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Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death is OUT



Getting ready to cut the liner after demoing the head area the Fein 250Q was a big disappointment as it took the dam thing 4 minutes to cut 4' of 5/16 thick fiberglass



The CAL CURSE galvanized steel mast support




Then the mother of all PITAs the 3 steel tabs behind the bulkheads BUT the Sawzall mad quick work of them



My worst fear did not happen as i was able to get the screws out the one tab hidden by the ice box as you can reach the nuts after the pan was removed :rockon



Now i just have to abuse myself enough to get the beam out I would cut in the middle BUT i am a bit afraid of starting a fire and really want to leave it in one piece to copy at the shop

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Good luck, man. I had a Cal 29 that I stripped down to bare glass and floor pan, thinking I would resurrect her. Deck re-coring on those boats is also a lot of fun. Most people do 'em from inside out. I had both of those problems (plus rotted bulkheads) and threw in the towel and sold her for peanuts.
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Beam ejector hole and and BFH



Ejected beam



Off to metal shop and kind of of happy i passed on the 29s in better shape as everyone i looked at had the issue and it would suck to spend that much money and still have to chop it up

Thanks Pain

I got the time and the tools and the friends and a driveway to work in which makes the travel kind of Painless





Pulling the motor was much harder than the beam

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I have a question for you

I have a cal29 with a beam problem and I would like to talk to you . Thanks Richard
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Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

I never realized i left this one half done



This is the new beam

The flange was added to give a place to secure the fiberglass pan we cut in the first part of the job

The pan just kind of sits there and has no real part in the structural integrity of the boat

The three tabs were left OFF because there location had to be changed form the cabin side of the bulkhead to the head side

They were cut off the beam because its the ONLY way to remove it and leave the main bulkhead intact



This is the TEST FIT of the beam and the tabs were fitted flush into the bulkhead to allow the pocket door wood and hardware to remain original



This shim under the mast step is important as originally they used some kind of polyester filler between the beam and the liner and there was no way to do it that way again

THE MAST WILL BEND THE CABIN TOP IF YOU GET LAZY ON THIS STEP



If you look close you can see the final welds on the tabs which were done OUTSIDE the boat as i did NOT wish to burn it down



It becomes easy to see why cutting a NEAT line was important

The pocket doors wood slide covers this seam making the repair invisible



I used 1/4-20 flathead screws to hold everything together



And the teak grate the boat came with makes a nice finishing touch
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Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

I'm currently looking at a 84 Cal 31 and it looks like it has the BOD problem too. He is asking $5,500 for the boat it's in really good condition besides this beam. The work you did looks great and to do it right you have to get invasive. The 31 footer has the sink and cabinet in the head and it seems it would have to get even more invasive to get the old beam out and new one in not to mention the flooring in the companion way that would have to be cut and storage locker on starboard side something would have to be done with that as well I would think to access the beam. What are your thoughts?
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Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

On the 29 if you cut the pan as I show it will lift OUT in one piece as the section under the v-berth is only held in with a few 1/4-20 bolts

The pictures of the 31 look very much the same BUT I do not see the track and pocket door that is in the 29 to close off the head area

The question is how wide the head area is in the 31 and will the pan lift out in a similar fashion

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Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

I'm going to be checking out a Cal 29 next week and I am taking a boroscope with me. Did I get it right that I will be able to see under there from somewhere on the port side near the bulkhead? Where are the three tabs that you cut originally located, in plain sight? Thanks!
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Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

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On the 29 if you cut the pan as I show it will lift OUT in one piece as the section under the v-berth is only held in with a few 1/4-20 bolts

The pictures of the 31 look very much the same BUT I do not see the track and pocket door that is in the 29 to close off the head area

The question is how wide the head area is in the 31 and will the pan lift out in a similar fashion
Hey, tommays, since you have lots of experience: what are the best saw(s) for cutting a fiberglass liner, both in an unrestricted area and in a restricted area?
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