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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
Replacing scupper in M-22 cockpit 1 R. Roddewig Hey wanted to say thanks for this post- my boat was the first one with the fiberglass cockpit, so it still has the old style drains (which are terrible with the new cockpit floor). I am retrofitting the newer style drains, your pictures are a big help.So thanks!
by M. Poor
Friday, November 1, 2019
Barrier coat for an old Marshall? 1 T. Moorhoff Real late reply, hope it can help. Do it if your boat will be in the water Year round (as in you live in Florida). Don't bother if you haul out half the year. Marshalls have a deserved reputation for not blistering. Mine's an 82 and I just soda blasted the hull (had crumbling layers of too much bottom paint) and the hull is perfect. Mines always been in the northeast though.
by M. Poor
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Topping lift location 1 T. Moorhoff Mine is tied off to the end of the boom. I think that the advantage of that is that it gives more mechanical advantage, and the lift takes some muscle even at that. The downside it that you need to watch the wind and the placement of the gaff as you raise it just as you suggest. Experimentation is easy, if you decide you don't like one method you can easily try the other.
by D. Holbrook
Friday, October 18, 2019
Bilge Pump Placement 2 J. Seymour P. Knowlton,Thank you. You speak a lot of sense. I suppose that I am over-engineering as usual. I have lived with a wet bilge for so long that I've become accustomed to pumping. With my new sole, I don't suppose that I will get very much water in the bilge. There are two access holes in the cabin bulkhead, so I will be able to pump that out, but you are right, the rest of the bilge will be pretty watertight if I do the job right. I My Sanderling does not have a garboard drain plug. I am not sure that I should drill a hole in the bottom of a perfectly good boat.Joe
by J. Seymour
Tuesday, October 15, 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
Tabernacle Issues on Sanderling 3 R. Schless I had success with a very stuck hinge following the advice above, hammering in the wedges and having a friend sit on the boom to keep the mast from lifting in addition to this very simple lever (two boards really) and some string serve as an extra set of hands and keeping parts from falling overboard.  I hope this picture attaches! Dave Holbrook
by D. Holbrook
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Hull number HA18 3 J. Porter Mine is on the port side of transome exterior
by J. Porter
Friday, September 20, 2019
Outboard for HA18 motor well 2 J. Porter Thank you! Are you able to use the part of the cockpit seats that covers the motor or is the four stroke top end to tall.
by J. Porter
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Marshall 22 engine vents 6 M. Poor On my 22 I currently only have one vent hose hooked up. It's attach to the Cowl vent which is facing forward. The other Cowl vent is facing aft and the hose has been removed. The idea is air is forced in thru the forward facing Cowl vent down the hose to low in the bilge. The heat from the engine rises and exits from the Cowl vent with no hose. I've been running like this for the past few years without issue.
by T. Caro
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Soft deck in cockpit 31 K. Trainor Your post was most timely! I picked up a 50 inch wide roll of fiberglass and a roll of tape last week. Once my plywood order arrives, I can start the next phase of the overhaul.My seats were half inch plywood, so I will go with that.Joe
by J. Seymour
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Sail cover for my HA18 3 M. Perry Hi folks, thanks for the good advice, including the memory related tip...! I did have Thurston make a cover for me, and Neil Thurston even offered to take some measurements directly from Pixie at her slip, (I keep her in Portsmouth, one town over from Thurston's location in Bristol). These folks have always been awesome to work with, they refurbed my original flag sail a few years ago. I will definitely buy my new sail from them when I can afford it.
by M. Perry
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Sanderling Wedges 0 N. Truscott Has anyone had experience with SPARTITE MAST PARTNER SUPPORT to replace the wedges on Sanderling mast. Mine keep falling out no matter how hard I bang them in.  I think my mooring is in a location that moves a lot.
by N. Truscott
Monday, July 22, 2019
Small Lapstrake from Plans 0 K. Lewis Are there any building plans for small lapstrake catboats out there? 16 feet or less.   Thanks Kent
by K. Lewis
Monday, July 15, 2019
Sanderling Wedges and Headstay 1 N. Truscott Congratulations on your new boat! I ordered a set of replacement wedges directly from Geoff Marshall. That is the way to go. It will save you a lot of time and energy.Take a look at the maintenance tips section on the Marshall website. There is a paragraph that explains the procedure. You can give them a good bash. Use a white rubber mallet. There are also two wedges that go into the mast step. Joe
by J. Seymour
Monday, July 8, 2019
Mast Hoop Rigging 3 T. Moorhoff Attached is photo oof friends hoop. Older boats used a bronze bow shackle , newer ones use stainless steel. I used tarred synthetic  cod line for my lashing, other us heavy waxed serving thread. About 8 turns through shackle  and hoop, then about 4 turns at 90 degrees to those between shackle and hoop, finish with square knot or surgions  knot.
by P. Knowlton
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Teak Care 6 D. Bivins If you want to learn more on the subject, I would suggest you pick up a copy of Brightwork: The Art of Finishing Wood by Rebecca Wittman, you’ll be an expert!
by M. Poor
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Converting a catboat to electric power 5 K. Sloan Turns out my little Tecumseh HAS gone the distance and I have taken it out of the boat. I plan to sell the boat and am looking for info the help the potential buyers to assess the cost/difficulty of repowering with an outboard or electric setup. Essentially something to get in and out of a boat landing. We are mostly lake sailors here with fairly short cruises and used to dealing with crowded landings and lots of impatient powerboats.Thanks, Ken
by K. Sloan
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
where is the bulkhead/cockpit joint on a marhall 22? 3 R. Roddewig The seam basically runs along where T.'s hole is. The cockpit is essentially a fiberglass tub placed in, so it is the seam joining the horizontal surface of the cockpit floor to the vertical surfaces of the CB trunk and the cabin bulkhead. To access that seam you must remove any caulking around the aft CB trunk (where it sticks out in to the cockpit by your scuppers), and you can go up through the ballast boxes (steps) and reach back and up. I repaired the leak in mine my by glassing the entire seam in, as mine was tabbed in and sealed with marine caulk around the CB trunk (but mine is an '82, so there could be slight differences here). My leak was right where the junction of the cockpit floor and the CB trunk are, along a seam that appears solid. A leak there however will drip into the upper bilge area as you saw, so unless it is getting so full that it spills over into the ballast boxes (which have limber holes forward to under the floor) it's probably not the source. This is possible though (the previous owner of mine let this happen all the time over a few years and almost destroyed the floor). Some thoughts (apologies if you have tried already)- Is your mast taped and covered with the boot? Portholes? If they are original the seals are getting pretty old. My leaky porthole gave zero (and I mean zero) indication of a leak (no marks, discoloration etc). I found it when it was raining. Handrails, hardware, basically any place where the cabin top has something going through it can be a source. Can you run a hose over the top of the boat with someone inside or sit in the boat when it is raining? Good luck and let us know what you find!
by M. Poor
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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