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10-18-2010 11:32 AM
sailingdog You'd be better off starting your own thread rather than hijacking this one.
10-17-2010 06:56 PM
Wobbly dinette on Pearson 36 (1986)

I have a Pearson 36 (1986), the dinette table is on a pedestal and does not attach to the mast well. The major problem is that it is a pain to raise and lower, because you need to get under the table and two people need to lower the table down to the bunk to make a double bunk. I would like to improve this system and wonder if anyone has been able to fix this?

Thanks, Pemasong in Yarmouth Maine.
08-31-2009 06:00 PM
love it

that is a great idea, I'm working with my parents on a Challenger 32 that they are re-outfitting - that would work wonders in their cabin.
12-09-2007 11:42 AM
Freesail99 I found this old practical Sailor article online, I thought it helped explain, how to do the above a little better.
12-04-2007 10:33 PM
SailorMitch Cool! I actually know Tom, Wendy and the boat, right here on the Chesapeake! Interesting read.
12-04-2007 10:25 PM
danjarch I like it. It would be real handy in the right boat. Would like to see more picture if you would please.
12-04-2007 09:24 PM
Nifty, but not applicable to my C&C 36

The arrangement is neat, but because the location of the mast on a 1981 C&C 36 requires that everyone sitting at the table slide in from the aft end, it would be difficult to impossible to populate the forward half of the table. I have adopted another strategy. I simply remove the tabletop and turn it upside down on the cabin sole right under its normal position (with a non-skid rubber pad under it). I stow the post on a shelf wrapped in a towel. I find that the resulting alcove where the table is normally located is a good place for coolers, sail bags and lots of other stuff. I normally tie extra sails to the mast with an extra-long sail tie. When I get to anchor or a dock and want to use the table it just take a minute to move the stuff and set up the table. It's even easier to erect the double berth. As a practical matter, I rarely set the table up because here in southwest Florida most social activities are on deck.

John Lynch, C&C 36 233.
12-04-2007 03:20 PM
chef2sail I like the refit. You lost the ability to have a double berth though?
12-04-2007 01:59 PM
TrueBlue The big problem I see with the elbow table support, is the obstruction issue for whoever sits on the outboard section of the settee. It doesn't seem wide enough for two people to dine comfortably on that side.

The design appears too constricting - requiring a contortionist to get by, or for straddling the pole with his legs.

I prefer the single center pole on my boat - way more versatile.
12-04-2007 01:50 PM
love it

i agree that it's a great idea. i cut my table and made it a drop leaf, but i wouldn't mind going back to square one and trying this out on my Catalina 30 restoration project. can you take more pix and post here? need a little more visual detail or drawings.
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