For the Sailors and Boat Lovers #12: Best Belle Starr Update Yet!

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 04-12-2016 06:53 PM 1859 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Belle Starr repairs ... Update Part 12 of For the Sailors and Boat Lovers series Part 13: Final Update: Friendship and Belle Starr together again at anchor »

Don’t need many words here.



Lots of hard work by my friend Michael.

Congratulations on a job well done Micheal!

The next update will be the last and will feature a photo of Friendship and Belle Starr anchoring together once again, just like this little series started.

BTW if anyone is interested in rowing, sailing, or building small boats, check out Michael’s excellent blog at it is a wonderful assembly of information about all the aspects of small boat lore.

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 04-12-2016 07:15 PM

Thanks! Hope to see her in the water soon.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 04-12-2016 07:50 PM

Beautiful Progress!

Looking forward to seeing her in the water under sail!

... that should really be a Sight to Behold!

Thank you for the update…

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

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#3 posted 04-12-2016 08:23 PM

Wow. No one would ever know how bad it was if you didn’t show it!

Excellent !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 04-12-2016 09:35 PM

That’s fantastic, Paul.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 04-12-2016 11:12 PM

Wonderful transformation!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 04-13-2016 12:07 AM

Great restoration work, must be nearly sea worthy.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 04-13-2016 12:14 AM

Congratulations on restoring her! Can’t wait to see her back in the water!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 04-13-2016 12:56 AM

Yes the picture tell the sad story and the conclusion of the great repair and the final chapter will be the meeting on the water .


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 04-13-2016 05:02 AM

Beautiful work. Congratulations to all of you who participated in the repairs.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 04-14-2016 12:33 AM

Thanks on Michael’s behalf for the kind words.
No one (except perhaps Michael and Heather) wants to see her back on the water more than me.
Friendship and I expect to be cruising with her toward the end of May so photos should be available then.

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

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#11 posted 04-14-2016 12:35 AM

Wow that’s impressive

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 04-14-2016 11:22 PM

I can appreciate every nuance of this work. Something to be said for hard work AND know-how. I love it! I always dreamed of having a sailing vessel. Now in my old age I am living it out vicariously. Like flying a plane. I settle on good construction and good details. I enjoy that I have the privilege of meeting craftsmen such as you and only hope that I help carry on these traditions.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 04-18-2016 12:34 PM


That’s almost unbelievable that a boat that damaged could be brought back to life. Great work and thanks for sharing with us.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#14 posted 04-21-2016 03:50 AM

Truly amazing! It stops the heart of us sailors!

-- --bch

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#15 posted 04-21-2016 07:59 AM

I could almost cry when seeing the first picture and looking at the body attetude I seem not like the only one.
So wonderful to see the result and that it will be soon where it’s supposed to be.
Happy adventures are awaiting now, hours of joy and the beautiful sound of water quietly rocking you to sleep.
Best thoughts dear Paul.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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