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    sailing, snowsports, stuff building.

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  1. mtn_matt

    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    Mast step should be directly over the compression post. and I think it was just lag screwed on. It should be a flat spot on the deck where it rests. Yeah the pop top was held up by a goofy piece of aluminum that slid on the mast track. Never used it. Also... is that keel winch a trailer winch??? If so, it's a common cheap replacement but a bad decision. A clutch winch keeps control of the load when the keel is going up and down. A trailer winch will spin out of control when lowering if you let go of it.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    The glass work from the factory around the keel trunk under the liner looked like hell at best. That said, yeah, there is some worse DIY repairs visible in your photos. The scenario that comes to mind that would cause someone to do that is the keel cable let go and the keel swung hard against the trunk. That's bad news typically and a proper repair is more costly than the boat. I'm not saying that's what did happen... but that can happen. The keel weighs about 550#, was sand cast iron (i think) and the hardware only lasts so long. The pivot pin, cable, and cable terminus are all suspect on boats that haven't been maintained and they are challenging repairs for a DIY because of the weight of the keel. So proceed cautiously. The next concern I see is the bow detachment. Lots of those boats (mine included) have had the turnbuckle added, usually when a furler is installed to strengthen the front end and once completed I've never heard of an issue. But it sounds like this one was added after it separated so who knows what other damage resulted. If you wanted a project boat, you sure found one. Less than a grand or walk away.
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    Media Embedding - Failures

    This isn't intuitive. You certainly need to play around with it. So here goes...
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    Moovie Review Threade

    A couple years ago I got sucked into the pseudo-documentary Man on Wire (i think I found it on Netflix). Basically one man's batshit crazy idea to tightrope walk the twin towers for no other reason than, it would be beautiful. Very cool. Last year it was made into a feature film which is also worthwhile, but definitely hollywood.