The plan...
Let's begin..

I suspect I could go crazy about what to do before I even think about putting her back in the water. I have often lost a bit of sleep thinking about this and I have to constantly remind myself that I need to take it one step at a time and the REAL challenges of getting her back in the water requires a surprising minimal amount of effort.

What NEEDS to be done this year..

1 - The rudder - I am a bit surprised this is the best picture of it I have but I will replace with better shots by end next week.

It is hard to see it but her rudder is all chewed up. It is functional but is in sore need of a total rebuild. The last thing one needs is to be under sail and to have your rudder fall off. One reason I want to start with the rudder is that I will be applying several techniques I will be using on other part of her. Paint removal to bare wood, router use and fitting replacement. The color scheme will change also. She will no longer be white but will be varnished. Records indicate that several other areas that are painted now were varnished also. The rudder will help me get the technique down.

Also, it is something i can easily start in the cold weather. Seems this winter on Long Island is colder than usual and this is one I can easily get started in my shop where some heat can exist.

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2 - The Engine - More pictures to come.

I was extremely disappointed that the engine was seized I never thought to try to turn her flywheel when i first looked at her. The broker site said she was a rebuild and I had no reason to doubt her functionality She is a Volvo Penta MD1. Single cylinder diesel. About 8-9hp. If you never heard one of these, you should. A real treat. As of today (1/17/2015), I have made several attempts to un freeze her. It has been difficult in the cold weather.

I have drowned her head in WD-40 on the occasional day it nears 40 deg here. Still will not budge.

I am blessed in that I have two guys at work that are near magicians with a wrench and know the engine. Based on my description to them, they think she will come back to life.

I want to avoid pulling the engine out as it could be a real task. I have done some research on something that will work better than WD-40 to loosen her up. I read a post that someone created a mix of 50-50 of transmission fluid and acetone. Test show that the breaking power required is well below WD-40. Well over 50% lower. This will be my first attempt once warmer weather settles in. Till then, I will make weekly trips to her and keep her coated in water repellant

3 - Cabin -

That horizontal crack exists on the port and starboard side also. Not sure what caused it. Surveyor who looked at her gave me some comforting advise on how to fix her. I thought I would have to replace her all together but all I really need to do is router out and glue in a replacement piece.

The cabin top needs to be addressed also. She leaks when it is foggy out. That's how bad it is. if there is one drop on her, it will find its way in.

I do not want to canvas her top. I know this is the norm but it does not seem right to me. My first thought is to router out a seam area between her boards and seal it up. Get several coats of paint on her and then address fully next season.

The goal is to just keep it dry till I can get her under canvas protection when she comes out.

4 - The Keel - Looks ugly, right?

It is not as bad as it looks. This picture is looking at the bottom of the keel from her stern to just before the centerboard trunk area.

A profile shot of her keel in this area shows only about 1/2" (worst) of missing wood. To be honest, not sure why it is looking this way. The centerboard area looks good but I will need to get her off the trailer for a better inspection. That long crack you see is just the check mark of the grain of her wood.

Although not a structural reason to keep her out of the water, I want to address. I will be cutting her flat, making a smooth area to marry another piece of oak on it. Given my preliminary assessment of trunk area, I should only have to do this area and the section forward of the trunk to the turn for the bow.

Nothing beats a strong back on a wooden boat.

I will be marrying another piece of wood in addition to the main piece as a throw away. Given the shallowness of the bay, I may be hitting the beach with this on occasion. having a throw away I can change out every couple of years will make life easier.

5 - The Mast -

The mast is in excellent shape. But.. the varnish is is shot and a lot of exposed wood is showing. Also, one of the spreader fitting screws are stripped from the mast. I may need to scarf in new wood if their is not enough wood for a larger screw.

6 - The Bow -

This scares me..

The last owner found this boat in bad shape. One area of trouble was her bow. Her bow stem from about 3-4 planks from her deck was eaten away my ants. It appears that the restore of this area involved removing the bad wood and replacing.

A stop gap of sorts was to create a bulkhead on the first set of ribs with a sheet of plywood to keep her from spreading apart. next was to cut out the bad stem and replace. From what I can tell, the shape of the stem did not include a correct rabet to receive the top two planks. It could be that the ends of the planks were deteriorated also prohibiting an exact replica of the bow.

What you see in this picture is an internal shot of the bow stem where it meets the deck on top. To the left and right are the first two planks of her hull. You can actually see daylight coming though at the center where planks meet stem.

All around these planks is either cement of sorts and what looks like an epoxy filler.

Until I remove the paint from her bow, I cannot be sure if even these planks are fastened to the new stem. It appears they are not.

Short of tearing this all out, I will be creating another quick fix till my skill level and confidence is a match for a total replacement. As you can see on the left planks, existing holes are visible. My hope is that the same is on the right. I should be able to find once i remove paint to the bare wood.

As you see it, I will shape a nice hunk of white oak to attach to the new stem that was put in. The shape will be a "V" of sorts to mate with the top two planks. From the outside, I will refasten through existing holes to the "V" oak that is secured to the new stem thus tying in the structure.

In the coming year or years, I should be confident enough to remove this section. rebuild the bow stem and scarf in new planks. The new stem will have a corrected rabbet to receive the planks.

Not doing anything before any sailing could put to much strain on her bow and nightmares include it being ripped out by any excessive force.