I have read some about Bill Sr. and his ability to get his point across. I met John B. 20 some years ago when I was in the cabinate business. I built and installed kitchens and such in a number of Buchan homes. That was before I knew anything about his sailing history
. At that time I was boatless as my new wife and newer daughter forced the sale
of my old whale boat conversion (circa Bill Garden). It was really time anyway as I didn't have the time or resorces to keep a wooden boat mantained. Nice old gaff rigger though, still miss it sometimes.
I bought Maelstrom a couple of years ago from an older gent who lost
his wife and most of his intrest in the boat so it had sat unused for about 6 years. Needless to say I have been playing catch up ever since with just about everything. First year we removed the 40 year build up of bottom paint
down to fiberglass
and did the West systems thing, then installed a 22" x 40" hatch
in the cockpit
sole. That my friend, was opening Pandora's Box. All the things that looked mearly suspicious while peering over the engine with a flash light took on a whole new kind of horror when exposed to the light of day. So this past winter I pulled the old '59 Graymarine 4-112 and did a complete rebuild
. I also did the Paragon gear
as it was slipping at anything over 1/4 throttle. Next is deck
and hull paint
, the teak
, then wireing....... it never ends, but I don't have to tell you that.
very well and fast. I don't race
but there is always that kind of smugness that can only come from going faster than the other guy without the apperance of trying. The second owner, a rigger named Dennis Kerconen(?) remasted her, took the rudder
off the keel
and fitted a spade rudder
farther aft making her very nimble indeed. She can practicaly pivot around the keel
in place, very handy for close quarters.
Well sorry for the long winded rant, I guess I'm just very proud of the old girl, I'll try and post some pics when I figure out how.