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01-22-2014 03:54 PM
tommays
Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

The tab that rusts is in the middle as my left and right were perfect

They get wet for a number of reasons

The mast wiring drips from above

The cooler and head pan drain from below
01-22-2014 12:43 AM
pforeman98
Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

I'm looking to buy a 1975 Cal 2-29. I'm worried about the beam, of course. The tab I can see looks a lot better than those I've seen and I'm hoping this is a good sign. Can you look at the pictures and give me some feedback?

Phil

P.S. The bottom of the settee cabinet has a gap of over 1/4" under it. I'm assuming the cabin pan is being pushed down by the mast load and the beam may be to blame
06-01-2013 09:48 AM
tommays
Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

The Fien is the best tool as it cuts fast neat and the least dust



From the cabin when you look under the settee the center tab by the compression post is the one that will show the issues

In the center of the boats you have three things dripping on the beam

1. They put the ice box drain right there

2. The little drain hole in the head area drips right on the beam

3. The original mast wiring went right through and unsealed hole ,down the compression post so it could also drip on the beam


You should get a good view with a bore scope form the hole in the head area
06-01-2013 07:45 AM
jameswilson29
Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

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Originally Posted by tommays View Post
On the 29 if you cut the pan as I show it will lift OUT in one piece as the section under the v-berth is only held in with a few 1/4-20 bolts

The pictures of the 31 look very much the same BUT I do not see the track and pocket door that is in the 29 to close off the head area

The question is how wide the head area is in the 31 and will the pan lift out in a similar fashion
Hey, tommays, since you have lots of experience: what are the best saw(s) for cutting a fiberglass liner, both in an unrestricted area and in a restricted area?
05-31-2013 08:45 PM
saltfree
Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

I'm going to be checking out a Cal 29 next week and I am taking a boroscope with me. Did I get it right that I will be able to see under there from somewhere on the port side near the bulkhead? Where are the three tabs that you cut originally located, in plain sight? Thanks!
05-20-2013 01:49 PM
tommays
Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

On the 29 if you cut the pan as I show it will lift OUT in one piece as the section under the v-berth is only held in with a few 1/4-20 bolts

The pictures of the 31 look very much the same BUT I do not see the track and pocket door that is in the 29 to close off the head area

The question is how wide the head area is in the 31 and will the pan lift out in a similar fashion
05-13-2013 12:17 AM
Lasersb
Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

Another shot of it
05-13-2013 12:13 AM
Lasersb
Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

I'm currently looking at a 84 Cal 31 and it looks like it has the BOD problem too. He is asking $5,500 for the boat it's in really good condition besides this beam. The work you did looks great and to do it right you have to get invasive. The 31 footer has the sink and cabinet in the head and it seems it would have to get even more invasive to get the old beam out and new one in not to mention the flooring in the companion way that would have to be cut and storage locker on starboard side something would have to be done with that as well I would think to access the beam. What are your thoughts?
04-02-2013 07:16 PM
tommays
Re: Sea Fevers Cal 29 Beam of Death

I never realized i left this one half done



This is the new beam

The flange was added to give a place to secure the fiberglass pan we cut in the first part of the job

The pan just kind of sits there and has no real part in the structural integrity of the boat

The three tabs were left OFF because there location had to be changed form the cabin side of the bulkhead to the head side

They were cut off the beam because its the ONLY way to remove it and leave the main bulkhead intact



This is the TEST FIT of the beam and the tabs were fitted flush into the bulkhead to allow the pocket door wood and hardware to remain original



This shim under the mast step is important as originally they used some kind of polyester filler between the beam and the liner and there was no way to do it that way again

THE MAST WILL BEND THE CABIN TOP IF YOU GET LAZY ON THIS STEP



If you look close you can see the final welds on the tabs which were done OUTSIDE the boat as i did NOT wish to burn it down



It becomes easy to see why cutting a NEAT line was important

The pocket doors wood slide covers this seam making the repair invisible



I used 1/4-20 flathead screws to hold everything together



And the teak grate the boat came with makes a nice finishing touch
04-02-2010 08:09 PM
richardburgess3
I have a question for you

I have a cal29 with a beam problem and I would like to talk to you . Thanks Richard
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