The Catalina 22 is hull #686!

While doing an inventory of the equipment that came with the boat I came across a couple of sail bags.  On opening them I discovered the sails are in pretty good condition.  I think they are the original sails.  This is the main.  Inside the red diamond and just above the “22″ you can see a slight orange shadow where the Catalina “C” has fallen off.  I will need to get some sail battens (fiberglass rods that go into those horizontal pockets above the red diamond and below the numbers).  The battens help the sail attain the correct shape.

Sail # 686

Sail # 686

Over 10,000 Catalina 22′ boats have built.  This is a very early one.

It also has a 110% jib and a 150% genoa.  Wow, that saves me $1100 for the main, and $650 for the 110% jib.  The 150% isn’t even available.  Too bad there isn’t a spinnaker.  Those make going downwind fun.  At $700 it will be a while before I get one of those.

Moving the boat inside was just the catalyst I needed to get me excited about the project.

Catalina 22 moved to the garage – work to begin soon

Big doings here at the Rehabitat.  The Catalina 22 has a moved.

I wanted to get her inside the garage so I could open her up and start working without worrying about the weather.  This is what I faced on Saturday morning.

Future home of the Catalina 22

Future home of the Catalina 22

After a bunch of moving, re-stacking, organizing, shoving and cramming I got a hole opened up.

Cleared away

Cleared away

Don’t EVEN ask what the rest of the garage looks like now!  Here is a side view so you can see the before/after shot.

Another view of future Catalina work area.

Another view of future Catalina work area.

Yes, that is Big Red the riding lawnmower with the hood up.  He sat too long with a busted starter and now that I’ve put a new starter on, the carb is not letting any gas get to the spark plug.  I’ve been doing a lot of work on him, but since it isn’t boat related I’ve held off posting about it.

With some masterful backing up by yours truly, the Catalina is sitting pretty in her new home.

Catalina waiting to be worked on

Catalina waiting to be worked on

Yes, that’s about 4 inches to spare!  She’s touching the back wall and I had to lower the front end all the way to the floor so I could close the garage door.

The whole trailer couldn’t fit, so I had to completely pull out the trailer extension.  That took a bunch of “Fabulous Blaster”,  a magnetic penetrating lubricant.  It also took quite a few whacks with a sledge hammer.

Trailer extension removed to fit trailer in garage.

Trailer extension removed to fit trailer in garage.

The extension is the black bar sitting on the ground to the left of the trailer.

Yes, it’s exciting times here at the rehabitat.  I’ve already started working on the keel fix, but that’s a story for another day.

 

2001 Dodge Ram 1500 starts but won’t idle after dead battery – FIXED!

This is a small post to record a fix that defies common sense, but worked like a charm.

I left the cab light on the the truck and when I came back to it 2 days later the battery was dead.  I recharged it, and the truck would start but wouldn’t idle.  As soon as I let off the gas the engine would cut off.  I did an initial search that didn’t help and went back out to fiddle with the truck.  Frustrated, I came back in and tried again.  I must have used different words, because this time I got some strange advice on a comment on this forum question.

If you recently had a dead battery and re charged it you need to reset your computer. To do so follow these steps: A) Disconnect the negative battery cable B) Turn Your Ignition key to Start position for 30 seconds while putting the gas to the floor. c) Clean and reconnect neg terminal (good time to also clean the Pos Terminal if needed) D) restart the engine and you will be good to go.

I was running through all the bad scenarios of replacing the alternator, etc so I figured it couldn’t hurt to try since the cost was my favorite price (free).  I did it and next thing you know the truck was running.  I took it out and drove to Home Depot (It died on the way but started up again easily) and I haven’t had trouble since.

Wow, this solution just doesn’t make sense, but it worked for me!  :)

 

 

Fun evening at the races on “Old Shoes”

Thankfully, it was another windy evening in the West River here in Galesville, MD.  The wind was out of the south-south east so we had a down wind start  [bottom of the map].  It was a bit breezy, so no spinnaker, then we had the smooth line out to the red circle (see map) where we put up the spinnaker and I trimmed it (eased it out and pulled it taut to optimally keep it filled with wind).  Wow, it did get a bit interesting since we had a following sea rocking us side-to-side and played “dodge the boat” as we met the front runners coming out of the river as a pack.  There was even more excitement as we got to the turnaround at the top of the map when the spinnaker needed to come down and the jib back up.  The sail sheets got tangled around the spinnaker pole when we had to jib before the sail switch.  As a crew member put it “I’ve never been so filled with adrenaline at 5 miles an hour!”.

