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    Great Battery service

    With everything else going on in my life over the last year, I ended up neglecting my batteries. They got VERY low on electrolyte. topped them up but age and neglect meant that at full charge they...
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    Re: Cruising chute dimensions

    Arun that made the original sails certainly would have had that data, but that company went under and as far as I know the new company has no real connection with the original one.
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    Rutland 1200 Wind Generator

    I have owned one of these for nearly 18 months during which time it has performed well. However late last week I heard an unexpected clonk as it turned. On investigation I discovered that the blade...
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    Re: 8m Catalac -Transport by Road?

    As in so many things in life - you get what you pay for :whistling

    Most marinas will lift the boat and will remove masts for money - but they will take a lot more care if you are there!!!!
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    Re: 9M mast lowering pole

    No drawing, but it has to fit in the hole without much slop (thus establishing the diameter), and is as long as the mast is wide front to back (but no longer) Most had a rounded end (but not a sharp...
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    Re: 9M mast lowering pole

    Quick note to add to the previous data. When you measure for those side strops, leave some slack to allow it to move a bit, as some movement wont matter, but over tight risks damage.

    Most people...
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    Re: 9M mast lowering pole

    First - two assumptions.
    1. Your mast is fitted to a tabernacle and has a pivot pin a little less than 1 metre from the bottom of the mast.
    2. Your shrouds terminate at the bottom in a stainless...
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    Re: 8M rudder connecting bar

    Glad it was easier for you. Mine was a pain in the ..................!
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    Re: 9m Rudder to Skeg gap?(or not)

    Sorry for the late response. This little gap can make a significant difference if you are planning. The large gap promotes vibration.

    The hulls were also moulded with a flat fixing plate for the...
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    Re: 8M rudder connecting bar

    A few thoughts - admittedly a bit late for you, but may help someone else in the future.

    I had to replace the bar on my 9m. The conventional wisdom at the time said that you had to cut a hole in...
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    Re: 9M mast lowering pole

    I haven't seen one for a while, but it is basically a scaffold pole with a welded in probe and two eyes at the other end.

    It is important that you have the wooden crutch rigged at the stern for...
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    Re: Yammer - a disgusting service.

    Your point about Kubota parts is well made, however, the specific bits for the marinisation which are nanni or beta specific are not so widely available.

    When I re-engine 3 years ago I went for...
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    Re: Identifying date of Build

    Do you have the tabernacle?
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    Re: Identifying date of Build

    From that plate I would think your boat is about 1980 - but hopefully Rick will be able to provide more information.
    You may not be aware that there were two different versions of the 9m (known as...
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    Re: 9m Rudder to Skeg gap?(or not)

    He is a surveyor so is supposed to know what he is doing, My thoughts:
    1. This would change the rudder from the original design (never a good idea unless blessed by the designer).
    2. Never heard...
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    Re: Autopilot for Catalac 8M

    Hi Rick

    I thought for a while about mounting the tillerpilot inside the boat to the lines from the wheel to the quadrant - in the port aft cabin on a 9m. I am not sure how well it would work, but...
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    Re: 9m Rudder to Skeg gap?(or not)

    On the 9m, the skeg is an add-on that was moulded on later (frequently in the wrong place!) This was because a lot of the early catalacs were based around mudeford where they were built, and had to...
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    Re: Lightning Strike on 2007 Privilege 445

    I worried about this a couple of years ago when preparing my boat for long term cruising. I asked about replacement boards, and at the time it seemed to be possible to obtain them - maybe they had...
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    Re: Missing Shell Vents

    Always was Plan Z - but would need to make two and replace the existing stainless one on the other side otherwise it will look odd.
  20. Thread: Refridgeration

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    Re: Refridgeration

    I have a fridge and a freezer using the keel cool frigoboat system. The freezer was a new unit with an external compressor (much more room inside freezer!) the fridge had to have a replacement keel...
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    Re: Missing Shell Vents

    Thank you.

