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Did you get the boat surveyed before buying her??
I generally don't recommend mounting the GPS antenna much above deck level on a monohull, as the pitch and roll of the boat will affect the GPS readings much more the higher up it is mounted. Generally, the best spot for it is on the stern pulpit railing.
I would replace the gate valve with a ball seacock, but if the drain is above the water line, it isn't necesarily something that has to be done right away, especially if the gate valve is in good working order.
Fix the tank back in place. Use epoxy and fiberglass it back into place. Having it loose like that is a good way to damage the tank, the fuel lines and other parts of the boat.
If the bow pulpit is just bent, but the stainless steel tubing that makes it up isn't crimped or kinked, then you should be able to straighten it and use it again. If the tubing is kinked or crimped, then you'll probably need to replace it—since that kind of damage really reduces the strength of the stainless steel tubing.
As for hauling her...UGH.. Do you have access to a travel lift or crane at both locations? Where is the boat now—on the hard, on a cradle, on a trailer, in the water??? If she's on a trailer, or a cradle, then it isn't that difficult to move her.
On a trailer—tow the trailer to where you want the boat splashed, provided the place has a crane or travel lift capable of lifting the Catalina and puttiner her in the water.
On a cradle—rent a flatbed trailer and crane... lift the boat, move the cradle to the flatbed trailer and bolt it down, put the boat back on the cradle, then proceed as above.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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