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Miscellaneous Herreshoff Topics / Haven 12.5 Moulds Available
« on: November 01, 2015, 05:42:00 PM »
I have a set of Haven 12.5 frame moulds that I will offer free to a prospective amateur builder. These pine molds produced my boat which won 1st in class at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  Arrange to ship or pick up from my shed north of Pittsburgh and they're yours. Call John Hutchison at 142-559-4949.

Miscellaneous Herreshoff Topics / Sad demise of a Herreshoff?
« on: December 06, 2011, 08:59:20 PM »
Does anyone recognize this boat?  What class would it be?

Restoration / Fishers Island 23 Class #1225 CRUSADER has launched
« on: October 15, 2011, 01:59:48 AM »
October 12, 2011 CRUSADER #1225 was rededicated and sailed for the first time in 20 years.  With over 50 people attending in the cold rain, my wife Mary Jo read a poem she wrote for the occasion and dedicated the boat.  Local TV and newspaper covered the occasion and CRUSADER made front page news on two papers.  The launching went well and we sailed the boat (with old sails) under 15-20k wind.  A few minor issues to resolve (need a few new sheet blocks) but she sails like the thoroughbred that she is.  Very quick and nimble and stands up well to gusts.  We are thrilled with the boat!  The TV station is planning to film under sail.  I'll try to post. 
  If we make it to the Regatta in August please introduce yourself and we'll go for a sail.  The boat will be on our local lake (Pittsburgh area) for a few years until we can move her to bigger water.  Thanks for everyone's help and advice during my 3 1/2 year project...your encouragement helped keep me on track and renewed my spirit to complete the job.
All the best,
John Hutchison

Whatever / Haven 12.5 section molds available
« on: April 28, 2011, 11:39:48 PM »
Adam's post offering a steam box reminded me that I have a set of Haven molds in my shed that I'll never use again. I built one (award-winning) boat on these molds and they are in great shape.  They'll save one lucky builder a lot of time.  Make me any fair offer and pay shipping and they're yours. I'll send pictures at your request.
John Hutchison
Saxonburg, PA

Restoration / Fishers Island 23 CRUSADER update
« on: March 24, 2011, 12:52:19 AM »
Thought you all would like a progress report.
!. Bottom, rudder, CB, and electric drive mechanicals installed.
2.Two airtight bulkheads and cabin bulkhead (original) installed.
3.Original ceiling repaired and installed.
4.New structural mast "stirrup" bulkhead installed which supports the aft end of v-berth.
5.Two small cabinets and countertops made for the diminutive cabin.
6.Original margins installed with new teak cockpit sole.
7.Sawn deck beams installed.
8.New mahog house trunk/coamings bent and pre-fitted.
Currently installing deck and hoping to launch this summer. See album link below. Thanks for your interest.   Back to work!

Can anyone tell me what anchor weights were produced at HMC.  My (1932) FI23 construction plan notes 26# for the anchor.  Was a 26 pounder produced?  I just bought a nice used JM Reineck repro which weighs about 22#. Possibly the other 4 pounds allows for shackle and a few hundred feet of road?  Dunno! :P
All the best,
PS: Anyone know where I can buy a Merriman No.1 side-loading winch handle? I need a spare. Thanks

Restoration / Mahogany restoration advice needed
« on: January 15, 2010, 04:17:33 PM »
I am currently working on restoring the mahogany cabin bulkhead (7/16" genuine mahog t&g, ) and molded shear strakes for FI23 Crusader #1225. I've stripped the remaining finish and will fill old holes with thickened epoxy.  These holes will be redrilled, fastened and plugged with slightly larger bungs upon reinstallation of the pieces. I will scarf in new wood to repair significant damage but don't know what to do with small flaws such as nail holes, checks and other black water marked areas. Can these black marks be bleached in some manner? If not I will accept these as "character" marks testifying to her vintage.  We want the boat to look as clean as possible while using the vintage materials. Decisions, decisions!

Specific Herreshoff Vessels / F.B.Barden "FI 23" history
« on: January 06, 2010, 08:54:13 PM »
I'm still attempting to put together the history of CRUSADER #1225 which. according to the HMC build register, was originally contracted for "Coakley" late in 1932 but was later sold to "Barden" in 1938. Can anyone shed any light on either of these owners.  I've recently found that the Barden Boat Yard was est. in 1927 by F.B.Barden. Would Barden have just brokered CRUSADER to another party in 1938?  What was this boat doing between her birth and 1938?
Any help would be appreciated.

Herreshoff Boats For Sale / Fisher Island 23 "Norma B" available
« on: March 24, 2009, 02:28:24 AM »
Just heard from Andy Giblin at MP&G that IYRS is offering Norma B to a good home. They've been paying storage and must give her up. IYRS says she's in rough shape, though.  Price (if any) unknown.  Call Terry Nathan at IYRS for details (401-848-5777 x211).

Herreshoff Boats For Sale / Fisher Island 23 "Norma B" available
« on: March 24, 2009, 02:28:01 AM »
Just heard from Andy Giblin at MP&G that IYRS is offering Norma B to a good home. They've been paying storage and must give her up. IYRS says she's in rough shape, though.  Price (if any) unknown.  Call Terry Nathan at IYRS for details (401-848-5777 x211).

Can anyone shed any light on the provenance and history of CRUSADER #1225? We acquired her last year and are now restoring her. I've not found much of anything at HMM or MIT.  I was told by the previous owners (30 years) that she was built in 1932 but not sold by HMC until 1938. No one at the museum recalls this.  I was also told by Paul Bates that CRUSADER was not competitive with the fixed keel FI23s (she was too fast) and therefore lost her potential racing market. Any information to piece together her past would be much appreciated.

Restoration / FI23 CRUSADER #1225 restoration
« on: December 17, 2008, 08:17:08 PM »
I'm new to the site and thought I would post progress on the restoration of Fisher's Island 23 #1225 CRUSADER.
CRUSADER was the only shoal draft FI23 built and has her own offsets and drawings as prepared by Sid Herreshoff in late 1932. CRUSADER was in rough shape when we trailered her home to be restored this spring, although ahe is very much intact with all fittings and original rig. I have stripped her out, fitted section molds, a new keel and floors, repaired and re-installed transom, stem, ballast and deadwood. She is currently being faired up before bending in new frames.  She'll get all new yellow cedar planking, an electric auxil., and modest cruising accommodations.  I've built a Haven 12.5 and Coquina, both of which are award winners, and have been a HMC preservationist for some time.  MP&G is consulting as needed in the work on CRUSADER.  We plan to sail CRUSADER out of Plattsburgh NY on Lake Champlain and trailer her to Bristol when finished in a few years!
Thanks Steve for this great resource.  I'll try to post occasionally.
Happy Holidays, John   

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