View Full Version : She's wet again!

Rich VanValkenburg
07-27-2001, 11:25 PM
I've pulled most of the photos so this isn't a pain to load.

Still got some deck hardware to install, varnish on the top hatch cover, and varnish on the mast. I have no idea how I'm going to get aboard. The low water will make it interesting. Been a long day.

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Dave Thibodeau
07-28-2001, 07:19 AM
What a magnificent hull shape ! !

I'll bet she is a demon to windward

Dave Thibodeau

07-28-2001, 07:25 AM
Inspiring. Truly inspiring. I may print the post and take it to Sarah to show her. Maybe I'll just go get to work instead of reading the forum for an hour.

What solution did you work out with the slings? I can't make it out from your pictures.

Wild Dingo
07-28-2001, 07:49 AM
She is just sooooooooo cool http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/cool.gif

Magnificant, Brilliant, Awesome, and all the other wonderous words I cant seem to get out!

I am just going to sit and drool for awhile... maybe some photos as she gets going and you set sail... now wouldnt she make the most fantastic poster?!!

The thrill has just begun! http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif
Take it easy

Greg H
07-28-2001, 08:13 AM
Oh my. Brings a tear....
What is she?

Dave Hadfield
07-28-2001, 08:48 AM
Amazing, astounding, astonishing....

I bet the first seagull that craps on that deck gets blown out of the sky!

Rich VanValkenburg
07-28-2001, 08:49 AM
It's a 1934 22 square meter.

They put on a nice, soft set of slings, and we sandwiched foam and cardboard for protection. A couple old timers who had sailed this class back in the forties showed up and said they always used cardboard since it wasn't abrasive, and the yard pulled out some foam they used on a Folkboat. So far so good. I'm headed down there now to check the pumps and get ready to move her.

Thanks for the comments. This page leads to most of them- www.sskf.se (http://www.sskf.se) If you can find Gunnar Johannson's page, he has some pretty good photos of a bunch of these swapping varnish at a mark. Alas, I've lost the link here at home, but have it at work.

07-28-2001, 09:08 AM
Don't shrink those images,they are worth every second of loading time.

07-28-2001, 12:27 PM
What a beautiful boat! Since I don't read Swedish, can you give us a few more demensions?

Rich VanValkenburg
07-28-2001, 03:07 PM
Originally posted by Sailing-Randy:
can you give us a few more demensions?

Well, she's 38'4" on deck, and 6'6" abeam. Looks small (in the photos), until you start to put varnish on the topsides and it just seems to go on forever.

ken mcclure
07-28-2001, 06:49 PM
Cripes! She looks to be going fast standing still!!!!!

What a beauty!

Ed Harrow
07-28-2001, 09:01 PM
What EVERYBODY else said! http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif A stiletto has nothing on her.

Nice boat, Rich!

John B
07-30-2001, 12:27 AM
Yeah, just magnificent. Do you scare they daylights out of the moderns with it?

How do you get around on deck with the gloss finish, as a matter of interest?

Hazy Chris
07-30-2001, 01:57 AM
Beautiful, in that sleek way. Looks like a shiny hardwood bullet.

Dave Thibodeau
07-30-2001, 05:20 AM
If you lived within two hours drive of my home I would gladly sand and varnish your spars in return for a chance to sail with you on a sunny day with smooth seas and 20 knots of wind. I know it would be a sailing experience I would never forget.

Dave Thibodeau

Ed Harrow
07-30-2001, 11:15 AM
Dave, you live within two hours of mine, LOL... http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif

07-30-2001, 12:09 PM

07-30-2001, 01:23 PM

... when do I go for a ride? http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif

Rich VanValkenburg
07-30-2001, 02:39 PM
Originally posted by John B:
Yeah, just magnificent. Do you scare they daylights out of the moderns with it?

How do you get around on deck with the gloss finish, as a matter of interest?

John B, http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif We used to pi$$ them off pretty good. Ya can't have an antique out-sail one of these expensive plastics boats with all kinds of go-fast rigging and stuff, now can we? http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/eek.gif It was always excellent upwind.

As far as walking around on the deck, I try to avoid it but all of the halyards are controlled from the forward hatch. Getting there isn't bad with a good pair of boatshoes.

20 knots of air? Uhuh. The thing that scares me is having to replace the mast. $$$$$$$$$$$

Hugh Paterson
07-30-2001, 03:11 PM
Please dont post anymore photos, I have just drooled into the keyboard and gummed up the works, fair winds, if you snap the mast let me know I quite fancy a working holiday in your neck of the woods.

