For the Sailors and Boat Lovers #11: Belle Starr repairs ... Update

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 03-31-2016 04:00 AM 1471 reads 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Belle Starr Update, Progress on the Repairs Part 11 of For the Sailors and Boat Lovers series Part 12: Best Belle Starr Update Yet! »

The weather has been good in th e Pacific Northwest and Micheal has been able to get all the rest of the little dings and scrapes repaired and the interior completely rebuilt. The biggest part of the remaining work is the exterior painting now. He says he hopes to make it to our small boat rendezvous in Montague Harbour in May. It will be good to see her on the water again.
Here are some photos of the repaired interior that Michael just sent me along with a couple to remind you of how it looked last fall.

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 03-31-2016 04:10 AM

Awesome work. Any pics of the outside as is now prior to painting?

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

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#2 posted 03-31-2016 04:17 AM

Beautiful work! She’s a gorgeous boat again. Reborn! Just splendid work. Thank you for sharing.

-- --bch

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#3 posted 03-31-2016 04:17 AM

Great job you guys. You should read the book by Farlet Mowat (The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float). It is just hilarious.
It is also about restoring a boat.



-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 04:29 AM

I’m Canadian Madts. I read Farley’s books years ago. I’ve even seen what is purported to be the bones of that boat in a yard beside a highway in Nova Scotia …. (or was it New Brunswick?)
Belle Starr is a much more seaworthy vessel than Farley’s ever was however… :-)

Fridge, the last entry showed the outside just about ready for paint. Take a look back.

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

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#5 posted 03-31-2016 04:38 AM

Great work!

I was hoping to see it in the water… sailing in all of it’s splendor!

Glad to see it fixed up & hopefully, Ready to Go!

Thank you for the update!

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#6 posted 03-31-2016 04:52 AM

Patience Joe, patience ….. all in good time. You can be sure I will post that picture as soon a s I can take it.
At the moment that looks like late May. :-)

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

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#7 posted 03-31-2016 04:59 AM

Madts, I found this on Google Images. This is the one I saw. Belle looks infinitely more seaworthy. :-)

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

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#8 posted 03-31-2016 05:10 AM


Thanks for the update,

I too will be happy to see her afloat again. :<:

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#9 posted 03-31-2016 05:36 AM

Some great work has been done to get her seaworthy again, being an old Sailor (Royal Australian Navy) it is great to see restoration rather than scrapping. Must go to part 1 and catch up. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#10 posted 03-31-2016 05:55 AM

OK I am going to remember your contact details when I find The Ark, as I believe that you are just the person to commence repairs and refloat it.
Dont worry about timber and tools as I will ask a “friend’ of ours to bless us with everything we need.

Otherwise amazing restoration work Paul, hey is that your motorbike?

-- Regards Robert

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#11 posted 03-31-2016 06:18 AM

Wow, beautiful craftsmanship throughout

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#12 posted 03-31-2016 08:57 AM

Patience and dedication. I hope you will show us some pictures of her afloat again :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#13 posted 03-31-2016 12:11 PM

i don’t care what it is you are posting about, i always look forward to seeing that email notice that you have something up to read. you are a great communicator. please keep posting.

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#14 posted 03-31-2016 01:02 PM

Hope ,help and happiness and a good outcome .
Thanks for the update .


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#15 posted 03-31-2016 01:27 PM

Glad to see your sailing buddy was able to save the Belle Starr. It does my soul good to see skilled hands save something of beauty and value, rather than simply add another hulk to the junk yard.

I had a similar experience with my 18’ Chrysler Buccaneer (sloop rigged day sailor with spinnaker… very fast) which capsized and sank on it’s shallow mooring some 8 years ago during a spring gale. This would have been an easy fix if it were not for an abandoned mooring stone, which bashed open the seem between the inner and outer hull at the gunwale.

Repair cost far exceed the value of the boat, but I can’t let her go, so she’s out back upside down on her trailer waiting for me to either win the lottery or retire and undertake the fiberglass work myself.

I had just purchased a new cockpit cover and replaced the standing and running rigging the summer before.


-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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