any experience in removing
and rebedding the Beckson ports on a Cat 34?
My '89 C34 had Beckson ports in the quarter-cabin (by 1989,
Catalina switched to Lewmar for the main cabin ports). The ones in
the quarter-cabin leaked a tiny bit, so I removed them and rebedded
them. They use a standard clamshell arrangement, and it was easy to
rebed them with silicone caulk after carefully cleaning off the
opening. Most of the leakage problems with the Beckson ports had to
do with the gaskets. Specifically, I discovered that the natural
urge to tighten the toggles to try to stop leaks is exactly the
wrong thing to do!
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Overtightening the toggles deforms the gasket and can actually make
the leakage worse. Instead, try lightly lubricating the mating
surfaces of the gasket with Vaseline (yeah, it's okay, Beckson told
me to do it!). The toggles should be adjusted so that there's only
light pressure on the gasket; it should be easy to flip the toggle
into the locked position.
After 6 years, the gaskets were aging and had lost a lot of their
resiliency, so I replaced them (Beckson mailed them to me, asking
just $5 for the pair). The new gaskets worked fine, and the ports
haven't leaked since. (Norm
replacement part ordering information
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