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. http://catalinadirect.com/ 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