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 boom hung:  a view of the new adjustable backstay.  (May 9, 2004)


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What's missing in this picture?

Today, I opened the Catalina Direct Boom Vang Kit to begin installing -- but what a surprise (!) -- there were no instructions as usual.  (May 9, 2004)

Answer:  Instructions!
Adding a Boom Vang Project

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Yesterday's (May 15, 2004) project was to attach the swim ladder. After determining where it would be mounted, I decided to remove the boat's name (photo on left is prior to attempt) -- which would be covered by the ladder's mounting brackets and the ladder when deployed. After trying to compound off the name with a polisher, I decided to cut-corners and resorted to the old stand-by I've used many times, Easy-Off Oven Cleaner.  The problems began ...

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The oven cleaner began discoloring the hull, most noticeably around the "C" which I had nearly compounded off and where I'd applied it the heaviest. I quickly wiped it off and hosed down the transom. I tried using a little acetone to attempt removing the discoloration, and that only made matters worse. Ultimately, I relettered the name on the transom just to better cover the discoloration (photo on left). I'll bolt the swim ladder over it after all.

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Today, I finished up the lettering and am finally ready to mount the swim ladder. It's amazing that a former sign-painter apparently never loses his touch: I just opened the old cans of One Shot lettering enamel, picked out a lettering brush, and was right back there as if over a decade hadn't passed!   (May 16, 2004)

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This time, I lettered the name using the logo style from a package of "Chips Ahoy!" cookies. I got the idea from one of my crew last summer who brought a package aboard and advised that I never sail without one as a talisman. This one-ups Jack's recommendation!

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Finishing up the outline on the starboard side's name.  (May 17, 2004)

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Today I finally got to install the swim ladder -- another project that ultimately took about an hour or two, after spending the weekend wresting with attempting to remove then relettering the name (see above). I measured over from the rudder gudgeons and drew a vertical line, then aligned the ladder with it, keeping the ladder as low and starboard as possible while still keeping the ladder's padded feet on the transom (per the instructions Catalina Direct included in this kit!). Then I held up the ladder and marked the fastening holes on both sides of the ladder.

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Once I got those marks, I removed the center-side ladder stanchion, lined up the holes and drilled them through the transom. I tried the screws and they fit perfectly, so I sealed the stanchion with 3M 4200 then threaded the screws through it and the transom.

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On the inside cockpit side, I sealed the 3/8" plywood backing plate (that I'd epoxied yesterday and drilled out this morning, again using the stanchions as a template) with 3M 4200, fed the screws through the pre-drilled holes, and fastened the nuts over the lock and fender washers provided with the kit. Once the center stanchion was fastened, I hung the ladder and repeated the process for the outboard side.... (continued)

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


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