Saturday, May 27, 2006
A collage of replacement of Superstructure
These photos show that hardly any of the original marine plywood is being left. Only what was replaced in 2001 is staying and of course all the horizontal surfaces that were fiberglassed at time of original construction back in 1968. The new 15 mm Okoami 7 layer Epoxied plywood is the best that could be bought. Much better than the Marine plywood used back in N.C. in '01. This plwood had to be shipped from Mass. The Brand New Doors are going to look great. I have not purchased the windows or portholes for the light and cross ventilation yet. The main features I seek are two piece assembly with the fasteners on the inside, corrosion resistance, strength and overall sleek but not too modern in appearance.
Memorial Day Weekend & End of Week 2
Billy has done a Great job keeping his momentum for the project going. The fiberglass is going on today on the starboard side. This means the new marine plywood is installed and all the cancer removed.
Having to sacrifice some contour lines and teak trim will be worth not having to go through this again in another 35 years. She is really coming together nicely.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Trusting Billy "Boatman" Thomas
The work the first week is fantastic. May the Energy and Chi continue so W.D. can be used and enjoyed again. I'll include later some images of Billy's 1948 Huckins Fair Form Flyer that he completely restored.
Total Superstucture ReHab
Planning to Replace all new plywood, and then fiberglass over it. We will not go back with lots of high maintenance teak trim. We are reducing all the lines to a minimum to allow for a smooth FG job and great drainage and paint adhesion. This is a real project.
Another Angel to Guide Us
Dolphins helped leed us thru some of the most treacherous waters in the world. You wouldn't want to get me started on my favorite Dolphin Encounters.
At Anchor & At Peace
This is what she looked like when Cheri and i were cruising her in 2001-2003. We covered from the Outer Banks down around The Keys and up the Gulf side to Mibile Bay.
Then up the Warrior River to the Tom Bigbee Waterway into Yellow creek to Lake Pickwick, part of the Tennessee River System of locks and dams. There were 11 on the Tombigbee portion alone.
Interior Shots Made the Summer of 2005
The Lower Helm
The handcrafted Teak wheel shows Artistry in wood working rarely found these days.
A new Electrical Service Panel
and wiring installed by Triton Marine in 2002. Everything from shore power inlets to sub-panels updated.
A knotmeter and Log added 2001
The Master Stateroom has an ample Double Bed as well as a large hanging locker, bureau, desk and book shelves, all in
The Access Ladder to Main Saloon can be removed to check level on 30" tall and 30 gallon day tank. Also, you can transfer and polish fuel from 4 main tanks with a combined capacity of 800 gallons. Two tanks Aft have 230 gallons, then two tanks forward with 170 gallons each plus the 30 gallon day tank give this proven trawler the Grand Banks 42 Classic with the greatest range of any ever built.
Whittlers Dream is a 1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic
My name is Darrin Jones and I am the Owner of m/v "Whittlers Dream" a Trawler Yacht built originally for Robert And Mildred Newton. Mr. Newton was the Founder and CEO/President of American Marine Ltd. which is "Grand Banks". She is Hull number 125 out of 353 very similar to her that are True Woodies, ( a plank on frame construction) . Grand Banks went on from Hull 354 thru 1589 in Fiberglass construction. She was named by Mr. Charlie Stokes, a somewhat famous artist in all things carved, inlaid, and a degreeless engineer extrodinaire. I have never met Charlie, he died on "Whittler's dream" before my wife and I purchased her from Charlie's girlfriend.
I have alot of photos to post, of before, when we fixed her up, then used her a while, then got back to rebuilding the whole darn superstructure.