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Hello Sailneters. I have been reading along for several weeks. I recently inherited a Catalina 27 and I don't have the first clue what the future holds but I'd like to fix her up and learn to sail. The boat belonged to my uncle but he never took care of it. It has seen better days but I think it is worth restoring.

I'm looking forward to making friends here on sailnet.com

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Welcome to Sailnet and best of luck with the restoration. Don't hesitate to ask questions as you go along.
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Welcome James! I used to own a C27 and it is a popular boat here in the forums. I think it is one of the best sailing boats Catalina ever made. Enjoy!
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You will find lots of info if you Google "Catalina 27 Forum"

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James

Welcome to a great fraternity. Ask lots - that's how you learn. Share what you do - that's how we learn.

Take some courses (I highly recommend the USPS and organizations like it. We live in Canada and the equivalent is the CPS and taking courses from them is a great way to get to know other sailors.

There is probably a listserv for your specific boat., length and style - again - a super resource for you.

And don't try to fix everything all at once. Here is hte order I reccomend:

Anything related to your safety
Anything related to your boat's safety
Absolutely anything that will make your significant other happy (it is much more fun to sail with someone else than by yourself)
Other things as you feel like it.
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Rik that sounds like great advise. I must admit, even though I have been an certified mechanic for 20+ years it doesn't help me much when it comes to boats. In fact I know very little about boats. The biggest watercraft I've been on is a 16ft Bass Tracker.

I will be relocating the C27 to my shop where I can work on it. It has been sitting in a cradle in a Mississippi storage lot for nearly 8 years. I went to look at it again today and from what I can tell it's all there except the sails. The Decks seem solid and the mast and rigging looks okay. The interior is another story. It's in pretty bad condition. It appears rain and debris have infiltrated and there is plant life on the floor and cushions.

It's quite a shame. I remember seeing pictures of the boat when my uncle first bought it and it was pretty much brand new. He spent so much time on it that his wife left him so he named it "Homewrecker". I have yet to receive the paper work on it. It has been said that included are log books that date from 1983 to 1998. That might make for some interesting reading, knowing my uncles sense of humor.

Thank you all for the words of welcome.
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