03/08/2006 12:40 PM Pacific Time I recently bought a 1977 Catalina 22. The previous owner replaced the winch, cable, hose, etc. Everything looks really good, except the hose touches (rubs) on the drum of the winch a little. Maybe it is just me, but it seems a little long. How long should the tube be, and should it touch the winch?
03/08/2006 1:44 PM Pacific Time I purchased a keel hose from CD and found it to be only about 12". I didn't use it! I went to my local marina, and purchase the same type of hose. Wire reinforced exhaust hose. I cut the hose to come right up to but not touching the winch. If it touches, it should not be a problem. You could cut it back maybe an inch. I like the hose to be as tall as possible. I want the top of the hose to be as high above the water line that it can be. Aparently CD doesn't think this is important, but I do.
03/09/2006 2:53 AM Pacific Time I had a similar problem when installing a new cable hose. See:
"Upgrade, Repair, Restoration and Refinishing Projects"
Scroll down to and click on:
"Keel Cable, Hose, Turning Ball Replacement"
In the second photo of the series (click "Next"), you'll read the caption:
"The new turning ball and pin, cable, and hose installed. I had to cut about ½" off the hose that came from Catalina Direct to clear the winch gear. (Mar. 13)"
There's another pretty good tip there too, suggested by Dick King ("Twilight Zone") that I incorporated.
Chip Ford --
1974 Swing Keel "Chip Ahoy" #3282
Chip Ahoy website: www.chipford.com
Dave Lilley Schertz, Texas
Hull No. 7629
03/10/2006 1:06 PM Pacific Time I know the previous owner had replaced everything, but I haven't seen the ball in the volcano for myself. It is probably a good time to inspect it, so I will be pulling the hose off, trimming 1/2", and adding the pvc reinforcement.