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      LAYING UP:

      In cold climates where yachts are decommissioned during the winter, your
      Catalina 25 may be safely stored in the water. provided adequate measures
      are taken to prevent ice damage to the hull. Check with your yard to determine
      the feasibility of storing in the water.

      When the boat is to be stored on land, the mast may be left stepped on
      the deck. However, it is recommended that the mast be removed at the time
      of hauling for a thorough inspection and preparation for next season.
      This allows plenty of time over the winter months to order and replace
      shrouds or rigging parts, avoiding any delays in the spring commissioning.

      Following proper lay-up procedures will minimize the effort needed to 
      recommission in the spring.


      1.     Consult manufacturer's instructions for winterizing any optional
             or owner-installed equipment.

      2.     Inspect the cradle on which the boat will be stored. Check welds
             and padded poppits for condition and repair as required.

      3.     Lift the boat with straps at the locations illustrated.


      1.     Wash bottom, removing growth and loose paint.

      2.     wash topsides, deck and all other exterior fiberglass surfaces.
             Wax all except the non-skid surfaces.

      3.     Remove all sails. Follow sail maker's instructions or instructions
             in section 3.8 with regard to cleaning. Schedule any repairs required
             and store in a dry place.

      4.     Remove all sheets and lines, clean and store in a dry place.

      5.     If the mast has been removed from the yacht. remove all stays and
             shrouds from mast. Wash the entire stay or shroud assembly, using
             fresh water and a stiff brush. Dry thoroughly and coil into large.
             non-kinking coils. Store coils in a dry place. wash and wax all
             spars. Coil halyards into non-kinking coils and put in a dark-colored
             plastic bag to protect from sunlight, if storing outdoors. Lash
             them to the mast. Store the mast either inside or outside with
             adequate support along its length.

6.     If mast is to be left in place, remove boom: clean and store as
       described before. Clean shroud/stay end fittings. toggles, etc..
       using fresh water and a stiff brush. Apply a light coat of silicone
       grease. paying particular attention to the end fittings where they
       connect to the stays and shrouds.

7.     Clean and lubricate all deck hardware that contains moveable parts.
       Follow manufacturer's instructions on winches.

8.     Remove all gear such as books, documents, bedding. PFD's, anything
       moveable that is subject to rust, corrosion or mildew.

9.     Remove all food supplies from lockers and ice chest. Wash out
       ice chest interior with a weak solution of Chlorox. Leave ice
       chest lid open.

10.    Stored batteries should be fully charged. and both positive and
       negative terminals should be disconnected. The batteries may be
       either left aboard or stored in a cool, dry place. Sub-zero temperatures
       will not harm a fully charged battery.

11.    Winterize the head system in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.

12.    Remove all electronic gear that may require servicing during the

13.    Remove fire extinguishers for weighing, checking and any necessary

14.    If cushions are left aboard. bring cockpit cushions below and place
       all cushions on edge to encourage ventilation.

15.    Leave all interior lockers open to encourage ventilation.

16.    Ensure that cockpit and deck scuppers are open and free.

17.    If the boat is to be covered, ensure that the cover is installed
       in such a way as to provide adequate ventilation, and that the
       cover is not permitted to chafe against the hull or deck.

18.    If the boat is not to be covered. ensure that winches are provided
       with adequate covers.

19.    If the mast is to remain stepped, snug all shrouds and halyards
       to minimize noise, wear and chafe.

     We recommend the following procedures be followed when storing the yacht
     for prolonged winter months. Begin by consulting your authorized dealer
     about storing the boat in or out of the water in fleeting climates. If
     at all possible, the manufacturer recommends keeping the yacht in dry storage
     for severe winters.

     All through hull fittings should be drained and closed off. Water in the
     sanitation system and other tanks should be pumped out. Fill the lines
     and fittings with anti-freeze to prevent water from running in. freezing
     or expanding, or cracking the lines and fittings.

     Outboard motors should be removed, serviced and stored in a warm. dry location
     until reinstalled when commissioning.



