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 Hmmm, what's broke and what did I break?

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Mark Catalina 27 AZ
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PostSubject: Hmmm, what's broke and what did I break?   Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:22 pm

So, first time out with the sailboat shop owner, because the throttle lever was so thin, I used my palm to slowly pull back on the throttle, just enough so that as I pulled the throttle broke off conveniently in my hand.

The digital speedo/knotmeter does not work...clams or muscles cover the thingy. They told me to remove it, use the existing plug, sop up the water, clean it and replace it...sopping up more water. Got it on my list of things to do.

The mainsail cover has seen better days. I saw local guy and gave him my slip number and card. He'll call me.

The blower motor shrieks. Sailboat shop guy said sounds like it needs some oil. so, I brought WD-40...'cept it's a contained blower. Whole thing needs replacing. However, if I push it against the inside wall of the lazerette where it is mounted, hold my hand there for 30 seconds while nasty exhaust fumes escape, no fuss, no muss, more sailing...for now!

The brightwork is all a beautiful shiny varnish...Oh-boy, in this AZ sun, it'll be peanut brittle in no time. Granted, the boat is well covered, so I'll wait for signs of needing repair, then take one piece home per week to sand and teak oil.

The stern is emblazoned with "San Diego" and "Alcyone." Gotta learn what removes that paint or what covers it before I re-name her MT Nest III.

So glad she came with 2 anchors, just wish the one ion the rear lazerette had rode and rope, buz I'm not certain I can steer the boat and reach over the safety stern rail and drag the anchor in shallow water with my arms.

There are a few minor shell/liner cracks on the flooring where they curve up from the floor. One appears to have been repaired. I'll just keep a look out for more or for worsening.

The bow sprit/anchor roller does not have enough space to allow the anchor to come out of the anchor locker and be moved forward to hang over the rollers. I may have to get creative here. Dumb design! I either have to toss the anchor over the bow sprit or under the safety lines but not through the rollers. Again, dumb idea!

The cockpit, as you all suggested, with a pedestal, is a bit crowded, have to either squeeze by or walk on the brand new cushions. I opted for the latter all weekend.

She's going to need a bottom cleaning.

I saved the best for last...the seller did not know much about diesels...like what the heck a glow plug is. She says to my wife and me, let me start it. It takes a wwhile, don't mind the smoke. She was right, 3 ten second cranks to get her started . Oh, boy!

She has this silly ritual for starting it, including pushing the throttle to full. huh? Yeah!

Well, if you hold the key to the right for 20 - 30 seconds, THEN push the starter button with just a little throttle, she fires up in about 1/10th of a second.

Still, all in all, loving the boat.

My biz partner and I will move her to her new slip on Wednesday morning as we move my CM26 out to have her bottom cleaned and mast de-stepped.

The wife and I will stay over night on her this weekend, when the temps are expected to drop from 105 down to the low 90s and cooler overnight temps. Then, after that, when the temps soar again, I'll just read about your summer sailing adventures.

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PostSubject: Re: Hmmm, what's broke and what did I break?   Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:31 am

She is a fine yacht Skipper. Enjoy her!


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PostSubject: Oh, yeah!   Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:39 am

My point was that even the better ones are going to have problems that were not important the the PO, or overlooked, ignored, or altogether not disclosed. although more than a few little items, my biggest overall concern was the seller starting the motor improperly as long as she owned her. But, yes, fine vessel to enjoy.

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PostSubject: Re: Hmmm, what's broke and what did I break?   Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:32 am

Sounds like the anchor wasn't used much being that it is that unhandy. Definitely would be at the top of my project list. As i am sure you know the ease and speed of deployment can be what saves your ass someday. Would like to see a picture of your current set up and how you correct it. I need rollers for both boats and plan to build my own so all ideas are appreciated.

No diesel expert but other than extra wear on the starter and possibly some exhaust clogging her ritual for starting should not have hurt the motor.

As for the name, depending how superstitious you are, I have read that you DO NOT paint over the old name.

Still picturing you steering w/ your foot while you reach aft dragging the stern anchor behind you by hand!! Laughing

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