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  1. rpludwig

    Rudder woes, don't trust it!

    '84 model in good shape, including the friggin notorious Catalina kickup rudder, 3/8 pintles & gudgeons, spring steel "keeper". Hadn't been to the boat in a week or so, slipped at a local sailing club here. Stopped by this week to check lines and WHOA! no rudder! (Now that is problematic...
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    C22 nav lights...?

    So, time to spend some nights on the water, '84 C22....all lights are out, lenses crystalized, etc., have paid zero attention to this as we have been simple daysailers. Did a search here, conflicting info, that said, what is needed, what is required, and what is best bang for buck? Will trace...
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    Cockpit floor replacement '84....?

    Back when acquired, our '84 had small but noticeable cracks in the cockpit floor, all forward about 12-18" aft of the companionway. Soothsayer Gene cautioned at that time that floor replacement may be in order. Fast forward 4 years, when stepped on I hear some "crackling" under foot, not...
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    Fall Mainbrace...

    some good C22 info here, especially on Ruddercraft... https://www.catalina22.org/index.php/download-files/download?path=MainBrace_PDF_Downloads%252FMainBrace%2BCurrent%2BIssue%252FMB-09-20.pdf
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    Which Nav App for iPhone?

    Sorry for the oft asked redundant question....which nav app do you guys favor for an iPhone? local day/weekend sailor here, don't need Carribean, Europe, Antartica, etc., simply NC and surrounding area....Navionics perhaps?...what do you use & why. Simple functionality (and price of course) is...
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    Brass Cleaner?

    what do you guys recommend for brass cleaner, quick, eze, w/minimum elbow grease? Have some big stuff to clean, used Nevr-Dull wadding back in my MC days, and of course Brasso....anything else?....thx in advance & happy 4th!
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    Arlington...

    no words for this...thank you Trace Adkins.....
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    Mask protection....

    Going shopping for provisions, being old & cautious during these times I prefer to wear a mask, Which one do you recommend? (I only have 2).....
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    Stuck in the house tasks....?

    So, we're all stuck at home for a bit (assuming we are not out at sea)....perfect time to do those oft neglected tasks we prefer to neglect. Think of this as an opportunity, rather than sitting on the couch watching depressing news, or lack thereof, and get a bit of exercise in doing so. For...
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    adding weight forward....

    I know our little boats are said to be heavy in the stern, some move batteries and gear forward, etc., to compensate, here's another way...
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    the nothing box....

    just sharing a theraputic video I replay occasionally for a reboot with the Admiral when things get a bit hectic this time of year!
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    interesting, innovative video...

    certainly not recommending such an extreme project, but this video illustrates (to me anyway) what can be done with some imagination/ingenuity, some king starboard, fiberglass, foam and other materials, perhaps applicable to our C22's....worth a view IMO...(as in a pre-86 dedicated fuel...
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    Manatee in NC?

    Have never seen one here in NC, let alone New Bern, any time of the year, this guy was seen perusing our docks yday, assume seeking warmer waters...hope he makes it back to FL safely!
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    Kick-up rudder shear pins?

    How are these used/installed, and where exactly do they go on a pre-86 kick up rudder? Splain please... https://www.catalinadirect.com/shop-by-boat/catalina-25/hull-deck/stern/rudder-hardware/kick-up-rudder-shear-pins/
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    Check your cleats!

    Have an '84 C22, recently noticed one of the aft mooring cleats was a bit loose (the OEM nylon ones with Phillips head bolts). EZE access thru the lazarette. These things are secured with simply a NUT screwed tight to the fiberglass beneath, no plate, no fender washers, no nuthin'! What were...
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    "shroud covers"?

    Here's a question I've not seen discussed....boat came with what I would call shroud covers, small, slit pvc tubes that wrap the shrouds tightly, presumably to protect the foresail. Seems to me these things retain moisture (salt in my case) and may do more harm than good. Finally got around...
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    say NO to Nike!

    disgusted with Nike's unpatriotic decision to pull the RW&B w/colonial flag sneakers off the market. Never been a big fan of their stuff, but I do have my share by default, hard to avoid the swish on some apparel. Called them yesterday to vent, their customer service line was inundated with...
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    dismasted neighbor!

    Well, we all know to periodically check and maintain our rigging (often), but how about your neighbor's boat? Got a call from the club yesterday, "your neighbors boat (a Flying Scot) dismasted in his slip and landed on your boat, may want to come down"! Upon inspection, his stbd shroud was...
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    what's wrong here...

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    transom reinforcement?

    I've asked this b4, but just getting around to it... Switching from 4.5 hp merc 2 stroke, to 6 hp Tohatsu 4 stroke. Heavier motor, want to reinforce transom motor mount bracket with backing plate inside to distribute the load. Looking for something quik/eze, I see 304 SS plate 3/16 x 12 x 12...