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I just purchased my first sailboat, a 1974 catalina 22.THe owner manual says nothing as to how to operate the swing keel, except to say if you turn the keel crank to hard you can damage the hull, and to stop when you feel resistance. Being almost 30 years old, it feels resistance anyway! My question is, which way does the crank turn to lower the keel, clockwise or counter clockwise? Any info would be appreciated. THank You!
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hello: my name is ken and we have the same boat. the answer to your question is counterclockwise. last summer while on a trailer i removed the winch,cable,sphere and clevis pin. i replaced everything, and this is easy to do and gives great piece of mind. when lowering i keep turning until i notice that the tension on the cable becomes slack letting me know that it is all the way down. then i turn it clockwise just enough to take out the slack and get the handle out of the way for going below purposes. please e-mail me anytime with your questions. be glad to assist. ken
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I have a copy of the owners manual for a C22. Send me your address and I will send you a zerox copy. Also, you may want to Contact "Catalina Direct" 800-959-7245 they put out a a good Catalog and owners handbook that is full of good tips and a parts list that has everything but the hull. There is a C22 national owners assocation that publishes a magazine 6 times a year (Mainbrace)
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stan s i would like a copy of the catalina 22 mannual. please mail to:
chip barnes
po box 84
lake waccamaw nc 28450
wiil be more than glad to pay any postage
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For some reason or another I have caught a sailing bug. I have talked to a few people that own or have owned sailboats. Because of alot of reading from this site and various magazines and other sites the urge has grown stronger to go from motor to sail. the problem is Ilive in the Pittsburgh area and finding a good starter boat presents some difficulty. I have a budget amount in mind. The area of Lake Arthur as well as Erie and Pymatuming are the few resourses that I can think of to search. If any one can lend a hand with my search, please E-mail. I am presently considering a CAL 21. If you have a good boat for sale contact me. My range is 22 to 27 Ft. Thanks for the info.
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For some reason or another I have caught a sailing bug. I have talked to a few people that own or have owned sailboats. Because of alot of reading from this site and various magazines and other sites the urge has grown stronger to go from motor to sail. the problem is Ilive in the Pittsburgh area and finding a good starter boat presents some difficulty. I have a budget amount in mind. The area of Lake Arthur as well as Erie and Pymatuming are the few resourses that I can think of to search. If any one can lend a hand with my search, please E-mail. I am presently considering a CAL 21. If you have a good boat for sale contact me. My range is 22 to 27 Ft. fritz173@hotmail.com
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I have a ''74 as well.
Yes, counter-clockwise to lower the keel. When you release the catch, keep you hand on the handle (if it gets away from you, you won''t damage the keel, but you could break a finger when that handle is accelerated by 500lbs. of iron! (And it helps to keep the windings straight on the pulley).
It will go slack when it''s down. Then set the catch, give it one revolution to snug the cable, and you''re done.
When approaching the ramp/trailer, ALWAYS remember to come in with the keel raised. Do it first thing, before starting for the ramp from your slip/mooring, or if you''re daysailing off the trailer, as soon as you start up your engine in the marina after dousing sail. You don''t need it once the boat is being powered by motor unless you''re battling a mean headwind. There''s always someone doing something stupid at the ramp. Let it be someone else.
Yes, pulling hard once you feel the keel against the hull is not only unneccessary, but will damage your boat. As you crank it up, the tension will increase, because for 2/3 of the way you''re basically pulling 500lbs. of iron straight up. But when it nests under the hull, the difference will be quite obvious. When it stops, you stop.
If your boat "humms" while sailing, it means the cable is vibrating like a guitar string. Play with loosening the crank a bit and the noise will (hopefully) disappear. It won''t damage anything. It''s just a nuisance.
One more note: there is a handle under the forward dinette seat whose purpose is to lock the keel once it is down (it''s basically a big set screw). Before dropping the keel, make sure this handle is backed-out, then snug it down lightly after the keel is down. If it''s a ''74 like mine, it''s probably not effective anymore, because someone has raised and lowered the keel enough times with this set screw cranked in that it''s left a gouge in one side of the keel. I''ve just backed it out and have left it that way. The weight of the keel is plenty to keep it down, and if I run over a sandbar, the keel will now be able to lift and drag right over the top of it. I never give it a thought anymore, and she sails just fine.
Hope this was helpful.
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Copy of C-22 owner's manual

Hi Stan,
Just bought a 1974 22 catalina sail boat and I'm in need of an owner's manual. Would you be so kind to also send me a zerox copy of the manual. I will be glad to pay for any expenses. You can mail at:

Louis Estrada
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Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005

Thank you for your generous help.

Sincerely,
Louis Estrada


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I have a copy of the owners manual for a C22. Send me your address and I will send you a zerox copy. Also, you may want to Contact "Catalina Direct" 800-959-7245 they put out a a good Catalog and owners handbook that is full of good tips and a parts list that has everything but the hull. There is a C22 national owners assocation that publishes a magazine 6 times a year (Mainbrace)
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Louis,

Stan's post was five years ago. In case he doesn't reply, you can get a manual and any needed spares from:

Catalina Direct
10210 Systems Parkway, Suite 390
Sacramento, CA 95827

Tel 916-843-1971

They're wonderful people to deal with.

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No comprede amigo.
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