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Happy Hour III
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Posted: December 16 2011 at 13:40 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

Crazy rain last weekend. I have not checcked on the boat going down to her on saturday I have a few things I need to do

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Happy Hour III
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Posted: December 17 2011 at 13:59 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

Here is a picture from the boat parade I just got , Tomorrow going to check on her  What a great time THE BEST !!!!!!



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Happy Hour III
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Posted: December 18 2011 at 11:52 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

heading down to the boat now going to check the Batterys and etc . Hope you all have a great day

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Happy Hour III
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Posted: December 18 2011 at 18:43 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

Hello all ,  well went down to the boat today to check my batterys , 2 of the four were bad . they are 2 years old and interstate deep cycle. Not happy ! How long should boat batterys last ? I am going to swap them out tomorrow. I wish I had the $$$ for anther Odessy Batterys but right now I am  just going to  swap them for new ones . Also one of the alts seem a little week so I will change that as well. So as I see it 1/2  of the whole 12 volt system will be replaced . Again I would like to hear what you guys are getting out of your batterys ??????????????

Thanks again



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floater251
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Posted: December 18 2011 at 22:16 | IP Logged Quote floater251

HH3, you should be getting more time than that, that's if
you are using a proper deep cycle charger. Anything less
than that will only charge a battery about 95% then when
It runs down it will only charge 95% of the 95% that it was
Previously charged and so on until it totally kills the battery.
I ran into that on the #1 when I was using a cheap single
bank autozone charger that said it was made for deep cycle.
Just a thought.
By the way, I've been loving the pictures! I'm ready for some
Florida weather! Driving down to coaco beach on Christmas
Day to catch a cruise on the day after to the Bahamas! Never
been on one so I'm pretty damn excited.
Yall have a good week.
Floater.

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boatman66
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Posted: December 19 2011 at 09:12 | IP Logged Quote boatman66

HH3 FLOATER IS RIGHT I USE THE BEST CHARGER FOR THE THE SITUATION LEAD ACIDS HAVE A TENDANCY TO NOT LAST VERY LONG IN A MARINE ENVIRONMENT-I HAVE THREE ABSORBED GLASS MAT BATTERIES(AGM)AND THE CHARGER MADE FOR THEM-THEY ARE TWO YEARS OLD AND GOING STRONG-AS FOR YOUR ALTERNATORS THEY NEED TO BE THE VALUES ABOVE YOUR ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THEM TO DO ANY GOOD-THE BILGE BLOWERS SEEM TO DRAW THE MOST AMPS WHEN RUNNING AND IF YOUR ALTS CAN'T HANDLE THAT DRAW THEN GO TO A LARGER ALT--THE CLAMP METER THAT MEASURES AMP DRAW IS A VERY VALUABLE TOOL IN DETERMINING YOUR ELECT REQUIREMENTS --GOOD LUCK

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Happy Hour III
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Posted: December 19 2011 at 20:24 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

Thanks 66, I picked up 2 opt blue top batterys today . They are both cranking and deep cycle. The man at interstate did tell me 2 years on the interstates is about right ???? The blue top opt should give me 4 years . lets see ? I also have to get the alt this . Get her all set by Friday I hope

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Capt. Heavy
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Posted: December 19 2011 at 23:10 | IP Logged Quote Capt. Heavy

Hey, Gang. Jim HH, are you sure alternators are bad??? Check for loose/broken/ corroded wires, connectors, loose/worn v-belts etc!!. Take alt to Bob's auto electric for a bench test first!! Capt. H.

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boatman66
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Posted: December 21 2011 at 08:51 | IP Logged Quote boatman66

PRELIMINARY PICS OF MY NEW CONVERTIBLE TOP FOR SALLY 

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boatman66
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Posted: December 21 2011 at 08:54 | IP Logged Quote boatman66

#1 BOTTOM SIDE

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boatman66
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Posted: December 21 2011 at 08:55 | IP Logged Quote boatman66

PANEL OPEN 

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boatman66
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Posted: December 21 2011 at 08:57 | IP Logged Quote boatman66

FIRST "FITTING"

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JimInFla
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Posted: December 21 2011 at 09:04 | IP Logged Quote JimInFla

That looks great! I like how you did the two vents on each
side instead of the one in the middle, like I have. It will
probably be more comfortable in the sweltering summer
months when you are running!

