Slot seal strips for swing keel

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by Charley Sheets, May 13, 2012.

  1. Charley Sheets

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    I have my Omega flipped over to install new slot seal strips. I went back and read previous posts about this project first and was hoping that Catalina direct had corrected the problem with the holes in the new plastic strips. But---- no such luck! After removal,sanding and comparing the new ones we still have the same old problem. The spacing is STILL wrong. I filled all the screw holes with boat life caulk and spread it out to cover the area. The first couple go right in but all of the rest will make new holes. Looks good and cant wait to try it out. I also plan to experiment with some gelcoat repair on the bottom before i tackle the cracks in the cockpit. Charley
     
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    Hi Charley,
    I just purchased a 1981 O-14 # 1693. It needs a replacement seal also. Was wondering how you made out with your replacement now after some time has gone by? Also, would you happen to know the P/N you used for ordering yours from (I assume) Catalina Direct?? Thanks in advance!
     
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    Hello again,

    One more thing I forgot, on my O-14 there seems to be no control line for raising the keel/centerboard which also means there's no way of securing it in the up position or adjusting it up during sailing. Is mine missing something?? If so, perhaps you could shoot me a picture of yours showing how this is done/what I'm missing on my boat....Thanks!
     
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    My Omega also was missing anything to hold the swing keel in the "up" position. Pictures show a line used to hold the keel down for sailing. I added a small double block with a strap just behind the metal mast holder. There is wood there to screw to. I screwed a 5/16 eye bolt to the top back side of the swing keel. I shackled a single block with a becket on it. This gives me a mechanical advantage in raising the keel. It also holds it very well when traveling to the lake. I have another eye bolt bolted to the top of the barney post. I connect shock cords there to hold the keel down while sailing. The pulley system easily overpowers them for adjusting the keel. This works well for me and only cost $20. or so, thats the good news. Charley
     
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    Thanks, Charley, for the reply - very helpful. I also purchased a block & eye yesterday and was setting about selection of a suitable mounting point. I like the shock cord additions - makes a lot of sense. Any feedback on the centerboard slot seal? Did you get it from Cat-Direct & how's it working out??
     
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    Yes I did get the slot strip seals from Catalina Direct. The new ones are changed from the old design which has two pieces that meet in the middle and were soft plastic. The new seals cover from one side to the other, and the other side does the same for a better seal. There is a lot more friction against the swing keel now but i can not see down through the seals . I have not had a day of good wind to really test them at speed. I went today but the wind came up to white caps with 30 mph gusts, so the boat never left the trailer but will try again Friday or Sat., Hope to have a better report then... Charley
     
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    Thanks for the update, Charley. I've made progress towards getting my new purchase in shape. About to add the shock cord centerboard system recommended by Cat Direct , the Hobie Baby Bob float on the mast, and a boarding ladder on the transom. I think that will be it for this season. Anxious to get the boat in the water for the first time. However, here in Colorado the reservoirs and lakes are still very cold so contemplating a dry suit purchase.

    BTW - how difficult is it to lift the O-14? How did you manage to get the boat upside down to do the CB gasket replacement? Mine is stored on the trailer so I'm wondering how to get it off and upside down. Thanks again.
     
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    I was lucky to have a nice place in my sons yard with a large tree limb to throw a rope over. This holds the front up so it does not drop when you slide it back and off the trailer. The stern will settle on the ground and then move the trailer forward out of the way. You MUST remove the shroud adjusters and the bow adjuster before flipping it over, or they can be damaged. The jib cars should be tied with line to face the center of the boat or they can also be bent severely. Mine was damaged when i bought it. I was able to carefully bend it back in place. With the bow suspended 3 or 4 feet off the ground, two people can lift the stern and turn it over fairly easily. You should use something like tires to support the hull off the ground. You should fill ALL the screw holes with good caulk because the screws go through the hull into the interior. Loading onto the trailer is reverse of the removal procedure. Wet sand the hull with 600 and then with 2000 grit wet or dri sandpaper. Wax it with several coats of GOOD marine wax before trailering. This is also the perfect time to re-wire the trailer and carpet the bunks if needed. A swing set works well also. Charley
     
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    Charley, thanks again for the info. Unfortunately I'm not that lucky re the tree! I'm going to try and rig a pulley system in the garage. You gave me an idea as to where to attach the sling(s). I'm going to try and figure out a point(s) where, once raised high enough, the whole boat can be turned over and set down upside down. Will keep you posted.
    On another note - do you use an electric trolling motor? I have one that came with the boat and am trying to figure a good way to restrain the battery in event of capsize. Be interested in anything you have done or seen on other Omegas. Thanks again...
     
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    Hi Charley and every one.
    My boat is Mod 3 - year 2000. When the boat gets a bit of speed water gushes in from the centerboard opening. I'm assuming Catalina upgraded the gasket to fix this issue? Did it work well with you?
     
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    Hi Charley and every one.
    My boat is Mod 3 - year 2000. When the boat gets a bit of speed water gushes in from the centerboard opening. I'm assuming Catalina upgraded the gasket to fix this issue? Did it work well with you?
     
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    Bond,
    The newer version uses two pieces of sailcloth each of which is wide enough to go across the entire opening forming a double barrier against spray. If your plastic retainer strip which the screws go through is removable and in tact you can order the newer kit from Catalina Direct. Note that it is for the newer 14.2 boat but, you can use the sailcloth pieces and your own retainer strip to effect a replacement. The 14.2 boat uses a different hole pattern for the screws but it won't matter since you're not using it's retainer anyway. Currently it is on a 3-week back-order status.
     

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