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Re: My 1st boat, 1979 22 Catalina, swing keel...need some advice

Congratulations man. Catalina 22s are a lot of fun.

I've done both the keel cable replacement and a rudder refairing on mine. Here are some pics and things:

Keel Cable
Rudder Part 1
Rudder Part 2

I have mine set up so that the rudder can't hit the prop, at least when the rudder is down. When motoring in very shallow water where I have to kick up the rudder, there's some danger, but I just pay attention. Some people make little extensions to the cavitation plate of the motor that extend past the prop as a guard.

The cable is an important thing to check out because a broken one can be really bad news, but mostly I'd suggest you just sail it and worry about the non-safety related maintenance for some other time.

My Boat Log, or "blog" if you will:
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Last edited by chip; 12-31-2013 at 03:00 AM. Reason: updated links
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