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I might be relocating to New Jersey any Catboat groups around Cape May? 0 E. Dankievitch Hi, I got a job offer down in Cape May New Jersey does anyone know of a Catboat group down there? on Delaware Bay?   
by E. Dankievitch
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Trailering Issues with Sanderling 7 J. Perry I echo what S. Hartman has said- Wheels touching the water is not a reliable indication of if you are far enough in. The trailer itself should be submerged the same amount as it is when you launch. Let the water do most of the work. There are so many variables involved that it is absolutely possible to have the vehicle's rear wheels in the water and the boat is not floating enough to retrieve and or launch. As long as the vehicle door sills are not in the water you are ok. Can you back in further if the extension is not your solution? Are you trailering from a low sedan?
by M. Poor
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Engines for the Marshall 18 Sanderling 1 F. Kemp I used to motor my J/24 all over heck-and-gone with a 3.5hp long shaft two-stroke with high thrust prop.Now, in general we were only motoring if it was calm. But one particular day conditions were sporting and we had to motor upwind after a pretty spectacular rig failure. It was kinda slow, but we got there.
by S. Hartman
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Alerion? 2 R. Schless Hello,Any members have experience with the 19' Alerion catboat and its overall maintenance/longevity, especially in salt? There's a 2000 for sale presently, and I'm interested to hear how they have held up over time (can it really be almost two decades? ;-)Particularly interested in learning more about the rig, and whether it requires any special attention, etc.Thanks,Doug
by D. Coupar
Monday, July 30, 2018
Jiffy reefing set up for Marshall Sanderling (1974) 5 B. Strigh Followed Knowlton's suggestions, and they work great! 5/16" line works fine. Thanks, Peter...
by R. Schless
Monday, July 2, 2018
Marshall Sanderling Bulkhead Rot Repair 0 T. Moorhoff I've recently inherited a 1986 Marshall Sanderling.  She's a nice boat but needs a bit more work than I had anticipated.  The biggest issue right now is rot in the bulkhead at the aft end of the cabin.  The plywood is essentially gone. It appears that this is a common issue but I haven't found any explanation of the work involved or photos of the repair process.  Do any of you have tips on how to approach this?  There is also rot in the few inches of bench closest to the bulkhead mentioned above.  The end is no longer supported at the bulkhead and the bench is free to sag when loaded.  Has anybody come across this issue?  I'm hopeful that I can repair it without replacing the entire bench but I want to avoid band-aid fixes, too.   Don't have pics of the conditions right now but I've attached one from the day I picked her up just for fun.  Thanks in advance for any guidance! EDIT:  Looks like I accidentally put this in the "General Discussion" forum instead of the "Catboat Building and Maintenance" one.  Hopefully someone with admin powers can fix that...
by T. Moorhoff
Monday, July 2, 2018
Catboat accident reporting? 0 R. Schless I'm a retired ski patroller. In the ski patrol we have been collecting accident reports for a number of years, with the intent of discovering common issues across incidents that might give insights into how to minimize them. Having had a couple of "bumps" this season it occurred to me a similar reporting system might be worthwhile within the association. Does an anyone else share the interest, or am I a lone wolf in the wilderness? As a retiree I could set up a Shared Google spreadsheet if there is interest... Beau Schless
by R. Schless
Monday, July 2, 2018
Beetle cat electric motor recommendation request 2 L. MacCausland Beetle recommends the Torqueedo 1003L which is $1600-2k.
by L. MacCausland
Monday, June 18, 2018
3 for 3 0 R. Schless Typical launch day...high tide at 9:30 so 7:30 mad scramble to get from Sudbury to Winter Island boat ramp.  Gotta love 128! Got there, got mast up (after straightening out several snarles), got sail on, got trailer in the water....and the boat didn't float off.  Further in the water, stern came off (new car in deeper than I would have liked) and Bel Gato swung around across ramp. Started engine, hooked up dinghy, loaded lunch and passengers and headed to mooring. Got within 10 feet of mooring when engine died. Floated over to next boat over, rafted up, got in dinghy to use as transport, wind picked dinghy up and it went vertical, tossing self in the drink.  Good preserver worked, and inflated per instructions ($39.00 CO2 cartridge) .  Bill McHugh, Salem harbormaster came out and asked about the "man overboard" (moi)  At this point I was attempting to start outboard on BelGato when my watch flew off my wrist and landed squarely between the harbormaster's boat and ours. Splash! Bill rafted us up and towed us over to mooring.  Mooring had not been serviced (thank you Willa Marine) so lines were in 10 feet of sea weed.  Finally dragged the mooring lines onto boat,  Sent guests to shore with Bill while I attempted to start motor (second pull and of course ran like a kitten, who wudda thunk it??) So...another successful launch of Bel Gato for the summer.  May it only get better and better!
