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Should I tabernacle the mast on my HA18? 4 M. Perry Geoff marshall put a tabernacle on my Sandpiper, and four years later i never had the mast off the boat. I always raised and lowered it single handed. It was safe and simple. Its just great to have.
by R. Schless
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Blocks 6 C. Downes The previous owner had sort of a mix and match approach to the sailing hardware. Also was a aluminum machinist. Thought C-Dog, (previously named Black Pearl) needed lots of aluminum nick - nacks and doo- dads. That all went to the recycler and began my hunt. What was left of the original bronze blocks, I rebuilt and the rest was E-bay. Takes a while, but you can always find what you need there. The reproductions are just too darn expensive!
by C. Downes
Thursday, May 12, 2016
tiller extention 2 N. Ernsting Drill a pilot hole first. When I was drilling for a tiller extension on my sanderling, the drill bit "walked" about 1/8" inch and now the mount is noticeably off center for any OCD types (like me) who look at it.
by S. Hartman
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Bronze Hinges '74 HA 18' Catboat 3 J. Callahan They do pop up from time to time on E-Bay.
by C. Downes
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Fenwick Williams 25' 2 N. Jones Hi. I knew the late Tony and this boat. I have a Fenwick Williams 21 and had a FW 18 when he built the Paula in Amesbury. I also know his brother John who now runs the Gorden Swift boatyard in Kensington. Much of the copy traffic about cats is on the listserve under the Useful Resource Links on the site. As for your question about the mainsheet on a catboat, I can describe mine. I assume you'd do something similar, but maybe with an added triple block and a much longer mainsheet. Starting on the aft deck behind the coaming is a bronze traveler. Sliding on a shackle is a single block on a swivel with a becket on the top. On the boom is a double block that rides on a bail. The sheet runs from the aforemetioned becket on the block on the traveler, up to one sheave of the double block on the boom, back down to the traveler block sheave, then back up to the second sheave of the boom block and back into the cockpit where you gather all the line in a huge hank, laying it somewhere where it can run out when you need it to. I have a small deck between my wheel and the coaming and I figure-eight coil mine and let it lie there, at the ready. I suggest maybe you should consider a double block on the traveler and triple on the boom because that sail is huge and you might appreciate a bit more mechanical advantage. Make sure you tie a figure-eight stop knot or use some other method so the line doesn't run out too far when on a run. You can do some damage to the boom or gooseneck if you let it run out too far. BTW, your boat is built like a tank.
by J. Grenier
Monday, March 21, 2016
Herman 17' Catboat Spars sails 0 E. Dankievitch I Just purchased a Un-Finished 17' Herman Catboat. the hull was started and then the owner/ builder passed away. I'm looking for spars and sails. Feel free to email me here or at I'll be posting some pics and sharing this project as it progresses.  Once you get "Infected with the CatBoat Bug" there is NO CURE! My Dad and I got infected back in 1976 right after hurricane Gloria, We became partners in an old Gil Smith cat. 40 years later and we're still at it, Cat Boating....  
by E. Dankievitch
Friday, March 18, 2016
Older Marshall 22 0 S. Umberger Just getting my new (to me) Marshall 22 ready to launch and wondered if anyone has experience with their Gray Marine 4 cyl. inboards and any tips.  My seller indicated it was generally reliable but can be tempermental.    
by S. Umberger
Monday, February 29, 2016
for 14' CAPE DORY HANDY CAT: new sail and rudder pintle/gudgeons needed 1 D. Rochelle Primary online suppliers of used sails, assume you have sizes, are, Bacon Sails,,,, (i'd start with the latter, they pull from multiple sites).Good LuckDougPS - see my other post for free search engine, you might have luck searching by boat model for parts - in your case probably Handy-Cat
by D. McQuilken
Thursday, December 31, 2015
14'CAPE DORY HANDY CAT centerboard pivot pin replacement 0 D. Rochelle for 14' Cape Dory HANDY CAT: In addition to the need for a replacement sail and a worn out gudgeons fix, I suspect I might want to get into closely inspecting and if need be replacing the centerboard pivot pin.  Having a board bind up or jam or worse fall out is something best avoided if possible, so...  I have looked it over, and can find no convenient way to visually inspect the pin and furthermore how to replace it, short of destructive structural tactics.  Anyone have helpful knowledge or suggestions?   ALSO, anymore Handy Cat owners out there care to touch base re: Handy Cats?  I'm here!  The boats given me a great deal of pleasure, and would like hearing what others might have to say. 
