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Bob Pitt's CONCH PEARL, Marscot/O'Day Hull #16, Bradenton, Florida (updated January 2, 2016)

 
   

October 16, 2013. Robert Pitt checking in as the new owner of MELE, Marscot/O'Day hull #16. MELE's been waiting for her rescuer a while - but we know these ladies are patient!

Ron,

I am checking in as the new owner of Todd Croteau's Dolphin #16. It is in need of a lot of work .We did a 3 day marathon trip from Tampa Bay area, Florida to Mayo, Maryland to get the boat loaded off the ground. Lots of jacking, rolling and wallering in the mud . The trailer info on your web site was more than helpful to prepare balance and poppet location prior to loading. This is one heavy boat. Will check in as work progresses, but for now it will just have to sit, as I finish my Abaco dingy to sell and a few other projects. Know anyone interested in a just restored Winer  Malone 14' sloop?

Robert Pitt, Bradenton ,Florida

Welcome aboard Robert!!

We'll reserve a spot here for a restored #16 - Click here to see her in her 'before' condition

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December 12, 2013. Bob has sent in his first report - photos to follow (minor edits)

Ron,

A brief update on #16 ,soon to be renamed. All wood is being taken out . The only bit left at this time is the hull/deck clamp. The plan is to remove it in approx 6' sections and replace it with 2-3 layers of 1708 cloth and epoxy. Hopefully this will maintain the shape.

This boat seems to have had electrolysis issues, as the aluminium rudder post was rotted off at the waterline, heel fitting gone [alum also ?] and prop stern tube, brass heavily split on outboard end. Am planning on going with an O'Day / Yankee hybrid design. One quarter berth aft to starboard, galley to port with cockpit locker taking place of that quarter berth. Also to use the Yankee forwardd layout with the partially enclosed head bulkheads for lower shroud anchorages.

All the deck hardware has been removed except the cockpit coaming and they should be coming off this weekend. I have a great metal fabricator here who works from my mock ups and patterns, as I haven't aquired the skill of drawing. He is now building the rudder post out of stainless to the 1966 design, to which I will fasten a blade of Coosa board, a hi density foam/ glass composite board left over from a previous job.

I have scrounged so much for this boat, that I wanted to name her DETRITUS, but I think that one was voted down . Progress has slowed down some what, as I rejoined the labor pool at the last true boatyard on the south edge of Tampa Bay, Snead Island Boatworks, who have been in operation since 1924 or there abouts, as a carpenter, rigger and glue boy.

Hope to get all or most of the glass work do this winter, as grinding in the summer down here is the only thing I can think of that is worse than grinding glass in the winter. Photos should be sent soon.

Hope and Courage, Bob Pitt

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December 14 and 15, 2013. Bob has sent in several pictures of #16's rescue in Maryland, and followed up with a lot of detail. He had to get her from a backyard in Mayo, near Edgewater, Maryland to Bradenton, Florida, and with the help of a couple of friends he did it - it wasn't easy. We set up a separate page for these pictures in our Stories Section but this will give us an idea. Here is his email (edited)

Ron, here are some photos of the loading of #16 in Maryland, Bob

hmmmm....
we did it!

Click on the photos for a larger view; click on that photo to move around

Click here to go to the Stories Section and see some of the photo gaps filled in from "hmmm..." to "we did it!"

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December 16, 2013. Bob is making me tired just reading his email. Here is his project update and photos

Ron, here are current pictures of #16. I am in the process of removing the shaft stern tube . Boy , what a horrid job . Sawzalls , sledges, drifts and bad language. It will have to rest till the next session. The rudder tube came out a little easier. It is no wonder that this boat was sans rudder when I got it. Aluminum, bronze and saltwater don't make a good combo.

As you can see , there is little left inside. Structural work first , then the finish work.

The hull/deck clamp (left/above) will have to come out in sections and be reglassed to maintain the shape. I will look into hiring a couple of hungry glassers to do this.

The rudder post, heel fitting (above left) were made from my patterns by E&M Fabricators out by the airport. The piece on the post across the prop opening is to hold the shape till installed.

The mast tabernacle (above right) came about when I found the bend under one of the spreader bases. The tabernacle was built as a basic component to complete as the rigging end of things come together. I have run quite a few rebuild projects and the best way I know how to always be moving forward is to progress on several fronts. As one aspects stonewalls, shift focus to another area and sooner or later , you get to put all the pieces together. The tabernacle base will be tapered fore and aft, but will also include attachments and eyes for leading halyards aft and for the vang. What I usually do is cut the aluminum on my bandsaw, clamp it together and take it to the welding shop. There will be a pad under it for the cabin top crown and rake, which is not much.

Regarding the mast, I found another mast in one of our local boatyards that was exact, but for 3 inches in length. It came with one winch, standing rigging and a boom with internal reefs and outhaul - for $200. Also, it is about 50% deeper in section to use with a loose footed mainsail.

Bob Pitt

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December 27, 2013. Here an update from Bob. We got a lot of photos and when we get a chance we'll set up new, subject specific pages in the Technical Section.