by R. Schless
Friday, May 25, 2018
Anyone Have the Menger Video? 2 C. Farr I believe I have it in VHS. Contact me if previous responder cannot find. --Pete Jakab
by P. Jakab
Sunday, January 14, 2018
HA-18 on a lift? 1 M. Stanley You have it right, All the weight on the keel and bunks for just balance on the sides.
by C. Huberman
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Recommendation for sureyor needed 1 Jack Greene Call your marine insurance company. They have a list of surveyors.
by R. Campbell
Monday, November 20, 2017
Beetle Boat Swan 2 J. Creighton What year is it? Does it have a centerboard or a dagger board? I did a functional restoration on one a few years back. We had no documentation on it but because it was a dagger board boat we knew it was a later one possibly '52 or so. I sold it to a gentleman who had previously restored one of the very first BB Swans, then donated that one to Mystic Seaport. He wanted mine so he could sail .it. He later wrote a number of articles about his adventures and the history of the Swans.
by C. Huberman
Monday, November 13, 2017
Chart plotter GPS Advice 7 M. Perry I have been working on getting aquainted with my GPSMAP 78sc. Very pleased. One of the best features is the Garmin HomePort app. I connect with my 78 through my laptop, can see all maps, develop routes on the large screen of my computer and download to the handheld. I am assuming that most systems are the same. This is very effective and the color screen is easy to use. Have not yet used on boat, but am planning to in a week.
by D. Look
Monday, November 6, 2017
Canvas Canopy M 18 0 D. Look I am looking into having a canvas canopy fabricated. I am thinking of using the toping lift to raise and secure on aft cleats and handrail. Has anyone had one made?
by D. Look
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Second Reef Problems 4 R. Schless The sailmaker probably put the second reef point at the back of the sail in the correct location.Underway in light air ease the mainsheet and lift the boom with the topping lift. This will bring the boom up to meet the second reefing cringle at the back of the sail. Or do this at the mooring.Now look at the reefing block on the boom. It should be 6 inches or a little more behind the second reefing cringle on the sail. If it is then you have to ease the sheet and lift the boom with the topping lift. You will also have to pull harder on the reefing line to pull the belly out of the sail.If not, then you have to move the reefing block on the boom until it is behind the second reefing cringle.As for tying the the drooping fold of sail when reefed, use the bunt lines (shoelaces) to gather it up and keep it out of your line of sight. But don't make the bunt lines so tight that they are holding the belly of the sail down on the boom. If you do, you will strain and damage your sail.One last thought on sail trim when reefed. You must be able to flatten the sail when going upwind. But you want to be able to ease the rear reefing line to add draft (belly) to the sail when you reach.
by R. Campbell
Monday, October 16, 2017
Newbie here 3 J. Clearwater Thanks guys. We will give that book a look.Best regards,J&J
by J. Clearwater
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Sanderling Cup/Drink Holders 6 S. Hartman I guess I haven't been on for a while. I never noticed this reply. Yeah, I'll post a PDF.
by S. Hartman
Monday, September 11, 2017
Autohelm 1000 on Sanderling? 2 R. Schless I bet you'll want a large battery. As you likely know, the main draw on the tiller pilot is how much it has to work on the tiller - and catboats have notorious unbalanced weather helm. Now, you can ease the main out and reef early to reduce weather helm, and that'll save battery life. But I'm still betting on considerable juice consumption.This is one of those things where "Your Mileage May Vary *Exceptionally*" ;-)
by S. Hartman
Monday, September 11, 2017
Putting weight in centerboard? 3 T. Morse Why are you concerned with righting moment when going to weather? Did you experience a knock down? What are you wanting to achieve? Do you want to be safer, or are you wanting to carry more sail during a race? Do you reef or carry too much sail for the conditions? Do you scandalize? Do you raise the centerboard so not to keel so much. Have you tried adding internal ballast? How much? Where? Do you loosened the sheet and spill air when the boat keels too much? A catboat keeling on its edge may seem fast, but in reality is probably slipping to leeward. Record the results with good instrumentation of any changes. There are lots of adjustments on a catboat that will affect speed and windward direction. Are your halyard marked so you can set the best sail for certain conditions? Centerboard pennant marked too?I would advise adding internal ballast before adding it to the centerboard.
by R. Luckraft
Saturday, August 19, 2017
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