The Catfisher 28
This is a very good example of a remarkable and sought-after
full headroom throughout her accommodation,
both cabins and saloon are far bigger in terms of
living than a plan view would suggest.
The outdoor areas provide lots of flat surfaces good
for lounging, sunbathing etc.
The solar panel will keep the batteries well topped up .
The ketch rig is easy to handle and the
twin props make mooring a doddle;
she can spin round in her own length.
The cockpit is deep, safe and comfortable and the
twin steering positions give a choice not usually found on a
yacht of this length.
The sea keeping
qualities of Fishers are well known and no less so with the
designed as a motor sailor she will make to windward under
sail alone. Under
engine she will cruise at over six knots.
On this yacht the fuel capacity has been doubled to
60 gals imp.
The boat is being sold with everything on board.
The hull has recently had a
full ozmosis epoxy treatment, just in case! Also the fore hatches have
been moved and made bigger and increased the sunbathing and deck area.
The owner has to leave the
country and so the boat which he has been upgrading and refurbishing
is for sale unfinished. At the moment she is in a cosmetic mess on the
interior. The hull has been repainted in white/cream, but the interior
is now ready to have the cushions recovered and the woodwork is ready
for you to either choose the colour or the style.
The hull has been re-epoxied below the
waterline using 5 layers of the latest Blakes epoxy system and
protected using Blakes anti-fouling primer.
Above the waterline the topsides have
been resprayed white to reduce the heating from the previously
The electrical system has been
substantially revised to provide a proper switch panel for
A Ray marine S2G auto pilot has been
fitted with control consoles for both steering positions.
The instrumentation has been upgraded
using TackTick wireless linked units for wind speed/direction,
water speed and sea temperature, depth, GPS and heading from
fluxgate compass. There are 5 TackTick display units which can be
fitted, wire-free, at either steering location. The Ray marine unit
provides an additional, independent heading from a separate
The instrumentation provides
connections for GPS based chart-plotters and the wiring has been
arranged to deliver a highly stabilised 12V supply for navigation
The shore power system has been
upgraded to simplify the wiring and an RCD distribution box fitted
for improved safety. A 150W inverter has been fitted to provide
240V supply for phone chargers and the like while not connected to
The two cabins have been fitted with
EU approved escape hatches.
The toilet has been replaced with a
Blakes Lavac unit.
All sea cocks have been replaced using
Blakes lubricated plug valves.
Both hydraulic drive motors have been
overhauled by the original suppliers (ARS Anglian Diesels in
Norwich). All hydraulic hoses to the motors have been replaced.
The shaft seals have been replaced
using PSS seals and the drive shaft flexible couplings have been
The fuel system is being upgraded to
use a Vetus polyethylene tank (to eliminate tank corrosion and
provide immediately visible fuel levels) relocated in the
starboard hull (in the place of a 200l auxiliary water tank) and a
high quality Vetus fuel filter/separator.
The space in the port bilge will be
used for an auxiliary water tank and toilet holding tank.
The owner has provided the latest update:
Engine: needs filters changing/cleaning
and new water hoses (replacements are on the boat) fitting.
I ran the engine a few weeks ago and it ran beautifully -
compression and injectors are OK. The raw water pump will
need servicing and re-fitting.
Fuel system: fuel tank has now been
relocated so as to provide space for a holding tank and
reserve water tank in the port hull bilge. The new fuel
tank (Vetus) has been fitted and the fuel lines run to the
engine. Just needs a few hoses connecting.
Hydraulic drive: the hydraulic oil
cooler has now been replaced and piped into the engine raw
cooling water line in series with the oil cooler. The
overhauled hydraulic drive motors are in place and the
shafts fitted with new PSS mechanical seals.
Electrics: a new 90Amp alternator,
charge controller and splitter diode has been fitted. There
is only one battery installed at the moment - the starter
battery. My intention was to fit two additional service
batteries with the need to rehash the battery compartment
cabling to suit.
Instruments: are all new, Raymarine
autopilot and controls and TackTick wireless linked
wind/log/speed/depth. All in and working but not
tested/adjusted at sea.
The above: probably 20/25 man days with
competent fitters if they don't need supervision. Probably
need to add 50% for preparations (re-rigging anchors,
re-instating sole boards and supports, etc).
Sails and rigging: The main mast (Sailspar)
and standing rigging have been renewed and are in place.
The running rigging needs laying out for for controls to run
back to the cockpit. Two winches and clamping cleats have
been fitted to the cabin deckhead but the final layout of
cleats and mainsheet controls has to be worked out and
fitted. The jib furling gear (Sailspar) is now of a
different type (endless rope loop running on furling pulley)
and the layout of controls needs to be confirmed for that -
The above work obviously needs attention
by the owner and experienced sail riggers used to laying out
new systems. When I get around to it I guess its going to
take me about 15 days - with interruptions due to any
problems of sourcing additional gear in Cyprus.
The new genoa and mainsail (Gowans
Ocean) - and the anchor warps - are in Nicosia in
The interior lining has to be replaced in
all cabin spaces. The headliner boards need renewing to fit
the modifications: new hatches (Lewmar) in the cabins and
deckhead reinforcement in the wheelhouse.
The pressurized water system works but I
haven't looked at the gas pipework.
The heads and pipework are complete and
usable for direct discharge to the sea. The holding tank
pump-out is also complete but the tank is not yet fitted.
All the seacocks have been replaced (including raw cooling
water intake) with high quality Blakes seacocks which can be
adjusted and lubricated in situ.
The bow compartments were emptied of
their foam filling to help dry the hull out for repainting.
The hull is ready for anti-fouling - the
visible coat is anti-fouling primer. The anti-fouling needs
to go on just before going into the water.