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Sanderling scuppers 4 G. Stevens For some reason, my reply just came up blank. Maybe I need to load black ink into my computer ... I just rebuilt my cockpit. So far so good. I posted a lot on the thread titled, "Soft Deck in Cockpit." I have gotten a lot of good advice along the way. I left the trunk scuppers the way they were. They seem to work just fine. One member suggested that I install access ports port and starboard under the seats, to get access to the void there. I also put a port in the stern, to get access to the lowest part of the bilge.
by J. Seymour
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Boom vang substitute on a Catboat? 1 R. Schless I think a vang is impossible. I put a 3 pound bag of lead on the end of the boom. I used a clip hook to put it on and off when ever i wanted.
by M. Williams
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
18' Marshall Sanderling Leak 1 P. Carney My 1969 has a through pin for the centerboard, probably a replacement for Marshall's glassed in pin. It had a slight leak when I bought it, and needed to back off nuts a put in some butyl rubber sealant.Look at any hull penetration areas. Bullet-proof hand layup, so hard to believe it could be a structural issue.
by P. Knowlton
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Gil Smith 0 W. Colcord Does anyone know any information about the last catboat built by Gil Smith? Thanks, Bill Colcord
by W. Colcord
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Soft deck in cockpit 40 K. Trainor This weekend I brought the new seats down to the boat and fit them. I was surprised to see them slide into place without complaint. All the measuring really paid off. They are 9mm meranti with 6 ounce fabric on both sides and several layers of epoxy. I screwed In cleats of 1x1 mahogany to bulkhead and transom. After that, I started to measure the bullnoses while my yard workers took a break to go after perch. When all the fitting is done, I will take everything apart, glass the screw holes and put it back together again.
by J. Seymour
Monday, June 22, 2020
Sanderling bilge pump 0 N. Truscott Vannen is a 94 Sanderling with a 1GM10 diesel.  The bilge pump is located under the prop couple and shaft. This year I noticed that the pump was not running so tried to replace it.  The pump is a 500 gm something (cannot see name).  It does not fit between the shaft and side of the boat.  I unbolted the couple and pulled it back as far as it can go but still does not come out.  The shaft is into the couple so tight that it is not coming out.  It appears the pump was put in before the prop shaft or before the engine both of which do not make sense.  That the pump is 25 years old also does not make sense.  Has anyone else experienced this??  Jeff Marshall says he has a pump that he thinks is smaller.  Seeing him next week.  
by N. Truscott
Friday, June 19, 2020
Tabernacle Issues on Sanderling 4 R. Schless To continue my mast hinge story. After freeing the hinge and with the help of leavers and helpers I have had limited success but this spring it was very very stiff. One day I got the courage to unscrew the threaded hex bolt and took the hinge apart. Cleaning the exterior was just not sufficient to get it working properly. It came apart easily. I used spray starting either to clean it throughly and re-lubricated everything with SailKote. Happy to say it works like new and it went back together easily.
by D. Holbrook
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Tabernacle Cover 0 R. Schless My Sanderling has a tabernacle with a large opening in the front.  My parrel beads kept getting stuck in the opening when I went to raise the sail.  I've solved this problem using 3"  wide Nylo-tape (Rockler Woodworking sells it, as well as others).  I cover the opening when I set the mast, and remove it when I step it.  Works great!  Not cheap, ($40 for a 10' roll) but functional. 
by R. Schless
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Sanderling Wedges 1 N. Truscott Just had a Spartite put on my Sanderling this spring. It will be a treat NOT to have my wedges fall out in storms. If you want give me a shout in the fall and I'll give you an update, but it seems to be a nice, clean installation by Marshall.
by R. Schless
Sunday, June 7, 2020
What is this?? 2 S. Stafford Thank you— will recycle it.
by S. Stafford
Friday, May 29, 2020
Telltale Placement on a Gaff-Rigged Sail 2 C. Allen I'd like to know the answer as well. Thoughts?
by J. Maxwell
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
remove old inboard or keep it? 3 B. Welsh I replaced the inboard gas engine on my C&C 25 with an outboard 9.9. The good news was that it actually ran (versus the tortuous gas engine with its faulty starter, generator, carburetor, etc). The bad news is that a) it's ugly, b) the main sheet hangs up on it, and c) it's ugly. It's also more difficult to back up with the outboard and you're continually hanging off the stern.It's an easy repair...cut a circle of marine plywood the size of the prop shaft hole, glass it in, and presto you're in business. The little inboard I had probably weighed the same as the outboard give or take. It sure is easier to take to the mechanic for repairs.
