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redeye
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Initially Posted - 04/22/2019 :  07:44:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Lazarette not the Dumpster....

So yes, I've got this word that has been bouncing around me for about 20 years and I've finally made the connections.

Dad always called the aft locker the Lazarette.

I remember Lazarette Creek on the way to Tybee Island near Savannah.


So anyhoo you can google/wiki it and read if you wish but now I'm embarrassed to be calling the gear locker in the aft the dumpster, cause it has a proper name with a history and a reason it does not have openings to the outside and you need to be careful how you ventilate it....

You don't want that locker to flood.

Not really for me I don't go offshore but anyhoo...

Ray in Atlanta, Ga.
"Lee Key" '84 Catalina 25 SR/FK

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Response Posted - 04/22/2019 :  21:43:04  Show Profile  Visit Lee Panza's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Your note got me curious, Ray, so I checked the Catalina sales brochures. They were obviously not aimed at salty nautical types, so they refer to the lazarettes simply as lockers. Interestingly, they describe the large one - which we refer to by its much more evocative name - as providing "...ample storage for an outboard, sails, fuel tank, and safety gear..." (the 1988 brochure puts the fuel tank in its separate locker).

Having an '84 myself, I can only presume that access is a lot easier in the later models with the separate fuel locker. But, as we know, retrieving anything from that locker in the older models, with the fuel tank ledge right beneath the hatch, can be a bit difficult so I really can't imagine pulling an outboard out even if one could stow it down there in the first place. Is that a realistic option in the later models?

But I found the Wikipedia description of "lazarette" especially interesting. I sincerely hope that I never have to use the dumpster for its historical purpose. Yes, you would have to be cautious about ventilating it, indeed!

Given that history I don't think I'll be using the term "lazarette" myself.


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Response Posted - 04/23/2019 :  04:37:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found it funny that we ended up calling it the dumpster, given the historical use of the general area...

I expect Lazarette, will be my own term. Along with calling the cockpit the weather deck.



Ray in Atlanta, Ga.
"Lee Key" '84 Catalina 25 SR/FK

Edited by - redeye on 04/23/2019 04:40:44
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