Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22 Restoration Project
Sail #3282  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

The never-ending project to fill my hole in the ocean while bailing it out

Preparing for Sailing Season '04

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The original 3/8" chainplate eyebolts.

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The new 1/2" chainplate eyebolts with backing plates, installed in exactly the same position and direction as the original ones above.  (Apr. 17, 2004)

This is precisely the wrong way to install them!

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While here to assemble and install my new roller-furler yesterday, sailmaker Josh Bevins immediately noticed that I'd incorrectly installed the chainplate eyebolts 90 off, so I removed and corrected their direction.  The bottom turnbuckle clevis pins must run forward-aft:  the middle eyebolts on port and starboard side that hold the upper shrouds should run parallel with the boat's center line. The other two on each side should be at a slight angle:  the tops of each eyebolt should point directly at the mast. The turnbuckles thus can pivot on the lower clevis pins in and out toward the mast.  (May 8, 2004)

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The first step in upgrading the original backstay required adding a new eyebolt on the transom.  (Apr. 17, 2004)

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On the lower right is the original off-center 3/8" backstay eyebolt; across on the left behind the traveler is the new 1/2" addition. I lucked out when I drilled a pilot hole and found the brass plate (beats "winning the brass ring"!) beneath the fiberglass, so I only had to drill and tap instead of wrestling from beneath to thru-bolt it. I've left all the hardware bedded in the 3M 4200 sealant just a bit more than finger-tight today,  and tomorrow will crank it all down tight.  (More on installing the eyebolt and cockpit access covers)

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This morning, after tightening down all the hardware I installed yesterday into the 3M sealant, I first reinstalled my VHF antenna, then installed a new Davis universal masthead mount for my Windex wind direction indicator.  (Apr. 18, 2004)

Close-up detail     --     Closer-up detail

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The way I mounted it last season  likely contributed to if not caused the masthead failure, so I found a better way. Using the brackets that came with the Davis kit, I drilled and tapped two 10/24 holes into the top of the masthead aft of the halyard sheaves.

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Using the two universal brackets that were included in the Davis kit, I attached one to the masthead using the two holes I'd drilled/tapped. I cut down the extension bar after checking for clearance with the VHF antenna, then flattened and drilled the end that accepts the Windex rod. Once everything was mounted in place, I adjusted the Davis extension bar to horizontal.

Close-up detail

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Here's a closer-up look at how the Windex is fastened to the masthead.

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The Harken 252 Lazy Jack and topping lift project completed.  (May 9, 2004)

(I subsequently moved the aft lazy jacks lines further back on the boom.)

Go to Adding a Harken Lazy Jack System

It's never-ending ... but spring is in the air at last, the projects have begun!


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