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Catalina 22 Restoration Project Moves To New Owner

Selling a Catalina 22

Our work on the clean-up of the Catalina 22 is finished. We worked hard to get her clean and fixed up enough to sell and now she has gone to a new home in Georgia. She is going to have her renovation completed there by her new owner. Hopefully we will get pictures of her when she is fully completed. There she goes.

This was one of the first sailboats we actually purchased with the idea of cleaning up the boat and selling it to a new owner.  It looked in pretty bad shape when we first purchased the boat (see How Do You De-Mast a Catalina 22) but we knew it was a good sailboat under all the grime.  We have a lot of fun getting the boat and cleaning it up and doing what we knew to do, and we didn’t do what we didn’t know how to do.  The new owner is a Catalina 22 sailboat restoration project person, so he should do wonders to bringing it back to its original condition.

Major Cleaning and the Catalina 22 Sailboat Looks Great :: Photos

Clean and ready to go.

Our work on the clean-up of the Catalina 22 is finished. We worked hard to get her clean and fixed up enough to sell and now she has gone to a new home in Georgia. She is going to have her renovation completed there by her new owner. Hopefully we will get pictures of her when she is fully completed. Here are some photos of our work (if you want to see the before and the after, check out the post How to De-Mast a Catalina 22 Sailboat photos).

It was a messy process of pulling every single thing out of the boat, pressure washing everything, and then putting it all back together again.  It really was a lot of fun and had the timing been a little better we might have taken her out sailing before we sold her, but it wasn’t to be this time.

We were able to sell the boat for $3,000 to a Catalina restorer who said it would go for $6,000 when he got done with it, I hope it does, it was a nice little boat, and one a lot of sailors love to race. It is now off to a home in Georgia.

Catalina Cleaning

Catalina Cleaning

Catalina Cleaning

Catalina Cleaning

Catalina Cleaning

Catalina Cleaning

Catalina Cleaning

Catalina Cleaning

Cleaning Catalina Sailboat Sails with Mold and Algae

Boys and their toys

The power of water propelled at high velocity is truly amazing. This past weekend we purchased a power washer so that we would be able to continue our clean up of the boat here at home where we left off at the car wash. The results were astonishing. The boat is so much prettier than it was before. Once the inside is washed photos will be posted. In the meantime, look how nice the main sail turned out. Scott laid it on our patio and power washed it. You can see where he had washed compared to where he had not.

I will say that it is probably not the most perfect way to clean a main sail, jib, head sail, or anything that has a fabric or fiber material as it will weaken the overall strength of the material. We decided to clean the sails like this since they had so many seasons already and most likely would not be used for any competitive racing on this Catalina.

Main Sail

The Catalina 22 Restoration and Clean Up Begins

Yesterday we had a wonderful break in the weather and a simply gorgeous afternoon. So, we decided to take the mast and boom off the boat and remove all the remaining “stuff” from the inside. Scott gave the boat a much needed vacuuming and then we looked at the things that needed to be done to get her back in the water again. She will need some serious cleaning inside and out. The teak needs to be oiled or replaced. Scott will replace the wench that brings the keel up and down.

We knew the keel would not raise or lower and this was the only thing that was mechanically wrong with the boat, but we didn’t know what the problem was until we got in there yesterday and started taking things apart. Luckily we found that the cable was broken and the wench needed to be replaced. That is the best we could have hoped for. As for me, I am going to set about replacing the hatch boards (which are made of 3/8″ plywood right now) and then I will go on to reupholstering the cushions. 1970′s yellow is not my color. To see the rest of the project, go to the Catalina tag.

inside after stuff removed

Catalina 22 Cleanup

How To De-Mast a Catalina 22 Sailboat for Towing?

We went to pull the boat out of the lake that had been it’s home for 12+ years on the 29th of November 2006. There are several things we learned that day, as you will see. When we arrived at the lake we made an assessment of the boat and briefly discussed the logistics of getting the boat around to the ramp and on to the trailer. The boat was in a slip that was one full dock away from the ramp. Our first task was to get the motorless boat around the end of this set of slips and then over to the dock that ran out from the ramp, somehow.

