November 2015 MAINE COASTAL NEWS Page 19. Boat And Ship Yard News
in for some repair work, which included work to her rudder and skeg. The propeller hit the skeg and split it. A new rudder step was made, which was fabricated by R. E. Thomas. The forward garboards were off and were going to be replaced as well as the fastenings. He still had the engine mounts to deal with, add cement in the bilges for ballast, and do some varnishing. A Bunker & Ellis 36 is in and has had her transom replaced. They were next go- ing to work up a quote for additional work, mainly to the frames aft of the bulkheads. This will encompass seven pairs. Richard also said there was some frame work to do forward, but he thought he could make the necessary repairs with sisters. Also aft he will need to put in three new fl oors.
At Richard Stanley's shop in Bass Harbor they are making repairs to this Bunker & Ellis.
design #55, DULCINEA, which was built by the famous Allan H. Vaitses of Matta- poisett, MA and launched in the spring of 1958. She is described in Sensible Cruising Designs as a larger and more robust prede- cessor to the ROZINANTE. Vaitses reports to Mr. Herreshoff in
a letter dated August 10, 1958 that “Your little thirty foot nine inch double ender is the sweetest sailing cruiser I have ever seen. She is easy, fast, dry, beautifully balanced, sure footed, and responsive: I am crazy about this model, and could rave on about her indefi nitely.”
L. Francis then reports on September 22 of that year: “I was very much pleased to have an opportunity to go aboard DUL- CINEA last Saturday afternoon. I was much more pleased and surprised, at the fi ne job she is, and I particularly admired all of the small fi ttings that are carried out in just the right proportions. Below deck I am quite sure she is the most complete and best fi tted out boat of her size that I have ever seen. I believe Mr. Hitchcock is very much pleased with her, and I shouldn’t be surprised if she were one of the best sea boats of her size anywhere in the world.” Due to Artisan Boatworks’ reputation
for the fi nest quality restorations of boats in this size range, they have been asked to help fi nd DULCINEA a new owner with the wherewithal and passion to take on what will be a signifi cant but very worthwhile proj- ect. If you’ve always envisioned yourself owning and sailing one of L. Francis Her- reshoff’s fi nest small cruiser’s ever crafted, please contact Artisan for additional photos and to discuss the rebuilding process. For more information on new con- struction (sail or power), the restoration of existing classic yachts, or simply storage and maintenance – please contact Artisan Boat Works in Rockport.
Brion Reiff, boatbuilder of Brooklin has three projects going on in his shop. Brion designed a 28-foot open daysailer and is presently building her cold moulded hull. She has four layers, fore and aft, two diagonals and another fore and aft. She will be launched on the spring. WIZARD, the Fisher’s Island, has been given a new keel, fl oors frames, transom, stem, plywood/teak deck, and interior. The interior is almost complete, but they still have her wooden spars to build and put back on the original house. She will also be done and launched this spring.
An Eastsail 25 is almost done, with just painting and installation of hardware left to be done.
Last winter they rebuilt the hull of the R-boat SHADOW, which has been delivered to Ned Crosby of West Barnstable on Cape
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Cod, who will be fi nishing out the hull. This winter Reiff will be building her mast and boom and fabricating all her custom bronze hardware.
Richard Stanley, Boatbuilder of Bass Harbor, is getting busy.
Out in front of his shop was DELIGHT, a 1947 Bunker & Ellis, hull #3. She was
Another major proj- ect this winter will be rebuilding a peapod for a local customer. This will be followed by replacing the frames in a 12-foot rowing skiff.
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