Jim

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boatman66
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Posted: December 22 2011 at 08:55 | IP Logged Quote boatman66

JIM IN FLA I HOPE SO THIS IS TRULY EXPERIMENTAL IT MAY BE A BIG FLOP AND THE MATERIAL IS BY SEAMARK AND IS WATERPROOFED MATERIAL IF I AM WRONG ON THIS IT'S GONNA GET TOASTY UNDER THEREFINAL FIT TODAY JUST IN TIME FOR A CHRISTMAS DAY SUNSET CRUISE --I LOVE IT!!

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smile n wave
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Posted: December 22 2011 at 10:07 | IP Logged Quote smile n wave

Starting some 10 day R&R tommorw with Christmas, football [GO PACK], ice fishing, snow skling.  Also a trip to the boat to start couple winter projects. 

Merry Christmas all and a Blessed 2012.

Brad



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boatman66
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Posted: December 22 2011 at 10:21 | IP Logged Quote boatman66

FINAL FIT

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Captain Mark
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Posted: December 22 2011 at 10:22 | IP Logged Quote Captain Mark

Brad,

If you stumble up this way give me a call.



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boatman66
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TOP SHOT

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Happy Hour III
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Posted: December 22 2011 at 10:34 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

nice love the cut outss perfect

 



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venny
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Posted: December 23 2011 at 07:46 | IP Logged Quote venny

you southerners got it right,sun ,warm ,boat dock in back yard,sign me up

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boatman66
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Posted: December 24 2011 at 09:44 | IP Logged Quote boatman66

WISHING ALL OF MY FELLOW CAPTAINS AND THEIR MATES A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A SAFE BOATING NEW YEARAND MAY YOU GET ALL OF THOSE GOODIES FOR YOUR BABY!!

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jsten
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Posted: December 24 2011 at 12:38 | IP Logged Quote jsten

Is that a solar vent on the center line inside your windshield? 
Ho does it work for circulating cabin air?  Does it keep it any cooler below in summer?

Nice top too.  Mine is about shot.  Adding vents is a nice idea.

Quote: boatman66
TOP SHOT


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Happy Hour III
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Posted: December 24 2011 at 15:19 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

 Put the new alt in the other day , Monday I will go put the new Batterys in and I should be all set .

 



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Happy Hour III
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Posted: December 24 2011 at 15:23 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

I want to wish all of you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR ! May God bless each and every one of you, Thank you for all your help though out the year . Be safe and Happy !!!!

from the crew of the

Happy Hour III



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diveryates
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Posted: December 24 2011 at 15:24 | IP Logged Quote diveryates

AHOY THE FLEET!

Always read the posts with interest. Working up a rebuild piece with photos on the Jabsco raw water pump.

Wishing everybody happyHolidays!

Diver (Roy)

 



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floater251
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Posted: December 24 2011 at 16:11 | IP Logged Quote floater251

Merry Christmas everyone! God bless!

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Fly Bridge
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Posted: December 24 2011 at 16:42 | IP Logged Quote Fly Bridge

MERRY CHRISTMAS,   CHRIS * CRAFT  Captains!!

I have stopped OTR truck driving, since November.  Rested some, and found a part-time job.  I am driving the owner of Marine "Canvas" shop. 

Long story short, Florida laws are TOUGH, on repeat violations for having "After work stop-offs", on the way home.  Thusly, I have to do the driving, to accomplish the deliveries, and etc, around the shop.  Presently, his lesson, has been learned, due to nearly losing everything.   He said his business was large, at one time.  I hope to help him, regain that.  

The "canvas" business, is custom made, Bimini; Boat covers;  E-glass full enclosures;  Upholstery.  He also does repairs, on all the afore-mentioned.  He custom builds Bimini's; Boat Covers; Full Enclosures, with SUNBRELLA materials.  I think, i'm learning a new Trade!!

The shop and equipment remains in-place, but requires my driving abilities, to assist owner in his business.  He is COMMITTED to regaining, that which he nearly lost. 

Showed him my Chris Craft Catalina.  He LOVES it!!  He has contacts with marine industry, useful to me, in having work done on my boat.  Hopefully, I can be in the water, by, or before this time next year.  Not making much money with him now, but hope pay will substantially increase, in time.  

