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4 Weeks Ago 11:12 AM
saradog
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

A few years ago I replaced my original plastic ports with stainless steel. I worked with my yard and New Found Metals and the new ones fit perfectly. NFM probably has the measurements in their records somewhere.

Saradog
4 Weeks Ago 05:45 PM
wjuniker Some of the ports might be the same as the pilothouse. As far as blisters I'm havin a bottom job done right now in Port Aransas on the Texas coast. The previous owner said it was done 6 years ago upon inspection I felt pretty good about the the bottom. Very minor blisters.
4 Weeks Ago 10:46 PM
rbyham
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

I have the pilothouse version and can get you sizes tomorrow. Hopefully they are the same as the Clipper. I am curious of those who own late 70s Clippers about hull blisters. Mine is a 1978 that I bought about 3 months ago. A fixer-upper for sure. I am curious of those who have had to haul and repaint their bottoms. How did she look for blisters? Anyone able to comment on fiberglass construction of hull in terms of water intrusion (blisters)? Thanks.
04-19-2015 05:20 PM
wjuniker
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

Im lookin for the sizes of the hatches and both sizes of the ports. Can anyone help
10-18-2010 09:22 PM
saradog
Thanks for the tip sierradave

I did find the issue of Practical Sailor. I guess I will try the cleaning and waxing approach one more time before painting.

Saradog
Chesapeake Bay
10-17-2010 05:38 PM
sierradave
Bombay Clipper 31--deck cleaning

Saradog:
I just took a shot at cleaning the deck areas, scrubbing it down and then using 3M Marine Wax with an electric buffer. The areas I did definitely have a bit more sheen than before, but I can't speak to how long it will last.
There's a really good article in this month's issue of Practical Sailor comparing lots of boat waxes/polishes. If you have access to those (many yacht clubs keep a library) you might take a look.
Good luck!
-_Dave
Alameda, CA
PS: you're right about no aft cabin; we see it as a perfect two-person overnight boat.



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Originally Posted by saradog View Post
I thought I would post here since it seems to be the most recent BC thread. I've had a 1978 BC for 5 or 6 years and sail on the Chesapeake Bay. I love the boat but the lack of an aft cabin is a little limiting in terms of overnighting with others. Right now my biggest task is doing something about the deck. It's getting that old chalky texture and mildews easily. I've tried cleaning and waxing but that doesn't last long. Does anybody have any suggestions on the best approach to restoring the deck? Thanks.
10-16-2010 11:00 PM
saradog
info on Bombay Clipper history

Since a few posters had asked about the history of the Bombay Clipper, I thought I would post a couple of paragraphs from an interview with Bob Johnson of Island Packet from 2004:

"I was also consulting, doing odd designs, but I really wanted to be an independent designer and builder. I was making a living but knew I had complete knowledge of how to build production boats. I had an opportunity to buy molds for a relatively new boat from Bombay Yachts, a local company that was being liquidated. It was founded by two guys who left Irwin: Ross James and Chris Petty. One was production manager and one was sales manager. I bought the molds for the Bombay Express which Walt Scott had designed for them as a beamy cat sloop. Chris Petty had always liked that kind of boat and was the prime mover behind its creation."

"Chris and Ross left Irwin to start Bombay Yachts, they did a 31-foot Bombay Clipper designed by Walt Scott from scratch then bought a Canadian mold and converted a 44-footer. Their last boat before they went out of business was the Bombay Express, they built 16 or 17, and some were sold as unfinished boats because they were winding down. They didn't go bankrupt, but they had sold out to an investor who passed away, and the business was liquidated. I realized an opportunity was before me and it was a boat I related to, a centerboarder with a barndoor rudder, looking like a Cape Cod catboat with 5-foot 9-inch headroom. This was the parent boat for the IP line, the Island Packet 26."
10-14-2010 06:12 AM
bonsai77 I have never heard abou this boat type, sorry.
10-13-2010 11:13 PM
hardin45lover
Go For It

THE one thing i know is that back in the late 80's i met a fellow in Jensen Beach at Bailey boat yard whom had home built this same boat ( think he had rented or somehow got hold of a mold ) he had built this boat in the midwest and brought it to Florida with his family of 5-6 and planned on cruising the world. I THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY but last I heard they were in the carib and doing well
The design is not fast but well thought of and the numbers make sense for what you are looking at doing...
Cap. Joseph
10-13-2010 09:56 PM
saradog
Hello Bombay Clipper owners

I thought I would post here since it seems to be the most recent BC thread. I've had a 1978 BC for 5 or 6 years and sail on the Chesapeake Bay. I love the boat but the lack of an aft cabin is a little limiting in terms of overnighting with others. Right now my biggest task is doing something about the deck. It's getting that old chalky texture and mildews easily. I've tried cleaning and waxing but that doesn't last long. Does anybody have any suggestions on the best approach to restoring the deck? Thanks.
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