|Kenneth A Gordon
Boat Name: Yellow Streak
Hull No. CTYH7192M77D
Hailing Port: Gibraltar, MI
09/13/2010 4:39 PM Pacific Time
I recently, bought a 1977 Catalina 22. The owner is not available for consultation (yeah, I know) and I have a short forestay. I tried to put the mast up last week and found that the forestay is 8 to ten inches too short and cannot connect to the bow plate. The forestay has a turnbuckle on it the same size as on all the other stays, the turnbuckle looks to be about the same age as the others and has a clevis (?) with pin and looks like it should connect to the bow plate..
At first I thought that the turn buckle should connect to a roller furling mechanism and it is possible, I guess. but the other end of the forestay connects to the mast with a loop and pin and cannot revolve.
Does anybody know what is missing between the end of the forestay turnbuckle and the bow plate?
I have not been able to find a picture or drawing to see how the stay is supposed to connect.
|R. C. Luiken
Boat Name: Ricochet
Model/Year: C-22 Swing Keel/1986
Hull No. 13560
Hailing Port: Milford, DE/St. Michaels, MD
09/14/2010 4:21 AM Pacific Time
I think you may be missing a snap-on roller furling drum
Nevada City, CA
Boat Name: SAILYNN
Model/Year: SWING 1984
Hull No. 11994
Hailing Port: SCOTTS FLAT LAKE, CA
09/14/2010 3:40 PM Pacific Time
The forestay does not revolve when a roller furling drum is attached to it. The part that revolves is the roller furling track that holds the sail to the forestay via the roller furling drum. Make sure the port and starboard shrouds are pretty loose and the backstay is slack to the maximum when the mast is up before trying to tune it and square the mast. You can purchase an extender(s) to attach to the deck eyes to make up the difference needed for forestays, backstays or shrouds. I don't know if I would extend 8 inches as a new correct length forestay would be a better solution. Good luck.
Clinton Twp, MI
Boat Name: Gunsmoke
Hull No. 9150
Hailing Port: Lake St Clair MI
09/14/2010 6:31 PM Pacific Time
Kenneth: measure your forestay from the pin at the top of the mast to the pin in the turnbuckle at the very bottom of the forestay. if it is about 27'3.5 inches +/- you have the right set up and you should look at the other shrouds to see if they are perhaps too short etc.
Fleet 130 is your local source for all the C22 info you need.
Boat Name: Kemo Sabe
Model/Year: C-22 , 1973
Hull No. 2229
Hailing Port: www.keoweesailingclub.com
09/14/2010 8:09 PM Pacific Time
I'm sure you have done this, but it would not hurt to make sure the backstay is completely loose. Double check all standing and running rigging to make sure that isn't the problem. Sometimes the rigs with the roller furlers can be be a bear to get all the way forward if any of the turnbuckles are the least bit tight.
Boat Name: Sea Sharp Minor
Model/Year: Catalina 22 - 1984 - Swing Keel
Hull No. 11823
Hailing Port: Lake Norman Sailing Club
09/15/2010 7:57 AM Pacific Time
Kenneth, I suspect the PO may have had a quick disconnect fitting in that space. I use one on my forestay (and forward lower shrouds) to speed up the mast raising/lowering process. But since they are quite expensive, the PO might have just taken it off. You can see one here: