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Cal 2-29 forward hatch upgrade & holding tank question

has anyone replaced the forward hatch on their 2-29?

i have a leaker, and just want to replace with something tight and new.

also, i have no holding tank. just brought it into fresh water and wish to add.
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The hatch depends on what you have as nothing matched my Bomar without a lot of filling and drilling so i repaired it

The holding tank ? the only place would be under the settee area i and going with the sea-land head with built in 9 gallon tank
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Lewmar Ocean Series hatchs will work but I wonder if you don't just need to replace the gasketing material. On our old boat (1976 Cal 2-29) I found that I had to replace the solid foam gaskets at about 5 year intervals.

On our boat we had a roughly 20 gallon triangular holding tank under the forward end of the forepeak berth. A Whale Gusher hand pump was mounted vertically on the face of the forward bulkhead and allowed one to pump the tank out through the overboard discharge that was fitted with a Y-Valve when one was off shore or to a deck fitting when one was at a pump-out station. The nice thing about the Whale is that one can suction waste through it if the pump-out station is fitted with a vacume pick-up line. Just ensure that the vent line to the tank is clear.

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One boat I looked at had a collapsible 6 gal bladder and manual whale pump.
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all good ideas.
will check out the gasket

just discovered the dreaded mast step issue.

the can of worms, has, well, been pried open. and they are rusty.
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If you look under the settee in the center of the boat buy the mast post you will have a pretty good idea of condition with NO cutting as all the bad ones i have seen had cracked the hull liner in the same way
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thanks for the note.

i looked under the settee this morning, right next to a through fitting. seems to be right at the center of the hull, it was so rusted that that a screwdriver poked right through and was knocking on the liner in the head. big chunks of rusted steel just started flaking off.

however the tabs are completely void of any rust. ha.

replacement seems obvious.

after de-masting, should i gut the head cabinets and toilet or settee?
seems like a big job. but i have a new Beta Marine 14 and rest of boat is bristol.
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You might want to consider a composting toilet instead of installing a holding tank.
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Go to the older sections as i go into how i did the beam WITHOUT having to remove the main bulkhead

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I thought the beam would be hard BUT it turned into the one of the easy jobs in the restore

Take a look at all the bulkheads under the chainplates as they tend to rot there from leaks
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so, concerning the BEAM. do i really need to replace this?
it has been this way for years i can only imagine.
i will have this boat a few years only before moving up in size to accommodate my family.

is it a necessary fix?
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