[C38] Hot water heater

S Orton ssorton at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 5 13:39:59 EDT 2017


Patrick,

I just did this task in July.  Keep in mind this is a very difficult access!  That said, you want all fittings on the front side of the water heater- facing fwd.  An obstetrical we had to over come was the previous owner installed a small floor in the bottom of the sail locker, port aft locker. blocking the lower access cutout that is needed to remove the water heater.  He did this to install an additional set of house batteries, which I immediately removed,because you don't want another 200 plus lbs of weight this far aft.  After listening to the mechanic cussing out the Catalina designers, I told him "Hey, Catalina didn't put that floor in- cut it out", then the heater easily came out.  Once the heater is out, rudder and steering cables are accessible.  Make  any maintenance to these items now, such as replacing the rudder stuffing packing.   For a future problem of a plugged water heater, between the engine coolant in to the heater and the return line install a bypass plug valve, which would of allowed you to quickly bypass your water heater.

Have fun,  Steve O (Santa Susanna, 304)

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I am in Emery Cove Yacht Harbor too
Slip B 64
Patrick

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On Sep 4, 2017, at 5:24 PM, Donald Strong <drstrong at ucdavis.edu<mailto:drstrong at ucdavis.edu>> wrote:

Good move Patrick. I'm impressed. Regards, Don
C38 Discreet Charm, Emery Cove Yacht Harbor,
San Francisco Bay

On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 11:59 AM, Patrick Harpole <1derful at comcast.net<mailto:1derful at comcast.net>> wrote:
Actually mechanic told me replace engine. About $20k
He said it would head problem.
I discovered leaking heat exchanger. Fortunately my girl friend is 5'2" weigh #110. She did the replacement. I couldn't get in space. 6'2" #200
TMI ?
Patrick

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On Sep 4, 2017, at 8:38 AM, William Knowles <whk1965 at gmail.com<mailto:whk1965 at gmail.com>> wrote:

Our engine was overheating discovered it was plugged hot water tank heat exchanger, that was about 8 years old. OK to buy new hot water tank just be sure you can by-pass unit if needed.

On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 11:17 AM, Patrick Harpole <1derful at comcast.net<mailto:1derful at comcast.net>> wrote:
My engine was overheating. Mechanic replaced a lot. Still overheated. I discovered cause was hole in heat exchanger.
We take showers in regular water, have microwave for hot water and sun shower. Sure you want hot water from tap?
Best investment for me are stern rail perch seats.
I drive sitting
Patrick

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On Sep 2, 2017, at 5:57 AM, charles <charles at finn.ws<mailto:charles at finn.ws>> wrote:

Front connection for engine water with rear connection for house.



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From: richardheller at urbanwestcra.com<mailto:richardheller at urbanwestcra.com>
Date: 9/1/17 10:53 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [C38] Hot water heater

I'm about to enter the land of luxury and replace the hot water heater. Not sure whether to order one with a front or rear heat exchanger. Any suggestions by you veteran Cat owners would be very much appreciated.

Thanks very much.

Rick Heller
Southern Comfort #128
San Pedro, CA
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