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Cape Cod Marlin 23' refit

Took me a while to figure out where to post this...

I have a 1965 Cape Cod Marlin. Not the most common of boats, although mine is hull #78 so they built a few. It's basically a modification of the Herreshoff Fish class, with an extended counter stern, or basically a big Bullseye. I just finished my second full season with the boat and thought I'd share some of the work I did on it, mostly the first year.

The boat was in generally good shape, the topsides had been repainted, the mast replaced, a bowsprit and roller furling added about 10 years ago. The lines, winches, mainsail and boom were very tired. I singlehand about 95% of the time so things have to work easily. The short list of what I did:

2007:
- Replaced primaries with Lewmar #16 self tailers
- New main boom set up for vang and reefing (unlike old boom)
- New mainsail with partial full battens (top two)
- Asymmetric spinnaker
- Repainted inside of cabin
- Repainted nonskid on cockpit sole and seats
- Removed ugly outboard bracket from transom and filled in holes
- Refinished cabin doors
- Replaced nearly all blocks and lines

2008:
- Replaced standing rigging
- Refinished tiller

For anyone who reads Sailing magazine, I wrote a story about the refit that appeared in the Jan '08 issue. (Click on "story" to see pdf of article)

I'll post some pics in a minute....
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What the boat looked like when I got it....note the lifelines (on a 23' boat??), winches, the outboard bracket. What isn't so visible here are the tears in the sail cover, the 3 strand line that comprises the mainsheet, and the deceased mainsail. But she's still pretty..


What the cabin looked like before:

And after:

These belong in a museum:

The Lewmars were worth every penny in ease of use.

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The outboard bracket was a huge pain. It took the paint and filler off down to the bare fiberglass and left me with this:

It required much sanding, two fills with thickened epoxy, one sealer coat, lots more sanding and then painting. In reality not a huge job but I hadn't really ever done anything like this before.
Can't see it here:

Boat on the mooring this summer:
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Brodie...just ran across this thread. Wow...nice work!!
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Certainly impressive!

What nice work and a beautiful boat. It looks like you did alot of good work on the boat and took pictures of most of it. Why dont you consider making a blog or a website for it? There are alot of people out there that are looking for explanations of the work that you did on your boat.

My website, which is in my signature, has a page that is for listing websites that contain content like this right here. I would like to encourage you to consider making a blog or website of it. If it is of the same quality of your work and of the article for Sailing then it would be an excellent addition to the page.

If you are interested PM me. I will be glad to help you start up a website or blogg.
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Nice boat and well done, congratulations! I also have a daysailer version of Marlin, got her two years ago from a boatyard in NYC in a state of total neglect and am slowly bringing her back to life, photo below.

I'd strongly recommend painting over the cabin sides as the exposed resin gets damaged from all the UV radiation which over time affects structural integrity. Back in the 60's they didn't know much about it so they left it unpainted, these days even CCSB paints the sides over when they restore a Marlin.
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1959 Marlin

I just went through the last few Marlins posts and have been glad to see all the information and pictures of Marlins. It's hard to believe that these boats are still being sailed and saved. I have owned our Marlin for 6 years now, and have been restoring for three years. The boat is heavy and built to last. I am new to the site and will create a longer post with pictures about "Remarkable"
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hi Remarkable! good to see there are even more Marlins being sailed and restored out there... for all of you interested in sharing information and ideas about these remarkable sailboats we now have our own mailing list - you can review recent posts and sign up at marlin-owners : Marlin Sailboat Owners
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Nice boat Brodie. Looks like she is coming along nicely.
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