[Rhodes22-list] Sailing on a Catalina 22
Fri, 16 Aug 2002 12:01:00 -0400
You're really serious about this sitting headroom thing aren't you?
I'm 6'2" and I would like to suggest that if sitting headroom is that
important to you, then standing headroom will be just as important if not
more so over the long haul. I get that with the Rhodes 22 Pop Top. I
had to go to a boat over 30' before I could stand up in the cabin.
Obviously your cost is commensurate to boat length. A simple solution is
to sit in the cabin with your back to the hatch. To make this
arrangement comfortable, buy a "Sport Seat" for $60.00 at any boat show.
I think Stan sells them too. They're portable, padded, and have an
adjustable back (from 90 degrees straight up to 180 degrees completely
flat). They come in a multitude of colors. I have two on the boat for
guests which I use mainly in the cockpit. In the off season, we bring
them home to sometimes sit on the floor next to the fireplace. They're
>Bob and Kathy,
>Thanks, more grist for the mill is good. The Rhodes just keeps looking
> better and better. Maybe I'll have to learn to slouch. Or maybe I COULD
> raise the roof...
>Hmmm... Hey Group.
>Has anyone ever thought of this. Take your trusty sawzall and cut through
> the sidewalls just above and below the ports. Leave a nice tab at the deck
> and the edge of the cabin roof. Raise the roof about 4" and build new
> sidewalls from epoxy coated marine plywood. through bolt and epoxy/glass
> the walls to the deck and roof tabs. Cut the same 4" off the bottom of the
> mast. This keeps the sails, fore- and back stays, upper shrouds, their
> chainplates and the pop-top mast mountings un-modified. Rear pop-top frame
> mounts don't change as they are below the cut-off line. Lower shrouds will
> be shortened and their chainplates remounted. Interior bulkheads will be
> replaced with taller ones and a bit of care with the rear cabin wall to
> maintain a flat mating surface for the new cabin door. Wouldn't want to do
> this to a good boat but if I decide to get a fixer-upper it looks do-able.
>Questions: What have I missed here? Has anyone ever cut through the cabin
> walls? What is their construction, solid FRP or cored? If cored, with
> what? Since the mast is roof stepped and there appears to be no compression
> post, is there any reinforcement in the cabin walls to stabilize/support the
> roof? What else am I going to be cutting through, I know there will be
> some wiring and I'll have to work around the chainplates, anything else?
>Stan; I know you lurk on this list, would you care to comment? If you, or
> anyone else has concerns about liability, I'll be glad to sign a release,
> I'm trying to modify a boat to my own design, not create a lawsuit.
>Any advice or comments will be greatly appreciated. Thanks John Roland
>From: Robert Quinn [mailto:email@example.com]
>Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2002 8:58 PM
>Subject: Re: [Rhodes22-list] Sailing on a Catalina 22
>John: A couple of years ago a couple next to us in the marina purchased a
> Seaward '23. We often found ourselves heading out to sail a few times.
> After a year of watching us jump on the boat, store our goodies, ready for
> cast off, away we went with sails up just as we cleared the docks, they came
> over one evening totally disgusted and dejected that they didn't go the
> Rhodes route. They felt our boat looked better, the cockpit was so much
> larger, and the ease of operation - furled Genoa and IMF - were what they
> should have gone for. They were going to try to sell their boat and look to
> GB for a Rhodes 22. Don't know whether they did or not, but their comments
> pretty well told the story.
>Oh, on performance, the boats were pretty evenly matched but we generally
> managed to pull ahead and leave them behind over time.
>Bob and Kathy on the "NoKaOi"
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