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10-12-2007 12:58 PM
tomg847
plates

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Originally Posted by Sailormann View Post
Just a suggestion ... but you might want to put backing plates under all of those bolts that you had in the link - the washers are not enough to disperse all of the load. You don't want as much compression you are getting there.
Yep. That is on my list of things to do. It was like that when I got the boat, so it's nothing I did wrong, but I need to spread that load out some more.
Time to find that hack saw and a drill!
10-11-2007 11:06 PM
Sailormann Just a suggestion ... but you might want to put backing plates under all of those bolts that you had in the link - the washers are not enough to disperse all of the load. You don't want as much compression you are getting there.
10-11-2007 07:09 PM
tomg847
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Tom-

based on your photos, it looks like the stanchion base on the port side may be the cause of the leak on that side. On the starboard side, it is probably one of the screws for the hatch.

I would add a backer block to shroud and use a longer bolt. Also use a fender washer if the the backer block is not metal.
Possible. I did re-seat and seal that stanchion this summer during my leak chase. That didn't fix it. Then I found the hatch was guilty. Like you say, it could easily be one of the screws. I'm going to do some work on that hatch flange and see what I can figure out.
I'll probably take all the deck hardware off too since I want to repaint the deck too.

Tom
10-11-2007 02:10 PM
SailinJay I think you're getting good info, but FWIW, the Catalina 22 national association link is www.catalina22.org. Interestingly, there is no tech editor listed for this model in "Mainsheet," the Catalina magazine. Perhaps this is because of the large number of them that have been built.
10-11-2007 01:29 PM
sailingdog Tom-

based on your photos, it looks like the stanchion base on the port side may be the cause of the leak on that side. On the starboard side, it is probably one of the screws for the hatch.

I would add a backer block to shroud and use a longer bolt. Also use a fender washer if the the backer block is not metal.
10-11-2007 02:48 AM
tomg847
Model

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You could post this on www.catalinaowners.com or you could tell us which model and I could get you a web link for it and perhaps the e-mail of the tech editor of that model.
I did post this over there also, and got some comments also. My boat is a 1971 Catalina 22, hull number 880. It's one of the old "Hall of Fame" boats since it was one of the first 1,000 made. Pretty good shape for it's age, I'm just trying to do some improvements and repairs over this next winter.
Tom
10-11-2007 02:45 AM
tomg847
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I really think that you have a little too much time on your hands. The deck is going to flex because it is fibreglass and unsupported. If you were on a 35 foot boat with a lot of reinforcement there, then you might, and I say might, want to devote a few minutes to determining if there was any wetness inside.

However - kudos for taking the time to check it out - but I'm pretty sure you can find something a little more important to deal with...
Hehe! Yeah, you are probably right. I guess I'm probably a bit paranoid when I was poking around looking for trouble. There definitely is some delamination in that part, and found that when I tracked down a leak.

This is a view of the underside where you can see some pulling on the shroud. I did re-seat those this summer and the wood seemed sound, and I put a larger washer on those too.
http://home.comcast.net/~tegwilym/bo...mp/dimpled.JPG

....and this is a very rough illustration of the "thunking" rather than "pinging".
http://home.comcast.net/~tegwilym/bo.../temp/soft.JPG

Then again, it's only going down 1/4 inch.
10-11-2007 01:26 AM
US27inKS What about deck soundings with a screwdriver handle? It's the best way I know of to find the wet deck.

John
10-11-2007 01:18 AM
Sailormann I really think that you have a little too much time on your hands. The deck is going to flex because it is fibreglass and unsupported. If you were on a 35 foot boat with a lot of reinforcement there, then you might, and I say might, want to devote a few minutes to determining if there was any wetness inside.

However - kudos for taking the time to check it out - but I'm pretty sure you can find something a little more important to deal with...
10-10-2007 10:36 PM
SailinJay You could post this on www.catalinaowners.com or you could tell us which model and I could get you a web link for it and perhaps the e-mail of the tech editor of that model.
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