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07-13-2012 11:16 PM
DubeJ
Re: My 1st boat, 1979 22 Catalina, swing keel...need some advice

Time to re-rig Cheers! It's the last step before her first trip to the Pacific. I'm very excited, and am ready to do this. Anyone had rigging experience? I've got the $$ to blow on all running lines, as she was stored in the sun and it killed the lines.

So, if anyone has tips or tricks, would love to hear your thoughts. I'm just going to pull ams replace as pulling so I don't get confused!! All blocks turn, aren't busted, but I'llrob grab a bunch of spares just in case.
07-09-2012 05:23 PM
PaulSims
Re: My 1st boat, 1979 22 Catalina, swing keel...need some advice

Had a crazy idea today.. I've seen it done on ski boats fairly often.. but would it be practical to vinyl wrap sailboat. Let me clear that up.. not the douche baggery affliction graphics.. but a solid blue black or green maybe w/ a stripe? Just the free board on the side. Leave the anti-fouling and deck as is..
07-01-2012 06:23 PM
SHNOOL
Re: My 1st boat, 1979 22 Catalina, swing keel...need some advice

Sign up for the Yachts and boats for sale - Catalina Yachts association... lots of help, parts, information there.

Like others said, check the pivot/pin/cable. Check the wheel bearings, and replace. check the the shrouds for frays. Then check the chain plates (see if there are lose screws/bolts down below where the shrouds connect)... make sure the mast step is stable. Sails! make sure they don't have tears, and they have all the battens (quick way to trash a main is to raise it with no battens in a blow).

MOTOR? Can't tell by the picture, but seems like a huge NEW motor for the boat. that boat would likely benefit from a 6hp, or 4hp, anything more or less will likely be underkill or overkill/heavy.

gealcoat cracks are nothing... depending on how deep you can wet sand them out, if the hull is dull, that's probably better than just waxing anyway, wet sand, compound, polish, then wax.

Check all the turning blocks, make sure they turn... stupid I know.

Otherwise you have what is arguably one of the most popular starter cruisers on the planet (for good reason). Like others have said, catalinadirect.com is your friend! Every part you can imagine is available for that boat, and reasonably priced, shipped to your door.

Enjoy, and lets see some pictures of her sailing!

PS: A used cat 22 in cared for shape, that age, with trailer and motor, can draw as much as $8000. Mostly because regardless of age, they are tough little boats, and sail as well as the newer ones.
06-30-2012 01:34 PM
PaulSims
Re: My 1st boat, 1979 22 Catalina, swing keel...need some advice

Anybody got an old Bimini they need to get rid of.. that is halfway close to Mississippi?
06-28-2012 04:29 PM
dprudden
Re: My 1st boat, 1979 22 Catalina, swing keel...need some advice

Check out "Chip Ahoy" Homeport This guy has done everything imaginable to a C22.

Make sure the volcano hose is in good shape-easy to replace-easy for the boat to sink if it breaks. You'll need to check the keel pin at some point to make sure it isn't worn. A hydraulic floor jack works ok-support the keel with the jack, CAREFULLY remove the bolts, then lower the keel a couple of inches to check the pin. Jack back up to replace keel.
06-13-2012 12:03 AM
DubeJ
Re: My 1st boat, 1979 22 Catalina, swing keel...need some advice

I am currently working on the boat and trailer. To date I've done:

1. Step the mast. This was not as hard as I thought. I came up with a clever system (after reading lots on here, with a 1.5 ton crane hoist). Lucky me, I work in construction, so it's easy to get tools like that.
2. New tires on trailer ($200 Fu$&ing bucks).
3. Rigged her all up with sails and all, in the desert but wanted to ensure she is ready before 1st splash in Aug.
4. Re-wired electrical (electrician friend helped)
5. Cussed and drank.

I'll keep posting as it gets better.

Dubé
04-02-2012 12:34 PM
PaulSims
Re: My 1st boat, 1979 22 Catalina, swing keel...need some advice

Simple topping lift is nice to have to keep the boom out of the way when you drop the main too.
04-02-2012 12:30 PM
PaulSims
Re: My 1st boat, 1979 22 Catalina, swing keel...need some advice

Looks good, I'm working on a project of my own. Spend your money on the hardware. "Looks" can always be addressed down the road. As long as there are no leaks or soft spots, you should be good to go. Cable on the keel is a must, and at the very least, running lights if you're planning on being out after dark.

Couple upgrades to look into: upgrading that bow eye to the U-bolt design, especially if you're going to be winching it up on the trailer alot (just get it from Catalina Direct, it's easier than piecing it together). Take that single post eye, and throw it in the garbage. Could end up being a nightmare if it fails while you're trying to get it back on the trailer.

A single line reefing system is fairly inexpensive and good to have in case you get caught in bad weather.

Probably wouldn't hurt to stick a pin in that rudder that you can pop in and out easily. Gets a little hairy, if that rudder comes up in rough conditions. And they are a little too long to leave locked down all the time if you're going to be launching off a trailer.
03-27-2012 12:52 PM
Barquito
Re: My 1st boat, 1979 22 Catalina, swing keel...need some advice

As others suggested, check the keel cable. If you will be trailering very far, check that the wheel bearings are well greased. There are some common upgrades for the C22, such as replacing the keel bearing so it doesn't knock, and adding transom scuppers.

While sailing, know that it is possible to sink a C22. Keep lockers latched. When in frisky conditions consider putting hatch boards in, and be prepared to release the mainsheet if overpowered.

Have fun, and expect a steep learning curve the first season.

BTW, I'm not sure PCA Gold is sold in California. Look for a bottom paint that is good for trailerable boats.
03-26-2012 02:10 PM
DubeJ
Re: My 1st boat, 1979 22 Catalina, swing keel...need some advice

Thanks everyone. I am very excited about it...here are more pics...

I love the advice, please let me know more and more info. Too much info is better than not enough


Dube
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