      1.     Do not venture out when the weather conditions are unfavorable.
             or are predicted to become so. Listen to the weather forecasts:
             check with your Harbor Patrol Office; look out for small craft
             storm warnings.

      2.     Be especially careful in areas where there may be commercial shipping
             traffic. Keep well away from shipping channels. Keep a sharp
             look-out when crossing the shipping channels.

      3.     Learn the rules of the road. All other sailors will expect that
             you know them and abide by them. The U.S. Coast Guard (BBE-2)
             400 S. Eleventh Street S.W., Washington, DC 20590, will supply
             free literature on this. Your local branch or Harbor Patrol Office
             may have it available.

      4.     If your boat has a genoa sail which obscures the helmsman's vision.
             have a dependable person in the crew keep a sharp look-out under
             the jib sail for oncoming traffic.

      5.     When sailing at night, provide safety harnesses for yourself and
             your crew, and tie these lines to the boat. Use approved harnesses.

      6.     Purchase all Coast Guard required safety equipment, and learn how
             to use it.
      7.     Enroll in a C.G. class or other certified boating and sailing class.
             You will learn a lot and enjoy sailing even more.

      8.     Do not take more than a safe number of persons aboard your boat
             when sailing.

      9.     Marine insurance is worth every penny you pay for it. Take out
             insurance from the start. See your dealer for a recommended marine
             agent. if you do not have one.

      10.    Keep all seat hatches and main hatch closed during rough
             weather or gusty winds which could unexpectedly strike the boat
             and cause a knock-down.

      11.    CAUTION! The aluminum mast and the metal parts conduct electricity.
             Coming in contact with or approaching an electrical power
             line can be fatal. Stay away from overhead power lines
             and wires of any kind when launching, underway or stationary.

      12.    The pop top should be in the down position and securely fastened
             when under way. Do not stand on the pop top when it is in the
             up position.

      13.    When pop top is in up-right position, use the slide on the mast
             to secure it in position.



      It is wise to locate a minimum of two, approved for marine use. fire
      extinguishers. One for forward of the galley and one aft of the galley, 
      preferably below the cockpit hatch. Should a galley stove or engine fire 
      start, you can always reach a fire extinguisher.

      Dry chemical extinguishers should be inverted occasionally to prevent the
      contents from packing. Extinguishers should be recharged yearly or after
      each use. according to manufacturer's recommendations.


      Keep a Coast Guard approved P.F.D. on board for each crew member. Wear
      them during rough weather and night sailing. Children and non-swimmers
      should wear vest. at all times, no matter how much they object.


      Your yacht should be equipped with a horn capable of producing a blast
      that can be heard for a distance of one mile.


      The law requires that your yacht be equipped with a minimum of three (3)
      day/night flares.



      A basic medical kit is a wise investment for any boat owner. Suggested
      items include: Motion sickness pills, aspirin, bandages, etc. We recommend
      that you personalize your medical supplies for yourself and your crew members'
      specific needs. First aid kits are available at most marine stores. Consult
      your physician for recommendations if you are planning a voyage away from
      medical facilities. A first aid procedure book is a necessity.

      A varied arrangement of tools is. again, a wise investment to have on your
      boat. Tailor your tool box for the conditions that you sail. For local
      sailing, with professional help just a phone call away. you only need a
      small array of tools. However. for long-range cruising, a more extensive
      supply of tools will be needed. Your mechanic may be helpful in suggesting
      tools required for your particular engine installation.




