Sunday, December 13, 2009


I've decided to examine the sails There's a main. Its in very good condition. There's a 105 and 150 genny. I raised all the sails while examining the standing and running rigging. The stays, shrouds, sheets, and halyards showed signs of wear. However, I have noted any rigging which needs be replaced. could not find any serious/significant problems. I've included some photos. We are ready. Next-the final installation of the new keel cable. Hopefully, I'll take the boat on a mini cruise so that some more experienced sailors can look at the sails and rigging

Stay tuned.

Happy Sailing

Sunday, November 22, 2009


I discovered the mast step problem on or about September 9th. (Please my blogs for 9/13 , 9/22 and oct 15 for details ) The mast step and plate have been installed as per the Catalina Direct materials and instructions The next projects : Installing the New Cable and raising the mast single handed. Stay tuned.

Happy Sailing.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


One week's passed since the A Boat came back to the boat yard(My Home). My close examination shows that the cable was sheared away at a point just above the clevis pin and cable fork. Could it be that the point when the cable snapped was so forceful that it whipped away the end of the cable where one finds the cable fork ? This mystery may never be solved ;and, is fodder for theorizing. The good news is that the eyebolt, to which the cable's attached, is accessible and firmly screwed into the trailing end of the keel. See photo The replacement cable should be easy to install. The cost for the cable , with clevis pin, and cotter pin is about $60.00 via Catalina Direct. Once it gets here, I'll do the install. In the meantime, back to the mast step and plate repair. Stay Tuned.

Happy Sailing

Saturday, November 7, 2009


In my last entry, I laid out a plan to solve the keel problem. If you read my previous blog, you'll recall my approach to the problem : (1) decide on a plan, (2) marshal the equipment, (3)estimate manpower needs, (4)
define the objective to be achieved. I decided to use the community of sailors- both in my home state and via the internet. The equipment-The easiest and most efficient way here would be for me to make use of a 3 ton hoist. The hoist would lift the boat out of the water and set it on its trailer. Quick and simple. I had one volunteer with "hands on experience" to help me. He also arranged for my use of the hoist. Another volunteer joined in the effort. A third volunteer came forward . I turned him down because too many cooks spoil the soup. Nevertheless, I'm grateful for the abundance of help to me a veritable stranger. My objective was to get this boat home and assess the possible damage caused by the rapid release of the 550 lbs keel when the cable broke. I could only guess at the speed this piece of pig iron was travelling from the point when the cable broke. I've been told that this force could rip the keel from its bolts. And, the damage could cause a breach of the hull-the nightmare scenario for any C22 owner.

As you can see from the photos there was no hull damage. The Hoist solution worked. Kudos to the volunteer who made the hoist available. My five mile trip home was trouble free.

This problem, and its ultimate solution, remind me of the reasons why I chose to get back into boating after a ten year hiatus. The principle reason - The Catalina 22. I compare this boat to the 66 Ford Mustang. This car has been called the poor man's collector's item. This boat , with its swing keel design feature, started an excitement which brought people into the world of recreational boating. This is my second C22. The love affair persists despite my knowledge that this boat may not compare favorably with other boats in its class. There have been better 22/23 foot boats. Yet, I always remember Ann Louise. Many years have passed. Her memory remains forever fresh in my mind. She's an important reality for me to hold onto. My first C22 always brought me back home. She forgave the many nautical mistakes that I , a novice sailor, made.

A nationwide network of people came together by internet for me with articles, discussion group responses , photos, etc . This outpouring of informationwas nothing short of amazing. The C22 infatuation is still shared by many. I even received a phone call from a California owner who read about my problem in a internet discussion group.

The new keel cable is on order along with other parts of the keel raising assembly system. Lessons learned. Inspect the keel system regularly. Replace the keel cable every two years (whether it needs to be replaced or not). Know that the affection for this boat remains even after many other boat models have passed from the scene. Make use of the most valuable resource-Those owners who willingly share their knowledge. An owner, in Ohio, sent me, free of charge, spare parts. The C22 websites are legion with photos, articles, good advice, etc.The second Reason. Our sailor's passion is a tie that binds us to our common humanity most sailors feel for each other in time of need. My second volunteer. With Haiku- like wisdom expressed my feelings. At the risk of misquoting, he said" we sailors have a little knowledge about these subjects. When we pool our resources, we'll achive the best result." We appeal to the better angels of each others nature when we work together.

