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Old 04-25-2019, 12:51 AM   #1
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34' LRC Californian pics

Hey TF,

Long time lurker - trying to figure what to do with this thing.
After about 3yrs of tinkering, repairing and throwing undisclosed amounts of cash at it -- getting comfortable with her now.

Able to take the wife and kids for a weekend in calm waters
Fish offshore & local areas out of san diego

Basics
34 LRC californian 79'
125hp'ish naturally aspirated
all 12 volt - no generator / no inverter - keeping it easy
- Xantrex battery monitor (flo scan for batteries - 220ah usable)
bow thruster
micro commander throttles (only 2 - flybridge & below)
new electrical panel
rod holders / bait tanks
Simrad and garmin fishfinders - through hull and transom
Underwater light -- my favorite
lots of canvas to protect the wood
- replaced / repaired most items from head rebuild and associated plumbing to electrical -- pumps/lights/switches/windlass/crane ... etc..
still looking at other boats for additional upgrades.
Going to post pictures in separate posts so if you have and ideas and/or questions can keep it simple hopefully.

If i'm posting in the wrong spot - apologies

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Old 04-25-2019, 12:56 AM   #2
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Profile shot of stbd

Shown with full canvas and dingy on deck and without.
Kids returning back safely
Achilles 12' with yamaha 15hp 4stroke
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Old 04-25-2019, 12:58 AM   #3
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aft view

with bait tanks and without
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Old 04-25-2019, 12:59 AM   #4
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on the hook - mariners basin

a place my family likes to go to
calm waters and lots of visitors
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:01 AM   #5
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flybridge

top view fore and aft
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:07 AM   #6
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interior shots

Not sure the wife would approve but only pics i had

New electrical panel - upgraded the old to a more organized layout.
No more tape with names and never certain about a few mystery switches.
All cleaned up - pulled ~5lbs of wire unused. not perfect but better. best i could hope for at the moment.
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:09 AM   #7
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Engine Room

Couple random
Typical engines - but added lights - lots of lights
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:41 AM   #8
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random fish pics

variety here - just for entertainment
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:14 AM   #9
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Congrats, lovely job, you should be proud of your efforts.
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:20 AM   #10
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Long time lurker - trying to figure what to do with this thing.
It would appear that you have found plenty to do with it. Looks like the family is fully enjoying their time on in and together. Congrats.
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Old 04-25-2019, 09:06 AM   #11
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Looks good! Nice Calicos. I live in Poway and have been thinking about getting a trawler. Did you do all the work yourself? There are a few Californians for sale at what seems like reasonable pricing. Where is your slip?
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How does she run with those perkins? Twins I assume?

Really cool setup and similar to how I use my boat but on the other coast. 34 Mainship with single turbo 160 Perkins.

The lines of your boat remind me of mine.
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Old 04-25-2019, 10:30 AM   #13
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Very nice, SD!! Looks like you have found lots of ways to have fun with your boat! I love the 34 LRC as a reliable, efficient, and versatile platform for cruising, fishing, diving, etc.

Is that Fiesta Island I see in the background? Mission Bay is a great place to unwind.

I think those Perkins 6.354 naturals are 135 HP. Great engines....they can last a long time! Must be easy docking with twins and a bowthruster.
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:00 PM   #15
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fiesta is a little further back - we go to the mariners basin right near the roller coaster near mission beach

I think you're right - 135hp
twins & bow thruster -- can slide in anywhere
had it installed for a previous docking arrangement - 15knots of wind on the beam and in a double slip - always had to come in hot or played bumper boats -- way to white knuckle for my tastes. Now i'm at a single slip docking into the wind. My wife who has zero boating exp can undock / dock from there.
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auskiwi & Gdavid

thanks for the kind words - i grew up on sailboats / trying to get the kids more into what the area has to offer..
keeps the kids off electronics when out - always a good thing
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Calicos / Cuda / mack / bonita / rockfish -- kelps are always fun - usually catch and release for me & kids have a blast - been known to keep a couple for ceviche.

After running a go fast fishing sled - family did not enjoy going out. Switched to this one and has worked out great. Should have done it sooner.

I'm at harbor island west - near the airport

The rod holders/railings - bow thruster /electrical panel -- used pros

Pumps / new leds throughout / winch / windlass / bait system / paint / basic engine maintenance (sensors / impeller / oil-fuel changes) - tackled myself
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I really like the Mainship as well - Californian was more in my price at the time - could be the next boat as there a few Mainship 40's near me..
Twins and cruise about 8knots 1850rpm - can push 10knots'ish at 2150rpm , can get a bit higher but feels like i'm plowing more. When cruising around get about 1.5 mpg +/- .5 mpg
Would like to install a flo-scan or something similar to find that sweet spot for fuel savings.
Even when a bit rough the twins just push on through. Having twins is nice as I lost an alternator about 40miles out last year and came back in on one at 5 knots.. I have boat us but that would have been a much longer ride. Peace of mind for me at those distances.
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Interesting. I cruise with 4-cyl versions of your NA Perkins, the 4.236, and do 7.5 Kts at 1800 RPM at 3.2 GPH. I'm no nautical engineer but I think the hull length plays more role into your sweet spot than engine size. I bet if you slowed to 7 Kts, you'd probably get very close to optimum. I live with 7.5 Kts as a compromise between speed and efficiency.

I only get 10 Kts at WOT.
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