So, I am ---HOME---and have a local job!!  No more OTR driving for me.  Staying home now!!  Sure is NICE fellows!!!!

Been reading all the Posts, and activities of you Captains!!  Haven't responded, but rest assured, I'm aware what's going-on!!

More later.   Thanks for allowing me, to be friends, with ALL of you fellows here!!  I appreciate it!!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS,   and  a    SAFE

CHRIS * CRAFT, boating day!!    

Fly Bridge.      

 

  

  



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RickP
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Posted: December 24 2011 at 21:21 | IP Logged Quote RickP

Merry christmas everyone! Fly Bridge...congrads on the new job! Alcohol can get a grasp on the best of us, hopefully he's learned and can rebuild. Heck, help him with the rebuild, you may just find yourself in the canvas biz someday!

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Dewy
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Posted: December 25 2011 at 23:05 | IP Logged Quote Dewy

To ALL  Captains on land or sea (FLOATER,i.e. on cruise)

I want to wish each and everyone a very Merry CHRISTMAS and a happy New Year.I got my Christmas presant a few days early,walking without assist of cane or crutches.Slow and sore but walking at a snail  pace but walking just the same.I;m thankful to all the prayers and best wishes reguarding this and remember what comes around goes around (BEST WISHES AND PRAYERS,TO ALL OF YOU).Went down and visited the Chrissy and as is well .hoping for a break in the weather and a chance to take her out again,been to long.

Hope everyone has a safe and joyeous holiday.



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Berg
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Posted: December 26 2011 at 08:44 | IP Logged Quote Berg

Hey everyone I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy holidays! I hope Santa and loved ones brought plenty of gifts to help get ready for next years boating season! We had a bunch of family over last night, many of who have never gotten the chance to see the Chris Craft out of the water. They thought I got a new boat because it looks about twice the size of what they are used to seeing it as! hehe they were wondering if I hit the lottery and just opted for the new boat and the new car. I was sitting on the swim platform on Christmas eve and the 2 days prior just hanging out on it enjoying the beautiful warm weather we had over the past week. Even with the occasional showers it was beautiful. I saw a smaller boats headed to the ramp for a quick mid-day outing. At least the dog got to go swimming! 

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boatman66
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Posted: December 26 2011 at 09:03 | IP Logged Quote boatman66

JSTEN--YES THAT IS A SOLAR POWERED EHUAST VENT WORKS VERY WELL AND KEEPS THE MILDEW TO A MINIMUM IT MOVES THE AIR JUST ENOUGH TO KEEP THE MILDEW FROM FORMING--IT IS NOT A COOLING TYPE FAN--THE TOP IS A WATERPROOF MATERIAL CALLED SEAMARK IT IS NOT SUNBRELLA SUPPOSED TO BE A LOT BETTER PRODUCT ACCORDING TO MY CANVAS SHOP PEOPLE--HOPEFULLY THE ZIPPERED VENTS WILL KEEP ME COOL ---FLY BRIDGE WAY TO GO BUDDY SOMETHING TO KEEP YOU OUT OF TROUBLE--BOY NAUTI CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR 1000TH POST YOU MUST BE COOKING UP A DOOZY

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Happy Hour III
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Posted: December 26 2011 at 14:37 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

Okay the cozy day after Christmas hope you all had a great day yesterday. I went down to the boat this morning and put the Blue Top Batteries in along with the Odsey I have. The 12 volt system is now perfect. Checked all now its perfect! I took her out for a nice ride boy is she running great. All systems are workingf perfect. I wonder do you gain by adding two batteries together are should I stay with a 3 bank system ????.

 



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Happy Hour III
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Posted: December 26 2011 at 14:40 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

I ment 3 bank with 2 batteries per bank

1 - port side/ start

1- Strb side/ start

2- House stereo/ BAT 2



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Capt. Heavy
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Posted: December 28 2011 at 23:26 | IP Logged Quote Capt. Heavy

Hey, Gang, just hope everyone had a great Christmas and looking forward to a great new year.

Dewey, nice to hear you're comming along!

I've been busy, so I haven't made too many posts, but JimHH's boat looked great in the Stuart parade!! Weather has been great, but WINDY!! Not great for fishing.  I KNOW, I KNOW!! You guys up north would KILL for this kind of weather. Boatman, JimHH, Jiminfl, my self and all of the rest of us down here are just SPOILED!!! But then again, we have HURRICANES. I'd rather sweep sand than shovel snow!

