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Well it's time to ask the group for help- Back in March I traded two motorcycles and a handle of rum half finished to two pirates for a 47' sailboat that had been heavily modified. After haulout, sanding and new paint it was realized it is the 1963 Luders 44 yawl named the Alert that served as an Academy trainer and racer for years. I am working on getting pictures posted to imgur and will include the link with more pics once finished but here is a start. Traded Rum and Motorcycles for a US Navy Academy Yawl https://imgur.com/gallery/KiGJ6 My crew and I busted it back to the fiberglass base and started the work. After pulling around 500 deck screws out of the boat there was a lot of little holes to fill. With the help.of youtube sailing forums like this one we finished rebuilding the Westerbeke and we motored around and felt salt in the bow for the first time in at least 2 years. Now comes the help. We need sails. Bacons up in annapolis has some but I'm in need of a mizzen and main. As I am new to the site and area I would love feedback to some sail makers or even some tips on used sails to get us running until new ones can be ordered and made. The Yawl is in deltaville, Virginia I am in Richmond, virginia...the world is the oyster. The recent history of Alert is it was sold by the navy sailing club at pax river in auction and bought by two ex navy programmers who put thier own twist on it. After restoring their twist the Alert is back in her red, white, and blue...ready for the Bermuda race in June..well will be ready to at least spectate.....Below is some data pulled from navy operating manual, still need mizzen measurements. Thanks for reading. LUDERS 44 Hull Type: Long Keel Rig Type: Masthead Yawl LOA: 44.00' / 13.41m LWL: 30.10' / 9.17m Beam: 11.00' / 3.35m Listed SA: 900 ft2 / 83.61 m2 Draft (max.) 6.00' / 1.83m Draft (min.) Displacement: 2340 lbs./ 1061 kgs. Ballast: Sail Area/Disp.1: 81.90 Bal./Disp.: Disp./Len.: 38.31 Designer: A. E. Luders Builder: Luders Marine Construction/Uniflite Corp. Construction: Wood/FG Bal. type: First Built: 1939 Last Built: # Built: 12 RIG AND SAIL PARTICULARS KEY I(IG): 52.50' / 16.00m J: 16.50' / 5.03m P: 46.50' / 14.17m E: 18.00' / 5.49m PY: EY: ISP: SPL/TPS: SA(Fore.): 433.13 ft2 / 40.24 m2 SA(Main): 418.50 ft2 / 38.88 m2 Sail Area (100% fore+main triangles): 851.63 ft2 / 79.12 m2 Sail Area/Disp.2: 77.49 Est. Forestay Length.: 55.03' / 16.77m DESIGNER More about & boats designed by: Alfred E. Luders SEE ALSO: Related Boat: ANNAPOLIS 44 NOTES Built for the US Naval Academy by Luders Marine Construction. (AKA NAVAL ACADEMY YAWL/NA 44) Originally of wood planked construction (1939). Replaced with a fiberglass version (by Uniflite) in 1963 with a slightly different hull/rig design and different interior layout. (4 went to the US Coast Guard) A few of the FG version were sold to individuals as sloops/cutters. (See ANNAPOLIS 44). Naval Academy boats were passed on to the US Coast Guard Academy for a few years before being sold off to individuals. (Replaced in 1985 with the NAVY 44/DEFIANCE CLASS by McGurdy & Rhodes and again, in 2000, with a Dave Pedrick designed 44 footer.) The layout shown here is for the original wood version. Thanks to Mainbrace 76, and several
I just purchased this Vagabond 14 also known as the Hobie Hatch 14. I am contemplating on doing a full restoration, but I may just patch it up and sail it. Any advice on the repair? Looks like the tiller and rudder needs to be refinished, but the tiller has a crack right down the middle. Is there anything i can use to bond this together to prevent it from splitting? Also there are spyder cracks around the mast as well as patches repairs on the bottom of the hull. Should I sand this down and repair with fiberglass and epoxy? I am also thinking about painting the entire boat, but the stock finish might just look better than an unprofessional one.
I hereby introduce you to my Flying Dutchman Restoration Project. The boat origins are kind off lost in time but after some research it seems to be a Von Kreuzer from the late 50's. It's sail number is GE 9 (which used to be Greece's identification code in the 60's, GR later on and GRE now), property of Thessaloniki Sailing Club. She came into my dad's hands around the late 70's when she traded his newly bought laser for her. As you can realize, she is of great sentimental value. Actually, that's where I firstly sailed when i was around 3 years old. Therefore for the purposes of my Flying Dutchman Restoration Project I'm into the pursuit of restoration and technical advice in order to give her the second life she deserves. Here's my dad and sister sailing in the gulf of Thermaikos in Thessaloniki, circa 1997.
Well,I did purchase an ancient Tasar with the intention of using it as a fast single-handed daysailer. I intend to sail without the jib in all but the lightest conditions as I am about 80 lbs lighter than the lightest recommended 2 person crew. I'm surprised the person asking about the possibility of single-handing the Bahia didn't get the same insulting "any COMPETENT sailor can single hand a 2-person dinghy" comment I got when I asked the same question about the Tasar. Anyway----- my Tasar's hull is chalky and faded. Does anyone have any experience with "fiberglass restoration" products such as Starbright? Do these products really work? If anyone has ever used such products and achieved a satisfactory result please let me know. Any application tips and procedures would be greatly appreciated.