Just read engineer-sailor's thread, "Yet another boat buying
I am in a similar state of being, probably much less money
. I am seriously leaning toward the Catalina 36
, mid to late 80's vintage. Lots of options here on the west coast
. Once I buy the boat, I will be broke, but better to learn how to deal with that now than later.
Is there any Catalina 36
owners out there in CF land that have re-enforced the the way the bulkheads are fastened to the hull
? I have read a couple snippets about it. Ranging from pulling them and through bolting them, probably best, to adding epoxy
or sika along the seems in existing boats without having to remove the actual bulkheads. This seems like it would add to the stiffness of the hull
and stop alot of flexing, stopping the groans and noises when under way rough conditions. Forcing 5200 into the seams along all the bulkheads looks also like a viable option also. Not a major project
, will aleave alot of flexing and still remain somewhat flexible so the hull would be allowed to have a little flex which might keep it from developing cracks here and there.
I am reluctant to start removing and re-securing bulkheads because, as we all know, the simplest jobs often turn into the biggest nightmares, especially when sh*t starts breaking. And that doesn't really appear to be a simple job.
I know about the Catalina
owners association, I will join when and if I actually become a Catalina
owner. For now, I would think many of the same members there may also follow CF and are possibly lurking around.
Feel free to jump in on this one.