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Converting a trans keel aft berth to a quarter berth

  • The aft cabin on a Catalina 34 has an athwart-ship queen-size bunk.  This is an impractical arrangement for passage making.  We therefore split the cabin with a 14" lee board secured with wood cleats at the aft end and a tension clamp at the rear of the motor compartment.  The area between the starboard side settee and the motor compartment bulkhead was filled with a 3/4" plywood shelf.  Both of these parts were made so they could be removed with no damage to the basic boat.  Finally, Mary made and covered a 4" foam mattress that was cut into 2 parts so we could easily get to storage below.  This arrangement provided a tremendous amount of storage on the port side and gave us a very comfortable quarter berth.  [See Photos].   The teak panels were removed from the aft and port side of this cabin and eyebolts were installed a various levels to secure the materials that were stored on this area.  The stock access panels under the aft bunk were cut  in two so that we could gain access to the mechanical and pluming items located under them.

Lee cloths for side settees

  •  We created the lee cloth for the port side settee by screwing 1" nylon straps under the access panels for this settee.  They were connected to the bottom of the cloth with quick release plastic connectors.  the top was held by rope passed through the overhead hand holds.  Again this arrangement did the least amount of damage to the boat.


  • Safety belt for stove. [See Photos].


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