56 foot Schooner transom replacement #3: Hauling out - the fun begins

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Blog entry by Scotach posted 07-24-2008 07:27 AM 2150 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Here's a look at the project Part 3 of 56 foot Schooner transom replacement series Part 4: Let the wrecking begin »

So, it’s been a few days since my last post on this project, and what a wild few days it has been. The boat was hauled out and set up on blocking in the boat yard, where she’ll be for the next 30 days or so. We’ve finished all of the glue-ups for the transom, and have been hard at work wrecking out the transom and other parts of the boat. Once we removed the transom and had a look down below, we found a few other significant areas that needed to be addressed on this boat.

Here she is, out of the water and ready to be sprayed down.
Hauling out

That’s a big boat!
That's a big boat

The scaffolding goes up.
Scaffolding goes up

I’ll try to get more pictures up tomorrow because as it stands now, the boat has no transom, several bottom planks have been pulled, and the decking has been pulled up out of the cockpit to allow access to the horn timber. In our crawling around inside the boat we discovered that there was a large section of wood that was completely deteriorated where the rudder shaft enters the horn timber inside the boat. Upon further inspection and some careful removal of wood, we’ve discovered an old repair on the horn timber that is going to be repaired again.
It’s proving to be a once in a lifetime project!

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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#1 posted 07-24-2008 01:52 PM

That’s quite a canoe. I’ll be following your progress.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 07-24-2008 02:45 PM

Very interesting project…..

Watching this one for sure.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 07-24-2008 03:28 PM

Do you keep it in the driveway during the winter?

I can’t even begin to imagine how you are going to do this. Like trifern said- we’ll be following your progress!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 07-24-2008 04:28 PM

Yup, the challenge of any restoration/renovation is the surprises that are encountered, whether a boat, house or vintage car. A great learning experience for the participants

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#5 posted 07-25-2008 02:10 AM

MAN I wish I was there…

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#6 posted 07-26-2008 05:41 PM

I’m glad to hear that you all are interested in this project!

Lew, boat owners in the Pacific Northwest are lucky in the fact that they can leave their boats in the water all year long. The water does not freeze during the winter months, and the salt water is really good for the wood. Fresh water spells rot for wooden boats. Most owners haul out once a year for regular maintenance, but most of the time the boat is in the water.

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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#7 posted 09-01-2008 03:31 PM

Thanks for the pictures. A nice series of pictures.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 09-05-2008 05:29 PM

As skipper of the La Conner Sea Scout program I would like to comment on the amazing work that Brian and all the students at the Boat school are doing on this project under the amazing leadership of the instructors. I feel so fortunate to be in the company of skilled, passionate wooden boat people. The art and skill demonstrated by all the people involved in this project is overwhelming. There is more to be done, as always with restoration projects. We are blessed to have the La Conner Community and the Boat School behind us.

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#9 posted 09-06-2008 03:36 AM

Thanks Patsy for the kind words!
It’s has been an amazing experience and I feel truly blessed to be able to have the opportunity to work on your beautiful boat. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to for me, and I will remember it for ever. I feel like I am helping to save an amazing piece of our maritime heritage! Thanks for putting your trust in us.

Who knows, maybe in a couple of years I can make my way back up to help with the Rejoice again.

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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