The cost of the repair parts will be about $100.00. The value of the lessons learned- PRICELESS.

Now, I return to the task of upgrading my mast step and plate. Stay tuned

May your boat always keep you from harm and return you home to loved ones.

Happy Sailing

Stan Best
(photos not in sequential order-sorry)

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I went down to the marina, yesterday. I don't know if I was expecting the boat to fix itself or, by some miracle, the problem had somehow fixed itself. Unfortunately, the keel cable was still kaput and it still fell on me to fix this. Oh well. Fortunately, I have gotten tons of advice from many diverse sources. Some of the advice was on point. I gratefully received all of the advice. I am persuaded that I can fix this without inventing some novel approach to boat repair. The first step for me will be to (1) decide upon a specific repair plan, (2) marshal all of the equipment/ tools necessary, (3) estimate the manpower needs and costs for this project, (4) define the objective that I wish to achieve. In nutshell, I will plan the work. However, I will keep in mind that when or if all else fails, keep smiling. Stay Tuned

Happy Sailing

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


As promised, I went down to the marina to assess any storm damage. There was damage. At some point, the ruddder lost a lower pintle. No Problem, I had a spare pintle. For the uniniated, the pintles are the parts that hold the rudder onto the stern of the boat. For some unknown reason, I had the presence of mind to buy extra pintles via an internet sale. I wonder if some unconscious premonition prepared me for this minor disaster. However, the worst was yet to be discovered. On the Catalina 22, the keel is raised and lowered by means of a cable and winch. The aft end of the keel is attached to this cable. In essence this is an ingenious system which makes it possible for a boat to both have a long keel and be trailerable at the same time. The designer, Frank Butler, came up with this idea which makes it possible to trailer your boat easily merely by raising the keel. The length of the keel goes from from five to two feet in an instant. However, if this cable breaks there is a major catastrophe. The challenge becomes easy to articulate: How does one get the boat onto a trailer? As such the boat now sits three feet higher than the trailer is designed to accommodate. The keel weighs 550 lbs. It pivots on its forward edge by way of a pin bolted to the underside of the boat. The job will be to get the swing keel to swing up the requisite three feet without the use of it's cable and winch . I hope this all makes sense to you. Stay tuned for further developments. The photo shows the frayed end of the cable and a portion of the winch.

Happy Sailing

Thursday, October 15, 2009


The repair kit arrived from Catalina Direct. Please see my blog of 9/13/09 for background on this problem.I 've had the A boat in the water now for approximately two weeks. We have had some bad weather during this period for a few days. Now, she will get a detailed inspection, by me and others, to see if the keel bolt repair did what it was supposed to do, ie keep the keel attached to the bottom of the boat. Stay tuned. You will note, I've included a photo of the maststep repair kit. It will set you back approx. $31.00. Query, could it have been done cheaper? Probably. However, now is not the time to take chances.

Happy Sailing

Friday, October 2, 2009


I put the boat into the water, yesterday. It was time to find out if she'd float. I motored for a little while. I didn't encounter any problems. The winds were gusting at about 5 to 10 mph from the west on the lake. I put her into a slip for the night though the mast step repair/upgrade awaits completion. I'm waiting on parts from Catalina Direct. Sometime later today, I'll inspect her further. There was a storm front that came through our area last night. I am hopeful she rode it out well.

Happy Sailing

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


The Mast Step and Mast Step Plate are two different parts, as I have previously indicated.
One sits on top of the other. The plate is caulked to the deck. The step is caulked to the plate.
I called Catalina Direct technical support to get an idea on how to do the repair/upgrade that appears to be required here. I have concluded that that I'm dealing with a screw that may be stripped.This is a boat made in approximately 1982. It has the 2-1/2" lag screw. Catalina has since upgraded this feature to a 3-1/2 " lag screw. Assuming the screw is stripped, I will follow a procedure recommended by Catalina Direct: 1. Purchase the mast step mounting kit (which contains the 3-1/2" lag screw, sealant, etc.) 2. Purchase the West Marine epoxy. Fill the current screw hole and allow epoxy to harden. Re-drill hole for the new 3-1/2" screw. Be sure to caulk plate to the deck. And, caulk step to plate. If the reader ever encounters this problem area, contact CD. I have included a link to CD. for your convenience. Losing a mast is much more expensive than making this critical and easy repair/upgrade. Feel free to contact me if you need any help with this problem area. Back in the 70's I knew an experienced C22 owner who lost his mast due to lack of attention.

