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.

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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.

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.

‘Sparky’ – Mast Wiring

I upgraded the mast’s wiring so I could install a deck light. I used the old stainless steel mast rigging to feed the new four strand wire inside the mast. On the advice of Kevin from Catalina Direct, I put cable ties every foot along the new wire to prevent it banging around inside the mast. Wiring the Anchor light was straight forward as was installing the deck/steaming light and the new VHF antenna cable.

Spreader Brackets

This project took longer than I anticipated. Removing the old spreaders and drilling the new holes for the stainless steel brackets was easy enough. I followed the instructions from Catalina Direct and the great advice from Chip Ahoy on spreader bracket installation. When ever I have doubts or questions about my Catalina 22, I check out Chip Ahoy. My first issue was removing a bird’s nest that had grown in the base of the mast. I used a garden hose to feed the ‘spacer’ up the mast as suggested by Chip Ahoy. But after several attempts – the ‘spacer’ would get snagged half way in, I ended up removing the old internal steaming/anchor light wiring. After that it was free sailing and with the use of a thin screwdriver, I soon had the ‘spacer’ and new brackets bolted in place.

Top Side – UnderCoat

The Guys at Seamark Marine went to work immediately preparing the top sides for their first coat. They first sanded back the top sides, fiberglassed over a soft spot on the forward port side and filled in the cracks. The boat looked great even with just the undercoat!

Bottom Paint

Part one done! I wanted to paint ‘Mia Noi’ red, white and blue. Ruben at Seamark Marine used a blue 2-part bottom paint on the bottom. Ruben machine sanded the bottom, fiberglassing from reinforcement over a soft spot and crapped the keel. The paint job looked great.

Nuts And Bolts

Once Ruben at Seamark Marine started work on the bottom paint, I was in a race to remove all the hardware, wood/teak bits and lights so the boat could be prepped for the overall paint job. I took photographs of everything – so I would know where to put them back again!