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Ben H.

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Connecticut Catalina Knowledgable Persons
« on: March 25, 2016, 08:51:03 AM »

Hi All,

As a new person to boat ownership and Catalinas I was hoping to find a local resource or two who might be able to provide some in person guidance/advice as I work to improve the C34 I purchased last year. I'm more then happy to (and think capable) do most of the work myself, but don't feel knowledgeable enough to know where to start and what to focus on first.

Are you, do you know, could you recommend anyone in the Connecticut area who'd be interested in sharing their knowledge?
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Re: Connecticut Catalina Knowledgable Persons
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2016, 04:02:37 PM »

Ben,

Although I'm from the Left Coast, IIRC the shoreline of CT is kinda long.

It would help anyone to help you to let us know where your boat is located.

A shortlist of the things you have in mind would also help.  It might be we could help you on the forum, in addition to any personal contacts.

Added --- just saw your other post.  Is that it?
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2016, 06:11:35 PM »

I just closed on #206 today and will be keeping it in Noank. Although much was already upgraded, perhaps we could trade notes.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2016, 08:22:33 AM »

Maybe you've seen this already.  http://c34.org/bbs/index.php?topic=6842.0

The severe "smile" may not be from a grounding it may be from water freezing in the space between the keel and the stub.  Did this boat come from an area with long cold winter or has it been in CT all this time?

How bad does it leak into the bilge through your keel bolt holes?  Are the keel bolts tight? I bet you find them pretty loose especially up front. 

Now that you have a garboard plug, I'd keep it.

I have some cracks around the skeg similar but not as dramatic as yours. I believe mine are from wrapping a stern line twice that I know of.  Yours could easily be from improper blocking during storage.

It also occurred to me that if someone went crazy with backstay tension it could pull your ends up causing cracks in those two places, especially if overtightened and left that way for a few seasons.
I posed this question long time ago and got mostly "never thought of that before".  It is only fiber glass.

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Re: Connecticut Catalina Knowledgable Persons
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2016, 09:53:38 AM »

I think he has never had the boat in the water and it has been out of the water for many years prior to him purchasing it?
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2016, 10:09:05 AM »

Maybe you've seen this already.  http://c34.org/bbs/index.php?topic=6842.0

Dan, your thread was so comprehensive and valuable, I put it in the 101 topics and linked it in Ben;s other post:

Rebedding a Keel Stub 101  The Catalina Smile with Pictures

http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,6842.0.html

I also put it in the tech wiki under Hull.
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Re: Connecticut Catalina Knowledgable Persons
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2016, 07:53:09 AM »

It would help anyone to help you to let us know where your boat is located.

A shortlist of the things you have in mind would also help.  It might be we could help you on the forum, in addition to any personal contacts.

Added --- just saw your other post.  Is that it?

The boat is currently located in Naugatuck, CT at a storage yard. Looking to have it moved to a marina in a month or two. Possibly Branford, CT.
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2016, 07:54:04 AM »

I just closed on #206 today and will be keeping it in Noank. Although much was already upgraded, perhaps we could trade notes.

Sounds good to me! Congratulations!
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2016, 07:56:07 AM »

I think he has never had the boat in the water and it has been out of the water for many years prior to him purchasing it?

Noah is right, It hasn't been in the water for a few years and I only just got it. CT does have COLD winters, but not so much recently.
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2016, 08:10:41 AM »

Where are you in CT?
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2016, 08:18:18 AM »

Ben,
A suggestion: There is a Long Island Sound Catalina Association, LISCA. I am a member and I know there are several Catalinas in the association docked there or close by. Give a look at the web site, http://www.saillisca.com/ Great group, inexpensive membership. Feel free to email or call me for more info.
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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2016, 05:52:40 AM »

Not sure what kind of budget you have for improvements, but I would certainly take the advice and have an expert look at some of the hull damage.  i agree that it looks like it might have had a pretty hard grounding at one time.  Obviously something that needs to be done before splashing.  Also looks like the mast might be on the hard, so it is a great time to begin work on that before it goes back up. As another topic has pointed out, the mast needs to be down to replace sheaves, you won't believe the difference  in the new ones from garhauer.  Also a good time to replace halyards, upgrading the wires in the mast and any new antennas or cables.  Just the beginning!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2016, 05:36:17 PM »

Ben,
A suggestion: There is a Long Island Sound Catalina Association, LISCA.

Joined last week.

I work out of Fairfield, CT. Boat is currently in Naugatuck, CT. Looking for a yard not too far from Fairfield. Maybe, Branford.
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