This cedar on oak Stonehorse was built on Cape Cod in 1933, I believe she is #3. Owned by a pair of shipwrights she is dry (with solar bilge pump) on the mooring but suffers from some neglect (we’d rather go sailing than do brightwork) and her cabin is very sparse.
Shes a lovely boat to sail, and has a full suit of sails, including three headsails and a main. The main was recently re-stitched, the largest jib has a wire luff and is in good shape, the two smaller high-cut jibs are well used but functional. There are serviceable sail covers for both sails.
Her mast is rigged with a tabernacle on the cabin top, making it a breeze to step, she can be completely rigged in a few hours. The mainsail has a boom-roller reefing system allowing it to be reefed in very small increments as needed.
She is unpowered (one lunger was removed years ago) though she does have engine beds and a through hull in the sternpost for a prop. Bronze prop and stainless shaft included. She is rigged with thole pins for rowing from the cockpit. Oars not included.
Bowsprit has a roller for a 20lb fishermans, with 250′ of chain rode (included)
She has been on Lake Champlain since the late ’30’s, and the freshwater has been kind to her. Her bronze backbone bolts are in great shape.
In 2020 she had a big round of work done to bring her back after several years on the hard. Work done includes:
Completely refastened with bronze #12 screws
Hull entirely stripped, sealed, and refinished
New canvas decks set in elastomeric paint
New white oak bowsprit and boomkin
New white oak garboards, both sides
Soft frame heels excised and new material scarfed in
Solar panel (20w) with charge controller, new bilge pumps (rule 600 for day-to-day and a rule 1500 for emergencies/launching), and 12v outlets for navigational lights (or charging your phone!)
Leaking butt-blocks replaced and re-bedded
If you were worried that there was no work left to do, fear not! Shes 90 years old, of course there’s still work to do!
Varnish! We did a nice job in the 2020 refit, and the companion way looks great, but…everything else needs love. We kept the brightwork to a minimum, so not a huge job, but several years behind.
Interior/cabin finishing. We removed the ceiling to gain access to the structure, and it’s still removed. The berths and floorboards are installed without it presently. The interior paint is peeling and should be scraped and refinished. Ceiling planking is labeled and can be re-installed.
There are some soft floor timbers. At present they are sound but will want replacing down the line.
Persistent leak from the shaft bore in the stern post.
Transom planking is looking tired, due for replacement in the next few seasons
We’ve both moved on to bigger cruising boats and didn’t sail BUFFLEHEAD enough last summer, though she was in the water, so it’s time for her to go to someone who will really sail her. She includes all her equipment and a tandem axle flat-bed trailer with pads and a tongue extension for ramp launching and retrieving. The trailer is currently registered in VT, and is functional though the tires are cracked.
Boat located in Lincoln, VT.
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