Winston bought Yankee #79, No Worries from Dave Dugan, Augusta, South Carolina in the Spring of 2007. Dave had a lot of restoration plans for her that Winston will have to finish. We await a progress report from Winston but in the meantime below is a lot of stuff that Dave provided.
I am the proud new owner of Yankee Yachts Hull #79 which I purchased from Dave Dugan in March this year. Dave sent me your Dolphin 24 web site info and I have enjoyed looking it over. I plan to submit my information to join the forum in the near future. I have not started restoration as of yet (trying to get honey dooes off the table) but it looks like your site will provide much needed support.
Winston Phillips, June 5, 2007
June 8, 2007. Your webmaster had an exchange of emails with Dave Dugan which are excerpted below:
I bought her from a friend of mine after the death of her husband... Seems the boat was the first thing to go... :-) Other than that, info is pretty scarce.... I don't believe that he was her first owner, but the charts with the boat had her all over the Gulf of Mexico and in eastern side of Florida... She was un-named when I bought her ( I think that's a sin) About all I had was a brass plate above the V- berth with her hull number...
The plan is to get her sailing again. As I began to remove portions of the old deck, I found that the entire deck needed to be replaced, along with the electrical, plumbing, and all the running rigging.... These are some pictures of the initial demolition. I think the projected re-launch is going to have to wait a little longer.....
I never finished her... I actually got all of her deck off, as it was rotten, and had most of everything else stripped.. Then, I ran out of money.... I'm sure that you know how that goes??? I actually donated her, and a gentleman from Tennessee purchased her came down and picked her up. I'm from SC... I think he's going to pick up where I left off....
Never got her in the water.... Really wished I could have gotten No Worries in the water and sailed her....
December 10, 2008. Winston Phillips and your webmaster exchanged emails and the following is an edited summary. Some of this information might be useful to others with wood deck/cabin Dolphins.
December 10, 2007
Thanks for checking on me. I haven’t been able to start work on this endeavor as yet, but intend to get started after the New Year. I do keep up with your post and other information that you so aptly provide. I like seeing pictures of the other Dolphins especially photos showing the cockpit areas. My progress so far only consists of sketching how I might construct the new deck and cockpit area. All the old cockpit framing, bulkheads, lockers, seating, comings, winch towers, bridge deck and etc. was removed prior to my purchase. This gives me a clean slate to configure as I would like, but not yet comfortable with how best to make these arrangements. Any input from you and the group would be appreciated.
Thanks for getting back to me. My boat, Marionette is a wood boat on a fiberglass hull, like No Worries. As it happens I am redoing the interior and everything is stripped out. Some of the pictures are up on her page. http://www.dolphin24.org/restorations_marionette.html
Also, check out http://www.dolphin24.org/teal_construction.html. Teal was the original name of my boat and the guy who built her sent me some pictures taken during construction that might help.
I'll take some more interior pictures, and the cockpit from the inside, trying to get shots of the framing so you see what was done. Maybe that will help.
Ron, Thanks for the information. I’ll look for your pictures when you can. My sailing grounds are area lakes where I day sail my little Victoria 18. I will probably put the Dolphin in Kentucky Lake for summer cruising, and since it trailers I could venture to the coast as time allows. (Dreaming about that one)
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
June 9, 2009. Winston sent in the following email. We have set up the link in the Stories Section as well.
Not sure if you are aware of the solo sailing adventure by Capt. Tommy from Two Harbors, MN to Alaska via the Northwest Passage. I can’t remember where I saw the link to this, but it is very interesting. Thought you and other Dolphin sailors would enjoy. The link is www.articsolosail.com His Blog will take you back to the beginning and the almost daily posts will keep you up with the progress.
Still working on ‘No Worries’
July 15, 2011. We have the following update from Winston(minor edit)
I don't have any news to report on restroration of 'No Worries' but I have built a new shop building for use in that purpose so will be spending more time in that endevor.
Hope you continue to have a safe and enjoyable Maine excursion.
March 8, 2016. In response to our request we got the following update, 'gut wrenching' photos, and a 'gut wrenching' name change decision. (minor edits)
Thanks for inquiry. I'm still here and visit your site often. I have made good progress for the time invested. The issue is staying on point. The Admiral says I'm a slacker (Ouch!) Attached are some photos along the journey. In the beginning my endeavor was to make all thing new but realized I would forfeit much originality.
Since then I have repaired and reused whats possible and only replaced as needed. At some point I plan to organize small portions of the project pictures and get those to you. Let me know If you have any preference for that format (JPEG format).
I hate to ask since boat name changes probably cause you much grief, but since keeping and reusing remnants of the original bits the obvious name for hull #79 should be "REMNANT". Webmaster Note: when pressed by your webmaster on this important decision Winston later added:
After exhaustive search of U.S. Coast Guard records and other applicable ship registries I could find no official recording of "No Worries". Further the "No Worries" placard or signage was ever placed on hull #79. Considering that, I feel somewhat safe in making this name change. The appropriate rituals and ceremony to follow upon completion. Please make name change to "Remnant" for Hull #79.
Forward any required forms you require for this service. Webmaster Note: We considered forwarding the standard psychiatric questionaire but decided to waive pending satisfactory rituals and ceremony.
Thank you and best regards.
Click on the photos for a larger image
December 2, 2016 - Responding to a followup from your webmaster Winston sent in a report on replacing Remnant's deck deck and toe rails. We have placed here and in the Techninal Section/Repairs
I see you and Marionette had a fabulous year, congratulations on your successes. Hope 2017 will be as kind.
You must have your hand on the Dolphin Community pulse and sensed I was restarting again some work on Remnant - other duties have prevented my intended efforts.... About a week ago I had a window of time and wanted to work on an item I could complete. My next major step is tackling the cockpit area but that will require more attention than available now, so I wanted to proceed on fabrication of the new toe rail and bow assembly.
Obviously that would require verification of the original shear to deck construction along with several other items I needed to know for sure to avoid the expense of trial and error construction. Attached sketch shows the original shear and toe rail construction.
The bow deck framing was not part of original. As far as I can see the 2 ply fore deck was self supporting. Also the stanchions were only partly supported by the shear with most of the bearing on the deck. I opted to add more support at their locations. Also attached are several pictures of the original conditions and include some or the work completed thus far. You will see where I deviated from original.
Now to the toe rail and bow assembly fabrication.
The bow assembly was fabricated from 3" thick stock. I don't have that so opted to build up from my 2" stock on hand. Photo of glued up bow piece awaiting completion.
The fabrication and splicing of the toe rail is a challenge. Original working stock was at least 14 ft with one main splice near midships. See photo of that splice, it is quite impressive and the fit up was perfect.
The original builders were skilled. My stock is only 8 ft long so splice locations will increase. In addition if I try to match the original splice the overlap of stock length will only add to the splice count. I'll forward the final splice detail when I work that out. I have made a sample piece of toe rail from scrap and can say its going to be an unforgiving piece of work. From 1-1/2 x 3" stock the first order is to cut the rabbit on the base to accommodate the 2 ply deck, next slope cut end to end to match height change and finally bevel from top to base to finish out with 3/4" top and 1-1/4" base - all the while keeping the splices compatible. Will see how this goes....
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.