Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sad news

I just received a letter from the guy who bought the boat. The guy picked the boat up last September.  He is from Missouri and I thought I'd herd the last from him.   It was a chatty letter with a by-the-way note at the end.  On his way back home he was involved in a multi-car accident.  His car went in a ditch, rolled over and smashed the boat that was riding on the top.  He is ok.
 He didn't send any pictures.

A sad end to a beautiful 1963  Fletcher Cates.










Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Final post!!!

I sold the boat.  I don't have anymore pix but a few months ago a fellow from Missouri called me.  Said he found this blog and was facinated with the boat.  He sent me a $300 buck retainer and said he would show up in Sept as he and his wife were taking a vacation to the east coast.   He showed up sept 10th and took the boat to the bows of this great country.  I hope all of the followers of this restoration had as much fun as I did.  Now onto the restoration of  Bill Schills  "Griff"  A  Ventnor look-a-like. 

Cheers,

Bill Boyle     

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Random pix

Credit for these pix goes to the Albaugh gang.

These were taken at the Carl Patterson Memorial Regatta at Chestertown Md, Sept 29 2012.
I'm in the red boat and my son Shane is in the white boat.











Thursday, October 4, 2012

For sale


The Cates is for sale. I sailed the boat at  Pattersons Chestertown YC regatta last weekend and the boat sailed great. (skipper needed work).    I took some water but after racing I checked the rudder gudgons and all of the bolts were loose.   I put a wrench on them.  The boat comes with sail #2322    Sail 92 is from Tweezer.    Send me a note and we can talk.  I'd like $1500.

Bill
Txt or call 410 271 2930

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Just about done

I put the Cates away for awhile consintrating on the Abbott which I sailed at the nationals.  Got second place in the vintage class...The Abbott preformed exceptionally well.  Now we are back on the Cates.  I'm going to sail this boat next week at Bob Patterson's regatta at the Chestertown Yacht Club.   I want to see if all the work I did on the bottom holds up.  I've been criticized because I didn't replace the bottom when I did the deck off restoration.




Taking a break on the bay bridge tunnel  connecting the eastern shore of VA to Norfolk.  It's a 17 mile bridge.

Friday, July 27, 2012

I'm back!

I took a few months off on the Cates project but I'm back now.  I think I'll sail this boat August 5 in Chestertown.
I thought I finished this project months ago but making the decision to just replace the decks was probably not the best idea.  While mostly sound, the bottom has developed separations in the lamination of the plywood.   50 year old glue just isn't quite up for the task.  I fiberglassed the bottom keel section back together and repaired the major cracks but I can see this is just going to be a continuing maintenance task.  Maby the next guy that gets this boat can tackle the bottom.