Monday, May 15, 2017


We had a lot of lousy weather and spent some of it indoors cleaning, bleaching, varnishing the teak hatch boards. Very satisfying.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Winsome Work: Yankee 30-Cleaning

A couple hours on the boat today May 9. Cleaned out the cockpit lockers. They were a mess of life jacket foam and leaves. Got to work on cleaning the galley, starboard side. Clean water in, dirty water out. Vacuumed the bilge dry and switched auto bilge pump off. We doubt the yacht will sink at its current berth! Removed most of the genoa from the headstay furler. The exterior of the sail was rotted and shredded. The entire thing must come off and a sail from inventory will be installed.

Awaiting DieselSmith guy to show up and commission engine.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Winsome Work- Forward Hatch and Cleaning

Work continues. We have had a lot of wet weather. Cleaned the forward cabin which was not too bad. We use vinegar and water with a micro fiber cloth. The grime, mostly just mildew, and comes up quickly. Investigated the holding tank. It is almost full and the inspection port does not fit properly. Removed the forward hatch and took it to the "shop" at home. (Our garage, now set up for boat works) Will rebuild the hatch where it is broken at a corner. Pictures to follow.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Winsome Work

Winsome is a 1971 Yankee 30 located in Chatham. We are providing the owner with local support and clean up in preparation for his cruise to Maine. Earlier posts show pictures of the as purchased state. We are getting to the "clean up in progress" state. Some current pictures, Sunday, April 30th:

Clean, folded and bagged in the garage. 
Cushions in loft, some lines and PFDs drying outdoors in the sun and yet to be brought in.

Cushions drying

Refinishing the hatch boards and tiller

Sail cover, cockpit dodger, fwd hatch awning

150% headsail scrubbed and dried

The old cross-cut kite

Misc bits and a nylon reacher

Old Mainsail and 130% jib which got scrubbed and dried

Detail of 130 "before"

The Holding Tank.  Cap seems loose. Tank is almost full.

Winsome in an earlier location

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Vega Refit:Oops! It is a Cal 30 Mark 1

I thought this was a Vega based on the shape of the keel and stern. Took a look on board and found otherwise. The Cal 30 is rare on this coast. It is a well regarded boat on the other coast and was considered a rocket in her day. Probably worth a resttoration project.

Been looking at this boat for a few years. Refit? We had fun building the skerry and refitting the Aphrodite 101. Maybe we need another projects? Maybe this will keep me off the streets...

Albin Vega 27
and so on.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Averisera: 7 Year Refit

Refit after seven years not a refit of seven years' duration. Two years was long enough!

To start, the back story. We sailed to the Cape in May of 2014, moored in Stage Harbor and hardly used the boat for a dozen hours that season. Family visitors (many), a new house to settle into, grandma to care for and so on. Averisera was hauled and placed in dry storage. During dry storage, we undertook to refit the boat. As with every project of that nature, the mission crept upwards in complexity, time, and money. Then, one day, it was over. We launched.

Above: The rewards of the refit: a sail. Everything works. The sky is blue. The sea is blue. Nantucket Sound was magical. October, 2016. Just over two years after we hauled out for a long dry storage term and refit.

7 December 2016, Averisera at her Winter berth in Harwichport, MA

9 May, 2014, Averisera, having just arrived from Boston. We tied up at the boatyard in Harwichport for the night with no idea we'd be back two years later.

September 2014: Hauled and washed before being trailered to the inland storage facility of Harwichport Boat Yard. The longest sail of the season was from Stage Harbor to Wychmere Harbor.

September 2016: Back in the water, Very shiney and new looking. She floats higher without all the old bottom paint and five years of accumulated cruising/racing gear.

One of the big jobs that came with much uncertainty was painting the deck. The decking is charcoal grey TreadMaster. We could find nothing about painting TreadMaster and a couple of painters were not encouraging. We spoke with one paint company representative at a boat show about it. He couldn't say one way or the other. We tried it and are satisfied so far. A sample place was tested and lasted four years. We painted the decking with Pettitt Platinum. Time will tell.

Two views of the deck before and after. The motivation was that the dark deck was simply too hot in summer. The first coat was splotchy so two coats of enamel were applied. The TreadMaster is a superb surface for not slipping when wet. Painted, it loses a bit of traction and is still better than most non-skid decks I have used. Next time... ha... I will prime the surface with white primer and finish with an enamel+non-skid mix.  (

Inside is where most of the hard work took place.

Some images of the interior refit. The headliner "mousefur" was removed and new carpet-like surface applied. The inside of the hull was painted and the wood painted or varnished. The "mouse fur" was odious stuff to remove. Many successive layers of paint remover were applied and scraped off. Eventually, we romved all the deck hardware and got the job done right. Plan A was to paint the overhead. Plan B was a much better solution. The fabric is from Sail Rite.

Thumper and the Boom-Boom Room:

Off-plan: the Thumper the Engine needed to be removed and rebuilt. While out, the Boom Boom Room (engine space) was cleaned, re-soundproofed and painted.

On plan, the instrument holes in the bulkhead were filled, faired and painted.

 On plan and forgotten. The standing rigging fits into reinforced inserts. Those pieces are all cracked. We knew about it before we rigged and simply forgot to do the replacement of the reinforcements. When the rigging crew was all lined up and ready to step the rig, it was too late. We will unstep the mast, make the repair and re-step the rig as soon as possible.  What was it Astro said? "Rhut rho Rhorge." A simple fix to make and stupid thing to forget.

We love our boat so trading her in on a newer model was out of the question. We looked at few boats and figured that the cost in time and money favored Averisera.