When boarding after a swim on older Catalina 25s, you have to climb all the way up to the stern coaming, then swing your leg up and over the fixed rail. A little awkward, especially for geezer sailors.(Speaking as a geezer sailor, I'd appreciate this.)
A fix involves a hacksaw to remove the center portion of the rail and two 90-degree elbows. Then a short piece of lifeline with a pelican hook on one end and two fittings for the upright stanchions.
A discovery: Sawing through 1-in.-dia. stainless tubing isn't fun. That's when the trusty Dremel and its cutoff wheel comes in handy.
By the way, the pagoda-shaped solar lawn/walkway light has been mounted to the kickerpad for a couple of seasons now. It won't throw off enough lumens to qualify as a proper stern light nor anchor light, but it gives a little peace of mind when s/v Assignment is in its mooring field.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Please welcome new contributor Joe, from s/v Assignment. Joe shows us how to improve access to the stern of a Catalina 25 from the water. It's a perfect small boat project!