All the information we have on the boat and it's original condition with pictures are contained here. Some of the work we did is also detailed along with pictures.
Boat: Catalac 8m (27) made in U.K by Tom Lack Catamarans.
Engine: 40HP Yamaha EFI outboard
Behind mast furling
Twin propane gas stove: Changed to a new three burner and oven setup.
Single sink: changed to a double sink one with a garbage disposal system
Adler Barbour inbuilt fridge: completely rebuilt using a TXV and all copper to avoid corrosion. The TXV instead of a capillary tube means that regardless of ambient temperature, this fridge runs efficiently. The temperature controller is now a digital programmable controller rather than a mercury switch.
Propane hot water heater for galley and head: replaced with a new unit
Bilge pump: replaced
Back up depth sounder in starboard hull.
1200 Watt 110Vpure sine inverter with automatic shore power instant switching inverter
Two marine batteries: Changed to Heavy duty deep cycle 200aH batteries
VHF fixed radio: removed
LED strip lighting
Main cabin fluro lighting: removed and replaced with LED strip lighting
Emergency radio (solar, battery and hand wind)
Hot water heater
Electric water pump
Jabsco head (2013): Replaced in late 2016 with a lavac system
8 life jackets
Two sets of day/night flares
4 fire extinguishers
We bought the boat in September 2013 from long Island Key Florida (near Tampa). To say the boat was in bad condition would be an understatement. We did some work on the way to Virginia but the majority was done after we berthed at Colonial Beach VA in 2013. The motor was upgraded from the 15HP Yamaha outboard to a 40HP Yamaha outboard on route to Virginia.
The boat could not be sailed safely in the condition it was in as the mast stays were very corroded so all of the trip from Florida to Virginia was under motor. I did do a few test sails with light wind and only on a port tack as the starboard mast stay was the heavily corroded one and we weren't risking load on it.
The head was changed very early on as it was unusable in the state we bought it in. The previous owner used a porta potty and strategically hid it behind the spare sail in the port hull. We disposed of it shortly after finding it. The head lining was the original carpet. It was old, falling apart and moldy. There was a lot of mold on the boats inside. Much of it was due to the humidity and that the starboard hull had water in it. The water was coming from the through hull fitting in the galley not being secured correctly. Needless to say this was corrected.
The original water heater was rusted out and unusable. Only one of the 35 gallon water tanks was plumbed to the water pump. The other just poured its contents into the starboard hull when filled. The windows were not sealed well and in the Florida rains the boat leaked badly at every window. There were two plastic ventilation fittings on each of the front hatches which leaked as well. The trip from Florida to Virginia was quite miserable and we must have looked really classy using duct tape on the windows to stop the leaking.
The original owners neighbor bumped into this boat at the front port side and offered to pay the damages. The owner declined the offer and just left the fiberglass broken for years. That was the story I was told by the sales guy. This boat was a mess but it was structurally sound and going at a good price. The key thing we learned was that if there was any non original equipment installed or work done on this boat, it needed to be redone properly. Some of the original fittings had rusted out and also needed replacing before this could be even remotely considered sea worthy.
This page describes the work done, with pictures where possible as we did it. The aim wasn't to transform it into a great looking boat or make it like new. The aim was to make it safe and seaworthy first and tidy it up aesthetically as a secondary goal.
The original mast bracket, starboard side.
The remade brackets in Stainless Steel along with the remade rudder components also in SS.
Close up view of the bracket after removal.
New bracket in 304 SS fitted.
Boat pictures as it was when we bought it taken by the broker are shown below.
The boat had lots of work that needed doing as can be seen in these pictures. The rust stains in the fiberglass and the bilge were removed, as were the rusted steering and supports. All external work was rebuilt in 316SS , the inside in 304SS.
The sails have been repaired, the furlers repaired and re-greased. The motor has been changed, the lining has been replaced, the wood has been re-stained a darker color, the head has been changed and re-plumbed all lines to the holding tank.
The seacocks have been replaced as has the Y connector. The heater has been replaced, the cushions have been replaced, a new mattress was put in the stater room. The stove has been sand blasted, the mast stays have been rebuilt in 304SS. The steering has been replace with 316SS versions. The winches and the travelers have been repaired. The running rigging replaced, the standing rigging inspected. The navigation lighting has been replaced. The mold has been completely removed, the windows sealed, the hatch vents have been replaced. The windex has been replaced (the original had only the base on the top of the mast).
We've fitted LED lighting in the galley and the port hull where the chart table is.
Flotation foam has been fitted, Two 27 gallon fuel tanks have been fitted and the batteries replaced.
We've also added electronics, 1200 Watt pure sine inverter, SSB radio with weather and email facilities, chart plotter, a high resolution depth sounder, high definition radar and an AIS. The bimini has had its stitching redone and a new window fitted. Solar panels of 450Watt and an MPPT charger fitted that can handle the solar panels that provide plenty of power to the batteries to charge them even on days when the fridge is heavily used. The microwave oven and two burner stove top was replaced with a new three burner stove and oven. The small galley sink was replaced with a dual sink setup, the larger of the two with a fully SS garbage disposal fitted. Great when on the ocean. The fridge was rebuilt, a TXV valve fully copper system was used and a digital temperature controller fitted. Many 110V power outlets fitted. Nav lights replaced. New headlining was fitted, and solar film was installed on the windows which really cut down on the heat. New chain was added to the anchor and 5/8 nylon line was fitted to it along with a bridal. Two 27 Gallon fuel tanks were fitted along with a large 10 micron fuel filter and all fuel line replaced. Marine carpet was installed, we got an asymmetrical spinnaker. The engine was connected to the chart plotter so fuel consumption, rate, rpm etc were now available on the display. The hot and cold water lines were replaced with colored PEX tubing, new easy on/off faucet fitted in the galley. Water filters were added to both the tank/drinking water supply and the head flushing system. New bronze seacocks fitted. New turnbuckles for the main stay and the side stays fitted.
So not much really...
There's still a few things to do but the boat is comfortable, seaworthy and almost completely self sufficient. If we added a watermaker this boat although small would be capable of crossing long distances without stops, though, who would want to not stop at places.