Had an ongoing problem on Mystic Diver, sometimes hard to start port engine, sometimes not. Drove me crazy. Found a small split in the coil wire, right above the boot comming out of the coil. Wire was arching to a COOLING HOSE!!! All fixed now, engine starts first time every time. Nite, All, Capt. Steve



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Happy Hour III
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Posted: December 29 2011 at 13:47 | IP Logged Quote Happy Hour III

Here is a Chris Craft 291 with outboards on her. I saw the boat up close and did not have my phone with me to take pictures . See if you can zoom it  and you will see the outboards

Pretty nice Chris Craft ..... Happy New Year Captins



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Fly Bridge
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Posted: December 29 2011 at 19:11 | IP Logged Quote Fly Bridge

HH III:   Yes, I zoomed-in , there are 2 outboards engines!!  There was a CC on Craigslist a few months ago, that was for sale that a transom set-up for outboards.   However, CC was for sale WITHOUT the Outboard engines.

Fly Bridger.   Dan.



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Swallowtail
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Posted: December 30 2011 at 15:40 | IP Logged Quote Swallowtail

Hi,

I am looking at buying a 1984 Catalina and tomorrow going to check out the boat for a second time. On the first visit I noticed the deck on the Port side of the bow was just a bit soft compaired to the starboard side. The broker suggested this was not a problem and just a difference in the thickness of the fiberglass.

I am in the UK and there are not many of these boats about but we do like the layout and style. 

There will be a survey done if I decide to purchase but wondering if I am wasting my time.

Thanks

Ian

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diveryates
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Posted: December 30 2011 at 22:24 | IP Logged Quote diveryates

Ahoy Ian,

The bow softness is caused by delamination of the sandwiched decking structure there. In production, Balsa wood is glued to the top-deck and to bottom-ceiling imparting structural strength, as this is a hi-traffic area. The structure is about 2 inches thick.  The glue is no longer binding the layers together, possibly from water ingress at the anchor-line port located on-deck there.

One of Chris Crafts few shortcomings was that they failed to seal this area. You should be able to get your finger in there and feel the balsa wood for moisture.  Or, use a small mirror with flashlight to see what's what. This is a pretty serous issue.  More to the point, expensive to repair. Either to repair professionally or labor intensive if you do it.

Variables such as price, driveline condition, interior appointments and their function, electrical system, window integrity and so forth play a part in this buying decision. The decking is not necessarily a deal killer- but indications are that this is a fixer upper and you need to go in with both eyes open.   

My impression:  look at other Catalinas. The Chris Craft Catalina line were some of the best boats made- both structurely and from a layout point of view.

Recreational Boats cause people's objective sense of things go right out the window.

That said and done right,  boats are an incredible source of joy and satisfaction.

 

Ahoy Captn Heavy- great troubleshooting story there- hats off to you!!

HHIII,

In my view, sucessful battery maintenance involves a smart battery charger  dedicated for each battery when on shore power. I suggest several 2-3 battery output chargers installed and dedicating one charger circuit to one battery with a minimum 15 amp charging capacity. 

Best all, Diver

 



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JimInFla
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Posted: December 30 2011 at 22:53 | IP Logged Quote JimInFla

Hi all,

Sorry I have been silent lately. Upheaval in my personal
life, the holidays, and medical problems with my Mom kept
me pretty busy.

The Hard Six did 3 light parades this Holiday Season and I thoroughly enjoyed all of them!

Tomorrow (New Years Eve) I'm taking her to downtown Jax
to ring in the new year and watch the fireworks. Before my
buddy and I head out we will install the new stereo and
speakers. Can't wait!

Ian, I have to agree with Diver. That sounds like one you
should walk away from. My '86 is solid as a rock up there,
even for a 340# guy!

To all of you, I wish you the very Happiest of New Years!

Jim

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Posted: December 31 2011 at 09:48 | IP Logged Quote boatman66

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY CHRIS CRAFT BUDDIES MAY THE NEXT YEAR BRING YOU ALL THE BOATING YOU DESERVENAUTI-CAT IS IT TIME FOR YOU TO BECOME A COMMANDER??CAN'T WAIT!

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