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 '07
The Fuel Locker Cowl Vents:  Before and After

With the shiny new stern pulpit now in place, and after adding the new chromed Lewmar 14 STC winches, the original Catalina-installed fuel locker cowl vents stood out like sore thumbs, their chrome plating worn off long ago -- the solid brass beneath beginning to show through.  The decision was, do I replace them or have them rechromed?

Since the quality of workmanship was so fine, and other than the finish there was nothing wrong with them, and after pricing cowl vents of equal quality (there really were none, only of equal function), I decided to have Chip Ahoy's rechromed.  Last spring that turned out to be not an option:  I'd have had to ship them off and wait for them to be returned, further delaying my launch date.  Despite appearance they still functioned, so I put it off until the fall, when I'd have all winter to kill.

After trailering out on October 26, 2006 for the winter, I removed the cowl vents and shipped them off to South Shore Plating Co, Inc.  I got them back on Dec. 4, 2006, and installed them on Dec. 17, over an unseasonably warm weekend.

The Cowl Vents
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A beautiful job or what ?!?