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Tomas Kruska
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Initially Posted - 06/06/2011 :  05:02:49  Show Profile  Visit Tomas Kruska's Homepage
When I bought my baby, one of the zillion tasks were to repair the anchor locker hatch. It had crack in in the inner fiberglass and was very soft when you stand on it.

When I was fixing it, I've found that even the plywood core in the bow that holds the fore stay is rot.

Here is my journey of the task I made with some comments http://www.kruska.cz/C25_High_Anxiety/Anchor_locker_repair/

One thing I don't get is why Catalina made that anchor locker so silly, that water could easily go into V-berth. Anchor locker is not one piece of bath-tub, but rather compiled pieces from the hull and the deck that does not overlap each other very well.

I suppose that newer models design is updated, but this is the worst anchor locker I've seen

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Merrick
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Response Posted - 06/06/2011 :  07:12:52  Show Profile
It's interesting to see step by step photos like that. Nice Job. The other issue with the anchor locker is the exposed position of the lights where they can get hit by the anchor.

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dlucier
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Response Posted - 06/06/2011 :  09:23:55  Show Profile
Tomas,

Your documented repair of the anchor locker and lid is simply fantastic. The before and after pics are amazing!

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Tomas Kruska
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Response Posted - 06/06/2011 :  11:59:40  Show Profile  Visit Tomas Kruska's Homepage
Thanks.

Regarding the navigation light covers, I've found this on Frank Hopper's 1982



Is it original? I'm going to mold this covers from fiberglass.

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OJ
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Response Posted - 06/06/2011 :  13:24:38  Show Profile
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Tomas Kruska</i>
<br />Thanks.

Regarding the navigation light covers, I've found this on Frank Hopper's 1982

Is it original? I'm going to mold this covers from fiberglass.
<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></font id="quote"></blockquote id="quote">yes they were original equipment as I had the same on my 1981 C25. I think their only purpose was to protect the light sockets from being bumped by the anchor. They did not keep water from leaking into the socket openings . . .

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Dave5041
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Response Posted - 06/06/2011 :  18:21:54  Show Profile
Beautiful job and documentation! We might have another Frank Hopper in the making. By the way, I also have the light covers.

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delliottg
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Response Posted - 06/06/2011 :  19:03:13  Show Profile  Visit delliottg's Homepage  Click to see delliottg's MSN Messenger address
Nice photo essay!

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pastmember
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Response Posted - 06/06/2011 :  20:43:58  Show Profile
Very impressive. Please note the larger drain I installed, (see photo above), the stock drain clogs too easily.

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Tomas Kruska
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Response Posted - 06/07/2011 :  01:18:15  Show Profile  Visit Tomas Kruska's Homepage
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by pastmember</i>
<br />Very impressive. Please note the larger drain I installed, (see photo above), the stock drain clogs too easily.
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Yup, I've tried to do this, but when you look carefully on this picture, you can see that the drain hole is a little offset ( Made in USA ) so using this hole as a template for bigger drill it will make it even worse.



I did not have much time to before launching the boat (I share mobile crane costs with others from our marina) so I leave it to the next spring. I need to get out that little brass pipe and than make nice circle hole in the middle.

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Tomas Kruska
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Response Posted - 10/05/2011 :  05:49:23  Show Profile  Visit Tomas Kruska's Homepage
Over the weekend I've completed my repair.

Last things was to fix the wiring and cut the groove (8cm wide) for the anchor line.



See complete job here http://www.kruska.cz/C25_High_Anxiety/Anchor_locker_repair/

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redeye
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Response Posted - 10/05/2011 :  05:58:57  Show Profile
Sweet.. very nice job! Thanks for posting the steps..


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JimGo
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Response Posted - 10/05/2011 :  07:49:59  Show Profile
Tomas, thanks for posting that info! That's what actually tempted me to buy the other C25 I had considered.

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