In July 2004 Robert in Memphis contacted me for information on the handrail moldings beneath the main cabin windows in the saloon. His boat, a 1970 Cadet, was missing them altogether. I traced the outline of my molding and he was able to mill the molding he needed from that. He sent me pictures of the finished grabrails.

the new handrail Robert made  new handrail in the saloon

He later wrote that everyone really likes holding onto the handrail and pretending the boat is in heavy seas!

In January 2005, Robert sent me these pictures of his Cadet taken at the time he bought her, before he started any restoration.

the Cadet before any upgrades  the tiller steering and cockpit controls

the saloon and galley

the saloon and galley

At this point in time his boat was hauled out and undergoing extensive restoration work.

undergoing restoration in 2005

undergoing restoration in 2005

Among other things, he is rebedding ports and glueing new veneer on the interior cabin ceilings.

He said he’d tried to fish an anemometer wire up through the inside of the mast, but that wasn’t successful so he ran the wire along the outside of the mast instead, inside a sheath of 5/8-inch line held to the mast with small padeyes. He then made a drip loop just before the wires enter the underside of the metal tube where the original mast wires exit the mast. He used a rubber grommet in the hole he drilled to prevent chafe on the wires.

the casing for the anemometer wire  the drip loop before reentry

He was refinishing the mast, keeping to Rebecca Wittman’s brightwork advice and using Epifanes Gloss. He stripped the Armada finish off the outside cabin teak paneling during this period.

He had been working on the teak deck as well. As there were lots of issues with reluctant and broken screws, all of which were brass, he plunged in and decided to replace all the original screws and then recaulk all of the teak decking, using two-part polysulfide for this.

He had been varnishing the interior woodwork.

varnish work on the interior saloon  varnish on the ceiling slats

the dinette in the saloon  the v-berth cabinets

He was still working on the decks at this point in time.

Throughout all of this Robert says he sails his Cape Dory Typhoon whenever the wind is right.

In June 2005, as he read about my struggle to figure out the best location for a holding tank, Robert contacted me and said that his holding tank is installed behind the drawer under the galley stove.

the holding tank under the stove

the holding tank under the stove

As a point of reference, this picture, which is from another CL Cadet, “Thimble”, currently located in Connecticut and provided to me by her previous owner, is the area behind which the holding tank would be located. That long drawer is very deep and spans the entire way to the hull.

the galley layout

the galley layout

It’s hard to tell how much of the drawer was cut off to accommodate this tank. It doesn’t appear that the shelf area just above this space was used at all to accommodate this tank. I really like this location.

the holding tank plumbing  the holding tank plumbing

I’m really encouraged and feel that Robert has provided me with the answer to my quandary. I’ll be plumbing the tank through the same bulkhead as he has indicated here.

the plumbing under the sink

the plumbing under the sink

In August 2005 Robert wrote that he’d spent the summer on a number of projects, one of which was restoring the teak decks. Here are the pictures he sent:

side deck taped for recaulking  starboard foredeck taped for recaulking

the starboard side deck newly caulked  the starboard forward deck newly caulked

the finished foredeck

the finished foredeck

In April 2006 Robert wrote to say he had splashed his boat without incident on April 20th. He writes:

We have been enjoying some windy days here and had an all night sail last Friday to celebrate the full moon. It doesn’t get any better.I must admit that after sitting in the cockpit in my shop for two years, it is somewhat surreal to be out on the water with the mast up. She handles and sails as well as I expected and we are working through the different headsail combos to find what is best balanced with what wind and point of sail.

These are the pictures he sent of leaving dry land:

coming out of the shop  on the trailer