Found a keel

I found a keel on my favorite shopping site.  Craigslist of course!

Choice of two keels

Choice of two keels

My choice of two, and the owner says he’ll give me guidance to get it fixed.  He even has dimensions for it.

C 22 Swing Keel Dim pre 1985

C 22 Swing Keel Dim pre 1985

Lucky Me.  Now I just have to figure out how to move it and how to repair it.  Simple huh?  Not.  The specs say it weighs 525 lbs +/- 25.  You have to plan how to deal with something like this.

Here is a thread that talks about finishing a keel after sandblasting.  If you don’t seal it within a few hours it will start to rust and then the epoxy won’t stick to it.

Wish me luck.  I’m going to try to make it out there this weekend.

We don’t need no stinkin keel!

Catalina 22 Keel Repair.

Well, maybe we do.  This is the reason the previous owner gave me the boat.  We have a serious lack of keel:

Keel slot - no keel

Keel slot – no keel

In all these pictures, the bow of the boat is toward the top of the picture.

Here is a close up of the bolts.  Or should I say where the bolts used to be.  They look like they’ve been sheared off.

Sheared Off Keel Bolts

Sheared Off Keel Bolts

Here is the same spot, but at a slight angle.

Sheared off keel bolts at an angle

Sheared off keel bolts at an angle

To give you some idea of the mess this is, I went looking for a picture of one in good condition and found this Catalina 22 / Fleet 20 Portland Oregon blog entry

Hangar Bolt Weldments

Hangar Bolt Weldments

Here is a picture looking up into the keel cavity.  I think that thing sticking out of the side may be a “stay down”  bolt, but not sure.

Keel cavity

Keel cavity

Wow, it looks like I have a LONG way to go to get this boat in the water!  Unfortunately about the only required skill I currently possess is patience and the inability to recognize when a job is too big for me.

 

First mowing of the Rehabitat lawn

Lil Red is out of commission at the moment, so Orangy was pressed into service.

Orangy the riding lawnmower

Orangy the riding lawnmower

For such a little guy, this is a great big yard!

Front yard of the Rehabitat

Front yard of the Rehabitat

He just kept saying “I think I can, I think I can…”  till the job was done.

Rehabitat yard is mowed

Rehabitat yard is mowed

So I took another few pictures cause it was so pretty.

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The Two Best Days….

As the saying goes, …The two best days in a boat owner’s life are the day he gets the boat, and the day he gets rid of it.  Here you see a picture of two very happy boat owners.   CapnRehab on the left (getting a boat), and M on the right (getting rid of same boat).

Yes, we’re making my first purchase for the boat.  Yay West Marine stores for being everywhere!

Smiling Boat Owners

Smiling Boat Owners

M has struggled with the problem of owning a boat remotely.  Not having a place to work on it, and having a boat that needs serious repair do not go very well together.  He did what he could with the limited time he could get with the boat, but eventually you have to give up.

Here was my first view of the Catalina 22.

First View

First View

Doesn’t look too bad, till you get a closer look at what’s inside.  In the grand tradition of people giving me boats to work on, my first job is emptying them out.

Boat full of water

Boat full of water

With the boat tilted up like it is, all the water that leaked into is in the back.  Which is really great, because the wood inside doesn’t look like some of the other disaster boats I’ve owned.  The first thing to do was get a siphon going and get the water out.  IT TOOK 4 HOURS!

Draining Water

Draining Water

While we waited for the water to drain, we worked on the trailer wiring.  This was a temporary setup just to get me home.  Still didn’t work quite right.  Running lights and signals are fine, but when I step on the brakes, the lights go out.

Trailer Wiring

Trailer Wiring

It was about an hour drive home, with M following in the chase car.  It went just fine.

just got a boat today

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I have so many things to update you guys about, but this is my boat as of today.  I can’t say my “new” boat, but it is new to me.  It is a Catalina 22 from the early 80’s and is now safely parked in the driveway of the rehabitat.

(Yes someone gave it to me, and yes it needs repairs. )

More later.