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1982 Catalina 27 - The restoration chronicles

Given that she had the dreaded head stink, I ripped out all of the interior cushions and set my sites on removing the holding tank. I knew it would get ugly, just didn't think it would get THIS ugly. Couldn't pump her out because of brittle lines and shoddy PO plumbing work. The bottom line? 10 or so gallons of PO poop at the bottom of my vberth owing to a fractured T at the base of the tank. Thankfully, I intended to remove the transducer under the vberth anyway. I ended up popping the transducer up from the bottom and let her pee all over my brother's lawn.

I then took a garden hose to the Vberth and washed most of it out. The bad news is that a lot of it found it's way down into the bilge. And of course, the manual pump failed. Heading back tomorrow with a sump pump, simple green and bleach.

Somebody remind me - Why did I take this project on?
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Somebody remind me - Why did I take this project on?
...because the wall against which you usually pound your head was fully occupied?
...because you lost the hammer with which you usually beat delicate body bits?

Hang in there -- the payoff will be worth it. Have fun!
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Re: 1982 Catalina 27 - The restoration chronicles

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The troubles melt away when the you're "out there".
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Think of the scent flower gardens and beautiful meadows as you wade waste deep into the sludge.
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I hope you were able to leave hatches or ports open so you get some air flow.

Good luck cleaning everything out! As to the "why did I start this" question, I've been facing that a lot lately, too. I REALLY hope KWalters is right.
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Febreeze is your friend. Seriously. It works.
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Lots of hard wok will go into your boat but that quiet anchorage or perfect beam reach will remind you it's all worth it...
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You are "crazy" take no foffense, and the pain will more than be abrogated by the end result. I hope to soon be facing the same or simliar problems.
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Re: 1982 Catalina 27 - The restoration chronicles

All great points! I'm trying to stay focused on the end game. It was hard when I was literally ankle deep in someone else's.. .well, you know.

Quick update: I spent a few hours today disinfecting the boat. I went through 2 2 gallons of bleach, 2 bottles of simple green and 3.5 rolls of paper towels. It was actually pretty satisfying leaving her stinking of bleach and Simple Green! A much improved smell over the last time I left her!

One of the problems I had was that my bilge was full of holding tank remnants. Of course, my manual bilge had failed and the local West Marine didn't have the replacement part. The solution: Went to WalMart and bought a $39.00 Attwood Waterbuster Portable Power Pump. What a life saver. It runs on three D batteries and was able to pump the bilge down in about 5 minutes. I ended up flushing out the bilge 3 or 4 times and filled it with 50% bleach on the last flush.

Next step: Removing all of the interior woodwork!
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Good luck with the woodwork project! Be sure to take lots of pictures!

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