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

Sailing Season 2013 has begun!

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What a difference a year makes! Though I've seen worse winters, this one was no joy, with a couple of good snowstorms and very cold throughout. (Being hospitalized over Christmas week with the flu, then overnight a month later for testing after a doctor's erroneous false alarm "heart attack." didn't help either.) I burned through three cords of firewood, but spring has finally arrived very belatedly, especially by comparison to last year's. Sort of anyway, but finally enough to uncover Chip Ahoy  though still only reaching the low-60s.

Late Saturday morning, April 27th, I pulled the boat from alongside the house to out front, uncovered it for the season, then climbed aboard and opened it up.

On Monday I got help taking the mast off and setting it alongside on its sawhorses.

The primary project this spring, now that I can get at, is is to remove the forward hatch and reseal it.  (Apr. 27-30, 2013)


One of my first discoveries when hooking up the trailer last weekend was that the safety cables had corroded almost completely through; one came off in my hands when I pulled on it to get a measurement. I picked up some new chain and hardware, ground off the old cable fishhooks, swage, and remnants then attached the new safety chains this morning.  (May 4, 2013)

I got my primary project of 2013 removing and resealing the forward hatch completed. Funny how, when you have to do something twice, the second time is always easier!  (May 5-10, 2013)


The Barnacle Problem

Stern-heavy Chip Ahoy had its worst barnacle problem ever last season. After some online research, I thought I'd found the best solution, Triton Marine Products' Hull Cleaner:

"Triton Marine’s Hull Cleaner is the most aggressive cleaner of its type on the market, yet remains the safest to your boat’s surfaces and the environment. SynTech, the synthetic power driving Triton Hull Cleaner, removes 70% more calcium buildup than hydrochloric acid but cannot harm your hull. It’s so strong, it can remove barnacles and other calcium life forms in minutes. Hull Cleaner is non-corrosive and non-fuming."

The reviews extolled its virtues: spray it on, let it sit for 30 seconds, wipe off the barnacles. For less than $20 bucks, how could I beat that? I ordered it, paid extra for "expedited delivery."

First I carefully knocked off the barnacles with the trusty rigid putty knife and light taps with a hammer. Four applications of the hull cleaner over the course of yesterday and lots of wiping with a sponge and hosing in between it wasn't doing the promised job.

Ultimately, I used 3M Extra Heavy-Duty compound by hand to clean off the barnacle remnants.

I don't know if traditional hydrochloric acid would have done a better job, but Triton Marine’s Hull Cleaner was a big disappointment. I honestly can say it did little if anything.  (May 17, 2013)


This morning I went out to the boat without a plan but to remove the gas tanks, so I can empty them into the Blazer and refill them with fresh gas. I decided to continue where I'd left off yesterday, scrubbing the waterline now that the aft ends were white instead of dirty and discolored. That 3M Extra Heavy-Duty compound was doing such a good job even on the red paint above the white waterline that I decided to keep going with it.

I'd planned to borrow Bob Donovan's polisher again this year, but time's getting short and I don't have it yet. The hull didn't look that bad, so I hand-compounded the port-side and transom. What a difference it made, nonetheless. (In the top two photos and the one on the left the difference between the forward area I'd compounded and the aft half of the hull yet to be done is apparent if looked at closely.) With with hand-compounding of the port-side and transom completed, I decided to keep going, protect my effort with Meguiar's Flagship Premium Cleaner/Wax. What a difference this made. The cleaner/wax works great on chrome and the brass transom scuppers too, I discovered.



Self-Portrait of the Photographer in the Mirror-Image Hull

Unfortunately the camera's lens had specks of compound dust on it



When I was done this afternoon the hull was completely back to life, mirror-shiny as ever for the start of another sailing season. Tomorrow I'll continue, doing the same on the starboard side.  (May 18, 2013)


Yesterday I got the starboard side hand-compounded and waxed. The wild turkeys kept me company, overseeing my labor. The hull is done and looking damned good. It came out better than expected, again.  (May 20, 2013)

Moving along, I attacked the cabin interior though this year it was less a chore than usual for some reason: It was relatively clean. Still it needed some attention for the season ahead. The teak trim is due for another refinishing, but too late now I'll have to live with it. I hit the bare wood spots with teak oil, then waxed over them a few days later. I'm finding myself becoming a bit less finicky.  (Jun. 9, 2013)


The bunk cushions are getting thin, uncomfortable to sleep on, so I took the three to an upholsterer. He wanted $700 rebuild them, advised that 4" cushions are needed for sleep, that I just buy some foam to add beneath them. I ordered a sheet (82" x 36") of Luxury-Firm High Density (Outdoor) foam then cut it to size. My thanks to Bob Keim for the carpet tape suggestion to attach the new foam to the cushions' undersides. The bunk feels very comfortable now, a huge improvement!  (Jun. 11, 2013)

It's never-ending ... onward to Sailing Season 2013!

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