Catalina 27' "Montecito"

Orientation Guide

Table of Contents

  1. Electrical System
  2. Engine Operation
  3. Sails and Rigging
  4. Dock Lines and Fenders
  5. Safety and Emergency Equipment
  6. Navigation Equipment, Radio
  7. Ground Tackle
  8. Bilge Pumps
  9. Head (Toilet)
  10. Galley
  11. Freshwater System
  12. Miscellaneous Equipment and Information

Attention: Montecito has a fin keel - Draft of 5' - displacement of 6,400 lbs.

1. Electrical System

The master battery switch is on the electrical panel, port side above the chart table.

Use both batteries for engine starting and operation. Never switch the master while engine is on. Switch to one battery when the engine is off and when you leave the boat. Be sure all other switches except the bilge pump are off when you leave the boat.

To use cabin lights, switch on “Cabin Lights” panel switch. Turn off in the morning to prevent battery drain.

The two twelve-volt batteries are located beneath the port settee under the electrical panel.

SHOREPOWER CORD is to be taken with you. DO NOT leave it on the dock because you may not return to the same slip. DO NOT DROP OR GET THE SHOREPOWER CORD WET. If this happens, do not plug it in and advise the Sailing Center.

OUTLETS: The outlet’s breaker is on the electrical panel and must be turned on, shorepower cord connected and shore power switch turned-on on the electrical panel. If the outlets do not work, check the second circuit breaker switch in the port lazarette located just under the lid opposite the shore power receptacle.

Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI)

The AC outlets are equipped with GFI, which protects against electrocution. If the GFI system detects a condition that could indicate that a person is receiving an electrical shock, it shuts off the power extremely rapidly. The system is highly sensitive, and therefore can be triggered by the moisture present in the boat.

If an AC outlet has no power, verify that the AC control panel has power and that the OUTLET breaker is on. Then check for an AC outlet that has a griggered GFI (a small button that has popped out). The GFI may be on the dead outlet or on another outlet. (A GFI-equipped outlet can protect a string of outlets). Push the button back in and power is restored to all outlets in the string.

2. Engine Operation

Montecito is equipped with a 20 HP Yanmar two-cylinder diesel, freshwater cooled. Fuel consumption is approximately 1/2 gallon per hour. At the recommended cruising RPM of 3600, the vessel makes approximately six knots. The fuel capacity is 14 gallons and the range of about 140-160 miles (or 28 hours of motoring). There is a fuel gauge on the binnacle. The fuel tank is located at the stern and can be accessed through the starboard lazarette. Fuel shut off is located on top of the fuel tank.

ENGINE CHECKS:

Oil: Check daily. Access is located under the stairs. Undo the aft latch and lift the stairs. The aft engine cover must be removed when checking and filling oil or transmission fluid. The dipstick is located on the starboard side of the engine. The dip stick is marked with a silver loop. Pull firmly to lift the stick. Please minimize rubbing on the hoses near the dipstick. Remove it carefully, do not drop oil at the base of engine or on the floor.

ONLY ADD OIL IF BELOW THE FULL MARK ON THE DIPSTICK AND DO NOT OVERFILL. Overfilling causes engine damage. If you overfill, please notify the Sailing Center.

Oil Fill Access: The oil fill is located on the top center of the engine, access is gained by removing the aft engine cover.

DO NOT OVERFILL – ADD A SMALL AMOUNT OF OIL, WAIT A MINUTE AND CHECK THE DIP STICK AGAIN.

Coolant: Access for checking coolant level is inside the cabinet under the galley sink. Attached to the bulkhead is a plastic Recovery Tank. Levels of “Max” and “Fill” are clearly marked on the tank. If at “Fill” level, add distilled water. Please secure lid for coolant recovery tank.

Raw Water Intake/Strainer: This is located under the aft berth, under the boards of the forward cushion. Move the cushion and lift the center boards (the ones marked). Close the thru-hull. Carefully unscrew the plastic base of the strainer, remove the debris from the strainer; do not remove debris over the water so the strainer is not lost overboard; and GENTLY screw the strainer back on.
ONLY HAND TIGHTEN. TURNING TOO TIGHT WILL CRACK THE STRAINER. REMEMBER TO OPEN THE SEACOCK.

Wet Packing Gland: Montecito is equipped with a wet packing gland that contains one small nut and one large nut. The small nut sets the rate of the drip (this should be set at 20 drips/min), and the large nut locks the small nut into place. Excess will flow into reservoir under the engine and make its way to the bilge, do not be alarmed if there is a small amount of water under the engine, it is coming from the wet packing gland.

