Owners Database: 1994

1248 Nautidog -- Westbrook, CT

Owner (email) Joe and Ellie Susmeyer (JSUSMEYER*spam-no-more*AOL.COM)
Hull Number 1248
HIN CTY1248J293
Year 1994
Boat Name Entry  
Marina BREWERS, PPM WESTBROOK CT
Rig Standard
Keel Fin
Date Purchased 5/99
Upgrades GARMIN 215 WITH GPS, DC ELETRICAL UPGRADE
Can Share Information about INSTALLATION OF GPS IN TO COCKPIT
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1262 Langweer III - Pacific NW

Owner (email) Hans Toorens (hanstoorens*spam-no-more*compuserve.com)
Hull Number 1262
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Year 1994
Boat Name Entry  
Marina  
Rig Standard
Keel Wing
Date Purchased 3/2001
Upgrades Replaced all thru-hulls with new Marelon.
Replaced VHF; added Autopilot; added GPS.
Replaced ferroresonant Battery Charger with StatPower 20A.
Added accumulator tank in pressure water system.
Planned Upgrades Plan to replace stock Alternator with Hi-output; add Balmar 3-stage regulator and finally replace the 2x #24 wet batteries with 4x 6V AGMs plus one #24 AGM starter.
Will replace engine wiring harness asap.
Add oil drain pump.
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Comments Did many succesful upgrades on my Catalina 30 - so plan to do the same on the "new" C34.

1272  Windrush -- Lake St. Clair, MI

Owner (email) Nan & Alan Suydam (asuydam*spam-no-more*Ameritech.net)
Hull Number 1272
HIN  
Year 1994
Boat Name Entry  
Marina Lake St. Clair, MI
Rig Tall
Keel Wing
Date Purchased July 1996
Upgrades GPS, Adjustable Genoa Cars, Main Salon Cocktail Table, Stove top counter extension, Towel bars in head, Folding prop, Cockpit table, Shadetree canopy
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1273 Jennifer Anne - Stockton, CA

Owner (email) Westcott, Gary (glwestcott*spam-no-more*yahoo.com)
Hull Number 1273
Year 1994
Marina Stockton Sailing Club
Rig Standard
Keel wing
Date Purchased July 1993
Upgrades Many upgrades. Brackets to hold saloon table above v-berth and a small "cocktail type" table in its place which unfolds for diiner for two. Enclosed area under nav table for additional storage. Built shelf for microwave to allow use of cabinet it had taken up. Added four golf cart batteries for house bank and an engine start battery. added locking devices for all cabinets and bilge access boards. Large inverter. Tri-color on masthead. SSB. E-PIRB. Lock downs for companionway hatch boards. Cabinet over foot of aft berth. Full auxilary rudder for use at sea if rudder breaks.
Planned Upgrades None immediately.
Longest/Notable Voyage Completed the 1998 Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Hawaii with a race crew of my 19 year old son and four other friends. Then turned around in one week and sailed back with my wife, son, step-son, and brother-in-law. The boat was great! Although we took a beating a few times, i.e. 20-30 foot seas on the beam for the last few days coupled with winds sustained in the mid twenties and thirties with gusts above, and one bad pooping where a laaaarge wave broke over the stern and submerged the helsman up to his chest, the boat performed wonderfully and shook everything off with no significant damage. Our autohelm 4000 broke on the way back just a day out of Hawaii. We were worried about having to self-steer, but we trimmed Jennifer Anne out and locked the wheel brake and she literally sailed herself for the next 1,000 miles. I can't say enough about the quality of construction and the strength of the rig. For any of you who have considered long voyages and have wondered about whether a Catalina 34 is up to it, we covered 4,700 nautical miles in 5 weeks with no structural damage whatsoever. This was, by the way, in a race which saw more than its share of broken rudders, broken booms, damaged masts, etc. on a great many boats.

The one downfall, I think of the boat for this kind of sailing is that she is a bit squirrely downwind. On the race over we were obviously hand steering all of the time. I think, though, that it would take quite and autopilot or a remarkable windvane to control her downwind without worry of jibing in trade wind conditions. That should, however, be true of almost any fin keel boat I suspect.

Two minor areas of irritation. One - the head is bolted with lag bolts. These are inadequate when you are using it heavily in rolly conditions. The lag bolts should be replaced. Two - the galley stove gimbal on the aft side is mounted into a wood spacer pad that is simply screwed into the bulkhead. This needs to be through bolted. The last day out in the worst conditions we experienced, the wood screws tore out of the bulkhead leaving the stove in place, but not able to swing.

Another thought - Lee cloths for the saloon berths are a necessity if theres more than two aboard. Hard on the weather with good wind and sees, the v-bert is suited for nothing but storage. The aft berth is great on both tacks, with its user lying athwartships on a starboard tack and fore and aft with feet on the settee portion of the aft cabin on port tack.

