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Engine and Drive Train / Expected running temp MD11c?
« on: April 08, 2012, 05:39:39 PM »
What is the "normal" temp expected for the MD11c? How long at half throttle should it take to get to it? I had new gauges installed at a recent refit and can not get the temp above 135. It doesn't get there unless running at hull speed with significant squat. Is this correct? Water in water heater gets nice and hot.  Boat in Lake Superior, water temp usually in 50s.


Deck Mounted Hardware / Anchor rode/windlass placement
« on: September 18, 2011, 01:01:57 PM »
Has anyone added or seen a windless that uses the forepeak space for rode storage? Is it feasible? Would it cause odors in the v-berth? If there is a long chain in the rode is the weight a problem?

Has anyone had a windlass installed to empty into the existing anchor locker? How high must the windlass be and how is it mounted.

These questions because most windlass mounting directions ask for 12" of drop for the rode. That can't be done with a surface mounted windlass in the 323's anchor locker.

Any suggestions for windlass mounting appreciated.


Interior Structures / Floor
« on: August 28, 2011, 09:45:10 PM »
What floor was in the original 323's? Ours has only the fiberglass liner with a composite of some sort for the bilge covers. I've seen pics of other 323s with teal and holy. What came in it?

Has anyone tried flooriing other than teak and holly? (same question placed in sailboat owners forum.)


Electrical Systems & Electronics / Grounding and lightning
« on: July 07, 2011, 10:26:33 AM »
I know this topic has been beaten to a frazzle but it seems to reignite spontaneously. Actually,my main question is on structure of the 323.; then a few secondary lightening questions.

Is the steel ballast immediately under the mast step with only a layer of fiberglass separating the two? If so, can I assume there is a good and straight path for lightning to go from the mast to the mast step to the lag bolts to the iron mass in the keel?

But what happens then? I assume a thick layer of FRP containing the ballast so there is a point of major resistance here. Has anyone bolted on a copper or steel plate to the outside with the bolts going into the ballast?

Has anyone known of a 323 or other encapsulated keel on which lightning has burned a hole in the keel? How much water invasion occurs if the FRP is violated over the ballast?

I sail in fresh water. The pundits say I need a full square foot of ground outside the boat. The more edge the better. How does a strap of copper 2" wide by 6' long sound?

Any thoughts?


Sails and Canvas / Hard to raise main
« on: April 28, 2011, 09:58:47 PM »
Any thoughts about the cause of a difficult raising main? We can pull it up about 1/2 way by hand, then need the winch. The last 3-4 feet require max pull on the winch. (Lewmar 25 - yes, they made a "25" a while back.) It takes 2 hands on the winch and the helmsperson to tail. We've lubricated and looked at the slugs for anomalies, burrs etc. and checked through the hardware running the line back to the cockpit but can't find a cause. The sheaves at the top are new, the halyard all rope 7/16", the leads all seem fair. The line runs easily without the sail and with the sail until the top half of the hoist. We're having new sliders put on that the sail maker said would make quite a difference. I don't remember the name but it is a step less (and much less expensive) than the Strong Sail Track. We're putting on a new self-tailing winch.

Any other thoughts appreciated.

Geoff Kloster
S/V AnaMeg
Pearson 323 Hull 163

New Member Introductions / New 1
« on: April 10, 2011, 09:50:13 PM »
Hello all,

Looks like I might be the first non-official person to post here so there's nothing to respond to, nothing to argue, nothing to toss in my two bits about. That gives me license to ramble a bit? Thanks to Brian for resuscitating the site. I hope you all chip in to make it go. I'm Geoff. I'm retired, hoping to cruise the Great Lakes a few years while we (spouse and I) still can crawl around a boat. Our P 323 is slipped at Barker's Island Marina in Superior, WI. If you look at her pic in the owner's list you'll see a modification that leaves her unrecognizable as a P 323; a change in port lights and no bandit stripe. That's the only substantive change and she is still, at the core, a 323. She was in my driveway for 5 years and was completely gutted and all systems revamped. The change in ports was to improve ventilation and seaworthiness. Electrical and plumbing are all new. New stove. New Steering system. Some cosmetic improvements have been made to ceiling and the area around the ports.  I claim no expertise but will be happy to share my "education."  I have pics of the gutted interior if anyone needs to know what's under the surface. Also pics of the finished product except it isn't really finished yet.


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