07-30-2001, 09:23 PM
Add my congratulations. Beautiful job!

Square Meter Boat fans should check out the screen saver at http://mongbat.helsinki.fi/ila/main.html. Download "Screensaver 2000." It has almost 50 images of Sq. Meter boats as well as the waters of Finland. I could watch it all day.

Small warning: it's big-almost 6 Meg-but well worth the download wait.

I'm using Rich's fantastic 22 sq. as my wallpaper.

Rich VanValkenburg
07-31-2001, 08:04 AM
I'm much flattered by the comments on the boat. Here's a link to some of the photos I was talking about-
click on this link for a varnish nightmare-- Skärgårds22 http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/redface.gifr

Art Read
08-13-2001, 12:49 PM
Just had to bring this back up to the front of the line again. I almost missed it while I was away. Wouldn't want anyone else to.... Thanks for the inspiration! I feel a new impetous to get those damn deck beams fitted and move on with my own project. God, how I long to see her in the travelift too...

08-14-2001, 09:35 AM
Yeah, glad for the second (tenth) look too. I meant to ask last go around if it came with seatbelts! http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/wink.gif

08-14-2001, 09:58 AM
Beautiful boats. Surf.to/22klubben is the single most annoyingly bannered website I've ever seen http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/frown.gif

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08-14-2001, 10:06 AM

Wowsa! If you haven't yet been swept off to Valhalla whilst to windward in a twenty knot breeze, how about a little of the story behind the pictures? How long have you owned this wonderous looking craft? How long was it on the hard? What kind of work did you do, etc. What is her name? Love to hear some more. Maybe this winter when the sailing season is over!? You've probably told us in snippets over the years, but 'bout a telling in one place?

In any case, congratulations.


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Jeff Kelety
08-14-2001, 11:19 AM
<As far as walking around on the deck, >

What?!!! You're gonna walk on the deck? Would you walk on the Mona Lisa? This is art we're talking about. Oh, right. I forgot - it's a boat <g>.

Congratulations on a lovely piece of work!


Rich VanValkenburg
08-19-2001, 09:28 PM
This is the hardest post I've had to make so far. Sonja was in the water all of 10 days. The forward two keelbolts leaked in a steady stream and never quit. I stuck a knife into those two areas and found that the keelson had gone away internally around those bolts. I had no idea, since the keel plank fasteners held as tight as new lumber, and visually all looked well.

Here's the situation, we had replaced 90% of the keelson which is all of the danged thing aft of the scarf into the forefoot. It was built as a dry scarf that was bedded to the section of keelson aft, over the ballast (not a glued scarf). The scarf sits on two keel bolt holes, and it just went away inside after we did our work 12 years ago. The forefoot area outlined in red will have to be replaced, and while I've got the garboard and #1 plank off(as well as everthing below) I'm going to scarf in a new section of horn at the rudder post. The surveyor agreed with the forefoot and he didn't like that part of the horn, either.


I'm just embarrassed as hell to tell you that I missed a spot, but oh what a spot. And I'm sorry to disappoint you all. I've started the tear-down and I've vowed to be ready for water by May next year.

Hey, we've had the boat for 25 years and we've had good times on it and bad times under it, and with all of you out there, I'm not worried. If I have trouble I'll holler! http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

08-19-2001, 10:47 PM
I'm sorry to hear that. Stuff like that can be hard to spot...
Good luck, and work hard. She is still one of the sexiest boats out there.


08-19-2001, 10:58 PM
Rich,what a dissapointment that must be.
What a treasure she is,and damn lucky she belongs to you.
Well so be it!
I'm sure we will all be in your corner through the fall and winter.Tell us of your progress as you go.

08-20-2001, 11:59 AM
Sorry to hear that, but at least you got it in the water once for "inspiration"

Ed Harrow
08-20-2001, 12:04 PM
Rich, remember that joke about the moaning chair? Well SWMTMH just bought one home and it's a beauty. A love seat, just like we talked about, so we can sit in it together and commiserate...

She's worth it.

08-20-2001, 12:30 PM
Rich - Our sincere condolences go to you in your disappointment. However, it was great of you to point out the problem in such understandable detail. It's also good for us active folks as well as the lurkers to see that even with the heroic work you've accomplished, there's always something else waiting in the wings.-
Regards - -