Been off group for a little while so just sent you an email.
If it is appropriate, I have just made contact with the Lister-Petter
people in the UK. <keithmason@...> is the
email address. Keith thinks that the engine is basically a VW Pirhana
and most parts can be obtained thru VW.
Contact him for Service Manual= 40 pounds.
What is your hailing port?
Contact me if I can be of any assistance.
All the Best,
Jerry Van Campen
s/v No Regard
CN 345 #13
--- In email@example.com, comeaux@i... wrote:
> Good day, all.
> I thought I would introduce myself, since I'm a fairly new addition
> to the group, and I'm sure I'll be begging for help before too
> . .
> On December 6, my wife and I purchased a 1979 Camper & Nicholsons
> 345, Hull #6 (we think).
> When we first inspected the boat, the owner told us that in the
> years he knew the boat (he knew the previous owner from whom he
> bought it), the boat had been sailed exactly once, for about an
> and had motored a few times a year, in protected waters. Other
> that, the boat had basically sat in protected tropical salt water.
> So we knew we would have problems. Our surveyor pointed out some
> major system problems: the turnbuckles exhibit hairline fractures;
> none NONE! of the thru-hull valves operate; the engine
> rigged in places; the bowpulpit is ugly. When we hauled her, the
> bottom is ugly (not surprising on a boat that has not been out of
> water in 7+ years), but the hull appears to be in good shape, i.e.
> blistering (surprising on a boat that has not been out of the water
> in 7+ years). In short, a project boat, but more boat than we
> thought we could get for the money.
> Three hours after it left the harbor on her delivery here, the
> craps out. Won't start. Two different diesel mechanics look at it
> and say she's completely dead; the only option is a new engine. In
> desperation, I call Pathfinder. They ask for the symptoms; I
> the delivery captain's story; they say: The engine is not the
> problem, it's the transmission. I ask our diesel mechanic to
> check the transmission. He has to pull the engine to remove the
> transmission. Sure enough, the transmission is shot. But there's
> lot of problems with the engine, too. Long story short: time to
> rebuild. Mucho dinero. I'm not happy.
> As an aside, I am VERY impressed that Pathfinder's mom & pop shop
> could diagnose the real problem by telephone with second-hand
> information, when fairly experienced general diesel mechanics
> couldn't do so with the engine in front of them + the same
> information given to Pathfinder. Ultimately, Pathfinder informed
> the marinization is not even Pathfinder, but Petter, because it's a
> C&N. Nevertheless, they know their stuff, and I haven't paid them
> The bright side of all this is that we had to sail without
> this boat around a few times to get her checked out (and, well,
> just for kicks). She sails like a dream.
> Right now, she's on the hard. The engine is out of the boat being
> rebuilt, so we took the time to do what we expected to after the
> survey: Replace all the thru-hulls and get the bottom painted.
> These are being done by professionals, but there are some other
> projects we're taking on our own. I'll post questions on these
> separately; this is just an introduction, right?
> This is our first sailboat. Although I fancy myself to be
> mechanically inclined, I haven't actually DONE much mechanical work
> in a long time. So I apologize in advance if I ask some really
> questions (like a couple I'll ask tonight).
> Despite the unexpected extra financial outlay, we are satisfied as
> begin our life with our new C&N 345. We look forward to begging
> indulgence, and welcome any help we novices can provide to the rest
> of you in return.
> David & Danielle
> S/v [we're going to rename her, so superstition prevents me from
> posting the new name yet]
> C&N 345 #06
- Good day, all.
Please allow me to introduce myself:
My name is Eucherio Rodrigues, I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Two
years ago I've bought and restored a 1981 C&N 345 (Fast) #6
called "Prana". There has been built around 120 boats under licence
from C&N here in Brazil under the name "Fast 345". The first ones,
including mine, were built to the exact specs of the original CN 345:
3/4 fractional rig, spade rudder and fin lead keel.
Although the company doesn't exist anymore, It is still one of the
most popular sailboats around here. It sails like a dream, has a
strong hull and is reasonably confortable.
She does not have the original VW engine, it has been replaced by a
Yanmar 3GM30F 27 hp.
I' would appreciate to get any available printed material concerning
the CN 345, such as: brochures, articles etc.
Also, I'll be willing to share experiences about restoring and
mantaining this lovely boat.