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Initially Posted - 05/18/2023 :  16:48:09  Show Profile  Visit Peregrine's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Has anyone replaced the gasket on the anchor locker cover?
Is there a hardware store product I can use?
Oh BTW Did you know the drain hole can get clogged up and the locker can fill with water over the winter?
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John Gisondi


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Response Posted - 05/18/2023 :  18:56:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Yes, the drain gets clogged so use wilkie stick type thing to clean drain. As far as gasket, Catalina Direct used to have a loan "gasket" that could be cut to shape and had one side that was adhesive. It should work, but may be needed to replace periodically.

Peter Bigelow
C-25 TR/FK #2092 Limerick
Rowayton, Ct
Port Captain: Rowayton/Norwalk/Darien CT
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Response Posted - 05/19/2023 :  08:20:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, Is there suppose to be a gasket? My boat never had a gasket for as long as I have owned it. Rain water just drains out the tube in the bottom so I never saw a need for a gasket.

Sailing out of Glen Cove,L.I Sound

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Leon Sisson
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Response Posted - 05/23/2023 :  06:36:28  Show Profile  Visit Leon Sisson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Re:  "Has anyone replaced the gasket on the anchor locker cover?"

I'm not sure there ever was a Catalina 25 anchor locker gasket from the factory.  One thing to consider if installing a gasket is trapped humidity and resulting mold, rust, etc.

Re:  "Did you know the drain hole can get clogged up and the locker can fill with water over the winter?"

Like several other C25 owners, I enlarged the drain tube to a size less likely to get clogged.  If there's water in the anchor locker when the boat heels, the water can slosh out and run down into the V-berth.

On my boat I also sealed the edges of the anchor locker floor pan to the hull using fiberglass cloth and epoxy.  I built up plywood and epoxy housings around the whale eye lights to protect them from seawater, anchor chain, etc, with cheap Beckson-style access covers to access the bulbs and sockets.  I added a layer of woven roving to reinforce the locker floor pan, and a layer or two of fiberglass cloth to the underside of the lid, and installed a stainless steel latch while I was at it.

I cut a wide notch in the fwd edge of the lid and lip supporting it to allow it close completely without catching on anchor chains.

I then built an adjustable divider to keep two anchor rodes separated.

Leon Sisson
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