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Here's an idea.

Take a trail camera with an infrared flash, hitch it somewhere inconspicuous with a field of vision on the approach to the boat. Could be an outward piling, dress it up like a hunk of old tire, somewhere hard to see and hard to get to, because if they see it after they do their crime, they have to try to steal it or break it.

This way at least you get a shot at knowing the next time (hopefully there won't be) that someone F's with your territory.

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Practical things you can do:
1- Change the name on the transom, and change the colors fo some trim and the sail cover.
If someone has a grudsge against the past owner, this may give them a hint "It ain't his boat any more!". Changing marinas would also help that.

2- Spend some money on security. Put in a cheap car alarm with a trigger switch tied ot the dock, so if it is cut free an alarm will go off. You can add a pressure mat in the cockpit or other sensors to go off if someone boards, this ain't rocket science.

3- Add a GPS tracker, like a Zoombak or Blackstone Harpoon or Entourage (aka Passport) or similar. Available from Escort (Cincinatti Microwave) and Radio Shack or directly online. Not cheap, about $150 plus that much again annually but it will track your boat and can alert you if the boat leaves the dock without you.
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I just found this thread, Sailguy40, and you have my extreme sympathies. What you said about not messing with a person's boat is right on.

So, it was a crappy way to start out for sure, but luckily you've got some great advice from the many capable Sailnetters here. You take care of this problem, and you'll really be bonded with your Cal 25.

I hope you'll keep us in the loop as your fix progresses!
Thanks but I think I must of already been bonded with my boat. I guess the bonding must of happened within the first 2 days It sure is weird because normally yes I would be mad but with this try mad x10 Yeah I got some really good advice thats for sure. From what I am seeing, it seems if I can just get the mast down (which I am going to try) I might can fix it for a couple hundred dollars. I actually do have the spreader that came off. Just both end peices are gone, the mounting piece and the rubber fitting that the shroud fits in, but its just old and shot, probably needed to be replaced anyway. West Marine has a lot of this stuff. Not sure about the rubrail but I think they had those too. I just have to get the darn mast down. I even thought about renting a lift truck (actually was pretty reasonably priced) and just working on the mast like that. This way I would not even have to take it down. I am going to put it in a marina where it is at, I am cancelling the southshore deal. I don't have a choice because it can't be sailed or even motored with the mast as it is now. If that aft shroud breaks, and its weak too, that mast is going to come crashing down. I am also wondering if I have a small leak in the front of the keel. I had some water collect there but its probably from a deck leak elsewhere, had some rain that day. It had a couple minor deck leaks the seller had told me about. I bilged the water out and mopped it all up. So now if it don't rain in a few days and it has water down there when I go back, it must have a very slow leak and I will have to fix it.

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Thanks ... I have recently purchased a '67 Cal 28 flushdeck ... and on my project list is inspection of the standing rigging ... and "Seal's" is right here in my backyard ...

much appreciated ... learning more every day here ...
Thats the CAL 28 in your pic? Thats a nice looking boat! Looks like a longer version of my 25. I am beginning to wonder if these CAL boats are some of the oldest boats still around. Although I am new at all of this, trust me when I say I been looking at boats off and on online for years. Spent a lot of time on sailingtexas.com
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Sailguy,

The mast is aluminum, and if your dimensions are similar to mine, the mast will weight between 70-90 lbs.

Look at the base of the mast. It should have a pivot bolts. Some masts have a rounded foot that will allow them to be lowered either forward or aft, my mast can only be lowered aftwards.

The trick to lowering the mast is that as the mast gets lower, you need a greater mechanical advantage to keep it from dropping (until someone can finally reach it, and hold it up).

Two good methods are to use a gin pole, or to get some lumber and put together an A-frame. Google for "unstepping a mast". Several youtube videos and links pop up.

You're right- if you can get the mast down, you can easily make the repairs. This weekend I was shown a nifty tool for measuring shroud tension. It's like a scale, and it's used for tuning your rig. At the very least, you could make sure they're all set to the same tension when you're done. I don't think the tool was expensive.

I do believe that these repairs could be made aloft if you had to, it would just be a hassle. For that, you'd buy a leg harness or a bosun's chair and have a buddy grind you to up the mast using the winch on the side of the mast, or one of the larger jib sheet winches in the cockpit.

Take a line up with you, tied to a bucket and have your buddy on hand to load it up with whatever tools and parts you need to make the repairs.

Take some pictures of the broken parts and the base of your mast so we can help you better.
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With all due respect, I see that you are new and lost.
Go to on line for used books and get a copy of:
"The Sailor's Sketchbook" by Bruce Bingham.
There you will find out how to single hand raise and lower your mast.
With respect to Outboard hp, 8-10 is nuts!!!
4 ideal, 6 plenty, for that boat.
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I wouldn't try to make any repairs by going aloft on a Cal 25 that has a broken spreader and damaged shroud. That's just foolish IMHO, since the mast isn't all that robust to begin with. It also is easy enough to unstep the mast using an a-frame or gin pole setup, so there's really no reason to go aloft.
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Referances and information regarding your boat are available at Cal 25 Class Association . Given that there is an abundance of Cal 25's and a very active Owners' Association, it would be wise to correspond with a few of the other owners that have delt with the boat. And, as previously noted, attempting to go aloft on a Cal 25 would be very foolish.

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Ah, it's great to have the benefit of an active owner's association. The owner pool for my boat is small, and quiet for the most part.
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svHyLyte, I think this is a Cal 25, and not a Catalina.
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