder stuffing box. There is a panel you can remove at the aft end of the quarter berth to access it or through the lazerette. They were half ass glassed in and they come loose. They are above water line at rest, but leak when the boat is under power as the stern squats. This is one of the mystery leaks some will find on their C-30. FWIW here is another mystery leak for those who go out in rough weather. When waves break over the bow, water will fill up the anchor locker. The drain hole is small or sometimes plugged. The water will migrate down the hull liner and drown all the cabin lights, etc. The solution is to caulk all of the seams in the anchor locker and /or duck tape the hatch shut if you know it will be rough.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Congrats on the "new" boat. Just found this thread. I am a Past Commodore of The IC30A. Still have my C-30. Do you talk much to Max?He pretty much knows everthing about the C-30. I didn't read the whole thread so I don't know if I am repeating stuff. And have you picked up a copy of the C-30 "Tech Talk manual" that Dick Dickens gathered over the years? All of the issues you have been dealing with are in that book. Check out your rudder stuffing box they work loose. The wood block in the front of your bilge under the mast compression post these rot. You found the hanging locker problem, window repairs, It's all in the book. Upgrades and improvements all in the book. The IC30A web site has links to everything you need for your boat. Like H&L wood has every piece of teak for your boat as they were the suppler for Catalina. There are links for atomic 4 specialists and parts, etc. Believe it or not you can buy new cushions from the factory. Call Catalina parts and tell them what year and they will quote you. Nice job on the bottom BTW. it looks like you found all of the info to do it right. The old ones and the tiller ones are good for racing. Do you have the new style rudder? The rudder slop issue is in the book. I personally use mylar shims to take out the slop. Or you can do a more permanent fix. Glad to see you are restoring her.