As you can see from the photos the weather was just barely cooperating and threatening rain the entire day. To make it even more challenging there was a wind coming from the lake, blowing in toward the cove. As always, providence prevails and just as we were standing on the end of the dock surveying a much larger sailboat that had sunk in the most recent storm and contemplating what to do, a wildlife officer happened by in his nifty little (but immensely powerful) motor boat. Since it was the middle of the week and he seemed quite bored he agreed to tow us around to the dock on the other side. As it turned out this was the least time consuming and easiest part of the entire day.

Boat at ramp dock

Once we had the boat in place we were ready to back down the trailer, or so we thought. We backed it down once only to find out that there was a really good reason the trailer had an extension bar. The trailer was barely in the water and there was no way the boat was going on it that way. So, we hauled it out and went about extending the bar.

Trailer with bar extended

With the trailer extended it was now time to get the boat on it and haul it out of the water. This is easier said than done, especially with a sailboat. When we purchased this boat we were told that the cable that brings the swing keel up was broken and the previous owner did not know if the keel was up or down. Since this is a difference in about 4 foot of draft this was a concern. We knew if we could get it positioned just right the keel would swing up as we pulled the boat on to the trailer if it was down. Odds were that it was. We pulled it up to the end of the trailer where it drifted just off the back edge of the runner.

The keel was indeed down and we know this because the boat promptly got stuck right where it had drifted. Drawing on our past experience of being stuck on the keel of our previous boat we proceeded to rock and roll the boat in an attempt to get it unstuck. This was not working and after about 30 minutes of man-handling Scott decided that if we couldn’t get the boat on the trailer we would put the trailer under the boat. He pulled the trailer out and repositioned it under the boat where we were able to secure the wench to the eye and pull her up onto the trailer. We pulled her out and quickly learned how to put the extension bar back in.

We then began to assess the condition of the boat below the waterline. Twelve years of algae and other “stuff” had built up on her hull. We decided she needed to have a good power washing on the way home.

But first we had to de-mast her. We had not done this before. We had read how to do it and now we had to do it. We loosened all the stays and then disconnected the front three. This freed the mast so that it could be lowered aft and removed from the mast step. We then strapped it down and secured all the lines, stays and anything else that might jump ship.

Once she was de-masted we took her to the closest car wash that had a truck bay. This place was aptly named “Spiffy Car Wash”. I was so amazed at how well she cleaned up. Twelve years of muck washed down the drain. Yea!!

Now that we have her home the plan is to work on her this spring and take her out a few times to the lakes in the area and down to the gulf.

Purchase of a Slightly Used 1972 Catalina 22 at $1,000 for Restoration

We purchased our Catalina 22 from a gentleman in Auburn, AL. Prior to the purchase we went out to Lake Martin to look it over a couple of times and take some photographs. Here is what she looks like in her slip today, 9-15-2006.  The plan is to haul her out and bring her home around the 12th of November 2006 and begin work on her restoration. You can see from the photos that she has been sitting here quite a while. From all we can tell she has been sitting on the lake here for the better part of 5 years. At least it was fresh water. There is a lot of work to be done.

First stop in November is going to be a car wash if we can ever get it up on a trailer. It is a good hull, and one that many Catalina owners love to use for racing, so it should clean up real well. We will see I guess.

Catalina 22 Racing Sailboat For Sale at Lake Martin

We had been thinking about a purchase of a Catalina 22 from a gentleman in Auburn, AL. Prior to the purchase we went out to Lake Martin to look it over a couple of times and take some photographs. Here is what she looks like in her slip today, 9-15-2006. It hadn’t been moved from the slip in some time and needed some TLC but we knew it would clean up nice, after all, it was still floating, and from all we gather, it hadn’t moved in about 4-5 years at the time of our purchase.

It is a 1979 Catalina 22 [hull number to follow], purchase price was $1,000, which included the trailer.  The plan is to haul her out and bring her home around the 12th of November 2006 and begin work on her restoration. There is a lot of work to be done but it will be fun to work on her. See next post for full photo shoot.