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Old 01-06-2013, 04:49   #31
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Re: First "long" cruise, looking for suggestions.

I owned a 1977 C-27 #3438) for about 7 years and primarily sailed it on San Francisco Bay. This boat is great for near coastal cruising and believe it or not, two have circumnavigated.

You didn't mention what year your boat was, but if it is an older model check the anchor bolts for the shrouds. The originals were bolts with fender washers and they break. Also the spreader brackets were originally made of aluminum and were known to fail. Finally check your chain plates. The originals have no backing plates and are bolted to marine plywood, which over time tends to compress.

Catalina Direct has cheap upgrades for these problems at: catalinadirect.com

I had a lot of fun on that boat and have great memories... Good luck with your trip!
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Old 24-06-2013, 11:26   #32
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Re: First "long" cruise, looking for suggestions.

+1 on the smart phone comments posted. I would add-- iPad with: data plan, radar scope, Active captain, Navionics, tide App, drag app, boat beacon.

Insta-spark solar charger for iPad.

Also the $10 own-battery high water alarm from home depot
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