    1 each       Danforth 13-5 Anchor
    1 each       Campbell 1/4· X 6' Vinyl Coated Chain
    1 each       New England 7/16" X 200 Anchor Line w/Splice
    2 each       Seadog 5/16" Galvanized Anchor Shackle
    2 each       Taylor ·Big B" 6 X 15 Fender w/line
    14 feet      New England 7/16" White Nylon Fender Line (2X5')
    1 each       Gladding White Throwable Cushion
    1 each       Holland Folding Aluminum Radar Reflector
    1 each       Olin Alerter Flare Kit
    1 each       Watsco MH1 Freon Air Hem
    1 each       Seadog 455000 Brass Bell
    1 each       Kidde 1OBC Fire Extinguisher
    1 each       Healer 10210 Small Craft First Aid Kit
    1 each       Fulton 93 Flashlight
    1 package    Union Carbide E95 BP-2 Alkaline (D Cells)
    5 each       Gladding AF-300 Adult Life Jacket Type II
    1 each       Chapman's Piloting. Seamanship, Small Boat Handling
    2 each       New England 1/2 X 15 Dock Lines


    The anchor manufacturer suggests an anchor in the 13 to 16 pound range,
    to be used as a bow anchor in ordinary conditions. This anchor will only
    be effective with at least 6 feet of 1/4 inch gauge or heavier chain and
    at least 7/16 inch nylon line or heavier.

    Under adverse weather conditions, as much as a 25 pound bow anchor could
    prove necessary and, possibly, a plough-type anchor might be required.

    Inquire in your local area about anchoring procedures relative to the place
    you plan to visit. Get opinions from several experienced people and always
    play it on the safe side in "making up" your anchor as well as in using
    it. Do not forget to wire all shackle pins so they cannot come loose under

    REMEMBER:    Lighter anchors are made more effective by increasing the
                 scope: i.e., the ratio of length of line and chain to depth
                 of water. A 7:1 ratio is recommended. This means using
                 7 feet of anchor line for each foot in water depth.


    Your yacht was not provided with a lightning protection system during construction.
    The reasons are as follows:

    1.    These is not a procedure for lightning protection which has proven
          reliable under all conditions. Yachts with elaborate lightning
          protection systems have sustained serious damage from a direct
          lightning strike.

    2.    If the builder were to assert that the yacht was lightning protected,
          it could instill a false sense of security in the owner or operator.
          leading to less-than-prudent actions when lightning threatens.

    3.    Lightning systems are "out of sight. out of mind", except when
          lightning threatens. Generally, they are not checked and maintained
          on a regular basis. A defect in the system (i.e.. a break in a
          ground line) could, in some cases, increase the risk of personal
          harm, as well as damage to the yacht. as compared to a yacht with
          no protection. The reason for this is that many lightning protection
          systems distribute the high voltage throughout the yacht before
          allowing it to exit through the ground.

    4.    It is impossible for Catalina Yachts to control changes which you.
          the owner. may make to the yacht which could affect lightning protection

          You, the owner, must decide whether or not you wish to equip your
          yacht with lightning protection and, if so. the method of doing
          it. For your guidance, a copy of the ABYC recommendations is attached.
          The following suggestions and comments are also offered:

          A.    Keep the system as simple as possible. This will facilitate
                both installation and inspection/maintenance. Perhaps
                a single over-size ground (battery cable) from the mast
                base to the engine, coupled with external shroud grounds
                will maximize reliability.

          B.    ABYC recommends straight-line wire runs. This is virtually
                impossible within the yacht. For grounding the shrouds:
                A battery cable. which clips to each shroud and extends
                outside the yacht to the water, can minimize the number
                of bends required. This method has the added advantage
                of keeping the power surge outside the boat, and allowing
                easy, routine inspection. The obvious disadvantage is
                that the clip on cables is not a permanent installation
                and may not be in place when an unexpected lightning strike
   C.   Use only top quality materials and go oversize wherever

      D.   Keep all permanent attachment points and connections where
                they are readily available for inspection, yet protected
                from damage or inadvertent disconnection.

Factory installed metal tanks, 110 volt systems and major components are
grounded to the engine. The engine is grounded via the shaft and propeller
to the water. The purpose of internal grounding is for static charge control
and accidental shorts in the internal systems -- not to provide lightning
protection. However, you can incorporate the ground lines present in a
lightning protection system which you may wish to add.

By far. the most important consideration regarding lightning is observing
common sense safety precautions when lightning threatens. The key considerations
are listed in the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) publication, which
is reprinted herein.