Ron, here is some current photos from #16 . She now has a name - CONCH PEARL. I can give you some background on it if you wish (We are standing by...)

I have braved the underworld below the cabin sole. Lurking under mounds of mish mash are 9 keel bolts.

Well, not really bolts, but lags, 1/2' in diameter and 4" in length, with a square head. They readily came out after finding a square socket . The two that I have removed looked like the day they went in. The rest will come out a few at a time.

You can see the mast support pieces, an X made of fiberglass, with a lag right under it. That one will probably stay, if the others pass.

Moving aft, the centerboard pennant and sheave box came out. Sheave missing the pin. The visegripes are holding the tab on top of the centerboard where the pennant attaches. The first photo is looking down on the trunk right is forward, left is aft. The last pair of keel lags are just to right of center in the gray area, which is mish mash putty. A new box is being designed even as we speak. I didn't include a sheave box photo. I have the original glass one that I cut of and the prototype to be made of stainless. I will send them if you wish. YES

Further aft, the stern tube had to come out. Split on the outboard end, and red from free electrons, it could not be trusted.

What a terrible job. Laying on a piece of plywood on the engine beds and sawzalling and chistling for 3 hours is about all I can take. I am looking forward to going back to work!

The rudder and tube are being built in another area of the shop. Glassing has begun on the blade and post, soon to be followed by tapering and fairing. The rudder tube (above right) I built out of a piece of CPVC tube, which is spiraled with glass tape and epoxy. The original was an aluminum tube glassed in to match the rudder built of the same.

This last photo is of our Carimbola tree with one of its 2 or 3 crops a year.

We sliced some up and put it on our Black Grouper Christmas dinner last night. Life is good down here in the semi tropics.

Hope and Courage and Happy Holidays,

Bob Pitt

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May 4, 2014 - Bob is going to tell us how #16's hull/deck joint/clamp problems were resolved (minor edits). We have included his comments in the Technical Section page dealing with this general subject. Click here to go there. And, as Bob has sent in a number of pictures we have set up a special page covering this particular project. See link below.

Ron,

As several are weighting in on this topic, I thought I would put in my 2 cents worth. Conch Pearl , # 16 , has a completely new glass hull deck joint . When she was taken out to the local fish house to have some glass work done, the guy wanted to take the deck off to do a better job of it . After removing the old wood clamp, grinding the entire hull inside, the deck bottom and glassing over all unused holes (there were a lot), the deck was reinstalled with2 layers of 18/08 by 8" biaxial tape staggered 6" on deck, 2" on hull , 2" on deck, 6" on hull, to reduce grinding.

Placing the deck back on the boat required screwing pieces of plywood along the deck edge to keep the deck from dropping into the hull . This was followed by one layer on the outside, and gelcoat. This took almost 5 gallons of gel. The only wood that was left in was the ply on the cockpit bottom, now Coosa board, and the cabin sole , with 3/4" ply.

This left a very clean under deck where a.ll the bolt for toerails, stanchions, tracks and cleats to be bolted. This was done about 2 months ago. The project in hand is engine installation along with the attendant parts like beds , shaft, & stern tube, and exhaust. The list goes on and on.     

Hope and Courage, Bob Pitt

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July 14, 2014. Bob is installing a new aft bulkhead, and sends in a photo of #16 nameplate (minor edits)

Ron,

This is what is going on down here in Florida.

I started working on the interior of Conch Pearl finally. The bulkhead at the aft end of the cockpit was installed in two pieces. Geometry rules and would not allow it otherwise.

A form was built out of scrap lumber (photo 1) to support the pattern and locate the bulkhead for bonding.

Click on the picture at left for a larger view. Click the return arrow on your browser to get back here

The photos below show the bulkhead looking aft - starboard and port side.There will be a quarter berth to starboard, and none to port, as there will be a cockpit locker on that side.

Click on the photos for a larger view

I have also included a shot of the plaque to add to your collection. More shots of the quarter berth and engine space as work continues.

Hope and Courage,

Bob

Click on the photo for a larger view

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January 16, 2015. Bob posted the following ad on the forum -

I have 2 Westerbeke diesels for sale . A 7A-1 single with 242 hours complete with s.s. fuel tank and muffler. With manuals. $800.00.

A 12-B of unknown age and hours, needs external parts reinstalled, all believed to be there. Also has hole in oil pan needs to be welded.$600.00 . Offers considered on one or both.

Located in Bradenton, Fl south of Tampa Bay.

Contact Bob Pitt  - rwpitt001@gmail.com  or 941 704 2074 

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December 26, 2015. We got the following greeting and update from Bob.

Merry Christmas, Ron

It has been quite a while since I checked in. Conch Pearl, # 16, is in Snead Island Boatworks, where I work, getting prepped to paint. Hopefully the centerboard pin will come out tomorrow. Over the past year work has included new toe and rub rails with caps, cockpit coamings and new chainplates. The spreaders on the replacement mast were already at the improved design length, so I moved the chainplates inboard to match. Pictures to follow.

Strength and Courage, 
Bob Pitt

Standing by

January 2, 2016. The pictures have arrived!

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