Posted a few recent photos to Picasa today. As you can see we now have a dodger, belaying pins and settee cushions. The Radar antenna had to move down the mast to stay away from the jib halyard and headstay. It now lives just below the spreaders and above the home of the gaff saddle when the main is at full hoist. Speaking of gaffs I made a major one using 5200 to bed the radar mount. Now trying to hide the scars with plugs, West System Epoxy and a bit of stain.
Current plan is to launch at Hillman's Marina on Dickinson Bayou and motor over to Clear Lake Yacht Center to marry the mast, add boot stripe, bottom paint, compound and wax the hull. Sea trials around Thanksgiving and sailing before year end.
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.