Another new project and a new member with a few questions. I recently obtained a beautiful 5.5 meter Olympic class sailboat (31' 5000# mahognay plank oak rib) this summer in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin.
The widow of the owner (past CEO of Palmer Johnson Yachts) grew tired of it sitting in the boat yard the last four years. It was built in Sweden and shipped to Wisconsin in the early 1960ís with 13 other 5.5ís to the Menominee, Michigan Yacht Club. The Class is still very active and going strong in Europe as two classes - Classic (wood) and Modern (fiberglass). After building a trailer that would support the narrow 7 ft beam, I hauled it to my shop in Kansas (donít laugh, not much water but lots of wind).
Enough history. In the Midwest most racers keep their sailboats on boat hoists in slips to keep their boats dry, and bottoms clean. Our lakes do not have large marinas capable of putting the sailboats in/out each race day. Question: Will a carvel plank, 5,000lb sailboat sit on a boat hoist and still keep its shape? The answer will dictate how I seal the plank seams (epoxy/splines or caulk/splines). If the boat is kept on a hoist it would be the same as dry sailing with a trailer. I have not seen a wooden sailboat on a hoist, but it would eliminate the movement in the planks by keeping it dry. My concern is the 2500 lb full keel and just two bunks on the hoist carrying all the weight.
In the recent past the boat seams were repaired with epoxy and splines, and as easily predicted, some of the seams opened up by splitting the planks while sitting out the last few years. (Picture included). My alternative would be to keep it in water full time and caulk the seams. Although Kansas can be very dry and the wood will move a great deal when the boat is pulled each winter.
My experience has been limited to replanking a wooden lightning and many fiberglass sailcraft repairs. The paint stripping is almost done, and the enjoyment of working with restoration begins. Thanks for you advice, Jack Chism
[ 10-27-2004, 10:55 PM: Message edited by: Jack Chism ]