Thanks for the motivation, friends! I really appreciate it.
I haven't given a status update recently, so I thought I'd check in.
I haven't been to the boat much in the last couple of weeks. I've been working overtime to help me finish paying for her, as I bought her in 2 installments (750 X 2 for the boat, and 200 for winter storage
and use of the shipyard) Besides, with winter setting in there isn't much I can get done right now.
I HAVE determined that it is a standard rig, but I haven't yet had the chance to locate the manufacturer's plaque with the hull number and whatnot. I DO know that it is one of the Canadian-built Catalinas, which as a canuck, kind of makes me happy. I'm buying
her in the States, so repatriating an ex-pat Canadian boat is just the kind of cheese that I like heheh Speaking of cheese, I still haven't been able to think of a suitable name for her yet either...
I've just basically been trying to formulate the game
plan leading up to the splash, planned hopefully for around May 1st. That being said, she's pretty much a bare boat, so I have a lot of work ahead of me. Main jobs to get done before launch include:
- Acquire outboard motor
and make necessary repairs
mount (it's a bit worn out. Luckily the only place on the boat I've found so far needing any major fiberglass repair
- Drop mast, check for corrosion
, and replace any worn rigging
or wires. I'll probably wire in an LED running light while I'm at it.
- Inspect standing rigging
and replace as necessary. Acquire and install Cat Direct's U-bolt chainplate retrofit kit.
- Appraise all of the running rigging and acquire new (to me) suite of sails
to use to learn with over the course of the next year. New sails
will be purchased next winter, with the used ones being kept on board for SHTF scenarios. Will need all new lines at least, although I have to admit that most of the hardware
looks pretty good. It IS a freshwater boat (Detroit, MI). Still, if I don't end up having to replace a lot of blocks and stuff, I may get myself a flashy new reefing kit and lazy jack system. Still haven't quite figured out the set up I want back to the cockpit with the running rigging. It's the area where I have the least amount of knowledge. I want the final arrangement to be as easy and trouble-free as possible as I intend to be sailing alone.
- Replace all the old brass-tube-through-a-fibreglass-volcano through-hull fittings with proper Marelon Seacocks.
- Acquire and install new stanchions and lifelines
- Rebed all deck hardware
plugs and apply backing plates
- Build and install door with lock for companionway
- Install composting head
; remove old head and holding tank
The way I see it, as long as I can get this done, then she will be ready to sail lake St. Clair, although she'll still be really, uhh, campy inside.
Still, with a running engine
and rigging, and the MAJOR design flaws looked after, then I'll be ready to move aboard.
I know that living aboard
while renovating the interior
isn't ideal, but it's pretty much my only option. I'm doing this entire project
using my salary from a VERY low-paying job, so the sooner I can move out of my apartment, the better. I can keep up my full-time work and maintain a work schedule on the boat as well, because my hours are accomodating and my work is effortless (call centre). So, I'll be able to spend the summer installing the electrical system
, etc. that are going to make up the final product, and taking her out on the lake whenever I get the chance.
Anyway, that's about it for now. I found Nigel Calder's Boatowner's Mechanical and Technical Manual (This year's edition too!!!) at the library, and I've just been tearing it apart. One of the great things about my job is that I have a lot of time to read between calls. Good thing, because that book is friggin' 1000 pages!!
to everyone (in case I don't post again until then), and as always, your comments, suggestions and feedback are greatly appreciated.