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Forum: Multihull Sailboats 16-09-2021, 14:27
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Refit and boat work recommendations on West Florida coast?

Try the Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage Yard in Placida, FL.
941-828-0216 and check of the maximum width they are able to handle. There are several cats in the yard. Next door is the Safe Cove Boat...
Forum: Crew Positions: Wanted & Available 24-08-2021, 14:38
Replies: 122
Views: 7,466
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: passage Ct.east coast to florida

Way back when I was on my way to Vietnam they vaccinated me for anthrax . They did not ask, but don't you all think this is getting WAY-OFF topic ?
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 22-08-2021, 13:16
Replies: 16
Views: 1,461
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Another Cheapest Place to Store a Catamaran Thread (eastern USA)

Try Glades Storage on the Okeechobee Waterway 2152 Boat Yard Rd, Moore Haven, FL 33471
But may only be accessible to you from the western side of the Gulf depending on your mast height. Fair rates...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 24-06-2021, 06:16
Replies: 18
Views: 1,426
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Block windlass chain hole

Whatever technique you use, its a good idea to block it! We took to survey, a Nonsuch 36 in the Florida Keys. The surveyor found that termites had swarmed down the hawse pipe and started working on...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 15-06-2021, 10:19
Replies: 16
Views: 1,429
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: On the Hard Cost vs In Water Slip Cost

Check out Glades Storage on the far side of Lake Okeechobee. Yes, it's a bit of a drive but it's a DYI yard free from the worries of the upcoming hurricanes and reasonable rates. They will even lend...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 13-06-2021, 14:05
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Looking for orginial salon table or info for 93 Catalina MK1
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 13-06-2021, 14:02
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Looking for orginial salon table or info for 93 Catalina MK1

If you get in a jam, I can send you the dimensions of mine. I put a drop leaf in mine to ease the passage way. Send me a PM or ask on
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 02-06-2021, 18:04
Replies: 9
Views: 660
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Channel south of Pinellas Point, St Pete

Went through there 3 months ago with my Catalina 36 with a 5'2" draft problems and go at high tide to ease your concern.
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 30-05-2021, 11:50
Replies: 9
Views: 572
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Kubota EA300 oil level dip stick

Sounds like someone modified your dipstick if there are no marks to indicate fill levels on it. Manual calls for push type dipstick and is marked; see; ...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 18-03-2021, 06:35
Replies: 16
Views: 1,001
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Leaking raw water pump

If you could tell us the manufacturer of the pump, we could give you more specific information as to how to repair it and where to get the lowest priced parts.
Forum: Powered Boats 16-03-2021, 12:32
Replies: 96
Views: 8,961
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: How often do you change oil.

Universal M-35 engine running about 100 hours per year. I change the oil and filter every 75-100 hours and again just before (summer) storage here in Florida. I use the best oil filter I can get,...
Forum: Navigation 12-03-2021, 15:06
Replies: 40
Views: 4,079
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Fort Pierce to the Keys Observations

One other thought you might consider is to head to Stuart and take the Okeechobee Water Way across Florida (Lake Okeechobee) and pop out on the west coast of Florida and head to the keys or Dry...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 12-03-2021, 14:52
Replies: 45
Views: 5,661
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Lazy Jack line choices.

I'm using 1/4" braid lazy jacks in to a Doyle Stac-Pac. on my fully battened main sail on my Catalina 36.. Since there is no load upon these lines, I'd keep them as light as possible. They'll grow...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 02-03-2021, 20:07
Replies: 31
Views: 3,398
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Replacing Floor boards in the Salon

Good floor replacement discussion on another forum;
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 15-02-2021, 14:34
Replies: 6
Views: 1,254
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Okeechobee Waterway-Port Mayaka RR lift bridge

Travel there frequently. Thanks for the tip off and warning.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 01-02-2021, 17:29
Replies: 19
Views: 2,817
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Noob here...Cost for reupholstering?

Really depends if you need new foam or not but in answer to your question; $5,300 for all cushions, including new foam, on a Catalina 36. :bow:
Forum: Training, Licensing & Certification 01-02-2021, 07:51
Replies: 83
Views: 5,775
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Seeking Sailing Instructor Recommendations in Florida

Doris & Steve Colgate's Offshore Sailing School has a storied reputation:

Ask for Captain Michael Dwane. He's the best and patience abounds.
Forum: Dollars & Cents 26-01-2021, 12:54
Replies: 36
Views: 6,078
Posted By Catboat Willy
pirate Re: Insurers for an older boat.

We also use GEICO on a 1990 (30 year old boat). A fixed value at $50 K with a deductible of $5K. Cost $1K per year. We also carry a separate umbrella policy for liability of $3M. Cost $300.00 per...
Forum: Weather | Gear, Reports and Resources 07-01-2021, 19:51
Replies: 9
Views: 1,745
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Key west north to Tampa

If you see weather coming, All you really have to worry about is that stretch between Key West and Marco Island. Crab pots galore ! Then, pick your weather window from Marco to Fort Myers Beach....
Forum: Marine Electronics 31-12-2020, 18:25
Replies: 20
Views: 2,867
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Two new toys for testing antennas

Thank you for a great recommendation and great write up. I've been wondering just what to get a view of the SWR on the on board low band rig. Looks a lot better than the MFJ device.
de.... W2CWL/MM
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 30-11-2020, 10:47
Replies: 13
Views: 1,241
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Building a barn door rudder

As a catboat sailor for forty years we have built a rudder or two for our series of catboats. If you are not going to race your Beetle Cat you might try adding a flat plate placed in a horizontal...
Forum: Powered Boats 07-11-2020, 13:51
Replies: 12
Views: 1,669
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Outboard Weekender for southwest florida

I live on one of those beautiful little islands off the coast of Southwest Florida that you would like to cruise. 'Reel Love' gave you information that has taken many of us here, years to learn. Very...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 29-09-2020, 14:09
Replies: 15
Views: 2,630
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Buying a Boat Angel

The most expensive boat I have ever owned was one I got for free. !
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 12-09-2020, 20:04
Replies: 67
Views: 5,366
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: What size motor ?

If it's any comfort, we have used a 6 hp. long shaft motor to push our 3000 lb. sailboat around for years. You've been given some excellent advice here on high thrust and proper propeller selection....
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 06-09-2020, 11:36
Replies: 18
Views: 2,109
Posted By Catboat Willy
Re: Need some help Good people!!

We had the same issue with the Mantus 35 lb. & Mantus swivel. We decided to change the bow roller to accommodate same.
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