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Thank you for your interest in this vessel. The facts represented here are accurate to the best of our and other knowledge. The decisions made regarding the reconstruction represent over 20 years of experience in building and repairing. All paint used is Endura which is a Canadian 2 part epoxy which is the same as Awl Grip.

It should however be pointed out that wooden boats are living things and that nothing is forever. Our object was not a restoration as new, but to rebuild using whatever method offered the greatest strength and freedom of maintaince.

In a nutshell the entire windscreen and roof were destroyed by the delivery trucker in transit so there was no choice but to dive into the rebuild from the bottom up.

Wheelhouse upright

The decision to use fiberglass laminate construction where ever possible with epoxy adhesives for dissimilar material and wood. We preserved and repaired any deterioration of original structural parts which were in good shape, rather than replace the entire section. A good example would be replacing the cabin roof uprights without replacing the roof itself.

The repair employed over built standards and practices, her composite pilothouse has 1.75" X 11" and 1.75" X 6" uprights strongly gripping her primary structure. Extensive use was made of hand layed custom fiberglass panels with foam cored construction.

Deck opened for repair

Much of the deck was stripped to her ceiling beams and completely rebuilt to just under 1" thickness and fiber glassed. Almost all superstructure above the deck was rebuilt with the exception of the roofs which were in good condition.

New sistered frames

The reconstruction includes 60 (blue) new 1.25" by 1" oak sisters were installed, doubling all stress areas and through bolted, anywhere her original frames had deteriorated which were treated and sealed (red) .

New planking

In all approximately 50 feet of planking was replaced with the best mahogany available returning her hull to extremely good condition. Our launch for 2001 was a joy she barley shed a tear and we moved off within minutes of hitting the water.

Bridge damage to boat  

We purchased the boat in full knowledge that there was considerable work to be done. On the positive side a canvass of a half a dozen diesel dealers and service agency guaranteed that the engines alone were worth 15K.

For better or worse the trucking company managed to collect an overhead object and completely rip everything above the cabin off during delivery. This for you a potential buyer left us no choice but to deal with all the hidden deterioration and original shortcomings of the vessel

July 1998 the rebuild begins   By July 1998 the rebuild began in earnest with the removal of much of the original structure. By the end of this process there was little left above the deck with the exception of the cabin roofs.
Forward deck open  

After "ice pick" investigation several areas of the deck were removed exposing the shear and shearstrake. Fortunately the underlying structure was as sound as the day she was built with no signs of deterioration.

Forward deck replacement  

Repairs to the deck were carried out using 2 layers of 0.5 inch plywood, with a complete fiberglass layer between the layers to ensure that the repair will remain waterproof.

finished fore deck 2001  

Much of the forward deck was rebuilt using the same methods then 1 layers of mat and 2 of cloth fiberglass applied making it stronger than new.

Forward cabin support upright  

Replacement of cabin uprights, (forward starboard side seen here) and adjacent cabin roof was accomplished by re-fabricating the roof with new wood and replacing the bad laminated uprights with 1.75 inch clear pine.

Forward cabin support upright  

This new upright was then glassed in place before further construction of the new wheelhouse.

aft cabin roof  

Repairs to the aft cabin roof included a deep sanding to original glass, re-fiber glassing the cracked or otherwise deteriorated areas. Then a substantial repair using new wood to the starboard aft overhang.


New sisters to frames

Midship sisters in place


As we worked on the upper decks in preparation of winter work every frame and plank was inspected.

Good wood is getting hard to find, living in the country as we do I undertook to ensure that the white oak used was selected and harvested by traditional methods. With Pearl and a neighbors help we removed the cut timbers from the hill in back of our farm to where they were rough cut and buried in sawdust to partially dry slowly before use.

This rebuild strengthened the original construction with new 1.25 x 0.1 laminated white oak sisters added one on each side of every stressed (not necessarily cracked ) frame. The sisters extend through the turn of the bilge and well up her sides and are alternatevly through bolted with ss bolts or screws.

In all there area 60 new sisters and after a HARD season of often vigorous conditions I can report the hull is extremely stiff and strong. Even in the travelift slings (which did not coincide with bulkheads) she simply remains true.

Worry not about her time to take up this is a very tight hull.

New bow planks  

Overall we fitted approximately 75 feet of new 0.75 mahogany planking with the most stringent criteria applied for replacement.

The overall experience determined by everyone (3 shipwrights in total) that the hull was constructed by a master builder. The fit and quality of her original hull construction exellent.


This photo was taken after the insulation of the lower port side lower panel and the rear roof sections. All structural repairs to the roof have been completed using oversize clear pine & epoxy resin.

Wheelhouse roof  

Aft wheelhouse roof section removed to first frame with approximately 12" removed at C/L to ensure finding solid good wood to graft to.

Roof extention  

A new roof has been constructed with 1.25 x 1.25 clear and our now stock 3 ply laminated fiberglass panel and bonded to the frames. Final shaping and glassing will be complete by mid October if I can get a few more dry days above 50 degrees f.

Wheelhouse uprights  

The entire wheelhouse support structure has been completely redesigned. All cabin roof supports are now a minimum of 1.75 inch thick by 6 inch clear pine, with the section joining the forward bulkhead having over 10 inches.


The uprights are epoxy bonded to the new cabin sides which are step fitted under the main window top beams. The entire wooden structure secured by 4 inch SS screws to frames then is epoxy saturated and finally fiber glassed to the bulkhead. The custom built by Robin outer 3 ply polyester fiberglass panels consist of 2 layers 1.5 oz matt 1 layer roving which are epoxy glued to the new (very solid) bulkhead cabin structure matching the outer wheelhouse panels to the side profile of the vessel.

Aft upright  

The aft wheelhouse support is 1.75 inch by 6 inch clear pine secured to the new aft cabin upright and bulkhead with ss screws then glassed in place to match the thickness and contour of the new (still incomplete) cabin side. You will notice that all joints are overlapping increasing their rigidity. this trim (in reality cabin beams ) although non functional on the wheelhouse will be carried forward to join the two cabins in the finished project.

Windscreen corner shape  

The new windscreen bases are finished and the new fiberglass windscreen corners are shown here prior to final installation. New windscreen outside uprights of laminated mahogany 2.25 x 2.25 inches and installed.

completed roof  

The wheelhouse roof is now completed and has a first coat of paint which will be all till the spring unwrapping.

Unpainted cored door  

Over the winter I built the foam cored doors which you can check out here.

The doors, shown here have no filler of any sort and no less than 2 layers covering any surface. The door itself is amazingly strong, although not a light weight object.

completed pilothouse moulding   All repairs are sound and the finishing toucheds were added in 2001 including finalizing the termination of the roof and cabin side mouldings.
Pilothouse insulation  

The pilothouse has 2 inches of insulation keeping it cozy in cool early season usage.

Door stoops  

Assess for mechanical service to the blowers is by removing solid stoops which are shaped to catch any drips which can find their way under the door and channel them safely to the bilge. A important point so as not to allow standing fresh water.

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