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Steering System, Hull Structure / Re: Pearson 34 Rudder Removal
« Last post by mmil95 on Today at 06:44:43 AM »
What did you do once you found that the stainless plate was about to fail? Were you able to locate a replacement or have a new rudder built? Thanks.
Steering System, Hull Structure / Question of failed P34 rudder
« Last post by mmil95 on December 14, 2019, 11:53:45 AM »
I would appreciate some advice. We have a 1984 P34 hull #43. When the boat was hauled this October, the boatyard noted loosening of the rudder shaft and advised that the rudder could fail and that it should be removed and evaluated. The rudder has been removed and we are told that due to extensive corrosion and loosening of the stainless steel plate it cannot be saved. They are recommending either finding a replacement rudder (which they have been unable to find) or fashioning a new one which they are offering to do for about $6000. Does this sound like reasonable advice? How often do these rudders fail? Of note, we noticed no problems with steering just prior to the boat being hauled and I must say that I was never completely convinced about the play in the rudder that was pointed out to me after the boat was on the hard. Thanks.
P323 / MOVED: clogged engine water intake
« Last post by admin on December 09, 2019, 10:43:57 AM »
Plumbing and Galley Systems / Re: clogged engine water intake
« Last post by Valor on December 09, 2019, 08:45:13 AM »

If you have a scoop style  or a one piece strainer/thru- hull please get rid of it and install an unprotected thru-hull. Then purchase and install a Groco opening strainer cover and install it over the thru-hull so you can open the strainer cover and service the thru-hull. The version I went with was the second to last one in the article.  I installed a 3/4 bronze thru-hull with a Groco opening strainer made for a 1 1/4  thru-hull.  It will take a much bigger blockage before becoming completely blocked.

I did this last year just to improve reliability. The guy who dives on my boat always pulls the pin and cleans the intake. It works very well.

Plumbing and Galley Systems / Re: Bonding
« Last post by T_schlueter on December 05, 2019, 11:09:30 PM »
Thx! I like your portlight project as well. All mine leak.
Ports & Hatches / Re: Anchor Locker Hatch - P323
« Last post by SeaFever on December 05, 2019, 05:16:39 PM »
Thanks for the advice, I am leaning towards the plywood idea and 3/4 inch may be the way to go. I will see what kind of how-to info/videos I can find before I head back to the boat. 

Now I realize I didn't measure the hatch before I left the boat (600+ miles away).  I wonder if any P323 owners could measure the anchor locker hatch if they happen to be at their boat in the next few weeks.   
Plumbing and Galley Systems / Re: Bonding
« Last post by Dolce_Vita on December 05, 2019, 08:36:39 AM »
No, it does not.  This was the very first project I did after purchasing our 323, and one I strongly recommend if you have and use a shore power connection.

Here's a link to my project page:
Plumbing and Galley Systems / Re: Bonding
« Last post by T_schlueter on December 04, 2019, 03:39:03 PM »
I don't know what to do for now. Does the P323 come equipped with a galvanic isolator?
Plumbing and Galley Systems / Re: Bonding
« Last post by Dolce_Vita on December 04, 2019, 03:02:10 PM »
This is a complex topic, and there are many differing and contradictory points of view.

Stan Honey's position is perfectly correct ... if all you're concerned about is galvanic corrosion.  Unfortunately, there are other factors to consider, each of which interact with the boat's grounding/bonding system.  Not all apply to every boat. Some of these factors are:
  • Galvanic Corrosion
  • Lightning Protection (Controversial in itself!)
  • Performance of Radio System's "Ground Plane" (VHF, Radar, AIS)
  • Shore Power Safety Ground
  • Presence or absence of a Galvanic Isolator
  • Presence or absence of a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI)

You can find "experts" that argue for everything from "Bond Everything" to "Bond Nothing"! 
You should try to learn as much as possible, and then make a decision based on your specific situation.
Plumbing and Galley Systems / Re: Bonding
« Last post by T_schlueter on December 04, 2019, 12:14:51 PM »
I just ran across a West Marine article written in 1996 by electrical engineer Stan Honey. According to him the "bond everything" traditional approach is counterproductive other than in open sea environments.  Here is an excerpt pertinent to this topic: "An isolated bronze thru-hull doesn't need protection because it is not in electrical contact with another immersed dissimilar metal. If electrically isolated, high quality marine bronze, is electrochemically stable in seawater; nothing good can come from connecting wires to it."
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