Solar revolution

Not having a “fixed” bimini or dodger is an advantage when dealing with a trailerboat. The downside is that appliances like solar panels are a pain to deal with, and I do not want things laying about unattached. Enter the cabin top solution.  Mounting the panels this way puts them in the way, but not…

Stop the rain for a minute

This year the gaskets around both side windows outright failed. With the monsoon season that we’ve had, the interior of the boat was a disaster, thankfully the water was clean, and didn’t wreck anything, but the few nice days we’ve had have been spend with cushions outside drying. Enough nonsense. Armed with new gasket material…

Strained Relations

The little Catalina came with the LE option list, including a reciprocating bilge pump. This device is hiding, under the aft berth, on the port side, right beside the muffler which also has a habit of leaking. Unfortunately, with rubber cups in the assembly, it’s based on suction and unless theres a seal, there’s no…

On track

I realize that I never put up some pictures of the outboard track on the 270. Someplace there is a bit of detail of the install, but not installed. The outboard track was added per Catalina specs, except that there’s one more hole forward, why cut a perfectly good piece of track. After adding the…

Purchase this

The boom had a nasty secret. It allowed the out haul block to get twisted all the time, allowing it to bind and get hung up and generally be a pain in the boom. When I pulled the end cap off, the plan was to replace the goofy thing with a decent purchase, and the…

Feather-wait

Possibly the craziest post title yet.  If it’s on a sailboat, and it feathers, it has to be a nice shiny new FlexOFold propellor. If it’s mounted on said sailboat, and you have to wait, that means that there’s no Travel-Lift, or there’s ice on the lake still, and since there’s no Travel-Lift, you have…

Plumb Bob

  Ok, not plumbing or bobbing for apples. While I was assembling the boom, after the modifications to the outhaul, I found myself distracted, looking at the little fish tape, thinking how handy this thing is, has been, will likely continue to be and how I stood in Home Depot thinking that even for $20,…