I have a 1964 cal 28, hull
41 and am doing much the same as you, currently rebuilding the galley
with reefer, sink and stove/oven.
I bought a camera-on-a-wire today and had a look under the liner, below the compression
post. The fiberglass
ridge, or divider between the cabin
is hollow. The liner looks to me to be built in a way to take the load, and that no 'dreaded steel beam' was used. I did find a vertical 2x4 on the underside of the liner visible from the adjacent seat. It was odd though, in that it terminated short of the hull and keel
. I have my suspicions....
The reason for my inspection
in the first place was due to the sag I observed in the cabin
top where the mast
step is. I wonder why the load path is stopped short to the liner. Why was the 'dreaded steel beam' added to the 28-2 and others?
It seems wither way, that I need to fix it.
I heard that with some boats, a wedge was used between compression post and keel
to set the height. Perhaps I am simply missing that wedge?
Can you look at your cal 28? Under the seat next to the compression post. Follow the load path down. Is there a 2x4 laminated to the liner in a vertical orientation? Is there a wedge between 2x4 and hull? I'll take a better look and maybe pictures next time I am down at the boat. Thanks!
What's on your list of projects? And pictures or a blog to share? Where are you located?