I have a Catatlina 36 MKI. This is the end of the first year I've owned it. Just checked the trans fluid and the dipstick doesn't seem to match the manual. Mine has a notch way way waaaaaay down at the bottom of the stick, and that's the only mark there is. The manual says the fill mark is about 1/4 of the way up from the bottom. Well, my notch is basically at the bottom. No where near a 1/4 of the way up. the transmision looks original, a Hurth.
This manual, which appears to be original to the boat judging the age, also says there's 8 qts of oil, which clearly there was not when I changed and refilled. It was about 4 qts.
Are these manuals just rough guides and not really be to trusted? The manual keeps throwing me off and I'm stuck using my common sense (which I think is pretty good, but I hate not being able to read exactly how something should be).