Sailing in Buzzard's Bay prior to coming to Maine
Deck and cockpit are off
Steam bent ribs
New engine beds, floor timbers; repairs to the clamp and transom, new transom knee
Here new ceiling is being installed. The centerboard case has been repaired and reinstalled.
The cockpit is being installed. Note the original bronze grate and binnacle.
Cabintop and deck are painted, deck fixtures installed. Original style grabrail is rope threaded thru bronze standards, Concordia style smoke cap; note mast stepped way forward, characteristic of catboats, also note bowsprit, a revision made over the years.
Starboard interior looking aft. Electrical panel being installed.
Paul Luke woodstove on the port side (photo is facing aft)
The mast was in good shape but took extensive refinishing. That's a custom radar mount. The lapstrake boat behind it, well that's another story.
For the past year and a half we have been working on this exciting project. What started out to be a moderate job turned in to a total rebuild. Rachel is a large 25' cruising catboat built in 1935 by Crosby Yacht Building of Osterville, Mass. She will be re-christened Sea Robin.
Rachel in the shop. Let's open her up.
New keel being constructed next to old one
New cypress planking below the waterline
The cabin's back in place, Deck and cabintop are coated with dynel and epoxy
Topsides and bottom are painted, rails are installed.
Cabin interior looking forward. Arrangement is similar to original.
Galley with alcohol stove, icebox and original cast iron sink. What are now locker doors are from the original icebox.
Just aft of the woodstove is the head. It will have double doors.
launched in Rockport Harbor.