An advantage of having the head aft is that it’s a great place to hang wet foul weather gear to dry using engine heat. (note the Caution placard mounted on the alternator access door) My First Mate pointed out that another C34 owner had built some overhead coat hooks in the head. Our folding wardrobe hook could really only hold one hanger and we needed more hooks.
While measuring to install a piece of teak on the overhead, I noted placement would be difficult because the port side coach top winch mounting bolts were in the way. Then I realized that a simple “eye nut” mounted on a couple of the bolt ends might be a simpler fix. I found some stainless eye nuts at a local chandlery that fit perfectly. They were ¼” diameter 20-thread size with a ½” eye @ $3.85 each.
I removed the “acorn” finishing nut and retaining nut. Then I reinstalled the eye nut. To get the eye nut snug and still be facing thwart ship, you’ll have to play around with one or two small flat washers to get that proper orientation.
We now have three convenient hooks for hangers in the head. Tighter squeeze, but the head is still usable while drying gear. I even installed an eye nut on the port side in the main salon for some future use.
Last modified by Mark Elkin, Saturday, June 25, 2005 . Copyright © 2005 by Catalina 34 International Association. All rights reserved.