Neena at Clingstone

Neena at Clingstone

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

More pictures

Rudder bearing exposed, will need to replace the rubber gaskets and find a nice 1 1/4 bronze tiller head.
Pvc and cable tie cover frame with Sunbrella cover someone gave me.
Cleaned up MaxProp, I'll fill some surface corrosion with epoxy mixed with bronze powder.
Mostly old wire, miles of it, thirty odd years.
windlass will go. Maybe a samson post, another chain pipe?
looking frwrd, bilge brd tackles, aluminum tabernacles(not original)
Cool head details on forword blkhd. Nice bronze Perko opening port
Rotten head plinth
down below, lots to be done here. Alot of refinishing, reconfiguring and replacement of rotten plywood.
starting to remove the cumbersome tiller head
Lets see if I can figure out this posting of pictures with descriptive tags. Yesterdays first post showed the boat in my back yard. I'd like to show  some pictures of her in N.J. on her trailer as I first saw her. Then some more pictures of her at home.
Trailer with new paint, bearings and lights.
On her trailer in early Oct.

The First Week

After owning three wooden sailboats over a forty year span, I've bought a fiberglass sailboat. I love wood but time is growing short and I wanted to experience a shoal draft presto sharpie. I thought I could build a boat and I could but I had a thirty five foot sloop and couldn't sell her and even if I did, I would need upwards of twenty thousand dollars to build. Two things happened this fall to change the landscape. While searching Craigslist, I found a presto sharpie in N.J. for little money. We ended up buying her with a trailer and 98 Yanmar diesel among other things. This made us try and sell Miracle, our 1961 Eldridge McInnis mast head sloop with new found urgency and lo and behold we found a buyer who fell in love. So, in the space of a few weeks, I've gone from a wooden boat guy to a plastic boat guy. Pretty easy actually. So much of what I do has always been about aesthetics, especially boats. Bronze and wood are about perfect in every way, stainless and plastic, not so much. So here I am with a plastic boat, crazy! But this isn't just any boat, this is a Sandpiper 32 designed by Walt Scott and built in Clearwater Florida in 1978. Walt, like me had been enamoured with Commodore Munro's writings about his pioneering days in south Florida and his designing boats for shoal waters. So Mr. Scott scaled down Muro's famous Presto and built a dozen or so at Marine Innovators, a company he started. He also built a 25 footer called Beachcomber. I had no idea these boats even existed. I knew of many wooden builds of Egrets and similar craft. I bought plans from Reuel Parker for his Exuma 27 and was familiar with his great interpretations of Monroe's work. A dream come true for me, now I have a true presto boat, for the price of a day sailer. Of course, you don't get something for nothing, she needs lots of work.
  This blog will be about the re-fit and the experience of the new boat. We had a de-naming ceremony on Sunday. No new name yet but lots of ideas. We've got all winter to come up with the name.

In the backyard