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New old boat and a question

So I loved my Rhodes 19 and I put a lot of effort into a recent refit, but really wanted something to overnight and just relax in, so I sold her.

Picked up a 1976 Catalina 27 Tall Rig with an inboard and the dinette layout I liked. Needs some work, but I'll be able to get out on the water now and enjoy her. I do have a ton of questions about her.

Question I have is the winch placement. There are 2 Lewmar winches on each side of the cockpit. I know the forward ones are for the jib sheets, but what are the back ones for? The traveler is on the stern. The halyards are tied off on the mast. Here is a photo, taken before I've cleaned up anything. It is the starboard side.

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Re: New old boat and a question

Spinnaker ?
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Re: New old boat and a question

Does not have a spinnaker now, but guess that does not mean it never did.
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Re: New old boat and a question

Congrats JoeLena on your move up to 27 feet.
Rhodes 19' is a nice little boat but you and some company can actually spend a night comfortably down below on your C27'.
The extra set of winches is likely for a spinnaker as noted. Nice to have an extra set of winches although the primaries look a bit beefier than the set mounted more aft.
I'm curious what engine came with your C27?
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Thanks Caleb, your insight on the forum has helped me a lot so far. The Rhodes was nice, so perfect and new, the C27 is not. But you are correct. Just being about o sit and 'hang out' on a real boat will be great. I had it stored with the mast up on the lake, but even struggling with the trailer and uncovering, rigging each time was a pain. Being able to step on the boat and go will be great. But the increase in marina fees hurt.

Mine has the A4, 30hp.
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Re: New old boat and a question

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Thanks Caleb, your insight on the forum has helped me a lot so far. The Rhodes was nice, so perfect and new, the C27 is not. But you are correct. Just being about o sit and 'hang out' on a real boat will be great. I had it stored with the mast up on the lake, but even struggling with the trailer and uncovering, rigging each time was a pain. Being able to step on the boat and go will be great. But the increase in marina fees hurt.

Mine has the A4, 30hp.
There you go Caleb you smelled that one coming

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Re: New old boat and a question

Wild and crazy guys. How many have gone to electronic ignition? Got a couple old cars I have had it installed on and is great. I would rather sail than play with points.
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Re: New old boat and a question

JoeLena,

Time to join the Moyer Marine Atomic 4 forum. The crew over there know way more than I do.
I'm no expert A4 guy. I've just owned one for over 10 years and it has taught me a lot about wrenching during that time.
Get the electronic ignition for your A4. Ours came with EI and has been trouble free for 10+ years = no points!
They are kind of old engines but if you take care of them, they will take care of you. Mine is 45 years old and still purring.
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Re: New old boat and a question

Anyone with a solid Atomic Bomb should treat it to the "Full Moyer" - electronic ignition, heat exchanger etc. Compared to the alternatives it is very cheap and you end up with an engine that is virtually as reliable as a diesel while being smoother and quieter. Getting rid of the points also allows you to use a hotter coil without concern which gives better ignition performance.

If it was me, I'd spend the money to upgrade all the fuel lines to braided stainless with AN fittings as well. That would virtually eliminate any concerns about gas fumes or leakage.
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Re: New old boat and a question

Joe, needed to post one more message to PM you, although I have not had much success in finding any mechanics or people willing to call me back either in the Atlanta area.
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