To document the restoration and repair of the Bristol Channel Cutter "Sea Star", now "Rose", following damage suffered in Sept 2008 Hurricane Ike.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
The nesting dinghy is a bit too tall to stow on the house top but she fits nicely up forward. The bow section fits over the scuttle hatch bow facing forward and then the stern section goes on top. There's enough deck space to go forward on either tack and room to handle head sails or ground tackle. Grab rails on the dinghy bottom will make for a safer the trip forward.
Sea Star is Bristol Channel Cutter Hull no 76 built by Sam L Morse Shipyard in 1987. On September 13th, 2008 Hurricane Ike hit Galveston Texas damaging many of the boats in the Galveston Yacht Basin. Because I had her grossly under insured the insurance company declared her a total loss, paid me the full insured value and gave me 30 days to buy the wreck or turn over the title. Having just retired I decided to restore her and bring her back with a traditional gaff rig as Lyle Hess originally drew her. This blog is meant to document the restoration and solicit constructive critisism from other BCC and traditional pilot cutter sailors and builders.