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

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Wally cranks Chip Ahoy onto the trailer as Jonathan lines us up.

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It's official, Chip Ahoy is landed and I've lowered the ensign. "Boating 2003" is over.

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Wally and I prepare to lower the mast.

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With Jonathan on a line holding the top of the mast from coming down too fast, Wally and I lower it.

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The mast is down.

09-17l.jpg (233430 bytes) Mission accomplished and done smartly (even with a bit of trouble with the winch cable and boat-to-trailer alignment)! Left to right, Jonathan, yours truly, and Wally. (Sep. 17, 2003)
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Chip Ahoy, landlocked again back where the adventure started on July 7, a mere two months and a week ago. "Boating 2003" was hardly a long enough season, especially with the most miserable weather in memory. May King Neptune provide for better in 2004!  Oh yeah, it was a false alarm:  Hurricane Isabel decided not to assault us after all!

The Post-2003 season after-action report
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Sometimes bad things (like hurricane threats) happen for good reasons! After getting Chip Ahoy home after prematurely pulling it out, I spotted a serious crack in the critical masthead truck. Had it broken off completely I could have lost the backstay, the entire mast at sea ... and it didn't have far to go! Replacing it is now my top priority.

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There wasn't much holding the backstay. I've ordered a new masthead truck to replace this one.

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Crawling under the trailer, I found the keel in much worse shape than I'd anticipated. Note the gray discoloration at the bottom of the keel -- the trailing edge when retracted. On my mooring, the keel would settle some 4"-6" into the bottom silt at mean low tide. Once I realized it, I started cranking the keel up a few turns each time I moored. It's time for some serious work!

( Go to the Keel Restoration Project )


It's never-ending ... and the best times have ended again for now!


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