We’ve got to start somewhere…

It’s that first post that’s hard to start.  I’m just going to rip off the band-aid and get to it.  This is my account of the restoration of a Bluenose Class Sloop.  I found it going to seed in a backyard in Riverport, Nova Scotia.  It’s hull number 74, built in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia sometime around 1970.  I’ve had a heck of a time trying to find construction plans for it, so I may end up making my own plans from measurements on what’s left of the boat and extrapolating from pictures I took of Hull Number One on display at the Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  This will work out okay, but it’s not ideal.

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The boat looks alright from a distance.  The inside is a different story, though.

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So, as you can see, I need to replace 90% of the frames, all of the floors, all of the deck beams and the deck itself.  Also, the transom has to be replaced.  The transom is an interesting part of the project.  I couldn’t figure it out at first.

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It turned out that someone had nailed another transom on top of the original transom.  I have no idea why anyone would do this.  I just pried it off and here we are.  It was a white oak transom, and it is a well known fact that white oak is extremely rot-resistant.  However, nothing can resist this kind of bad idea.  It’s going to be very tough to take this apart carefully enough so it doesn’t disintegrate and I can use it as a pattern to make a new transom.