Originally Posted by Joe Egolf
I bought a 1982 Cat 281 off of lake Michigan. so far so good. The gunnel top sides are chocolate brown as is the transom . Pettit chocolate brown, hard to work with and thin so far, is 20 % thinner too little?. I have tried roll and tip and spray with "fair " results, can you wet sand and buff it to shine better?. I had both engines[305's] running briefly with water from the hose ,had good oil pressure and water flow . Now neither engine will crank, I turn the key ,gauges respond but
I decided to paint the stern part of the hull first, mostly so I could work on a smaller area and develop my techniques with the sanding, fairing compound, primer, and paint that I was using.
After removing the scuppers, I sanded the hull with 80 grit sandpaper using a 5" round, oscillating sander. Next step was to wash the stern with water, then a solvent (I think it was 202 solvent).
I decided not to remove all the paint, because if it didn't come off with my paint scraper
Well, lt turns out I didn't have much time available to work on the boat last year, but this year I've been doing pretty good so far. Even though I could have done it myself, I paid the marina to get my engine running, and it runs pretty good, they said.
I just finished painting the deck and trim around the edge. I did the deck with a non-slip paint from Pettit that uses polymer micro-spheres instead of sand. It's supposed to be easier on the skin. Next up is painting the hull. That's
I'm in the middle of a re-power, after a long self debate about what to drop in it.
I had to re-power my first boat almost immediately after purchase even after a very costly survey(the maiden voyage was shall we say, not as fun filled as it should have been). I wanted to convert the boat to diesel and was talked out of it. So this time around diesel was on the table again for discussion. Now the Catalina has some space restrictions, and I have some wallet restrictions as well. But diesel
Does anyone know how long the prop shaft is on this boat? i want to put a spare shaft and prop on board