New Life for Christy Lee

Detailing the restoration of a classic Spencer 35...

16 August 2017
30 September 2014
27 July 2014
07 June 2014
22 February 2014
05 February 2014
25 January 2014
02 June 2013
10 April 2013
25 March 2013 | Norfolk, VA
15 March 2013
14 March 2013
13 March 2013
12 March 2013
03 March 2013
28 February 2013
24 February 2013
23 February 2013

Been a while!

16 August 2017
Yet another massive delay, yet another effort to rekindle the restoration. After much todo a pad of concrete was laid next to the house and CL has been moved in. I found that the boatyard was simply too far away to get things done in the small snippets of time I have available. Still need to get a decent ladder in for access, but the boat is here and I have power onboard. Several projects that have been on hold in the house have been completed to give me time to work on the boat.
My new plan begins with watertight integrity topside. After every rainfall I have to pump out the bilge, it's time to put a stop to that. Step 1 is going to be getting a cover on the boat, step 2 is going to be redoing the deck.
- Everything comes off and gets rebedded
- Toerail is getting removed altogether
- New companionway
- New ports all-around
- Glass over teak winch mounts
- Remove excess hardware
- New pulpit and stern rails / lifeline stanchions
- Anchor bowsprit
- Prep bow for windlass installation

Time to jump in and get busy...
Vessel Name: Christy Lee
Vessel Make/Model: 1963 Spencer 35
Hailing Port: Chesapeake, VA
Crew: Steph & the kids
I got a boat in the first place because cruising is a family thing. I have many, MANY good memories of sailing that involved my uncles, my grandparents, and the good people at VYC. My crew is my family, and anybody else who decides to come along. [...]
Extra: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

Cap'n Mike's Info

Who: Steph & the kids
Port: Chesapeake, VA