The race course

The race course

Then we headed back south, doing a bunch of tacks till we crossed the start/finish line.  On the way back it was calm enough to take a few pics.

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The skipper and crew

The skipper and crew

And the scenery is so beautiful out there.

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West River Sailing at sunset

West River Sailing at sunset

Rehab junior was there, I think he may be catching the sailing bug.

ReHab Jr pretending he is a whisker pole

ReHab Jr pretending he is a whisker pole

And what is a blog post without a selfie? (Although, since I didn’t take it I guess it’s not really a selfie?)

Sort of selfie

Sort of selfie

Have fun and happy sailing.

P.S.  The garage projects are coming along nicely so I should be starting the sunfish repairs soon.  I’m thinking of converting the trailer to haul two sunfishes and buying a second one.  Stay tuned.

Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A catamaraner’s life for me!

On Tuesday nights a catamaran club sails out of the WRSC headquarters.  It is an official group, the West River Catamaran Raicing Association. (WRCRA).  They are a very friendly group of people with the attitude of winning is fun, but it isn’t everything.  Let’s race, see if we can improve, and then let’s go have a beer.  Just my style.

Yesterday I went sailing on a Nacra 20 catamaran with a great skipper.    Fun loving, very encouraging – a really nice guy.

Going sailing!

Going sailing!

Wow, what fun!  The wind was going pretty well, and heading downwind we put the spinnaker out and were roaring along at somewhere around 20 mph, maybe more.  At one point an error was made (skipper says it wasn’t mine) and we capsized.  A bit of climbing, leaning and then scrambling aboard and the boat was back up and we were sailing again.  I think there were about 8 boats out, and 3 or 4 of them went over – so we weren’t special.  The wind was definitely up.

Last week I went down to see if I could catch a ride, but none of the boats needed a newbie crew.  I went to the starting line and snapped a few pictures after the first short leg of the race.

last week's catamaran race

last week’s catamaran race

My current schedule for racing is Tuesday night catamarans and Wednesday night big boat.  I’m considering joining the WRSC shared boat program to race Lasers on Friday nights, but I’m not sure I have the stamina!

Racing with no wind

This Wednesday’s race on “Old Shoes” started off with a bit of wind, but eventually fizzled out to nothing.  It’s amazing how different it can be from one week to the next.

2014-06-18 Racing with No Wind

2014-06-18 Racing with No Wind

At least we made it out to the turn around mark, but there was no way we were going to make it across the finish line under sail.  So yet again, another night where we had to fire up the engine.  Still, I was on a sailboat with friendly people and a beer (or two) in my hand.  As they say, a bad day on a sailboat beats a good day at work.

Since the wind wasn’t trying to knock me off the boat like last week, I did get to take a selfie.

Selfie

Selfie

or two

Selfie #2

Selfie #2

It was a beautiful sunset.

Sunset

Sunset

 

And best of all, Rehab Jr. came along.  He liked it – says he’ll be back.

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I joined West River Sail Club (WRSC)

I joined the West River Sail Club in Galesville, MD.  They We are active sailors with lots of different fleets.  The catamarans sail on Tuesdays, and Lasers sail on Fridays.  My current plan is to:

1) on Tuesday – tag along and beg rides as crew on catamarans
2) on Wednesday – sail the 30′ pearson
3) On Fridays – get checked out on the club lasers and then start racing with them.

Three days a week MAY be enough sailing, so just in case I’ll throw in a few weekend regattas and races.  Should be a fun summer.

This weekend was the Galesville Heritage race.  I went as crew in one of the club’s Albacore sailboats.  I have to say I enjoyed that I was sailing, but the Albacore is definitely NOT one of my favorite boats.  Anyhow, there were 3 Albacores sailing in our group.  My skipper was good, but the boat was outclassed by the other two privately owned boats.  We came in last of the three, and since our group started last, our boat was last over the finish line – FOR THE WHOLE REGATTA!.  So we won the prize for that.  It’s on the right in the picture below.  Funny, Natty Bo keeps coming up around sailing for me.

My skipper gave me an old WRSC hat that she won but doesn’t wear, so I can show my WRSC pride when I’m out and about. It’s for first place in a race, so I feel a bit like an impostor when I wear it.  Oh well.  It’s on the left below.

Prizes

Prizes