When Belle Starr was driven onto the beach in a fierce storm last month many would have written her off and in the current used boat market they should have been right. Repairs as extensive as these could easily run far beyond the sale value of the boat. ...... but her owner, my good friend Michael, is a clever boat builder and with a little help from his friends has her well on her way to a full recovery.
This is where we left her after I helped him for a couple of days last month.
Since then Michael and Heather have cleaned her up substantially and Michael has repaired the broken corners of the bulkheads. I went home and ran my first marquetry school class. With these distractions out of the way and a small break in the weather I went back down to Port Townsend last weekend to get her “boarded up”.
We started by screwing one of the scarfed pieces that Michael had prepared over the opening in the topside. While it was so fastened we marked out the required piece from inside the boat.
..... and cut it out at 45 degrees with a skilsaw.
We fastened it in place and checked for fit. Then we unscrewed one half at a time, applied epoxy, and re-fastened.
Another boat builder friend, Lynn showed up to help with the awkward parts.
I arrived at about one thirty and by four thirty we had the topside piece glued on and cleaned up. We called it a day to let the glue cure before trimming the bottom of the new piece the next morning.
Here it is trimmed and ready for the same process on the bottom plank.
The bottom plank was a little trickier as we had to fit the chine angle “in situ”. We did that by cutting the piece a little oversize and then running the skilsaw through the assembled joint a few times, splitting the angle. It worked pretty well.
Yet another boat builder friend, Martin dropped by Sunday afternoon to help with the bottom plank. (We tend to swarm a little when one of us needs help).
That’s about as far as we got before I had to leave to catch my ferry back to Vancouver Island but I felt she was well on her way to good health and knew that the remaining repairs were well within Michael’s abilities without further help. I fully expect to be cruising along side Belle Star again next summer and no one will ever guess that she was almost a write off a few short months before.
Thanks for looking in.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/