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Building the Little Maid of Kent
I started building the Little Maid of Kent in November of 1973. The material I used was Steel as I was a mechanic by trade and welding was done everyday. I made the wooden form out of ruff cut oak and laid it upside down. I then laid the steel sections onto the form and welded them together. The welding took ten full days and I righted the hull and removed the form. The rest of the building was finished with the help of my three sons and the patience of my wife, in the spring of 1976 and launched the boat in Apirl 1976. The time in hours approx. 2100 and the cost at launch was $5900. The first sail outside of a engine shaft bearing being to tight went perfect and the next 4 years was the most enjoyable of my life. We sailed from Lake Michigan to Lake Ontario in all kind of weather. My crew went in the service and the boat was a little much for my wife and I so I sold it in 1980. It was a joy to sail and a joy to build.