To start the engine:

  1. Make sure battery master is on ALL.
  2. Put gear lever on the starboard side of binnacle in neutral.
  3. Be sure engine kill lever pushed in.
  4. Turn key to position one pressure alarm should sound. This light will go out after starting.
  5. Turn key past position one and hold for approximately 10 seconds to engage glow plugs.
  6. Press black starter button on left of engine control panel. Do not crank for more than 10 seconds at a time. Alarm should stop when engine starts. If not, stop engine immediately using engine kill lever.
  7. After the engine has started, check to see that water is coming out of exhaust. (Underneath port stern). If not, stop engine.
  8. Make sure the steering lock is loose

 

To stop the engine:

  1. Reduce throttle, put in neutral, let idle for at least one minute to cool down.
  2. PULL ENGINE KILL. If at dock make sure boat is tied up securely.
  3. Turn off ignition key and put battery master switch on one battery. NEVER TURN OFF IGNITION KEY BEFORE KILLING ENGINE.

WHEN SAILING, LEAVE GEAR SHIFT IN NEUTRAL (NOT REVERSE OR FORWARD)

CAUTION

  • Do not press the starter for more than 10 seconds without pausing for a break.
  • Never close engine raw water intake except when cleaning the strainer.
  • Let the engine idle for a few minutes to warm-up after a cold start.
  • ENGINE OPERATING TEMPERATURE WILL BE BETWEEN 170-190 DEGREES AND SHOULD BE TURNED OFF IMMEDIATELY AT 200 DEGREES. There is a red light (with an audible alarm) to the left of the temperature gauge (on the engine instrument panel) to sound when engine is hot. If the engine overheats, check the coolant level and the raw water strainer. Make sure water is coming out of the exhaust, if not the impeller may need replacing. Make sure that ignition key is always ON when engine is ON.
  • THIS VESSEL BACKS TO PORT

3. Sails and Rigging

The mainsail halyard is led to the cockpit through a rope clutch on the starboard side. The rope clutch is designed to be closed when raising the halyard and will hold the halyard secure once raised. Be sure to push the rope clutch all the way open to release the halyard. Raising Mainsail: Be sure the rope clutches are open for the 1st reef point, the mainsheet and boomvang are released and that you are pointed into the wind.

The mainsheet is led to the cockpit on the starboard side. It is secured in a jam cleat marked “Main Sheet”. The mainsheet and halyard share the same winch.

The jib roller furling line is secured on the port side of the cockpit. The jib can be furled and unfurled with this line. In light winds the jib sheet may be used to aid in unfurling. When sailing with the genoa/jib partially furled, be sure the roller furling line is secured on the cleat. Do not furl or unfurl the sail when head to wind. A broad reach is best, use the main sail to block the jib/genoa.

WHEN FURLING THE GENNY, PLEASE MONITOR TOP HALF OF ROLLER FURLING DRUM TO MAKE SURE FURLING LINE DOES NOT JAM OR BIND. NEVER PUT FURLING LINE ON WINCH – YOU WILL BREAK THE DRUM AND/OR THE LINE.

There are two winch handles above the port settee.

4. Dock Lines and Fenders

Upon your return, please attach the longest dockline on the dockside stern.

While sailing, fenders may be firmly secured to the stern rail. Make sure they do not interfere with the stern anchor.

ALWAYS TAKE YOUR DOCKLINES AND FENDERS WITH YOU: NEVER LEAVE THEM ON THE DOCK.

5. Safety and Emergency Equipment

Montecito has seven PFD’s (lifejackets). They are located in the port lazarette. There is a throwable flotation cushion in the same locker.

Fire extinguishers are located in the port side cabinet in the main salon and in the cockpit port lazarette.

There is a man-overboard “Lifesling” mounted on the sternrail.

Orange toolbox, spare belt, and wood plugs are located in the aft cabin closet. PLEASE DO NOT MOVE THIS SAFETY EQUIPMENT.

The boat hook is in the galley, starboard side clipped in at eye level.

Emergency tiller is located in the port lazarette. To affix the emergency tiller first remove the wheel. PLACE THE WHEEL NUT AND KEYWAY INTO THE TOOL KIT FOR SAFE KEEPING. To access the rudder post remove the deck plate located aft of the binnacle on the cockpit floor. Remove deck plate by raising the lever in the plate, which releases the plate. PLACE THE DECK PLATE IN THE TOOL BOX FOR SAFE KEEPING. Affix the long pole on top of the rudder post and insert the tiller on top.

