Sydney, New South Wales
Boat Name: Serene 2
Model/Year: Boomaroo 22 (C22 Mk I) 1976
Hailing Port: Sydney
05/11/2007 5:29 PM Pacific Time
Can anyone advise me on whether it's safe to moor a drop-keel C-22 for any length of time in salt water? We're finding the launch and recovery process a bit stressful from our local ramp (which is very busy), and are thinking of mooring it locally.
I imagine that the main issues are protecting the hull from marine growth and water damage (osmosis etc.), and keeping the keel and keel cable in good condition.
Has anyone had any experience with this? Can you recommend a hull paint or anti-fouling product and a method of inspecting the keel and cable?
Thanks for any input!
Serene II - Boomaroo 22 (Australian C-22)
Mission Viejo, CA
Boat Name: Paulina
Model/Year: 1984 Catalina 22
Hull No. #12276
Hailing Port: Dana Point, CA
05/29/2007 2:21 AM Pacific Time
See my reply under "Mooring/Docking". Cheers.
Alicante, Spain (Displaced Seattlite)
Boat Name: D'Artagnan
Hull No. 6022
Hailing Port: Brest, France
07/31/2008 10:37 AM Pacific Time
We have experience in mooring our boat at the dock in salt water for about 7 years. The C22 handbook advise to keep the keel winched up and the cable painted to avoid problems.
Issues occur when sea creature latch onto that cable and you can no longer winch in up. From there on corrosive will eventually eat away the cable until it breaks and leave the keel swinging from it's bolt. That's unfortunately what happened to our C22. Locals replaced the cable as best they knew.