Catalina 27 Maintenance - Where to start - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree6Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 08-18-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 173
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Rep Power: 4
engineer_sailor is on a distinguished road
Catalina 27 Maintenance - Where to start

I recently purchased a 1985 Catalina 27 Tall Rig with an inboard diesel. I really want to be proactive about maintenance, but I am a bit overwhelmed as to where to start. The boat is generally in good shape and given all of the books I've read about surveying, engines, and maintenance (including Good Old Boat, Calder's texts, etc.) there doesn't seem to be anything glaring that requires immediate attention (big knock on wood here). I'm also an little wary of introducing variables as things are working and I would like to enjoy the boat the rest of the season. I also believe the previous owner was fairly active with maintenance and hit most of the major pre-season items. Any thoughts as to where to start applying time/money?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 08-18-2012
jameswilson29's Avatar
Senior Smart Aleck
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 2,101
Thanks: 29
Thanked 68 Times in 63 Posts
Rep Power: 6
jameswilson29 is on a distinguished road
Re: Catalina 27 Maintenance - Where to start

Where to start? Owner's/operator's manual for diesel inboard - should include a maintenance schedule.

If you want to become acquainted with your inboard and routine maintenance, you can start by checking/replacing the impeller and cleaning the raw water strainer (if it has one), changing the oil and oil filter, changing the transmission fluid, changing the primary and secondary fuel filters, changing the coolant and checking the heat exchanger, checking the alternator belt, and checking/replacing all hoses around the engine.

You should probably also check all seacocks and hoses and check the rigging. Also, check the battery bank and condition of the batteries.
Tempest and chef2sail like this.

Last edited by jameswilson29; 08-18-2012 at 08:27 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 08-18-2012
swimnfit's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: San Diego
Posts: 65
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 6
swimnfit is on a distinguished road
Re: Catalina 27 Maintenance - Where to start

Congratulations! The C27 is a great little boat.
Most of the Catalina family has some great owner support groups where you can get answers to most if not all of your questions specific to your boat.

Start Here : International Catalina 27/270 Association
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


ďA wet sheet and a flowing sea, / A wind that follows fast / And fills the white and rustling sail / And bends the gallant mast.Ē
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 08-18-2012
Greenflash35's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 60
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
Greenflash35 is on a distinguished road
Re: Catalina 27 Maintenance - Where to start

Rumor has it only takes three days in still water to start a barnacle farm.
__________________
GreenFlash35
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 08-18-2012
smackdaddy's Avatar
Last Man Standing
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 13,436
Thanks: 96
Thanked 92 Times in 86 Posts
Rep Power: 9
smackdaddy is a jewel in the rough smackdaddy is a jewel in the rough smackdaddy is a jewel in the rough
Re: Catalina 27 Maintenance - Where to start

Just go sail the hell out of it.

I have a C27. You'll love it.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

S/V Dawn Treader - 1989 Hunter Legend 40
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 08-19-2012
SchockT's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Posts: 1,425
Thanks: 1
Thanked 27 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 3
SchockT is on a distinguished road
Re: Catalina 27 Maintenance - Where to start

You definitely need to take care of that engine because if it packs it in, you will spend more to repower than the boat is worth, or you will be installing an outboard! Definitely make sure it is up to scratch, and keep it that way. If you are not familiar with marine diesels, consider paying a mechanic to come down and check it out, and pay attention while he does it!

You obviously want to watch out for signs of corrosion on the standing rigging, and make sure all of your turn buckles and clevis pins have cotter pins or rings in them so they can't back off or fall out. After that just start using the boat. Deficiencies will start to appear as you get to know the boat and your knowledge increases.
__________________
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig
Hull#101
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 08-19-2012
gts1544
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Cheyenne, WY
Posts: 50
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
gts1544 is on a distinguished road
Re: Catalina 27 Maintenance - Where to start

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step! Prioritize and then tackle one area at a time and see it through to fruition. Use a digital camera and keep a log, preferably on your computer, backed up! The log will prove to be invaluable. gts1544 - retired airline pilot afflicted with the dreaded disease known as airline anal. But it kept me alive in the sky for 50 years!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 08-19-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay area
Posts: 2,261
Thanks: 2
Thanked 39 Times in 39 Posts
Rep Power: 4
MarkSF is on a distinguished road
Re: Catalina 27 Maintenance - Where to start

Quote:
Originally Posted by jameswilson29 View Post
Where to start? Owner's/operator's manual for diesel inboard - should include a maintenance schedule.

If you want to become acquainted with your inboard and routine maintenance, you can start by checking/replacing the impeller and cleaning the raw water strainer (if it has one), changing the oil and oil filter, changing the transmission fluid, changing the primary and secondary fuel filters, changing the coolant and checking the heat exchanger, checking the alternator belt, and checking/replacing all hoses around the engine.

You should probably also check all seacocks and hoses and check the rigging. Also, check the battery bank and condition of the batteries.
Don't forget the little zinc in the hear exchanger. I just checked mine, and it was gone.
RobGallagher likes this.
__________________
1984 Bristol 31.1
Alameda, California, USA
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 12-25-2012
ckgreenman's Avatar
Anything-Sailing Founder
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,239
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
ckgreenman will become famous soon enough
Send a message via AIM to ckgreenman Send a message via MSN to ckgreenman Send a message via Yahoo to ckgreenman
Re: Catalina 27 Maintenance - Where to start

Congrats on your new boat. I recently bought a 1984 C27 std rig and have my hands full trying to go through all the systems myself. I just found and fixed an oil leak on the M18 ($4.19 for a new oil filter) and have been going through all the portlights trying to solve the water leaks. The only MAJOR projects I have is replacing the rotted bulkheads. I'll be buying a sheet of plywood for that soon. lol

Good luck and enjoy!!!

cM(not k)greenman
__________________
Chris

S/V "The Jade Dragon"
1975 O'Day 25
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Meet me at
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Ignore Power = Currently Rebuilding
--
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 12-26-2012
blutoyz's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 640
Thanks: 10
Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 3
blutoyz is on a distinguished road
Re: Catalina 27 Maintenance - Where to start

We are in basically the same situation so I will share what I have decided to do (with good advice from the Admiral I must admit).
The old "if it aint broke" applies so do the maintenance recommended and inspect all rigging and then as smack wrote "sail the crap out of it". We will both soon find out what we want to change/upgrade on our boats as we see fit.

Bill
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1994 Catalina 320 vs 1992 Catalina 36 ChuckBuck Boat Review and Purchase Forum 8 01-10-2012 09:42 AM
Perkins 18HP Catalina 270 Engine Won't Start Trescool Gear & Maintenance 21 11-20-2010 10:14 PM
Catalina 30 Keel cracks (not Catalina Smile) Pelham Catalina 5 12-01-2009 10:39 AM
Catalina 27 70's era Maintenance Question saurav16 Catalina 6 01-09-2008 10:43 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:38 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.