Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22
Sail #3282 l Marblehead, Massachusetts
The never-ending project to fill my hole in
the ocean while bailing it out
Preparing for Sailing Season '08
The Cabin Interior
June 2, 2008
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Chip Ahoy's cabin interior, fully back together
and ready for some cruising.
Today we'll trailer to the nearby Riverhead Beach parking lot and
ramp, and there raise the mast.
I'll spend the day rigging and tuning, installing the new boomkicker,
connecting cables and wiring, etc.
I'll leave the boat parked there overnight. Tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at high tide we'll launch and Sailing Season 2008 for Chip
Ahoy and me will begin for real.
The starboard side, looking aft from the v-berth area
behind the bulkheads. Note the new-last-year
new-style accordion curtains in the open
position above the windows. All the odds-and-ends that are used
frequently or might be needed quickly are stowed in the shelves on
either side, handy to reach. On the starboard side, these include
basic tools (multi-blade screwdriver, pliers, a cable-cutter, rigger's
knife with Marlon spike), winch handles, a couple spare fuses, bug
spray, drink coolers, etc.
The port side, looking aft from the
v-berth area. A few years ago I decided to drop the dinette table
permanently and use this area as my bunk and sitting area. I
removed the backrest cushions permanently,
replaced them with a couple of pillows. It's where I do my
navigation while cruising. The VHF radio is overhead. Its
shelf stores my navigation tools, binoculars, the PLB, the cabin lock
and outboard "key," spare sunglasses, sun blocker, and a few snacks
handy for while underway. Odds-and-ends hardware get put there
temporarily from time to time so they don't become misplaced.
Behind the pillow and my hanging hat, the
leads beneath the cockpit seat; it contains a large waterproof box that
holds clothing that stays aboard.
Just forward of the starboard side bulkhead a 5-gallon
collapsible water jug is secured
by a line to its handle from a tang attached to a lifeline stanchion
bolt. The sail cover is stowed up here on the v-berth
when not in use. This shot is taken from the porta-potti on the
opposite side. The v-berth cushions aren't used
either, also stored at home. A corner of the open forward hatch
(and its new screen) is visible in the top left corner.
I removed the sliding galley years ago,
use its space
for my food larder (the large plastic box on the left
underneath), which holds enough canned provisions, condiments, utensils, and snacks to get me through a good
spell. The Origo stove is stowed alongside, along with the tiller
pilot atop it when not in use. This back corner of
the bench seat is my
work station where the electrical, electronics, and laptop will be
used and recharged. Note the 12v plug receptacle, wired directly to Battery
1 with alligator clips. My cell phone is usually connected to it
while underway. The 110v inverter can connect to it too, or any of
the plugs for recharging other equipment. When at a dock with
shore power, I run the 50-foot heavy duty extension cord into the cabin
through the companionway to this area.
It's never-ending ... but Sailing Season '08 has arrived!