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Buy a Project Boat???

15 February 2016 |
Buying an unfinished boat is not for everyone. On this boat some of the issues had not been resolved (at least not on paper). Two major issues were the bow sprit and the power transfer from the transmission to the propeller shaft.

Earl had designed part of it (the hardest part), but by itself it was incomplete. Fortunately, I was able to imagine the entire assembly and fabricate the entire belt drive system. They had purchased some of the parts the boat would eventually need, such as a spool of stainless rigging cable, Norseman fittings & bronze turnbuckles for the standing rigging. Many of the parts although 40+ years old and antiquated still looked new.

Some parts needed to be replaced as the winches for handling the sails. All in all, the boat will be a New Boat with very modern equipment with a 50 year old design.

So with the few things Mark mentioned above, everything else had to be purchased or made by hand. Mark is very talented and resourceful but everything takes so much time. And then there are all the times that life happens & you don't get to work on the boat like you would like to.


08 May 2015
Woo Hoo! Retirement - now things will get done really quickly! More time, less restrictions. This will be easy! Wrong!!!! Mark said he just traded a job that he got paid for to a job with No pay & longer hours. On the bright side things are getting done faster.

If you have ever bench pressed a 13 ton boat, well at least that is what it felt like. After days & months of holding a sander to the bottom of the boat, that is how it felt. Did I mention that a 44 foot boat has a really large bottom. And 44 feet is only one side!!

Everything above the deck/hull joint was just raw fiberglass. All edges had to be sanded, filled and faired. Time was spent planning the deck hardware, hatches & rigging.

The entire cabin top has been cored with balsa wood. This means every hole made in the fiberglass must be cored (drilling out the fiberglass, remove the balsa wood & fill with fortified epoxy. Mark has done this process in over hundreds & hundreds of holes. Getting the top ready to paint and add hardware was not a fun easy process either.

My (linda) saving Grace is that Mark is able to maintain a very positive outlook. He is always saying "Piece of Cake" when I ask him how it is going. Amazing!!

Rescueing another boat that paid off

14 February 2014
So, at this point Mark has been working on "By His grace" for 4 years. This is all done after work & on weekends.

He has also been watching this boat down at the marina that in the process of sinking. The owner passed away & his children didn't want it. It is a 34 foot Catalina sailboat.

She was going up for auction & Mark thought he would wander down and see what was going on. Mark and one other man showed up. The harbor master wanted at least $1,800 for the unpaid moorage fees.

Other man bid $1,900. Mark bid $2,000. Other man decided Mark could have it! So, he comes home & tells me he bought another boat!!!!! Just what we need I'm thinking but then it isn't me doing all the work so OK.

It took one year of hard work....and it sold for $33,000!! So Mark went out & bought the electric winches he wanted, the traveler, roller furling for the two head sails, and other goodies that he had been drooling over.

Well, that took one year out of working on our Cascade. but, it did pay off.

7. How do you eat a elephant?

15 January 2012
ONE BITE AT A TIME! Mark would spend hours at this table calculating & recalculating. Designing & redesigning. The amazing thing to me was he was always optimist & would say "Piece of Cake!!"

I was a "saint" (haha) and said he could put boat parts in the dining room. When he wasn't working at the boat he would work in our garage & made the hatch covers, bow sprit, and handrails. So he had wood projects going on & welding projects. All of these spilled over into our living room. We even had a brand new toilet & stove behind the couch. Saint - I know!!!

6. In the Scappoose Boatyard

09 September 2010
We now own a boat!! I don't think it is very pretty boat. It needs A WHOLE LOT OF WORK!! But she has a ton of potential. Mark says "She has pretty (graceful, beautiful) lines. "She is a diamond in the ruff."

There was a insurance commercial that starred a mother whose children bought a boat. She said "all they talk about is the BOAT! The BOAT, THE BOAT, THE BOAT!!!

So, we had the boat moved from Gresham to Dike's Marine & Storage in Scappoose Oregon. Working with Bruce and Debbie Helms has made this whole project possible. They are one of the few boatyards that will allow you to do your own work on your boat. Their help and resources are invaluable.

Well, that's the direction our lives took. Mark worked every weekend and worked work nights when it was still light outside. There was so much that needed to be redone due to sitting in the water and sitting unattended for the next 20 years.

The first thing Mark had to was to construct a storage cover to protect it from the rain because it wasn't water proof. It did leak! Not good.

He then chose to start working on the bottom of the boat, thinking that if he started with the nastiest job first everything else would be easy (wrong)! Anyway, all of the paint had to be sanded off. This sounds like a easy thing to do--just sand it off. Well.....

Then all the keel fairing had to be chiseled out and sanded then filled with the proper fairing material (fortified epoxy filler), sanded again and then painted with six coats of barrier coat and then six coats of COPPERCOAT bottom paint. COPPERCOAT claims to last up to 10 to 15 years, if it works as advertised it will justify the extra cost.



02 September 2010
CASCADE YACHTS was a pioneering U.S. based builder of fiberglass monohull sloop-rigged sailboats ranging in sized from 23 to 42 feet in length. It was founded in 1954 in Portland Oregon by a group of local sailors interested in experimenting with fiberglass sailboat construction.

The first design, the 34 foot Chinook, came from the desk of well-known Philadelphia naval architect Frederick Geiger, adapted from a wood design. The first five were launched in 1956-1957 to the founders, and began winning local races and gathering attention in the press. Eventually 70 were produced, making it arguably the first production fiberglass sailboat.

Like many early producers of fiberglass boats, the company's production methods resulted in yachts that were heavier than later builders. Experimenting with fiberglass, at that time a relatively novel material for boat construction, the founders made test samples that were shot at from 10 feet with various firearms to test the material strength. The test samples repelled .45 slugs and became the foundation of the company's reputation for producing bulletproof yachts. Various Cascade Yachts have been dropped off slings, fallen off a trailer at highway speed, and submerged in a mudslide, and suffered little consequential damage. Many Cascade hulls were sold in various stages of completion for owners to finish the interior.

In 1989 the company's assets were sold to a new owner who continued production under the name of Cascade Yachts.

In 2007 the company was sold to Russell Mead and moved to Warrenton, Oregon.

(This info is from Wikipedia)

Vessel Name: By His Grace
Vessel Make/Model: Cascade 44
Hailing Port: Aloha, Or
Crew: Mark & Linda Kloepfer
Mark has been sailing for the past 20+ years on the Columbia River. He now wants to live on a sailboat & travel the world. He has been feeding Linda sailing articles of Aqua Blue Water & White Sandy Beaches. Oh, also drinks with little umbrellas in them. [...]
Extra: We will be sailing Sailing Vessel "By His Grace" as well as Sailing By HIS Grace!
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After Coppercoat applied
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Bending wood on the stairs, adding the wood hatches that Mark made.
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Bottom work
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