Happy Sailing

Stan Best

Sunday, September 13, 2009


While raising the mast, I discovered that the former owner had purchased and installed a part called the mast step plate. With this plate, one can attach additional pulleys. The plate is under the mast step The plate needs to be caulked to the deck. It appears that the caulking step was not done or the caulk has given way . In either event, This is a problem that needs to be corrected. I plan to call the technical support folks at Catalina Direct for more info on fixing this problem. Stay tuned for further details.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


The term "single handed" was meant for folks like me. I feel like the lone ranger. Not really>
I need a functional system for raising and lowering the mast. I've thought about this project in two steps. Step One- Raising. Step Two- Lowering. Stay tuned for further details.

Monday, September 7, 2009


For those unfamiliar with the term iron jenny, I will explain. The iron jenny is the engine.
Although this is a sailboat, the engine serves many purposes. Here, the engine is a 6 hp Johnson Seahorse sailmaster. I havent found the serial number. Thus I cant really tell the age of this engine. I think it's mid 80"s. Because of years of non use, (possibbly abuse)this engine needed a major overhaul. I made sure that it got a complete going over. I have included a photo of the engine. It now starts on first pull. I will include a photo of the receipt for the repair work. Now, the iron jenny runs like new money.

Happy Sailing

Monday, August 31, 2009


The Masthead wobble is gone. the problem was only minor, ie tighten the bolt which secured the upper tangs. Horay for me. However, the anchor light and masthead light will need to be rewired.

Happy Sailing

Stan Best

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Now that the keel bolts have been replaced, the next thing for me to do is inspect the standing rigging. Much to my delight, all seems to be in order. However, the Masthead appears to be wobbly. So, I will unbolt the Masthead and check on the condition of the sheves.After my inspection, it appears that a sheve needs be replaced. (out of an abundance of caution). Next inspection: I will check to see if a compression tube has been inserted between the spreaders. I called Catalina Direct regarding sheves. Sheves retail for $9.95 a piece. The boat may not need four. I don't believe anything is to be gained by replacing all four. Lastly, Catalina Direct sells a owners manual. I will order and review this manual in future.

Happy Sailing

I will keep you all advised.

Stan Best

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I purchased a 1982 Catalina 22 in Shreveport, Louisiana. I shall relate, at some later date, how I came across this boat. She was formally owned by a member of our local the Yacht Club. This is my second Catalina 22. I will relate my efforts to get her back into sail away condition. My first problem dealt with the swing keel. The keel is secured by four bolts. Her keel only had two. Replacing the missing bolts became job One.

Since, I was going to replace all four bolts, I needed to lower the keel and inspect the keel hangers. Caveat-Never undertake this repair alone. You need at least one person to help you. I wish I had taken my own advice. However, it all went well. Total time was approx. 10 hours. The tools: A three ton floor jack- A two ton trolley jack- various 2 by 4's-four- 4 stainless bolts with lock washers (see specs for bolts in Fleet 20 newsletter referred to herein)-Loctite 242. Because of my trailer configuration, I was able to get under the trailer to perform the work. I have included some photos. The diagram, at left, illustrates a cross section of the keel hanger assembly.

I got my 3 ton jack under the keel and unscrewed the two remaining port side bolts. Next, I slowly lowered the keel. I removed the entire keel hanger assembly to inspect for any additional issues. Seeing no additional issues, I replaced the screws and added lock washers. I tightened the bolts to 20 lbs. I will recheck this repair in two weeks. Then, I will add the loctite 242.

I got this ideas for this repair from a number of sources. Please refer to the Catalina Direct Forum. Next, see Catalina22/ Fleet 20. April 2006 newsletter. Their website is Look under section titled : keel hangers and Pin If anyone has any suggestions or ideas, let me know. I will continue to increase my info in this area. Next Job- The Masthead-Replacing cracked sheves. Happy Sailing

Stan Best