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To eliminate the need to awkwardly clamber over the fixed rail across the stern when going for a dip, we hacksawed out the center section, used 90-deg. elbows to tidy up, and fit across a short lifeline w/pelican hook.
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I have a 1980 30ft Catalina that presents this same problem. I will be making this fix come spring time!
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Here is the new table I made for my Helsen 22. I tried to make it look older.
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Here are my new companion way doors
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Another MacGyver trick......If you have a steaming light and wish to add a deck light you can do so by adding a couple current steering diodes to the light assembly and a toggle switch down on the electrical panel. I did this on my 525 over 10yrs ago. The beauty is that you don't have to add additional wires in the mast for an extra circuit. The down side is that you have to select one light or the other, not both. The amp rating of the diodes used must be greater than the amp draw of the lamps. For my application I was able to use 2amp diodes due to a 20Watt deck light. The double pole , double throw switch needs current rating greater than the current draw of the lamps. The switch just changes the polarity of the voltage on the wires and the diodes due the current steering..
Use a center-off switch, and one diode and you could have one or both. The problem would be that you'd have to decide ahead of time which one would be the single.
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The annoying problem of halyards banging against the mast inspired me to build a more modern take on belaying pins. Take a look:

Create your own sailboat Belaying Pins

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To eliminate the need to awkwardly clamber over the fixed rail across the stern when going for a dip, we hacksawed out the center section, used 90-deg. elbows to tidy up, and fit across a short lifeline w/pelican hook.
I'd love to do that with my boat and change to a walk through transom, unfortunately I have a pesky rudder post to deal with.
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Quick and Easy, but great looking cockpit sole.

The cockpit of my '74 Catlina 27 was in pretty rough shape; but not having the funds nor time to regrind it, I was looking for a quicker and easier solution.

Enter IKEA; cheap and easy.
The PLATTA outdoor deck tiles cut together easily, and have weathered beautifully. Even if I want to just replace it, it took all of 4 hours; and 2 boxes.





Total cost 80$

IKEA | Flooring | Outdoor flooring | PLATTA | Decking
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How long has the IKEA floor been in? I want to do the same. Unfortunately, it is a seasonal item and you can't order it in the winter.
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A few of my own:

Sail Delmarva: A Few More PDQ Tweaks

The main improvement on this tab is the leaf to make a single pilot berth from one side of the dinette table. You cannot fall out, since the table leaf blocks the edge, and it is right under the breeze from the hatch. Lifting the table is a pain--I injured my back badly this summer lifting it--and generally we only use it as a single anyway. It also makes a great pilot berth for napping since it is close to the cockpit, while the aft cabins are not. Cost: Just the hinge, since the support is a step-stool used for boarding and the leaf was ripped from an old SCAN desk.
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So far one season; it's weathered grey; similiar to teak. With a little oil though it comes right back.

This was it at the end of the season. (It's wet in this photo... end of season upriver trip was very rainy)


The nice part is, I can easily remove it for Winter storage. I dont think it would do too well in a Chicago winter regardless of coverings...
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