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Lion's Whelp Launched July 18th 2003
65 feet on deck
Alden Design 1044B Niels Heleberg
Strip planked /cold molded with Nida-core between the Frame bays and the ceiling glued to the Nida-core. This approach gives us a hull almost 6 inches thick. I have seen too much really big stuff floating around out there to not give this a try.
The Strip planked hull hull was completed in California in 1986 by C&D Boatworks sister ship to "Etesian" #1044a. The hull was empty deck burned off by the sun when we found her. My heart sank when I found a pond of organic soup in the bilge, 12 years with out a drain plug! She was never finished and almost destroyed..
We cut the boat in half 24 inches above the keel. You can see the new wood in the bilge and the new laminated frames. (by Langley)
84,000 pounds full displacement.
The hull arrived by truck weighing in at 43,080 pounds 15 feet high and 15'8 wide. ( 85 miles an hour across Massachusetts could also be a schooner land speed record)in Portland Maine just before Christmas 1998.
The hull scantlings were modified to the bullet proof level, interior, deck, rig and systems layout redesigned with substantial help from a long list of subcontractors and sailing friends. My highest praise to Niels Heleberg at Alden for his practiced patience for truly he helped us through the process of getting out OUR boat. He is blameless for the over "optimization."
The Lions Whelp was completed by Portland Yacht Services but the list of significant non PYS contributors should start with French and Webb. Peter and Todd picked up on a promise I made my self and them 20 years ago and they rose to the challenge. The furniture both on the deck and below is world class. With a coat of varnish or two we shine any where we go.
And we go and intend to go some more. The Whelp is in Antigua for the third winter and we have logged over 10,000 miles under her keel in 2.5 years. Still not enough days away from work. A testiment to how quickly she eats us sea miles. 190 mile days are not unusual. There are more miles to come....
( by Wright)
( by Wright)
Photographs were kind enough to not show "Juno" 5 minutes ahead!
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