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Old 19-03-2014, 21:05   #31
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Re: The Cal 39

All the previous suggestions for checking the cooling system are sound but one I've run into on past boats is the size of the through hull and connecting plumbing to the water pump">raw water pump. In both cases the engine had been retrofitted when the original was replaced. The last one was a C&C 38 that had been refitted with a 30 hp Yanmar, after exhausting all the other possible causes I replaced the through hull with the next size up and plumbed the connecting plumbing to my raw water pump to optimize flow. The difference was instantly noticeable, I was able to run almost 1000 rpm higher with no cooling issues, I would suggest this option only after doing the previously suggested fixes.
Is the engine in your Cal the original or was it a re-power?

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Old 20-03-2014, 08:12   #32
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Re: The Cal 39

For you folks taking these boats offshore check the rudder out very carefully.

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Old 20-03-2014, 09:28   #33
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Re: The Cal 39

i was trying to buy one a couple of years ago only to have it snaked out from under me at the last minute by a production company in LA. it fell to the chainsaws, along with two others, for one of the worst sailing movies ever made... "all is lame".

a sad end for three good boats.
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Old 20-03-2014, 09:45   #34
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Re: The Cal 39

For anyone looking to buy a Cal 39 some of them have a major defect. On some of the short rig versions the shroud base and shrouds do not line up. The shroud base is several inches aft of where it should be putting a huge side load on the spreader tips and bases. I have never seen this issue on a tall rig version. The one that I saw with the problem was a 1978 short rig version.

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