Also, installation of a galley strap should be considered mandatory. For long range work, a saltwater pump for the sink to assist with water consumption (we did not have a watermaker, simply carried the 78 gallons of normal storage supplemented by several cases of drinking water and four six gallon jugs in the lazarrette).

The Adler-Barbour twelve volt refrigeration was great! It ran flawlessly and the small freezer was actually large enough to freeze meat for all dinners for each passage even with the large (6 going over, 5 coming back) crews.

The moral of our trip overall, however: don't hestitate to take your Catalina off shore. She's a solid boat and sails well in all conditions.

One final observation - I had heard for years that you could navigate to Hawaii by watching for jet contrails. Whoa! That would not be cool. We never saw a single one. I think this is one of those little factoids about sailing we all hear and think sounds somewhat logical so is probably true. Probably on line with those comments you hear from time to time about Catalinas being "lightly constructed" and not safe for off shore work.

About a year after the race, my wife and I sold her in order to afford to both send my son to college as well as to enable us to build a new house. Both are now accomplished (yea!) and just a couple of weeks ago, the fellow I had sold her to, called to ask if we wanted to buy her back. We went to see her and she is in great shape. He has added all new canvas, new fuel tank, new refrigeration and much more. Plus, all of the equipment we built and installed for the Pacific Cup is still on board, even the auxilary rudder, making her quite easy to prepare for another ocean trip.

Needless to say, we couldn't turn the chance down and now have her back. The entire family is thrilled. We have plans to berth her near home in Stockton, California for this year and then move her back to the Bay Area next fall. Already beginning to have those wonderful sailing dreams... perhaps a trip to Panama and then on to Europe in a few years...

Can Share Information about Preparation for off shore sailing of your C34.

1274 Sorceress -- Seward, AK

Owner (email) Rick/Cathy Garner (rick9651*spam-no-more*alaska.net)
Hull Number 1274
HIN CTYP1274G394
Year 1994
Marina Seward, Alaska
Rig Standard
Keel Fin
Date Purchased 9/26/94
Can Share Information about sole refinish, rigid boom vang, Flex O Fold Prop

1277  Serendipity Too -- Richmond, CA

Owner (email) Ray and Sue Anderson (Ray*spam-no-more*buyersadvantagerealestate.com)
Hull Number 1277
HIN  
Year 1994
Boat Name Entry  
Marina  
Rig Standard
Keel Fin
Date Purchased 2/2005
Upgrades Radar, Loran C, GPS, Hood 95% jib, forward tracks for genoa cars.
Planned Upgrades New Mainsail
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1278 Gravity Storm -- Panama City, FL

Owner (email) Gary & Sharon Kalember(gary-kalember*spam-no-more*mediaone.net)
Hull Number 1278
HIN  
Year 1993
Boat Name Entry  
Marina  
Rig Tall
Keel Wing
Date Purchased 8/2000
Upgrades Force 10 BBQ grill.
Planned Upgrades When the dodger/bimini canvas needs to be replaced, having the whole cockpit inclosed by canvas curtains, and adding an inverter.
Longest/Notable Voyage Sailing St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Can Share Information about Decommissioning, Transporting overland (more than 300 miles), Recommissioning
Need information about Docking into a fore/aft slip in limited space with wind (20-25 kts) on the beam.
Comments Our previous boat was a Beneteau F265. We loved that boat, fast and beautiful. We didn't think we would be happy with any other boat besides another Beneteau. The C34 has changed all that. We love this boat and would probably move into a larger Catalina.

1281 Lady K (1994) -- Channel Islands, California

Owners Sid Kushner (skushner1*spam-no-more*verizon.net)
Purchased 12/5/2005
Longest/noteworthy voyage Over and back to Annacapa and Santa Cruz Islands--Day trips.
Rig Standard
Keel Fin
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Planned upgrades New Solid Vang
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Comments Lov the boat, really like this site.

1282  Cheerios -- Boca Raton, FL

Owner (email) Paul Chasse (pchasse*spam-no-more*earthlink.net)
Hull Number 1282
HIN  
Year 1994
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Marina  
Rig Tall
Keel Wing
Date Purchased 4/03
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1283 Flight South - Padre Island TX

Owner (email) Robert P. Harper, Jr. (robertharper1*spam-no-more*att.worldnet.net)
Hull Number 1283
HIN CTYP1283K394
Year 1994
Boat Name Entry Flight: Airborne; also, escape

South: Move from Buffalo, NY to Corpus Christi, TX in retirement from pilot career.

