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Catalinia Back Stay

I purchased a 1973 22' Catalinia that had rigging wind damage. It seems to have a single back stay but a port and starboard attachment point. Anyone have an idead if there is a split missing from the rigging. My previous vessel (Newport 27') had 2 backstays and a tensioner. I am trying to figure that catalinia but my mind keeps going to the newport's rigging.
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My Catalina 22, like most I believe, had a single backstay.

By the way, that's the most popular one-design ever, with over 17,000 built. And, there's an excellent Catalina 22 Owners Group in California which carries almost every part of the boat, so easy to find spares and upgrades.

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I believe a backstay adjuster was an option that you could purchase when you bought a new Catalina 22. The standard backstay had only one attachment point, and the backstay adjuster split the backstay about 5-6 feet above the transom, and had two attachment points. It sounds like your boat is rigged correctly, with a standard, non-adjustable backstay and a single attachment point.
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I'm a little confused. Does the stay run from the masthead to one of two attachment points you mentioned, port or starboard? Or does it run to a centerline attachment point that you haven't mentioned?
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My C27 has 2 backstays and a tensioner. Actually a single stay comes off the mast and then splits (at about eye level) to the 2 separate transom points
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Check that the backstay length would come up short of the transom. If so, then there should be a adjustable backstay rigging somewhere.

If there was damage to the standing rigging, you might want to inspect the tangs. The ones on the stern are very hard to reach from the bottom. If this hasn't been done to your boat already, you might consider cutting inspection holes on the inside of the transom, at the location of the backstay tangs. Then cover with a 4" vent when done.
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Wait, did you buy the boat with the mast up or down?
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I'm a little confused. Does the stay run from the masthead to one of two attachment points you mentioned, port or starboard? Or does it run to a centerline attachment point that you haven't mentioned?
I sold my C22 many years ago, so am digging deep into my memory banks, but believe the standard backstay in the mid-1970s boats was attached to the attachment point that was to port of the boat's centerline. It didn't have to be perfectly symetrical, because the adjustment of the shrouds and stays kept the mast erect and in column.
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