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Had the boat two days, two problems already...

So I bought my first boat, a Catalina 22, and Thursday night it was towed to my house.

Friday morning I noticed that the trailer jack tire is flat.

Saturday morning I noticed that the cockpit is fill with water from the night's rain, I guess the cockpit drains must be plugged.

What will tomorrow bring?!

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Re: Had the boat two days, two problems already...

On the bright side, it sounds like you're ahead of the game with only two minor and easily solved problems.

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Re: Had the boat two days, two problems already...

The boat had to be towed to even get to you? I had a car like that once...
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Had the boat two days, two problems already...

Swing keel, trailer sailer- it's supposed to be towed. Easily fixed stuff. Generally Catalina 22 easy boat to sail and work on. Assuming you checked her out before you bought?

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Re: Had the boat two days, two problems already...

Just think how you'll feel when you have those two projects behind you, like a salty old sailor is my guess....
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Welcome to boat ownership.

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Re: Had the boat two days, two problems already...

Trailer tires are a different animal than regular car tires. do not ask me how I know this.
If you have to replace the tire(s) make sure you get trailer tires that can handle the loads.
Since one tire is likely old and blown you might just replace both right now instead of waiting for the other to blow out on you mid-tow.
For the scuppers get some hangar wire.
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Re: Had the boat two days, two problems already...

And so it begins, the utter joy of boat ownership to the first grrrrrrr moment, welcome to boat ownership 101. I'd rather solve 10 problems on my boat than I would 1 problem on the house. Good thing about the cockpit being full of water is you should be able to stick your head down in the lazarette and see that it doesn't leak. Listen to Caleb on the trailer tires, it makes a huge difference.

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Re: Had the boat two days, two problems already...

My 22 footer always had water in it when stored on the trailer. Never when in the slip. I think it flexes differently when on a trailer.

I'm not sure why anyone is assuming that you won't buy trailer tires but yes, buy trailer tires. They are smaller than your car tires.

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Re: Had the boat two days, two problems already...

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...Saturday morning I noticed that the cockpit is fill with water from the night's rain, I guess the cockpit drains must be plugged...
Although your scuppers could be clogged, also check to make sure your boat's bow is not low. That could cause water to collect in the cockpit floor because it does not drain back to the scuppers. If that happens and it freezes, you'll have major cracking.

My Catalina is very sensitive to its level in storage. If the bow is too high, water leaks into the front hatch. (Properly leveled, it drains forward into the anchor locker and out the scupper in the bottom of the locker.) If the bow is too low, water drains forward on the companionway slider hatch into the cabin. (Properly leveled, it drains harmlessly off the aft end of the companionway slider.) But the only way to ensure both of these are correct is to have the boat perfectly level (within a few degrees).

When on the hard, I use a laser level to make sure the boot stripe is perfectly level from front to back. Actually I've confirmed that the cabin floor by the galley is perfectly parallel to the boot stripe, so all I need to do is stick a level on the centerline in the galley and I know the boat's level. It used to take about a half hour to level it on the stands, now I jump on the boat while the sling lift has it an inch over the blocks and check the level in the cabin before he sets it down. That takes only about a minute.

It's also important to make sure my boat floats with the boot stripe perfectly even with the water. I have about 300 lb of ballast in the bow to keep her level. Otherwise I get rainwater in the the v-berth when it rains.

So make sure your trailer holds your boat level. If a tire went flat, you level could have been messed up.


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