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banjoman
05-25-2007, 07:26 PM
Mentioned her a few times. Thought I'd post some pics.

Vitals:
Modified H-28
Builder: Far East Yachts Hull #80
Year: 1965
Power: Original Atomic 4

Bought by a dad and his 3 sons (I'm the middle one).
Work so far:
-Stripped and Interluxed ballast.
-Replaced a few planks on the port side and the transom.
-Sanded and painted hull.
-Yanked engine and began rebuild process
-New shaft and prop
-Replaced one small rib on port side.
-Replaced all standing/running rigging
-Masts painted and booms stripped/varnished
-New masthead and spreader lights
-replaced bowsprit plate
-Painted the bilge
Here are some pics:

As she sat when we had her surveyed by Kent Parker in early March.
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0268.jpg
As she sat during survey.
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/Starduster_Photo.jpg
Cabin when we bought her.
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0271.jpg

Some plank repair.
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0360.jpg

Atomic 4 after being pulled.
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0400.jpg

After paint.
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0434.jpg

Masts going up.
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0451_1.jpg

First water in 7 weeks (poor picture).
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0457_1.jpg

Items that still need major work:
-Deck
-Cabin
-Electrical
-Engine (block and head should be back from the machine shop in a week or so)

I'll try to become a better photgrapher as this project goes on.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Andy Bangs
05-26-2007, 11:26 AM
Thank you for showing... your photography is fine.

Paul Girouard
05-26-2007, 11:37 AM
Some plank repair.
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0360.jpg





First water in 7 weeks (poor picture).
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0457_1.jpg

I'll try to become a better photgrapher as this project goes on.



Mike she looks good , photos are pretty good as well so thanks for posting them.

One question , well maye be two , in the plank photo where is that located the stern / transom area ?? It looks like some nastyness to the right in the photo , but the "going in photo" the transom looks fine , so where was the plank repair / replacement done?? , and thats not expanding foam is it?? Hope it's cotton or some other type of roving in the photo:eek:

Looks like a fine family project / boat , Good luck with her:cool:

banjoman
05-26-2007, 12:23 PM
The picture is of the port quater area. It is not foam. I am pretty sure it is either an epoxy filler or something that will remain flexible. There were more planks replaced on the transom after the ones shown were put in. The nastyness you see is the interior planking of the doubleplanked hull. The interior structure was fine so penetrating epoxy was used in that area and then new planks placed on top. It was going to be very invasive to try and replace the interior planking as well. We probably would have ended up removing the whole transom. It was a time/resources/payoff judgement call.

Thanks for the comments!

Mike

Paul Girouard
05-26-2007, 01:52 PM
Ah OK :cool: Maybe not the best long term solution as that rot may or may not stay dornment, lets hope it does :)

Either way She'll be a fine vessel for , have fun:cool:

banjoman
05-28-2007, 12:08 AM
Yea not the best but she will be functional. My brother has some more pictures of the repair but is waiting for his account to be activated by the mods.

BTW What is this sail called? The one between the mizzen and the main.
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/howtobuildaboat111.jpg

mike

rbgarr
05-28-2007, 08:49 AM
It's called a 'mule' by some.

banjoman
12-27-2007, 12:30 AM
An update is long overdue. Starduster has been through 4 shakedown cruises up and down the Napa River. The next step is to get her out in the bay where the water is blue rather than brown. We still have quite a bit of work to do on the deck and cabin sides. The rebuilt engine has run smooth flawless after 11 hours. We did lose a mizzen halyard due to faulty workmanship on the part of West Marine (should have known better) but other than that, everything has gone very well.

Here are some pics taken this afternoon. We had the reef in because we had just rigged it and were testing it out.

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0666.jpg
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0671.jpg
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0684.jpg
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0686.jpg
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0688.jpg

JimD
12-27-2007, 02:24 AM
Great pics! Thanks for the update.

Jay Greer
12-27-2007, 11:26 AM
Nice to see "Star Duster" looking so good and up and running. You have done a great job!
Merry Christmas from me and my H28 "Bright Star".
Jay

jerry bark
12-27-2007, 11:44 AM
She looks great under sail!

best wishes for continued good sailing,
jerry

katiedobe
12-28-2007, 10:52 PM
She looks so wonderful in this photo! Great job. Enjoy and happy New Year.
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z98/brewmastermsu/IMG_0686.jpg

Larks
12-31-2007, 08:10 PM
Mate she looks great, well done to you and your brothers and father.
cheers and happy new year
Larks
(another H28 owner/restorer)

Jay Greer
01-01-2008, 01:17 PM
To "Star Duster",
Happy New Year from "Bright Star"!
Do you think we need an H28 section here?
Jay

ModH-28
01-01-2008, 07:54 PM
Thanks for the photos!!!
Dad

banjoman
01-01-2008, 08:55 PM
Thank you everyone for your comments. Went to the boat today but high winds, low tide, river sailing = should stay at the dock.


