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by Rob

A classic cutter laps up some TLC!

October 15, 2019 in Uncategorized


Many thanks to Peter Code, a Toronto based restorer, for the story below..
“These three photos are of a rescue boat named Bittersweet, one of the last Ladies of the Lake Ontario Cruising fleet from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. I am sleeping down on her this weekend (earlier this fall) before mast is pulled in the morning, and the cutter hauled the following weekend.
She was designed by Phillip Rhodes in 1934 as Dog Star. Bittersweet was built in Nova Scotia in 1964 for Mac and Thelma Murdoch at the  RCYC and delivered by rail.She sails beautifully and also has a Volvo Diesel auxiliary engine. The accommodations sleep 4, and she comes with an ice fridge, head and stove.
Bittersweet may come on on the market for the right owners but for now a shipwright and his family are enjoying the  fun of restoring and sailing this beautiful yacht.

Bittersweet is currently lying in Port of Newcastle, Ontario and will be worked on over the winter by Peter Code and family under cover only  60 feet from the shores of Lake Ontario

For the wooden  boat warriors out there Bittersweet is planked with Alaskan yellow cedar on white oak frames.  This is about as long lasting a pairing as you could find .   The Mahogany on the cabin is where Peter has found rot and ripped that out immediately. The decks are ply but good and strong . The  mast is a 44 foot long Sitka Spruce.

I (Peter) admit that I am more of a Wooden Boat Magazine armchair sailor, as my father subscribed from issue 1, but this yacht is a treat to any wooden boat owner ,
Cheers, Peter and helpers Annie and Jessie”

by Rob

Our newest listing: an Atkins designed ketch, 44′

January 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

Notes from the owner:
 Own a Piece of San Diego History!  ‘Comber‘, an historic Atkin Ingrid 38 ft Ketch, was built by Hollywood Boat Builders in 1937. Her adventurous past has all been meticulously documented for 80 yrs by her one previous owner. Letters from William Aktins, original receipts, trip logs and more are included in the sale.

Comber is a beauty with a sleek deck length of 38 ft. and overall length of 44 ft., a beam of 11 ft., 4 inches and a  6 ft., 6 inch draft. Her hull is a unique carvel planking over 2 ½ x 2 1/2 double sawn oak frames on 12 inch centers, Her floors are 3 1/2 on 12″  oak frames.

She has lived most all of her life in the water. Her nonskid coated weather deck and new stainless steel chain plates were installed in 2009. A recent survey and haul out was done in  Dec 2017, along with the hull prep and bottom paint.

While Comber has been pampered all her life, her current owner of 3 years understands that this rare antique needs more care than she can provide. For someone who has the time and finances to restore Comber to her original glory, the asking price of $7,999 is a fraction of her estimated replacement cost of $250.000. Serious inquires only, please.

Price: $7,900.       For further details and contact information, please click on the link.    Ad number pb797
Additional photos below:

Note the size of the ketch compared to the woman behind the rudder.

by Rob

The Joys of Wooden Boat Building

January 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

From Timber to Tide:
Ben Harris is a traditional wooden boat builder based in Cornwall, UK.
This video documents Ben’s love of wood work and boat building, how he acquired his skills and how incredible it is to be able to take something that you’ve built with your own hands out into the water and sail it across the sea.

From Timber To Tide from Pixillion on Vimeo.

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