Crib Boards

I wanted to create some air-flow into the cabin while SV Mia Noi was sitting on her trailer, so my solution was to put a vent in the cockpit crib boards.

The boards were looking a little worn, the varnish was faded and worn. So the project seemed like a good time to kill two birds with one stone.SV MIA NOI - CRIB BOARDS.Still001

I purchased the vent from West Marine during their cyber Monday sale and picked up the varnish at Home Depot. For previous varnish jobs I purchased an expensive teak varnish from West Marine, but for this job I went for a $12 can for Rustolium varnish. The crib boards are covered by the cabin tarp 95% of the time, so I couldn’t justify the added expense of the West Marine varnish.SV MIA NOI - CRIB BOARDS.Still009

Started the job at 10am .. sanded, made the cut-out, varnished and installed the new vent around 4pm. One-Day Paint Job!

Mia Noi – Naming

About a month after the paint job was complete, I finally got around to putting on Mia Noi’s lettering and making her new name complete. She now had a personality and home port! I purchased the name, numbers and lettering from US Boat. The sticky letters were easy to install.

Mast Up!

Originally I was going to hire a rigger to rig my mast – but in the end I decided to save a few dollars and do it myself. I’m really happy I did. Again, it was a great educational experience to learn, make a few mistakes and feel confident knowing every part of the boat. Ruben at Seamark Marine used a hoist to raise the mast which made the job a cinch.

Transom Thru-Hole

A previous owner of My Catalina had installed a bilge pump which is great, but for some reason the bilge pump was connected to a thru-hole that emptied into the cockpit. It meant the water was trapped onboard – a potential disaster waiting to happen! So, the first major improvement I undertook was to reinstall the thru-hole, this time via a hose running out the Port-side transom.

New Bunks

With Mia Noi off the trailer for the first time, it gave me a chance to check out the condition of the wood bunks. I was horrified when I pulled back a small section of the carpet. The wooden bunks were rotten thru – I was lucky they had supported the weight of the boat this long. It turned out to be a quick and easy job to replace the bunks – the job took about 4-hours total.

Test Drive

More than two months after I purchased ‘Mia Noi’, I finally got to give her a ‘road test’ in Marina Del Rey. It was a great feeling to drive off from Seamark Marina with ‘Mia Noi’ in tow. I was a little trepid as a reversed the trailer down the ramp – wondering in the  back of my mind if ‘Mia Noi’ would sink or float as her transom began to touch the salt water of the Pacific Ocean! The outboard started immediately using the electric start. Afloat .. I took ‘Mia Noi’ for her first ‘motor’ around Marina Del Rey, happy my dreams were coming true!

New Hardware

With the paint job done, I started to re-sit all the hardware I removed prior to painting of ‘Mia Noi’ or planned to replace. It was an eye opening lesson on the cost of boat parts and forced me to go all over the Catalina – into the tight spots, everywhere with a fine tooth comb. I now have greater comfort in my knowledge of ‘Mia Noi’s’ bits, pieces and potential trouble spots.

A Sailor’s Best Friend

When I purchased ‘Mia Noi’ she came with an 8HP two-stroke outboard. She started – was a little smokey and would do the job. But, for safety reasons and personal reassurance I purchased an new four-stroke Nissan 8HP outboard. It’s a good fit for my Catalina and I wanted to make sure I had a best friend out on the water if the weather turned un-friendly! The transom was reinforced with a plastic plate to assist in accommodating the 90 pound outboard, I also purchased a new bracket for the engine.

Seamark Marine

The refurbishment of my Catalina 22 was completed by Seamark Marine at Marina Del Rey. Ruben Flores, Seamark Marine’s Owner/Operator is honest, generous with his time and advice – plus he did a great job painting and repairing my Catalina 22 ‘Mia Noi’. Ruben allowed me to do the small stuff, such a re-wiring the mast and removing the hardware from ‘Mia Noi’. I recommend Seamark Marine if you need work done on your sailboat or motorboat. The majority of boat repair yards in Marina Del Rey prefer to work on new boats. Ruben and his team are different, old or new – no job is too difficult and you’ll be happy with the results.

Spray Job – The Body Paint

Finally Los Angeles’ unseasonably wet weather turned back to its traditional 85 degrees and sunshine – and the final deck coat was sprayed on. Ruben Flores and his Seamark Marine team prepped the boat and went to work painting ‘Mia Noi’.