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working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

Last year I pulled an older and abused Sea Sprite 23 off of Lake Champlain in NY. Found out after getting her home she is hull number 110, which makes her the 20th SS23 built (they skipped from 10 to 100 for some weird reason)

This was how she was advertised





But sadly, the pics were a year or two old and her brightwork did not quite shine so well.. but I still dragged her home from upstate NY to the southern end of NJ for a good refit. In between I got very sick due to black mold, moved, and got a new job that is paying well, but eating up a lot of time.

First off was 50+ years of housepaint off of her topsides. I found 4 different colours under the white.. and badly crazed gelcoat





This week, after building a tarp "house" over the cabin, I removed the portholes, companionway hatch, and all the woodwork from the cabin before embarking on sanding.





After sanding:





I generally work from either 11 to 7 or 3 to 11.. so it cuts into my daytime freetime.. but I am trying to get an hour a day in.. so it is slow by steady work. Next up is filling in all the holes and high build primer
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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

Another day.. another Hour or so of work on Flirt. removed the forward edges of the coamings and finished sanding down the cabin. She is starting to look 50 years younger.

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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

She has nice lines and will be worth the effort!

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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

Thanks Paul. She is a pretty little thing.. and will probably be the prettiest boat in the marina next year. for better or worse (depending on your point of view) they simply do not build boats like this anymore... well they do, but they are very very expensive.

Got the Coamings off today to expose the horrors beneath. The Mahogany was pretty badly rotted from 50+ years of being in the environment with minimal care... but I was able to save enough of them to use as a pattern for the new ones







Tomorrow I go back to sanding
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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

horror of horrors.. I found a 3 inch long crack where the cockpit, cockpit seats, and the cabin all meet.



Fixing that tomorrow.. but until then, enjoy the views of clean coaming mountings. Took forever with my dewalt orbital sander and 40grit to get all the gunk, glue, and sealant off.





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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

Mad, that is quite a project! Is the damage from Hurricane Sandy?. How about some before and after pics of the interior?
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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

no, just decades of abuse. Flirt is 51 years old and only the 20th Sea Sprite 23 built.. making her one of the earliest 'glass boats still around. I plucked her off of Lake Champlain last summer and dragged her down to Atlantic City. I knew I would need to do a refit.. but the more I get into her, the more I want to make "right"
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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

Our first sailboat was a Seasprite! Loved that boat.

Classic lines...great for the stiff south westerlies of Buzzards Bay.

You've got a keeper..............Love it!
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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

today I played with glassfibre. First to go was the crack I found yesterday. I brought out my almost industrial strength Dremil and cut it out smoothly before backing with waxpaper and gaffers tape. Yes, I made a mess, but it is sealed up properly. Tomorrow I will pull the tape and paper and back it with a few full sheets of glassfibre to make sure the crack never comes back. I might do the other side as a precaution





after that, I used gafftape to back all the holes in the cabintop before dribbling resin into those. As I am going to completely redo the handholds and companionway hatch, I would rather drill new holes than make the new stuff fit the old holes.





I really need to get a blog so I can more fully detail all this work
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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

So I decided to blog it.. now I need to build up to this point. but at least it gives some of the history of Flirt and myself

http://seasprite23flirt.wordpress.com/
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