I found a keel on my favorite shopping site. Craigslist of course!
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
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.
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
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
Here is the same spot, but at a slight 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
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.
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.
Lil Red is out of commission at the moment, so Orangy was pressed into service.
Orangy the riding lawnmower
For such a little guy, this is a great big yard!
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
So I took another few pictures cause it was so pretty.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
It was about an hour drive home, with M following in the chase car. It went just fine.
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. )