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Project: Transom Bar

This page describes a C34 owners' vendetta against the bar over the transom on early C34s... and if you'd ever tripped over one, you'd know why this project was undertaken. Please contribute yours!


Transom Bar Removal

If you want to access an inflatable dinghy from the stern, consider removing the awkward crossbar  above the transom.  You'll need to add new stanchions to strengthen the stern pulpit that becomes 2 separate units after the modification. 

The picture shows several things.

First, you can see the specialized emery cloth sander that the technician is using to sand/polish the starboard side weld joint.  You can see the partially polished weld joint on the port side.  By using an inside sleeve where the new tubing was attached, that weld joint is easily stronger than it was before.

Second, notice how the new section becomes the centermost stanchion bolted to the transom like the others.  It may be difficult to see, but I had them pre drill holes (with sleeves to keep water out of the tubing) though the new tubing.  I bought new rubber coated stern ladder locks from Catalina that they use on the new boats.    Didn't bother  to have them add those little hooks that I previously needed to tie the ladder in the up position.

Third, although covered by his protective drop cloth, the little transom wood was extended  outward about 6 or 8 inches to make that first step even easier.

Fourth, I have non-slip wood as steps over each ladder rung, plus a big wood step covering the rectangle where the ladder is through bolted into the transom.    It's difficult to describe, but the bottom line is that I put wood non-skid steps any where I could put them.

Fifth, although you can't see them I have long stainless steel grab rails on both sides of the ladder. Riley Marine of Long Beach California did such a great job that it is impossible to see any of the welds! ! ! ! !  Mods cost about $315 (Howard, RToy)

Important: The opinions expressed here are those of the individual contributors to this page, and not those of the Catalina 34 National Association or Catalina Yachts, Inc. Additionally, this material has not been reviewed by Catalina Yachts, Inc. for technical accuracy. This page's maintainer cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information or the desirability of suggested modifications or upgrades. Please obtain assistance from a competent marine mechanic or boatyard prior to making any significant modifications to your vessel.   


Last modified by Phil Imhof, Wednesday, August 11, 2004 . Copyright 2001 by Catalina 34 International Association.  All rights reserved.