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Hello fellow sailors; the name is Gilbert, just signed up and thought I would say hello. I live aboard down south in Miami and have been boating down here for more than 30 years. I converted to sail four years ago with my latest project Stella Maris. Stella is a 1975 70ft John Alden MS Cutter Ketch; although her sticks are short she makes up for it with ample canvas and she does very well in anything from 12 to 25 knots. In addition she has all the comforts of home, even though getting her into a slip requires attention.... smile. I've pretty much gone through everything system on her, yet there are a few items left to be done, but since funds are running short so they will have to wait.

I set her up for easy sailing by running all control lines to my new pilot house. If you want to laugh, how鈥檚 about the fact that most of her systems came through the mail via E-bay; it's the only way a guy like me could take on such a project. When I say easy to sail, I mean it as I have successfully sailed her for a few months at a time alone and in some cases the winds were 25 plus knots. Yes I am fit and capable, none the less a well seasoned sailor could easily sail her too.

I did 90% of the work myself, sorry but I could not link the photos so if you are interested seeing the restoration of her and deterioration of myself please e-mail. I will try and transfer the photos over here when I get better at this site so persons could get ideas from my successes and errors. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail as I am always willing to help. I can remember the time when I too had many questions and how helpful the responses were. Rule number one: know your limitations......

As for upcoming cruises, well we hope to sail over to the Bahamas in November, maybe we will see each other there and if so please do not hesitate to come by for sundowners and say hello.


Steady winds and calm seas

gil
 

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Hey gil - welcome to SN dude! Sounds like you have a great deal of knowledge and experience to bring to the bar.

Docking a 70 footer??? Don't you just give it a bit more throttle?
 

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Welcome... you'll soon have enough posts to put up photos.. suggest using a hosting site like Photobucket, then pasting the IMG CODE into your post and the pictures will show up within.

Sounds like you have good things to share!
 

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Thanks for the welcome

Faster, Thank you for the information. My photo package is quite extensive, it's more like the renovation of the Lost Soul. Funny saying as I seemed to be a step ot two behind Bob's prject all along. I shared my project with him at the Miami boat show sometime back, thats where I heard about his Shannon.

Being somewhat (somewhat... smile) computer savy I created a restoration album on a Windows Live sharing site, nothing too fancy but it serves it purpose. I'll look into reposting the images here later as it's gonna take some effort as the file sizes need to be modified. For now I will provide a link to those who wish to review the process. I trust that in doing so I will not violate any rules, my intention are simply to share experiences and help fellow sailors.

Should you wish to review the images please do so at Gilbert's photos - Windows Live

Gil
 

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IDPND.... No I built it out of Aluminum tubing, same stuff as the tuna towers on sport fishers. The original enclosure was to confined and not to effective for sheltering from the weather. I have a few images of the build up but I'm not sure as to how to link them yet. I did look into the signature as you stated, so if it works take a peek. If your doing something similar I would reccomend that you build the structure first then the hardtop afterwards, I made a mistake and did it the otherway around. By the way I used Divinicell for the hardtop (it comes in many thicknesses) and was totally please with its workability and final finish. let me know if I can help. Until then I had better figure out if I should and/or where to start a help thread or something like that.

Gil
 
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