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Old 10-04-2012
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Re: Catalina 22 Question regarding Swing Keel

I have used the gin pole method you see all over the net, be sure to have the "A" frame set up as to hold the mast from going sideways while lifting, it can be done cheaply with some 2x4's, some conduit for the A frame and a couple of blocks with some line, two people can raise the mast comfortably and more importantly safely.
I've seen people claim they do it on their own, it's possible but, in my opinion is best with help.
Take your time to make sure everything is in place and run the drill in your mind to play how it's going to unfold before starting to raise, make sure you know and everybody involved knows the sequence of steps and how is supposed to happen. If somethings goes wrong or you realize it's going to, make sure your set up allows you to go back down ad rest the mast till you figure out the glitch.

Good luck and have a great day on the water !!!!!
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Re: Catalina 22 Question regarding Swing Keel

Thank you for that advice. I intend to create that wood GIN pole and get everything ready to test. I have a winch, tie down straps, 2X4 - 8 ft. and all the galvenized nut and bolts I think I need to make mine. Ill take pics and post the finished product.

I decided to rent a storage spot for my boat. This means that I don't have the urgency to take the mast down to get it ready for trailering the boat home. I can leave the mast up while we take it out of the water and drive it to my storage spot right there at the marina. This also eliminated the daily launch fee that I would have to pay each time I launched the boat. So, in essence, the cost to store my new (to me) boat was just a few bucks more.

Less than 12 hours til LAUNCH time. I am SOOOOO excited - and nervous.

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Re: Catalina 22 Question regarding Swing Keel

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I decided to rent a storage spot for my boat. This means that I don't have the urgency to take the mast down to get it ready for trailering the boat home. I can leave the mast up while we take it out of the water and drive it to my storage spot right there at the marina. This also eliminated the daily launch fee that I would have to pay each time I launched the boat. So, in essence, the cost to store my new (to me) boat was just a few bucks more.


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Great choice, raising and lowering the mast every time gets old pretty fast, and that means you will consequently sail less.

Lets us know how it goes... good sailing !!!!!
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Re: Catalina 22 Question regarding Swing Keel

Well, Here is my update. I picked up the boat and as of today, have had 7 days of working on the trailer and motor, trying to get everything ready.....and about 4 days of sailing on her.

After cleaning all the dirt, mud, spiders, webs, a totally destroyed dinette table, and bunks, the boat is starting to look pretty good. I took the wife out of the marina using the outboard to give her a feel for the boat and suddenly found out that the outboard was leaking gas..... dripping it out onto the water........ I turned the boat around and headed back to the temp slip. Long story short -- the tank was patched with some sort of cheap bondo....... I removed it from the engine and took it home where I proceeded to wire brush it down to the bare metal. Boy, was that a problem. It must have had 30 or so pinholes in the bottom of the tank where it had been bondo-ed. I am used to using JB-Weld and US Steel Tank Sealer on my mini motorcycles, so I followed the same process and repaired the tank. After two seal coatings, the tank works good as new.

Took the boat out last Saturday and got just outside the marina when the motor suddenly died.... it was blowing pretty hard and I was frantic - trying to figure out why the motor wouldnt start and whether I should I throw out the anchor to make sure I didn't get blown onto the rocks....... then I realized that the gas wasn't turned on and once I did turn it on, she fired up and I was SAFE again. I also found out that the anchor on this boat was the mushroom type and would have done NOTHING to keep me from dragging and ending up on the rocks in a real emergency. So, a new Danforth anchor, chain, and rope are on the list for next payday.

Yesterday, Sunday, Took the wife out and had a great day of sailing. Very relaxing and just a few concerns came up.

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Re: Catalina 22 Question regarding Swing Keel

Experience is the best teacher. Thanks for the update. Send us some pictures next time!
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Re: Catalina 22 Question regarding Swing Keel

Pictures are still at my Google site. I just keep adding pictures to the album. Pictures of the boat, the trailer, me sailing (solo), etc.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1081910...LHrpdfgyJrAdg#

I even posted a video at the google site, but for some reason it won't play all the time, so heres me sailing yesterday - posted on YouTube.

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Re: Catalina 22 Question regarding Swing Keel

Im back..... Here is the latest on my 1980 Catalina 22. Last Saturday, I finished a whole day of solo-sailing in pretty strong winds. The local Sailing clubs were out and were conducting sailboat races. I sailed down there using only my Main however had the Genoa 150 connected and ready (should I get the courage to pull it up). With just the main up the winds were pulling my boat over pretty nicely.... couple of times, I felt I had to turn into the wind somewhat and dump the wind..... Later, I had either gotten brave or the wind died just a bit and pulled up the Genoa. It turned out to be a great day of sailing. short video at https://picasaweb.google.com/1081910...57706794624098

After I pulled the boat out of the water, I decided to spray the keel bolts with a healthy coating of WD40. What I found was a little upsetting. I was missing one bolt and the keel hangar was hanging down - held by the one remaining bolt - and it was LOOSE ! ! !

So, I ordered new keel hangar bolts from Catalina Direct and went up to the marina to replace all of them........ then, I noticed another problem. The hangars are upside down. Instead of the pivot assembly being inside the keel bunker, it is upside down and are outside the bunker. Apparently was done this way by the previous to the previous owner....... So, my question is, should I drop the keel and try to install the hangars correctly or should I just tighten the newly installed keel bolts and enjoy sailing until I have more time to drop the keel to correct this? What say you......??
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Re: Catalina 22 Question regarding Swing Keel

Hopefully you did the right thing and placed the hangers correctly!
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