BBQ Madness

Most BBQs mount on the stern rail. The little Catalina doesn’t support the SeaBQ off the stern rail as there is a small interference with the propane bottle, and if you put it at the side, the bimini gets in the way. Oh, the joys of compromise. The tube for the mast crutch, which is…

7Artisans

The 7artisans 7.5mm 2.8 “fish eye” lens is not a daily device. It is most useful for getting the “GoPro” look of a seriously curved horizon, and getting a lot of landscape into a shot. Used creatively, however, you can get the whole boat into the shot, and depending on the angle, the shot may…

Bimini continued

The trouble with backstays. They are in the way.  They are in the way when traversing the cockpit, sitting on the aft seats, and mostly, they are in the way when there is a bimini involved. The bimini rails used to be attached to the deck just forward of the stern rail. This was a…

Bimini part ii

Painters tape and wind do not go together. You heard it here first. (or not). The rails for the bimini were cut, new fittings applied, and the Gemini struts measured (very carefully) and cut. The bimini moved up from the deck to the top of the stern rails. Simply put, previously, it was a beach…

A cushioning with bling

Lots of boats have lifeline cushions. Some are as simple as pool floats on the lines, some have nice wrap. I was watching uTube the other night, and the nice folk from Sailrite (who sell sewing stuff to sailboat types) have a video of what they called a “French Seam”. (talk about getting sidetracked) The…

Rudder Reference part ii

The rudder reference was installed and epoxied into place. One of the best thickeners out there for epoxy is sawdust, it helps bind the stuff, and absorbs epoxy whereas glass strand does not. For this installation, I used my go-to, G-Flex 650 toughened from West.  If you need to make “peanut butter” so the epoxy…

Where’s my rudder?

The nicest thing about an autopilot is that it can steer the boat. Downwind, for whatever reason, there seems to be an issue holding a straight line. Adding a rudder reference sensor will remove that, and add a little more stability to other points of sail. The little Catalina does not have a whole lot…

Bags r Us

There are lots of pictures out there with nice vinyl storage bags in the head and aft berth.  The little Catalina came fully equipped with a bunch of holes in the bulkheads, something that has bothered me from day one, and it finally got rectified. There was a wee bit of the nice weave vinyl…

Dodger continued

Update to the dodger project – today 6 holes got drilled in the hull, well, ok, technically the cabin top. It still emitted that lovely aroma of drilled fiberglass. (and that was not a sarcastic statement, I really do actually enjoy that smell) While this wrist is still not working properly, I managed to get…

Building a Trailer Part six

Axle balance and how to drive yourself crazy getting the boat to sit nicely on a spring hangar. The boat would not balance on the trailer. Either the front or rear hangar was pinned to the frame. The other issue that existed is that the boat and trailer combined weight was very close to the…