Need some wisdom regarding saving a boat!
I have a boat that I want to see restored, and teach children about the environment, the earth and each other through sailing.
I have a Hugh Angleman "South Coaster" a baby 'Sea Witch'named "Sea Fever", she was built in Saigon in 1968 and sailed on her bottom to the Chesapeake, has been in EC for about 20 years, she has owned us since 1996!!!
See Wooden Boat Vol. 147 for an article about Hugh Angleman and his classic boats. We were sold her as a 'Sea Witch' upon reading the article, we have decided that she is her baby sister!
She displaces 38,000 # and is mostly 1 7/8" teak, Russian Stainless fastened, her two masts are Sitka Spruce. She was glassed below the waterline,when built. Glass remains fast after all these years! Her interior is traditional raised panel cabinetry, she was refitted abour 20 years ago.
She needs lots of work, far more than my husband is willing to do. If her we were younger and had deeper pockets oh well...
Do you think I should approach Elizabeth City State University? or perhaps a Christian based group or an environmental group like the
HV Clearwater? (I have been a member in the past)
Due to medical reasons and work demands), my husband is embarrassed about her condition. He is bewly retired and has the time to cevote but not the $$$
The owner before us did some poorly executed additions. which caused the rot of the Cabin Top. Cut thru a deck beam to put a #@%$ Carry Cool AC and put a vent over galley and did not seal properly!
Some of the rot had been camoflagged by a layer or two of FG, not well done either. Did not address leaky teaky decks, told us to keep them wet, as bungs were popping and caulking dried out!
We have not been able to be the stewards, that we had wished and are truly sorry. that she is in this state, but all is not lost, She deserves to be completely restored.
I do not want to see her go, i know in my heart that this can be done. I gave watched this wonderful forum respond, to so many challenges, so I put it to you all, can this be done?
I am looking for a not for profit to refit her and run the program, of course with my Husband as captain and me as Admiral or some other wonderfully qualified person.! Heck I would be glad to be deckmate if she is restored.
We will see if I can achieve this , in the meantime she sits in the water awaiting a major refit. Hull is sound, Decks need to come up to replace rotten ply, Cabin Roof needs replacing, Engine to be rebuilt (Perkins 108). Husband is a diesel mechanic by trade, and a detail oriented carpenter.
I know it is a big dream, but I think if I pray on it , it will happen!
This is a Coast Guard town and I know that there is a group of people who would rally around the right cause, there are many mentors waiting to teach the next generation, and I think that this is the vessel, that can change lives!
I would love to see an army of talented people bring her back to life! And then have her sail to make a difference in this world!
Your opinion will be welcome!
My husband thinks that I am reaching for the stars, I am aiming high and, I will be glad to reach the moon!
This is your assignment, if you are willing to take it.............
I await your replies!
Fair Wind, Following Seas and Quiet Anchorages,