After several requests to see the rest of Skylark's interior, I reluctantly submit these images
. Pardon the ugly beach towels that cover the main cabin settees, but I have two young boys, need I say more?
Skylark is nearing the end of a slow progressing refit
. I wrote a book about buying
her on eBay sight-unseen. I knew I wanted a vintage Pearson
36, because they are strong and fast. I knew that I could repair all the defects and damage caused by the lack of maintenance
by the PO.
When I scraped off the warped teak
veneer from the inside of the hull, I followed Dan Spurr's guide on mounting strips of wood to the inside of a hull.
First I scraped away all the veneer, cleaned off the rubber cement that was used by Pearson
to fix the veneer, then I fiberglassed in vertical strips of half round birch. I scored the half round wood on the flat side to allow it to bend more easily to the curve of the hull. Strips of fiberglass over each vertical half round.
Then I had Miranti cut into 2 x 3/8 x 7 foot strips, two of the edges of the exterior side were canted. I used stainless steel
3/4" screws with finish washers to fix the Miranti to the vertical birch half round. Before mounting all the horizontal strips, I put some 1/2 foam used for insulating house foundations just to keep the boat a bit cooler or warmer. This foam isn't attacked by mildew and helps against condensation
A year later, I was sitting alone in the cabin and came to the realization that all the "other" screws Pearson used in finishing the cabin were bronze. Bronze screws and finish washers would look nicer against the ivory of the Miranti, so my son and I change all 500 of the stainless steel
screws and washers to bronze.
I have published a 136 page book on my Skylark renovations. Title is full of search words. "Renovate a Sailboat and Cross the Atlantic", this book is mainly for Europeans who consider buying
a used sailboat in the US and then importing said boat in to the EU.
This is my last boat. I will accept no substitutes.
I will take this opportunity to say that Skylark is located in a Five Gold Anchor
Marina, 45 minutes from Amsterdam
. I am interested in boat swapping for with sailors of comparable boats located in New England
My boys have six week school
holidays every summer and sometimes we go back to the States for the holiday. One could take Skylark to Scotland
, Brittany or the Baltic
I have written a manual for Skylark that gives details on operating all the systems on board. It is not a "how-to-sail" book, rather where is the switch for the water heater, how one turns on the SuperWind 350, where the circuit breaker for the anchor windlass
is and so on...
I will even throw in a car that one could take from the marina and tour...well as far as you want to drive in six weeks, but the point would be to take Skylark for a tour and not have to pay for a charter
The manual can be emailed to private email
Come on over, the water's fine...