The Bottom Line

The first major job was to get the bottom painted and the hull checked out IMG_0360 structurally. She needed a bit of TLC. I hired Ruben at Seamark Marine in Marina Del Rey to paint SV Mia Noi before getting her back in the water. I later regretted not removing the swing keel and replacing the ‘keel hangers’. It would have saved me the headache 10 months later when I replaced the ‘keel hangers’ and a Port ‘weldment’.

My advice to anyone purchasing a Catalina 22 is – CHECK OUT the swing keel hangers, hanger bolts and keel locking bolt before you buy. You’ll know what you are buying and potentially head-off future problems.

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