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

Season 07 is officially over!

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Preparing to move and cover Chip Ahoy for the winter, I decided it was time to again refinish the exterior teak trim -- the first and last time was over the winter of 2003-04 right after I bought the boat.  My plan is to remove everything and make refinishing a winter project again.  I finished up the removal yesterday.  (Nov. 8, 2007)

Removing the recently-installed handrails was not a problem, nor was the teak companionway trim.  But the sliding hatch was a bear.

Once I've got the trim removed, I'll sand it all down again.  This time, instead of teak oil, I intend to apply a number of coats of Cetol.

At the end of yesterday all the trim was off, at last.  The only way I was able to get the sliding hatch rail off was with heat, from a heat gun -- thanks to the suggestion of Bob Donovan, a contractor who parks his work vehicles in our lot.  I'd way overdone sealing them back in the spring of '04 -- the 3M 4200 was like cement!

In the end, the port side sliding hatch rail came off in pieces [DETAIL]; I might be able to wood-glue it back in place, or I might need to replace it after all that effort.  My left thumb is bandaged after whacking it hard a few times with a hammer while holding the beveled putty knife, my left hand is black-and-blue.  I dinged the pop-top's gelcoat in a few spots too.  (Nov. 8, 2007)

See:  Teak Trim Refinishing Project

Yesterday, Michael Sullivan ("Carpe Diem") and I moved Chip Ahoy from the driveway to the space alongside the house, then covered it.  (Nov. 9, 2007)

Today, I finished tying the tarp off to the trailer, before the nasty weather gets here again tonight through tomorrow -- it may even change over to our first snow flurries later tonight.

As usual, I left an opening at the transom to crawl aboard while the boat's covered, when and if I need to get beneath the tarp in the coming months.  The swim ladder is down, the lifeline across the transom between the two-piece stern pulpit is unclipped for easiest access.  The step ladder will remain there for the winter.

The individual PVC pipes skeleton frame from last year went back on, one pipe at a time starting forward and moving just aft of the mast's spreaders, before we pulled the tarp over it.  I had one pipe left over, because above the cockpit I first used Wally Riddle's PVC cage that he'd built and which worked so well on is C22.  I tied it off to the cockpit lifelines; it reached aft to the masthead.  (Nov. 9, 2007)

See:  More details of the complete skeleton frame uncovered

Chip Ahoy's new Ullman Offshore full-battened, loose-footed mainsail arrived from Catalina Direct a few days ago; I opened the box, pulled out the sail, spread it out on the kitchen floor, and took these photos today.  (Nov. 10, 2007)

With the WNW blowing at 7 mph gusting to W at 24, today's high temperature 40 at 2:30 pm, I drove down to the edge of the town cemetery to see if John Graichen had pulled Malacass out for the winter yet.  I was surprised to find it still out on its mooring, looking lonely.  (Nov. 17, 2007)

There were two other sailboats in sight:  A larger one further out in the middle of the harbor, and a smaller one about 60 yards astern of Malacass, with no mast and a hull that looks like it's spent considerable time recently entirely submerged.  John must be playing chicken, last man out!  Another month and he'll be able to walk out to Malacass on hard water.  It took me a few minutes to figure out what those telltales streaming from his furled genoa were -- then I remembered:  The duck tape he used to patch the sail.

It's never-ending ... so onward and forward to Sailing Season '08!


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