by D. Rochelle
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Atlantic City 24 Centerboard 0 M. Rainis Lost the centerboard on my Atlantic City 24.   Can anyone provide the dimensions for an AC24 centerboard so that I can try to construct a replacement?  Thanks.
by M. Rainis
Monday, September 14, 2015
Boom Brake 0 C. Downes   Has anybody out there ever used a Boom Brake or Jibe Protector on a Catboat? If so, success / failure? What type have you used? Seems like a great idea for the amount of sail we carry. I was looking at a inexpensive one, but I can't seem to figure how to set it up correctly.
by C. Downes
Thursday, September 3, 2015
American Soul in far Serbia 0 D. Zivkovic Dear all,   Years ago I was in contact with the association when I started building my Cat. There was even a small story about it in one of bulletins. I named my Cat St. Nikola as a remembering on my father who spent hours and hours working on it with me but didn’t have chance finally to take a ride as illness stop him.   From last month and thanks to Spencer and our president Tim I am member again.   This year I have done some renovations on my Cat and it is back in shape again.   It is first time this summer that we took a trip on our cat. Kids were too small for. Our nautical club is each year organizing a 300km trip thou two rivers and one channel. Eight day traveling together with 11 other boats. It was perfect.   We had this summer extreme sunny days so I had to make some protection against it. As you can see on pictures in my profile it is not so usual for Cats. It was finished in just two days and it worked perfectly. We even make a big mosquito fence around hall boat so it was confortable in the evening time when they are active.   Any how my wife, boys and me are in love with our Cat and we enjoy every minute we spent on it. We are glad to be a part of your community again!   Best regards, Dino Zivkovic
by D. Zivkovic
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Bilge pump on Mystic 20 ? 0 P. Cheverie I own Mystic 20 ANNIE, hull number 8. She has never had an electric bilge pump installed. I leave her on a mooring and worry about taking on water. The hull has a very deep bilge, not sure how to go about getting a bilge pump mounted in there. Anyone with experience with this problem ? I'd appreciate your input. Paul Cheverie. 781 635 2262
by P. Cheverie
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Wood Boat Maintenance Guidance 3 R. Schless Beau:My first catboat was a 20-ft Crosby, -1910. She was in good shape and getting her ready was a piece of cake. The best thing for wood boats is to keep them in the water. Sand and paint the topsides and rub rail in the Fall when the boat is tight. Remove all varnish pieces that you can and bring them inside and varnish over the winter. I sand the spars outside and put them in the basement for winter varnishing. If you can't put them in a lace where you can do this over the winter- varnish them in the fall.In the Spring I closely examine the bottom, removing old seam compound and repaying the seams. Painting the bottom is the same as it would be with a fiberglass boat. I like to pay special attention to the toe rail and deck to cabin seam. Letting water get inside will most likely mean rot later or at the very least pealing paint. Engine work is the same as with fiberglass. I do as much as I can with the boat in the water. The work is quite enjoyable when done with the water lapping at the sides. I do a light sanding of the varnish in the fall and apply a coat or two.For the last 25-years, I have owned the 25-ft, Crosby catboat, GENEVIEVE. A few years ago, I completed the second major restoration while under my stewardship. This second restoration took 5-years. I replaced all plumbing and electrical infrastructure under the cockpit. I replaced all frames aft of the cockpit and ~ 65% of the planking. With this restoration completed she went back in the water and has been there for the last 3 years. I will take her out this fall for some needed painting to her topsides. -BOB
by R. Luckraft
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Marshall18Caulking shear bead 0 R. Allsopp I am in the process of recaulking the beading on on the deck shear and cabin top.  I wonder if it is better to caulk both top and bottom of the shear bead or just the top so as to allow any water that might get in there to  drain out. Dick
by R. Allsopp
Monday, May 18, 2015
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