For the Sailors and Boat Lovers #10: Belle Starr Update, Progress on the Repairs

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 02-01-2016 03:47 AM 2452 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Repairing Belle Starr Part 10 of For the Sailors and Boat Lovers series Part 11: Belle Starr repairs ... Update »

Winter is not the best time to be repairing a shipwrecked sailboat in the Pacific Northwest but my sailing buddy and fellow boatbuilder Michael has been plugging away whenever the weather and his other commitments would allow.
When I last checked in we had got the big hull damage closed up and there were just a few small holes left.




I am pleased to report that she is now all sealed up and pretty much ready for paint both inside and out. The paint, on the outside at least, will have to wait for better weather in the spring but with a heater inside there is a chance to make a little more progress there. The pictures show the outside of the hull “boarded up” and mostly ‘glassed except for a few keel areas that need to dry out a little more. The last photo shows the inside with all the broken accomodation elements restored to their former (structural at least) glory.

A little paint and she will be as good as new and as I have said before that was very good indeed to enable her to survive this disaster.

Congratulations Michael and Heather on all your successful hard work. I look forward to sailing with you in the spring.

Thanks for looking in,


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 02-01-2016 03:51 AM

Skilled indeed

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 02-01-2016 04:16 AM

So glad you are able to bring her back to her glory. Happy sailing. Russell

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 02-01-2016 05:00 AM

Great to see her repaired. I hope I never have to deal with that kind of damage..

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 05:09 AM


Thanks for the update. When are you heading North?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-01-2016 05:32 AM

Great to see so much progress. Thanks for the update.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 02-01-2016 05:40 AM


I’m looking forward to seeing it painted… in all of it’s glory… ready to go!

Thank you for the update!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 02-01-2016 06:52 AM

Nice save!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 02-01-2016 07:56 AM

Knap stukje werk!


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#9 posted 02-01-2016 08:27 AM


I m looking forward to seeing it painted… in all of it s glory… ready to go!

Thank you for the update!

- Joe Lyddon

May I add: ...and, done up in a beautiful marquetry plaque, like your own vessel, Paul.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 02-01-2016 11:26 AM

Well considering the storm damage then this boat was deliberately sunk so as she could be saved I think the skills employed to return her to this condition are commendable.

I would no have thought it was even possible !! Well done all !!

Now whats the next task”......... floating a Spanish Galleon and restoring it too!! ...think of the gold!!!

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 02-01-2016 01:10 PM

What a great repair job. congrats to the owners and all who helped out including yourself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 02-01-2016 01:19 PM

Outstanding…. It looks almost ship shape.. Can’t wait for the ice to melt, so I can get back to boating….

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#13 posted 02-01-2016 01:29 PM

Approves …

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat”
(obscure reference )

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#14 posted 02-01-2016 03:28 PM

Looks promising
Thanks for the update .


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 02-01-2016 03:57 PM

Amazing restoration…this is a special talent indeed! I can’t wait to see the next update. Good luck and keep sailing.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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