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Ballard Sailor

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  1. The Keel is back on! Entire write up on the progress here in my blog - https://ballardsailor.wordpress.com/2020/08/19/the-keels-on/ Basically has new bolts welded on, large washers on the bolts this time as didn't have any prior and the new lifting eye is getting built. While waiting I shaped and varnished new floorboards and acquired a used outboard with controls that needed a little tinkering and asked the yard to take care of some soft core in the deck at the bow - leaking pushpit bolts is the suspect. a bunch of pictures and descriptions on at the blog article - https://
  2. The corrosion was inside the sump area where the steel lifting eye attachment was so they are cutting off the bolts where the metal is good and welding on new allthread.
  3. That is what they found, this is a picture before replacement. I had them replace the keel bolts with new. Does seem like an odd installation, but who knows what else is in there.
  4. Only those 8. It's too narrow any further back to set a bolt in the lead. Interestingly the seam wasn't cracked in the least. It was holding on great. The plan is to cut the bolts down to good metal and weld on new allthread. We've done this on other big boats before that had corrosion only at sump level but good bolts underneath.
  5. I'm sure we will want to get the boat down to Cali sometime for some fun. Maybe a ditch run or ??? I notice you still use the forward lowers, does it really need them?
  6. Hey Mario! Hope all is well with you. Still wondering what we were thinking but she should be a fun boat and seems to deserve being reborn. She's at the boat spa (CSR) now to get the keel pulled, bolts fixed and bottom done. One of the yard owners there has fallen for her I'm told.
  7. That's right - I forgot he mentioned a Wilderness. Looks like such a different boat than the UN 30.
  8. I lucked out on the bar stool shuffle for sure.
  9. What's Bart (Hood River Bart?) working on now?
  10. Seems like this deserves a post here since it's where the story started... Re-posting this story (6 Feet More) from my blog - you can find a ton more pictures there of both the boat and the trip. May 21st, 2020 I get this message on Sailing Anarchy: Hi! I know you've brought several Moore24s back to the west coast. Do you think there would be interest in getting this boat back closer to home? It's the prototype of what would become the Wilderness 30. Bought it from one of the guys who built it in Santa Cruz (Actually lived on it in the upper harbor!) Story goes lik
  11. too funny - I just gained stewardship of an old boat and one of the first things I'm going to do is get rid of the cleats!
  12. This is rich stuff. In the past few years the tax man up in B.C. has gotten a little more stringent on "possession" and getting their tax money when possession is made in their province, understandable. As well, the US Customs has gotten a bit more strict about proper clearance paperwork. To work with these two things we put our deal through a customs broker who takes care of organizing all the clearance paperwork and schedule - this is generally at the buyers expense. We put a clause in the contract that the boat will be delivered to a US port of entry. No other specifics are necessary.
  13. Yes, that is the universally accepted policy of PHRF and many one design races. As well, it's good to understand that it's not a flyer if it's the right way to go.
  14. Is that a they won picture or a thank you for coming across the country here are some little pint glasses picture?
  15. after viewing the boat and talking with the designer my advice would be aluminum rig as carbon weighs almost the same and AG plus makes a good spar for the boat. Single rudder with standard J/Boat keel (lower center of gravity and lighter than IRC keel). tiller steering for feel and cockpit space. water ballast to assist crew weight on the rail. With twin rudders you'll need to sail it powered enough to get that high side rudder out of the water so why have the water ballast? If you sail it flat it'll have the drag of two rudders won't it?
  16. J/88 #61 featured in a short online add... https://vimeo.com/127192372
  17. We've had her in the water a month and have done a couple non-race demos. We are taking different people on the races though, 3 core and 3 rotating for demo spots.
  18. A great shot of our J/88 demo boat just after the start of last weekends Three Tree Point race. She's on her way in beautiful spring conditions on a 15 mile upwind beat to the weather mark followed by a rippin' tight reach home with puffs zooming the boat up over 16 knots at times. Our J/88 finished 2nd in class and 2nd overall in a 65 boat fleet! She's sitting at our docks ready for a demo ride. Contact us at Sail Northwest to schedule a sail. See more of Jan Anderson's pictures at janpix.smugmug.com
  19. Had a great time in 30+ last weekend. Solid boat, held up to the beating just fine and it was actually dry down below when we were done! Taken by Jan Anderson just after the start - well before things got a bit more hairy. See more of her shots here - janpix.smugmug.com
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