Monday October 23rd. The hull repair of “Fleetwood” ‘s stranding was a success

Written by Jack van Ommen on October 23rd, 2017

It has been a while since I posted my last blog. Over a month. I had expected to have the good news, of the successful repair, weeks ago but I ran into a number of delays, figuring no news is good news. There was a lot of doubt if I would be able to pull it off, not in the least on my part. So, today is a big day and I look forward to long list of work to do, now the main repair is accomplished, and equipment to procure to get back on the water.

I have a 7 minute video of  the repair at: https://youtu.be/Ia64vaUW3bw showing details of the repair, including today’s carbon fiber reinforcement. I had a lot of help and advice from Todd Dhabolt who built the boat from a kit I had sold him in 1984 and from George Whisstock, the creator of the NAJA kit. 

I have also had a lot of help here from the people of Cape Charles Yacht Center. The town and surroundings have grown on me and I have made up a 13 minute video that will give you a sense of the unique location:  https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=OrUT82hXjfM

There is also a 2 minute movie on the unusual flying inflatable/ amphibious ultralight/annexe volante/fliegendes Gummiboot: https://youtu.be/5sgnnhnlHLw

It is getting late. But I wanted to get the good news out. Tomorrow is supposed to be a rainy day and I’ll follow up with my visiting schedule to the Pacific Northwest in November/December and my plans for the rest of the boat repair and plans for the coming year.

 

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