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My 1980 C25 companionway ladder is connected to the cabin floor by one stainless steel L bracket starboard side. Port side bracket is missing as there are holes where it would have been screwed in. I haven't been able to find an identical replacement.
Does anyone know if there is a replacement part for this or am I going to have to find someone to manufacture one?
'80 C25 "Serenity" #1746 FK Muskegon, MI
Never approach the dock faster than you want to hit it.
Is it possible to make a wooden block from teak or mahogany to replace the original stainless piece? I dont recall how many holes are horizontally mounted into the ladder or how many bolts mount into the floor, but if you match the pattern, you can probably make do until you can fine the right part or a fabricator.
After I installed carpet on TSU, I couldn't screw the plates through the carpet and have the screws on the top piece fit flush. I took away the plates and never had a problem with the companionway moving.
Derek Crawford Chief Measurer C25-250 2008 Previous owner of "This Side UP" 1981 C-25 TR/FK #2262 Used to have an '89 C22 #9483, "Downsized" San Antonio, Texas
I found a treasure trove of used parts at firstname.lastname@example.org They are located in Quincy MA and part out boats and have literally trailers of parts including sails, stoves, rigging, etc, etc. If you contact Jon and have a pic of what you are looking for I will bet he has it. Back in winter I was looking for replacement aluminum window frames for my boat. He had 8 or 9 sets. In the teak trailer he had companionway steps of all types, each labeled as to type of boat they came out of. A real find.
Peter Bigelow C-25 TR/FK #2092 Limerick Rowayton, Ct Port Captain: Rowayton/Norwalk/Darien CT
Steve: If you're not successful at locating an exact replacement (I'd be astounded if you do, but you never know), you can fabricate one yourself a lot cheaper than getting a machine shop to make it. All you'd need is a hacksaw, a drill and a set of bits, and some means of holding the material (a small vise that clamps onto an old tabletop could work). Rather than stainless steel you could use 6061-T6 structural aluminum stock (I forgot to check, but I'm pretty sure mine are just structural aluminum, and I'm quite sure it would be sufficient). You can buy a one-foot piece of inch-and-a-quarter by quarter inch angle stock here:
Stainless steel screws can be found in any hardware store. No problem with dissimilar metals at that location. One-inch long screws should be fine, but you'd have to experiment on the diameter (buy a few cheap steel screws in various sizes to experiment with).
The most challenging part of the project would be measuring accurately to align with the existing screw holes, but in something like this the tolerance is fairly substantial. Drill the holes in the angle stock somewhat oversize, and then if the screws still wind up being a little off you'll be able to get them all started and then just drive each one a little at a time sequentially.
There's an indescribably great sense of accomplishment that derives from Do-It-Yourself projects, even as small as this.
The trouble with a destination - any destination, really - is that it interrupts The Journey.
Lee Panza SR/SK #2134 San Francisco Bay (Brisbane, CA)
I was trying to find the right hardware for mine as well because the bolts connecting the teak ladder and angle bracket seem to have gone AWOL. I was going to upsize to 1/4"x1.5" hex bolts. But of course I had fine threaded bolts and course threaded nuts so that was a show stopper.
1978 Catalina C25 Standard Rig Swing Keel
Edited by - canadiansailorkid on 06/20/2021 09:25:58
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