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
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
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.