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.

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.

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.

Wood Work 102

My living room looked and smelt like a wood workshop for several weeks while I undertook the lengthly process of sanding and varnishing the external teak and mahogany handrails and sliders. I had a companion way trim set custom made in Florida by Woodshop 102. Rex Rothing did a great job cutting the pieces and he was cheaper than purchasing the plastic version offered by Catalina Direct. I did however decided to replace the cockpit coaming compartment trim with the plastic trim from Catalina Direct.

Mast Rigging

I decided to replace all the Catalina’s rigging and install an ‘all lines aft’ systems. As I was installing a CDI Furler, I needed to purchase only 1/2 of the ‘all lines aft kit’ from Catalina Direct. The first project was to remove the stainless steel mainsail/jib halyard lines and replace the old sheaves at the mast head with new 1/4 inch line friendly sheaves.

Old Is New Again

I didn’t have plans to polish the fuel locker vents until I saw the results of Chip Ahoy’s refurbishment of his vents. It’s a decision I don’t regret (check out photos below). Verne’s Chrome Plating in Hawthorne, Los Angeles did a great job making the ‘old vents new again’!

Top Sides – RED!

A few days after the grey primer was applied, Ruben Flores at Seamark Marine spray painted the Top Sides – Red. ‘Mia Noi’ really started to take on her new look! She looks like a completely different boat.