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Old 14-10-2008, 14:50   #1
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To both the board and sailing. Been a life long fascination and finally a realization. I always thought it was a past time for the rich. Who knew? Presently I have a 26' Clipper Marine sitting in my driveway on a trailer that I got for $500. I winter fixer upper. With new lines, It could sail right now. Cosmetics and creature comforts are where it needs attention.
I'll save the rest of my endeavor for the appropriate forums, but here I am for now!

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Old 14-10-2008, 15:44   #2
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I have a 26' Clipper Marine sitting in my driveway on a trailer that I got for $500.
Always nice to have boat handy. If you can take off at moments notice you could do lots of fun sailing. In the end sailing is mostly about showing up. We also have a fair number of trailer saoilor members and it is a great form of sailing especially for close locations.

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Old 14-10-2008, 16:10   #3
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Welcome aboard! Here is a little Clipper Marine History

"Clipper Marine, was originally founded in Sausalito, Ca. And their
goal was to build trailerable 'glass boats. As such, they were the first
to use the swing keel in a small boat. All the boats were designed by
W.I.B Crealock of Pacific Seacraft fame. The original dozen or so boats
were all 21, with cast iron keels. Once production got rolling, they
moved the assembly line down to Santa Ana in '72 or '73. The plans were
redrawn, and soon a bilge keel 23 was being produced. This was one of
the first to use high-performance NACA foils, and is supposed to be a
good performer. The original plans for the 21 were enlarged to the 26 MK
I with a doghouse, and later a MK II flush deck. All of these were
pretty good sellers and the decision was made to produce a 30 and 32
ketch. This was the start of the company's downfall, as they just
started increasing the hull length for the new boats without doing
anything to the rigs. The rig on the 26 and 30 is identical, and they
added the mizzen on the 32. The 32 was unique in that it was the largest
trailerable boat produced up until that time. In the meantime, they also
started producing a 1/4 tonner (26 ft with a high aspect fixed fin keel)
and a couple of other 24-26 designs based on the original 21 hull
design. Crealock was involved in the redesign of each one, by the way.
In about '76 the decision was made to produce a true blue-water boat,
and Crealock sat down with a new sheet of paper. The drawings were even
completed, and a hull mold was actually started. Unfortunately, the
owner and CEO disappeared with the company bankroll one night and the
company filed bankruptcy. The mold for the 37 and the drawings were
returned to Crealock, and he made some minor design changes before
having the first boat produced by none other than Pacific Seacraft. And
from that, the legend of the Crealock 37 was born, which is one of the
most sought after sub 40-foot cruising boats. Okay enough on the
history........ The 26 is 25'10" overall, 19 ft LWL with an 8' beam and
weighs in at a little over 3500 lbs. The keel itself is solid cast iron
(550lbs) and hung on a 1/2" pivot bolt with a 3/8" lock bolt. Check and
see what the hull number is. The last 4 digits will give you the year
and month is was produced (ie. CM00430674- hull number 43 of the 26ft
MKII and June 74) . The post 75 boats were very poorly manufactured!
Don't worry too much about the flat hull sections. Ever see the bottom
of a high-performance dinghy or a Moore 24? See, Crealock does know what
he is doing. The boats are a little tender in a sea way, but that is
because of the light weight. The only real problem is the low surface
area of the foils when you are going to weather. I had ours out in 30+
kt winds with a reefed main surfing at 10 knots! The keel trunk is solid
glass, so don't worry about that unless it has been grounded. The
pop-top is core with foam and will probably have to be reopened and
cored with plywood. As for the bulkheads, if they were wet for very long
at all, they are probably shot and will have to be replaced. Check for
sagging under the mast step, and where the chainplates are bolted to the
hull for any cracking also."

Enjoy! .................................................. ............_/)
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The measure of a man is how he navigates to a proper shore in the mist of a storm!
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Old 14-10-2008, 19:10   #4
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For the background info. I did a little research and not long into it, I did manage to find the original design prints out here on the web. Mine is a 74' and was used regularly up until 05' when it was hauled out and has been sitting on its' trailer since. The bilge pump and/or battery failed. A drain line on the deck started draining in the boat instead of through the boat. It filled with rain water and rotted out the bulkheads and other structures. The glass is good, but the rest is a redo. Luckily, the interior can be redone with no more than 3 sheets of plywood. I have to figure out whether glass or epoxy will be better for the bulkhead repairs and what not. Hence, I'm here.
Thanks again.
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Old 14-10-2008, 21:33   #5
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Aloha David,
Welcome aboard! I'd recommend using marine plywood and epoxy if you can afford it and build in some hull and deck stiffners if you don't mind adding a bit of weight to the project.
Good luck on the project and let us know how it is going.
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