Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22 Restoration Project
Sail #3282  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

The never-ending project to fill my hole in the ocean while bailing it out

Preparing for Sailing Season '04
Adding a Boom Vang

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What's missing in this picture?

Today, I opened the Catalina Direct Boom Vang Kit to begin installing -- but what a surprise (!) -- there were no instructions as usual. I'm now waiting for advice and information on what I'm supposed to do with all these parts. Thank you once again Catalina Direct:  for $109.95, instructions are the least that should be expected.  (May 9, 2004)

Answer:  Instructions!

After questioning the C22 discussion group all week for advice and information on what to do with my bagful of assorted parts, then rounding up some additional machine screws and lock washers, today I installed the boom vang.  (May 14, 2004)

I measured up the mast to the bottom of the boom, then back the same distance from the mast-end of the boom for the fiddle block attachment point, giving me a 45 angle. Then, instead of using the self-tapping sheet metal screws and " thru-bolt that were supplied in the bagful of parts from Catalina Direct, I drilled and tapped for six 10/32 X " machine screws with lock washers and mounted the vang hound/bail. (For the curious, the line running beneath the mast is for the topping lift.)

I spliced the end of the double-braided line to the Harken little fiddle block w/becket and cam cleat then reaved it up and down to the fiddle block I'd attached to the new halyard plate (see below).

My thanks to many members of the C22 discussion group list for all their good advice, especially to Paul Suedekum for his photos (no longer available) and Dick King for his patience!

After finding that the block was rubbing against the solar panel frame, I added a shackle to raise it above the panel.  This makes it easier to remove and install as well.

Moving on with Season 2004 improvements
It's never-ending ... but spring has arrived at last, the projects have begun!
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