    Privilege have now responded and asked for photos and more details. - fingers crossed!

    BTW do you have a privilege yourself?
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    Re: Missing Shell Vents

    The largest Perko is nearly large enough, but that would demand purchase of two (as the missing one is close to another), and I was hoping to just replace the one. I can only hope that my request to...
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    Missing Shell Vents

    I have a privilege 37 cat. I lost one of a pair of shell vents that cover the anchor locker drains:

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    These are 120mmx105mmx33mm polished stainless. I have tried all the different...
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    Re: PRIVILEGE 39 QUESTIONS

    I have a P37 so comments on sail choice should be recognised as not necessarily correct for a slightly different boat.
    165% genoa and 100% blade infers that you are looking to be able to change...
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    Re: 17m Catamaran capsize near Niue

    Why anyone who claims to be a multimillionaire should want us to look at him posing, is beyond me.
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    Re: Front Window Heat Solution

    Film on the inside of the window has a life nearly double that of film on the outside. The downside is that the acrylic has no protection from the UV damage.

    I had intended to fit a new IBM film...
  27. Thread: Haulout

    by Talbot
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    Re: Haulout

    There is a world of difference between the hull reinforcements designed in where it is for a bolted on or moulded in skeg, and the sacrificial design of a catalac glued-on approach.
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    Re: Catalac New Lateral Windows

    Perhaps they made them a bit more secure on the 12m!

    Still really done well to last as long as they have - after all the sea is not really a very benign place for aluminium and stainless
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    Re: Catalac New Lateral Windows

    Your windows sound as if they were modified at some time. My windows did not have blind nuts. True there were screws from the outside through the frame, then a layer of mastic before the fibreglass....
  30. Thread: Haulout

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    Re: Haulout

    I think you have proved why bolting these skegs through the hull is a REALLY BAD IDEA
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    Re: Catalac New Lateral Windows

    The original 8m and 9m Catalac windows were constructed by a small caravan company in wales. The frames were anodised at double the normal depth for caravan frames - hence more expensive. I...
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    Re: A locker full of water

    This is not unusual for the bottom of these lockers to be poorly sealed.

    I am a bit dubious about your plan to bolt the skegs through the floor.

    The floor is not reinforced to provide any...
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    Re: Catalac gel coat color?

    I had that same problem with my 9m Hi Jude. All the woodwork looked tired and generally bad. I admit I spent a fair old time over it, but I carefully sanded all the internal woodwork and then...
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    Re: Mast Climbing Aid

    Sounds like a reasonable system until you start looking at a 17m mast, which would then demand over 120m of rope!

    I have an ATN Mastclimber . I also have two folding steps at the mast head so you...
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    Re: Mast Climbing Aid

    An 8m or 9m Catalac is designed to allow the mast to be lowered safely, easily and quickly. Without a doubt if you are a large guy, then this is the best way of dealing with a problem at the mast...
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    Re: Catalac gel coat color?

    http://www.multihulls4us.com/photos/data/500/medium/DSC00004.JPG

    I removed the windows completely. I carefully removed the old vinyl/foam and then used that as the template for the carpet,...
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    Re: Replacing salon window.

    I have had to replace all the acrylic on my hatches, but my main windows look pristine still. I think this is due to the shade cloth that covers the windows. Certainly worth the cost of these if it...
  38. Thread: New Catalac 8M

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    Re: New Catalac 8M

    Opening front windows sounds like a great idea when it is really hot, but when you get caught out in a blow you will discover that it was not such a great plan.
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    Re: Catalac gel coat color?

    Keep the speed down, wear a mask and full face goggles. cover all exposed skin, as you will raise a bit of gel dust. Use an old dyson to suck up the residue. Try to avoid pressing too hard as it is...
  40. Thread: Solar hot water

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    Re: Solar hot water

    The system is set up to run potable water and be on the pressurised side of the heat exchanger, and there are several disadvantages to this - especially the issue of frost damage.

    I see no reason...
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