You may remember when I got the Catalina 22 replacement keel last year. I threw some wheels on a shipping pallet and put the keel on the pallet. Pretty fancy huh?
Recently, I bought the video on repairing a Catalina 22 keel from Catalina Direct. In it they show the steps for reconditioning the keel. This weekend I took the first step down that path and put the keel in a vertical stand so it can be worked on.
The first thing I did was use my engine hoist to pick the keel up. Well, actually I picked up one end. It’s pretty long and the hoist isn’t big enough to lift it completely. Remember this this thing weighs between 500 and 600 pounds, so moving it around isn’t trivial.
Then I took the wheels from the pallet along with some 2×4 scraps left over from “the project that must not be named”, and made a new support frame. It was a simple matter of lowering the keel onto the new support and Wa-La, the keel is ready.
Wow, that keel needs a lot of work. A nice thing about this stand is that it takes up way less room than the pallet.
You’ll notice a sunfish on sawhorses in the background of the first picture. I also did a bit of work there. More on that next time.