It was obvious at first sight that the teak deck was finished, as well as the teak deckhouse and hatches. The maststep was a steel fabrication, long ago rusted out, and caused damage to the forekeel, necessitating its replacement. Although, the hull was smooth and fair, virtually all her original frames were broken somewhere. In addition, they had been socketed into her centerline timbers, so the heels of virtually all but the forward and aft most frames were soft. Because of her extreme shape and heavy ballast, all her original frames had broken and been sistered in the hollow above her ballast for the entire length of her ballast keel. This part of the boat obviously needed a strong, durable repair. 

We decided on a traditional approach to the restoration; a combination of double sawn full length frames with steam bent frames between. In addition, all the frames in the hollow are Live Oak or Locust, adding strength where it’s most needed. Further, a new maststep fabrication will take the loading from the mast. And, a new deck frame and deck will top it off.


Written by Ross Gannon

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Bermudian Yawl

LOA: 52’2″ / 15.91m
LWL: 37’0″ / 11.27m
Beam: 11’8″ / 3.59m
Draft: 7’6” / 2.28m
Design Number: 1261
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Year Built: 1957
Built By: Cheoy Lee Shipyard, Hong Kong
Hull Material: Wood
Gross Displacement: 38,100 lbs
Ballast: Outside 14,500 lbs – Inside 500 lbs
Sail Area: 1,253 sq ft

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