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Pimp my C275

May 12, 2020
18
Catalina 275 Sport 31 Quincy Bay
I never thought I would get excited about a latch, but that happened today. I really should say two latches. Unless you've used the cooler on a C275, it is really not possible to understand my excitement. The locking system for the cooler drawer is one of the most Mickey Mouse'd items I've seen a manufacturer do on a sailboat. Especially, an $80k sailboat. Catalina drilled a hole in one side of the cabinet and you're suppose to slide a 1/4" pin from the adjacent cabinet to lock the cooler from sliding open as you sail. If the cooler is full, it does nothing to prevent the other end from trying to torque out a bit while on starboard tack.

After three years, I had enough and looked for a solution. Found two Southco M1-63-8 latches on ebay for $58 (including shipping) and another $4 for screws: (4) 5mm x 14mm, (2) #12 x 1/2", (2) #12 x 1". Drilled (2) two inch holes in the front of the cabinet, carefully drilled holes for the keeper, clipped the tips of the #12 screws so they don't come through the side of the cabinets and added a spacer on the right side. Now I have a cooler drawer that works like you would expect a drawer to work on a sailboat. This is a mod that was well worth it and is exactly what Catalina should have done in the first place. I have a 32 nm first sail of the year in two weeks and I expect to be on starboard the whole way, so that should be a good test for the 187 lb rated latches.

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I'm thinking of installing these latches as you have described. Is there enough clearance in the back so that they don't interfere with the cooler? It seems like there might be a depth issue. Thanks.
 
Jun 6, 2016
168
Catalina 275 Wilmette, IL
No problems with the cooler because the rounded edges of the cooler increase the depth right where the latches go. But before you drill for the latches, measure, measure, measure, because you don't want to mess that one up.

I'll be up to the boat in about a month and can take pictures of the latches and the cooler from the top.
 
May 12, 2020
18
Catalina 275 Sport 31 Quincy Bay
No problems with the cooler because the rounded edges of the cooler increase the depth right where the latches go. But before you drill for the latches, measure, measure, measure, because you don't want to mess that one up.

I'll be up to the boat in about a month and can take pictures of the latches and the cooler from the top.
Thanks for the quick response. I will heed your advice about measuring for sure!