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  1. Kopite

    Catalina 27 Hull/Deck joint leak

    I just did the top, thinking it best to allow draining from the bottom..
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    New spin halyard gets wrapped around headstay at the top

    I had experienced the the same issue, with the spinnaker halyard getting caught as the furler turns. Flipping the spinnaker halyard behind the shroud when not in use ( as jnorten proposes ) has prevented the issue. I know in my case it is the top edge of the furler blade that catches the...
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    Climbing the mast solo

    I use two ascenders on the spare jib halyard, with bosuns chair and self made foot straps, and a third ascender on a web harness for safety line on the spinnaker halyard. I find it much easier climbing than other methods, and no reliance on a person manning a line. Just be sure to have tension...
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    Catalina 27 crack at rear of keel. Not a “smile” issue...

    Back in the water, and everything good. Have decided to modify my cradle to add screw jacks to each leg so I can adjust load - the cradle is nice but very dependent on exact boat position, and I don’t know what position it was designed for...
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    Mid-boom sheeting/loose footed main

    I understand the concern, but I have no issue with mine at all, been like that for 5 seasons. The Cat 27 boom is however very robust.
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    Catalina 27 crack at rear of keel. Not a “smile” issue...

    Quick update : I drilled through the hull where the crack is. It is only about 5/8 thick. What surprised me when I started grinding was that it was not solid glass, as there is a very thin (1/8inch) layer of foam in the middle. Luckily it is closed cell foam and the through crack hadn’t caused...
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    Catalina 27 crack at rear of keel. Not a “smile” issue...

    Thanks for the thought Roy. I don’t slacken the shrouds for storage, the assumption being it will happen naturally as the aluminum mast contracts more at low temp than the shrouds. I know the backstay in particularly loses tension as I can feel that when I climb aboard. I was hoping to get the...
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    Catalina 27 crack at rear of keel. Not a “smile” issue...

    I have also lowered the rear cradle supports, removing loading on the cracked area. The crack should now be neutral to slight compression loading.
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    Catalina 27 crack at rear of keel. Not a “smile” issue...

    Well, I was out at the boat today and took a closer look at the inside area, and what I though was a black mark where the bilge hose had rubbed is actually the crack. I was able to scratch off pieces of delaminated glass down about 1/4”. So I have a bigger problem. I’m planning to sand it out...
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    Catalina 27 Hull/Deck joint leak

    Update to the post. I carefully applied a small amount of Captain Tolleys crack sealer all along the upper hull/aluminum rub rail interface, and in most areas it would sit there and dry. In one area I found it would disappear - I think it is where the boat has hit against a dock post or...
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    Catalina 27 crack at rear of keel. Not a “smile” issue...

    I decided to proceed and took a look at the hull from the inside. Good news, all looks sound, so the outside crack is probably nothing to worry about as previous guidance had suggested. I’m still going to beef it up to prevent re-occcurance. In case someone has a similar issue, here’s how I...
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    Catalina 27 crack at rear of keel. Not a “smile” issue...

    Thanks for the input. I am now considering plan 2 which has some advantage. I will address the crack externally as Bob/Jim suggest and splash. Assuming that goes well and no leaks - go sailing. However, I will continue with the interior repair over the summer. I like the advantage this provides...
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    Catalina 27 crack at rear of keel. Not a “smile” issue...

    Thanks for input Roy. My boat sits in the standard cradle, in which the four support posts are not adjustable. It has been a concern for me, as obviously where it sits fore/aft in the cradle affects keel/post load so there is a fair chance in has been mispositioned a time or two over its 36...
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    Catalina 27 crack at rear of keel. Not a “smile” issue...

    Hi, my boat is on the hard in its cradle, and I noticed a small crack just aft of the keel. I’ve sanded down to look and find a crack in the hull that, judging by the added mat and different colors of fairing I find, has been an issue before. The crack is a V shape, following the keel shape...
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    Odd behavior during pump-out

    As I only pump out once a year, I disconnect the vent pipe at the tank and get much improved suction.
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    Loss of power, C30 with a Universal M25 engine

    As noted, first thing is you need boat speed vs water to have steerage. This would also cause the overheat with water pushing at the stern. I experienced similar overheating with my M18 in following seas and found later that my flapper door had broken off.
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    Universal m-18 engine smoking

    Is your alternator belt adjusted properly ? The tach is driven by the alternator, and the belt may be slipping, giving an incorrect tach reading and possibly the smoke..
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    Sailing today

    I was out on lake Erie, pretty flat with 15-17 knots from the west. Nice sailing..
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    Tiller v Helm

    Not sure I’d go as far as removing an existing helm, but my vote is solidly for the tiller. On my 27 I can sail like a dinghy, sitting on the gunwales with a tiller extension and it makes it great fun. Room in the cockpit is however still an issue due to the tiller swing. On my boat I have a...