To "Star Duster",
Happy New Year from "Bright Star"!
Do you think we need an H28 section here?
Jay


In this process of fixing up Starduster, I have often thought of how nice it would be to have a web site that had reference photos from H28s...both as originally designed and modified versions. "How does everybody else do this?" is a question we have continually asked ourselves.

Mike

Jay Greer
01-01-2008, 09:11 PM
There once was an excellent H28 Website that, sadly, is now no longer active.
http://www.edgewoodyc.org/h28/
Most of the owners were more than sad to see it go, especially with no explanation!
There is no longer a central link for the vast number of North American as well as world wide H28 owners and enthusiasts of the design.
Jay

ModH-28
01-02-2008, 10:26 AM
What continues to amaze me is how well she sails. You can feel her surge forward, heel over, and then balance out with confidence.
the dad

Jay Greer
01-02-2008, 12:57 PM
On my own H28 "Bright Star", I found that the fore staysail is a better work horse than the mast head genoa/ballooner when working to weather. I will also note that the rig most certainly is more tractable and safer when using a set of running backs attached at the hoist of the fore staysail. It effectively keeps the mast in collumn and keeps fore and head stay sag to a minimum. Had the boat had a set when over canvased in heavy airs by her former owner, the mast would, most likely, not have broken.
The running backs were an addition created by L. Francis Herreshoff after it was seen that they would improve the sailing qualities of the boat. It should be remembered that the H28 was first designed in a time that sails were made of Egyptian cotton and running rigging was either hemp or linen. This made everything a bit forgiving. Modern sail and rigging materials now demand a stiffer rig for the boat.
Jay

Larks
01-03-2008, 01:54 AM
In this process of fixing up Starduster, I have often thought of how nice it would be to have a web site that had reference photos from H28s...both as originally designed and modified versions. "How does everybody else do this?" is a question we have continually asked ourselves.

Mike[/quote]

I've been hoarding pics' of H28's whenever I've been able to find them for reference with the restoration of my own H28 (yet to be started, still finishing building a house) and I have to agree that it would be wonderful to have a current "international" H28 site or photo bank.

I see some great pic's of "Bright Star" on the Edgewater web site and there a few nice H28 pic's scattered on the Australian and NZ sites.

I'm useless with web sites (just check out my own dodgy attempt - which thankfully my nephew is soon to put right), but if any H28 fan is reading this who does know how to manage a site and is willing to set it up I'm sure there would be plenty of support and information available to build it up. (Just compiling the wealth of Jay's knowledge that is in this forum would be a great basis for a very useful H28 site).

Is there any provision in this forum or on the wooden boat web site to establish something like this? (or is that another silly question?)
cheers
Larks

Jay Greer
01-03-2008, 10:59 AM
Well now Larks,
Although I am well versed in subjects pertaining to wooden boats, computer sites and how to start one are not part of my bag of skills.
Perhaps one of the other members here can answer that question.
I once offered to moderate the Edgewater site just to give Theo a rest from maintaining it. Sadly, he never answered me. I do know that he is, currently, the Commodore of the Edgewater YC, which is where I directed one of my letters. I quess his involvement there is taking up all of his time.
Jay

Larks
01-03-2008, 08:46 PM
There is definately an opening there...meanwhile I've done a search in "Google images" for "herreshoff h28" and there are a wealth of pics of some stunning H28's....for example: http://www.variatelabs.com/h28/
It is absolutely pi#$%ing down rain here at the moment (has been for about a week - S.E. Queensland) so I am planning on spending a few hours indoors going through the results of the above search to save a few pic's of some nicely fitted H28's (and some potential gems) for future reference.

Jay, any more pics of "Bright Star" available?

Meanwhile....is anyone interested in setting up a H28 fan site?
cheers
Larks

banjoman
01-03-2008, 10:19 PM
Meanwhile....is anyone interested in setting up a H28 fan site?
cheers
Larks

Although my web site building skills are nil, I am a little computer savy and have been kicking around ideas for a site.

I envision a site that has some beauty shots of H28s (and all of their incarnations) as well as a "What does your engine compartment look like?" area. The difference could be viewed as an inspiration section and a practical section. There would also be some sort of message board or email list for discussion.

Just kicking it around.
Mike

Foolish...
04-02-2010, 02:36 AM
Thanks for the inspiration!!!...