Marina At my back door on Padre Island
Rig Standard
Keel Wing
Date Purchased 12/93 and then replaced 11/94
Upgrades Silva Nexus wind, depth, speed (excellent); Sportech bimini (excellent); 110 furling jib by Bierig Sailmakers (just received); folding cockpit table; C Cushion cockpit cushions (excellent); double reef in mainsail; adjustable jib lead blocks.
Planned Upgrades Analog wind direction indicator; asymetric spinnaker; hatch in top of stbd. cockpit seat to provide added ventilation for aft cabin.
Can Share Information about Cockpit instruments,New sails - jib for stronger winds,Bimini with zip-on windscreen,
Need information about Air for aft cabin,Excessive weather helm (already have mast raked forward of vertical),Cabin liner separating from hull at several fixed ports

1284 Enchantress (1994) -- Chesapeake Bay, MD

Owners Richard Poe (rpoe959190*spam-no-more*AOL.COM)
Hull Number 1284
HIN CTYP1284L394
Marina Bowleys Marina
Purchased 1998
Rig Tall
Keel Fin
Need Information about need to change the racor water separator filter. It is full of cotton looking stuff. Any helpful hints?

1285 Captivated -- Sandusky, OH

Owner (email) Brad and Cathy Colon (BCColon*spam-no-more*cityofbryan.net )
Hull Number 1284
Year 1994
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Marina  
Rig Standard
Keel Wing
Date Purchased 6/99
Upgrades Autohelm ST4000,and installing a full cockpit table,
Planned Upgrades Add Autohelm 4000 autopilot
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1286 Willowind -- Whitstable, Kent UK

Owner (email) Frank and Rosemary Thorniley (rosemary.thorniley*spam-no-more*btinternet.com)
Hull Number 1286
Year 1994
Marina or Mooring location  
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Keel  
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How Boat Was Named We did not name her, but would like - if there is someone out there - who knows her original story please send it to us.
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1289 Weal Seal (1994) -- Southern Lake Michigan

Owner (email) Dan  and Pat Harrington (SailDan*spam-no-more*localline.com)
Hull Number 1289
Year 1994
Website "Weal Sea's"- photo & cruising website http://icdweb.cc.purdue.edu/~harringd/gallery/WealSeaMenu.html
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Marina Hammond Marina, Hammond, Indiana
Rig Standard
Keel Wing
Date Purchased 3/2000
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Longest/Notable Voyage 850 miles - Bayfield, Wisconsin (Lake Superior) to
Hammond, Indiana (Lake Michigan) via Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie
locks, St. Mary's River, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
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1290 Summerhaus (1994)--Eastern Long Island

Owner Robert Greenhaus (sailC34*spam-no-more*aol.com)  
Marina Brewer's, Greenport, NY 
Purchased February, 1996 
Distinctive thing about this boat Late MK I model with minimal exterior teak 
Longest/noteworthy voyage Several Block Island trips; Greenport to Stamford, CT 
Comments Autohelm ST+ knot/wind/depth/navdata/radar/autopilot on pedestal; Questus backstay radar mount; Garmin GPS/Map; Garhauer adjustable genoa cars; Teak Concepts cockpit table...

1291  Quiet Island -- Chicago, IL

Owner (email) Bob Kuba(kuba3*spam-no-more*rcn.com)
Hull Number 1291
HIN
Year 1994
Boat Name Entry
Marina Montrose Harbor
Rig Standard
Keel Fin
Date Purchased 3/02
Upgrades We added a cabin heater located underneath the chart table. It's a water line heater that utilizes hot water from the engine, across a small radiator that has a 3-speed fan blower motor. It's the same hot water line that heats the potable water. When the engine is running, it keeps the cabin at a comfortable shirt-sleeve temperature, when the outside air is cold and damp.
Planned Upgrades The previous owner, Dennis & Elaine Carlin, added everything you could ever want in a sailboat! The only update I will probably make, is to change the table to a smaller cocktail table.
Longest/Notable Voyage We purchased the boat in Cleveland, Ohio, and sailed it back to Chicago. We found it advertised on this site, and were excited to have an opportunity to sail an area of the Great Lakes that would be new to us. We departed Cleveland on May 21st, and arrived in Chicago June 1st. A great sail!
Can Share Information about Cabin heater installation, from West Marine. I'll try to post some pictures to this site in the near future.
Need information about Shaft alignment with a flexible coupling.
Comments A great sturdy boat!

1292 Forever One -- San Francisco Bay, CA

Owner (email) Patrick Harpole (1derful*spam-no-more*comcast.net)
Hull Number 1292
HIN  
Year 1994
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Marina  
Rig Standard
Keel Wing
Date Purchased 8/2003
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Need information about Is it OK to attach the main halyard to an outboard motor (5 horsepower about 100 pounds) to lower motor onto dinghy?
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