by R. Schless
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Teak Care 7 D. Bivins I am using Teak Guard on exterior wood.  After stripping the old finish  apply three or four coats about an hour apart, last coat next day. Each year thereafter you just wash and then apply a maintenance coat. No sanding.  Goes on and looks like wood stain. Easy. Originally posted by D. Bivins: What is the best method to restore teak? I've read Cetol is good. My Marshall 22 needs some loving attention. 
by S. D'Amico
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Bilge Pump Placement 6 J. Seymour D. Holbrook,Thank you. I will stick with buckets and bailers. I am in the midst of rebuilding the cockpit. I am on the beach right now, by order of the Governor, but I have installed all the stringers and bulkheads, and am ready to screw in the sole when I return. I have noticed that there is a low point, just aft of the centerboard trunk, that may or may not be the lowest spot in the cockpit when the boat is in the water. If it turns out to be a low spot, I think that I might have to rearrange my ballast or, as you suggest, learn to use a sponge.
by J. Seymour
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Replacing scupper in M-22 cockpit 2 R. Roddewig Rod Thanks for the pics, I just finished the retrofit of scuppers into my ‘82 (which had the old style centerboard drains, now filled). I also had some wood panels cut to fit the pass through to the rear bilge area, to help keep the smell from wafting from the bulge water into the cabin. Seeing how the factory scuppers mounted really helped. I went with the one size down scupper from spartan as it fit better in my cockpit.
by M. Poor
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Topping lift location 2 T. Moorhoff I've tried it both ways. On Marconi rigs the topping lift is always at the end of the boom. On Priscilla, a 60 foot gaff rigged wooden oyster sloop, the lift is at the end of the boom too. The boom weighs 400 pounds and that may be a consideration. When the gaff on Priscilla goes up we have to be watchful of the gaff fouling the topping lift for a longer time because of the placement of the topping lift at the end of the boom.On my Marshall 22 the topping lift is tied the the port side of the mainsheet bale on the boom. Because of the reduced angle, the tip of the gaff clears the topping lift sooner. The disadvantage is that when the topping lift is supporting the boom, it pulls the boom bale forward and this interferes with the boom crutch. I would say where you attach the topping lift is a matter of personal preference. There is no right or wrong place to tie it off.
by R. Campbell
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Barrier coat for an old Marshall? 2 T. Moorhoff When I bought my 1994 Marshall 22 from the Marshall yard in 2016 they recommended pea blasting and 4 barrier coat layers for any of their boats that would be in the water 12 months each year. When they hauled my boat it did not have blisters, but had been floating low in the water. The scum line was at the top of the standard boot top. I was afraid that the hull had absorbed water. The existing bottom paint was thick and scaling off in patches. I asked the Marshall yard to blast the bottom and apply 4 coats of Interlux barrier coat. This had the advantage of eliminating any worries I had about water absorption and let me start with a smooth coat of ablative bottom paint. When the boat launched it floated on its lines.By the way, I prefer Sea Hawk BioCop ablative bottom paint. It is a little harder surface than other ablatives and a single coat will last the season without growing slime.
by R. Campbell
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Boom crutch length 4 J. Seymour Thanks for the tip. I have the opposite problem-- I find that I have to take the boom off the crutch and lower it to furl the sail, but on your recommendation, I may cut a longer crutch just to see how it works.Joe
by J. Seymour
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Towing a Herreshoff America: Remove the Rudder? 2 D. MacPherson I have an HA18 and I always remove my rudder and stow it in the bed of my pickup when I tow it back and forth from the marina. I do that for the same reasons mentioned in Peter Knowlton's reply. I think my rudder may weigh a bit more than 50 pounds. I can lift it off of the boat and put it into the bed of the truck myself, but I would prefer to have some help. Oh and I always end up with some bottom paint transfer so a blue tarp in the pick up bed helps with that and makes it easier for me to slide it into place.
by M. Perry
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Looking for centerboard design dimensions for Molly 17 0 A. Cochran Greetings: I recently purchased a 17’ Molly Catboat (built in Richmond, CA 1988).  Much to everyone’s surprise (owner and buyer) a diver determined that the centerboard was missing!  I’m looking for another owner of the same boat with drawings of the centerboard (measurements or a pattern - or someone willing to make one) to have a new fiberglass centerboard shaped and installed.  Fortunately, she has a keel, but we know she’ll sail better with a centerboard!  The boat is located in the San Francisco Bay area. Please contact me at  Thanks you!
by A. Cochran
Friday, October 11, 2019
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