6. Navigation Equipment

VHF radio can be turned on with the NAV/COM switch on the electrical panel. The Sailing Center monitors Channel 16 (the U.S. hailing frequency) and switches to Channel 66(US) for conversations. Please use boat name when calling.

Depth sounder and speed log are controlled by the same NAV/COM switch.

7. Ground Tackle

Bow anchor: 13 lb. Danforth anchor, 248 feet 5/8″ nylon Samson braid and 36 feet chain.

The bow anchor is ready to deploy. Caution and care must be used with the Danforth anchor on the bow.

Because of the size and weight, be careful not to ding or chip the hull or deck when raising and deploying. Be sure to check that anchor is well secured with securing line and can be easily untied. Please take special care to avoid scratching or chipping the boat with anchors and chain.

8. Bilge Pumps

The electric bilge pump switch is bottom right on the electrical panel. Make sure breaker is ON, on the panel and leave switch on “Auto” at all times. If there is a bilge pump failure, use the manual bilge pump.

The manual bilge pump is located in the cockpit behind the port lazarette. The handle is located in the orange toolbox in the aft cabin closet.

9. Head (Toilet)

The head is plumbed for direct overboard discharge or holding tank.
DO NOT USE THE HEAD IN THE HARBOR.

To use the head:

      • Open the “Marine Head Inlet” located in the starboard settee
      • Check to make sure the head discharge is open. This thru-hull is located in the starboard settee.
      • The large black valve should be turned perpendicular to the hull.
      • The black Y-valve is located in the starboard settee as well.
      • The long arms of this valve determine the direction of flow.
      • The holding tank is located under the dinette cushion
      • PLEASE PUMP HOLDING TANKS AT LEAST 3 MILES FROM ANY COASTLINE
      • NO PAPER PRODUCTS ARE TO BE PUT IN THE TOILETS PLEASE USE THE WASTEPAPER BASKETS
      • The thru hull for the macerator is located under the port dinette cushion. Open that prior to turning on the macerator switch. Turn on the macerator switch on the electrical panel.

      Troubleshooting: If salt water is not entering bowl while pumping it, you may need to prime the toilet with salt water or using the shower nozzle to put about 2 to 3 cups of water into the toilet.

      SHOWER: The shower is located in the head. Pull the chrome sink faucet straight up. The lever on the shower head changes the flow from stream to shower. The shower drains straight into the bilge.

10. Galley

Only use ICE in the ice box.

The stove operates on propane. The propane tank is located in the port aft locker in the cockpit. First open the valve at the tank. Turn on the ‘LPG gas valve’ switch on the electrical panel prior to lighting the burners. After use, turn off LPG gas valve switch at electrical panel and then close tank to prevent leakage.

To light a burner use matches or lighter. Keeping knob depressed turn to IGN and light burner. Hold knob depressed for 10 seconds so burner will remain lit.

The thru-hull for the galley sink is underneath the galley sink.

11. Freshwater System

Montecito has water capacity of 24 gallons. The tanks are located on the port side.

To activate the water pump, turn on switch on electrical panel. Leave this switch “off” when sailing and/or not using water.

12. Miscellaneous Equipment

COCKPIT CUSHIONS: There are two navy cockpit cushions. Please return below to the salon on the cabin floor (do not place them on the salon or stateroom cushions). Please stand them on end with the zippers down on the deck in the main salon. Please do not put them on any cushion or mattress. If they are wet please leave in the cockpit.

COCKPIT SHOWER: is located near the stern swim platform. Water pressure must be on.

BBQ: is attached to the port cockpit rail. Please do not remove from rail. You must use propane only. Small Coleman propane cans are to be used and charterer must supply them.

INSTRUMENT COVERS are easily stowed in the galley. Please return after use.

WINCH HANDLES (2) are above the port settee.

BUCKET with rope is in the port lazerette.

BINNACLE COVER is easily stowed in the port cockpit locker or in a clean dry place and returned after use.

COMPANION WAY BOARDS are easily stowed in the aft cabin in the wooden brackets behind the door. Place the companion way boards with the latch facing outwards so it does not dig into other boards.

SHORE POWER plug is located in the port winch cubby of the cockpit.