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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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!

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.

Wear And Tear

Built in 1978, My Catalina 22 was showing her 36-Years when I purchased her. I originally planned to make a few DYI upgrades, replace old equipment, give the boat a fresh coat of paint and then have her back on the water.

A week later my DYI ambitions crumbled in the face of reality – How can I sand back the hull in a public storage yard? So, I got a quote from Ruben at Seamark Marine to professionally paint and get my Catalina 22 sailing again.

‘Smokey’ – The Outboard!

A previous owner had rewired the boat to accommodate an electric start outboard. I never started the outboard when I purchased the boat, so to get the 1983 Outboard running was a huge relief. I nicknamed the Outboard ‘Smokey’. I later decided to sell the Outboard and put the money towards a new 8HP Tohatsu Outboard.