I have been making some progress with a mk1 Maricat that I inherited this summer. The boat was in fair condition although the sun had perished some but far from all parts over the years.
So far I have:
had my trampoline bolt rope restitched
replaced the tiller bar ends with rope filled automotive heater hose
replaced clips and shock cord for beach rudder system
replaced shoruds with new 3.2mm stainless 7x19
At the moment i have in progress:
building a beach trolley, I now have the aluminium tube and wheels :-) dolphin striker wire replacement bridle wire for jib change trailer suspension over to leaf spring setup (the torsion bar rubber is looking tired)
I would like to know a bit more about jib blocks and how they are commonly set up on Maricats. Are people using tracks or could anyone tell me any cheap effective ways to manage the jib sheet?
I ask all this because have a jib which came with the boat, however the boat has never been rigged for sloop. Also do many people still keep the cat rig forestays attached while sailing sloop for casual sailing?