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Re: Rigging replacement priority
Hookturn, Refresh my memory, the stem fitting is attached with two 3/8 bolts – through bolted? Are the washers “cupped”? This area is solid fiberglass and should be plenty strong, just replace the cupped washers. If you want to beef this area up, I’d recommend epoxy ‘ng 3/16 G-10 (Garolite), redrilling and bolting. This will run you about $50 and is a little on the overkill side IMHO. I wouldn’t use aluminum here as this end of the boat always seems to be damp and aluminum would be subject to galvanic corrosion. If your spreaders are corroding, don’t replace them with Stainless which is way too expensive, heavy, and will subject the sockets to corrosion. The rigging loads here just don’t warrant it. I would consider replacing the 40 year old wire and turnbuckles first. Being a trailer boat, the wire has been coiled and recoiled enumerable times during mast stepping and boat storage. There is the distinct probability that somewhere, over time, a wire got kinked, or strand got dinged or broken which can lead to a failure at the least opportune time (it happened to me). Another important and oft over looked problem waiting to happen is the swing keel cable attachment. Jack the boat up an check it out before you go sailing (not being able to get the boat back on the trailer is a real PITA – again personal experience. Also check out the pivot bushing and locking pin. Either Catalina or Catalina Direct sells some fiberglass shims that you can epoxy into the trunk which goes a long way in keeping the swing keel from slamming around in the trunk. Don’t let this stuff scare you off. The C22 is one of the best boats in its class, ever. In fact, serious C22 racers look for boats of this vintage to race as they are plenty strong and are lighter than their newer brethren.