Re: Bought my first boat today! Catalina 27 with diesel...
First congratulations, the C27 is a nice boat. I had one for 6 years
until this past november when I upgraded to a C34.
There are a couple of resources that will be valuable for you. The
first is a great parts source at - http://www.catalinadirect.com/
Also, there is Seaward, the folks that made the original power
panels. There web site kinda sucks but you can call them at (562)699-
7997 and they will help you out.
Then there is the C27 Association. There web site at
http://www.catalina27.org/ has a list of necessary upgrades,
They also sponsore a very active list serv that is extreamly
helpfull. Definately join that email list.
As for your specific questions -
> 1) Replace Spreader BracketsMost definately
> 2) Step the Mast and hook up wiring (while the mast is down - anyI had a Raytheon GPS Chartplotter on mine and had installed the
> electronics I should add? New VHF arial maybe? GPS antenna (or is it
> better to mout GPS low in the boat?), maybe Radar?
antenna just forward of the mast, on the deck. It worked fin unless
someone sat on it :)
> 3) The icebox and sink drain do not have a seacock on the outlet,The ice box is useless, and on a heal water will come into it if
> but a regular water valve (gate valve I think) - should I change
> this? Is it urgent?
the cock is open. I sealed it off, used it for dry storage and
carried a cooler. If you are going to be on a slip you might also
get a dorm fridge. Nothing like having a cold beer waiting for you
when you get to the boat!
The sink should have a real seacock, change that out.
> 4) The diesel fuel tank is loose - the fiberglass matting that holdsI had the same problem. My mechanic took care of it with a tube
> it in place is loose, and the tank is essentially loose to slide
> around. Any advice on this?
> 5) The bow pulpit is bent - should I try to unbend it, or do I needThat would depend on how bad it is bent, and what your
> to buy a new one?
tollerance for ugly is.
>Sweet, you will be enjoying it in no time!
> I paid just $2,000 for her - just need to haul her to water (20
> miles) and step the mast.
- Congratulations Phillip,There is nothing wrong with a 1976 vintage boat as long as you keep her in good condition. The Yanmar diesel engine is perhaps the best brand available for sailboats. Make sure you have a spare fuel filter and impeller on board, and know how to change them (including how to bleed the air out of the fuel system).If the spreader brackets are cracked, replace them. Breaking a mast is a possible consequence if the spreader fails.It is likely that you can replace the bow pulpit for about the same cost as repairing it. Small bends can be adjusted though.The wires going up the mast can be checked when the mast is off the boat using a multi-meter. Check the resistance on the terminals. For instance, if the steaming light is burned out or the wire is broken, it will show up on the meter. Ditto on the radio, etc. You may want to check to make sure there isn't a short circuit to the mast by checking the resistance from each terminal to the mast.Most people have a mast-head VHF antenna, which is much better than a deck mounted one. However, most people have their GPS antenna mounted to the stern rail since it is looking at the sky, not at the horizon. If money is an issue, a stern mounted VHF antenna works, but you will get less distance on the transmission. Most of the time you will use it inside the harbor, and use cell phones for long distance communications, so the height isn't as critical as it used to be.You should have a seacock on the sink drain. Also, get some plugs that fit every thru-hull connection in case you break one.Check the fuel tank for any damage. If there is none, you can either adjust the matting with filler such as fiberglass resin or 5200. You may also get a strap for it.Good luck with the new boat.Craig Spear----- Original Message -----From: PhillipSent: Sunday, July 01, 2007 12:03 AMSubject: [MassBaySailors] Bought my first boat today! Catalina 27 with diesel...
Hi Everyone -
I sort of jumped into buying my first boat today, a 1976 Catalina
27', with tiller and diesel Yanmar. The boat is in better condition
than most other 1970-era boats I've seen, but the spreader brackets
are cracked, and the bow sprit is bent badly (tree branch dropped on
My question is - what should I check out on the boat now that I have
it, and what should I do while it is in dry dock?
A few things I need to address, feel free to comment with ideas:
1) Replace Spreader Brackets
2) Step the Mast and hook up wiring (while the mast is down - any
electronics I should add? New VHF arial maybe? GPS antenna (or is it
better to mout GPS low in the boat?), maybe Radar?
3) The icebox and sink drain do not have a seacock on the outlet,
but a regular water valve (gate valve I think) - should I change
this? Is it urgent?
4) The diesel fuel tank is loose - the fiberglass matting that holds
it in place is loose, and the tank is essentially loose to slide
around. Any advice on this?
5) The bow pulpit is bent - should I try to unbend it, or do I need
to buy a new one?
I paid just $2,000 for her - just need to haul her to water (20
miles) and step the mast.
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