Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sam Crocker Revisited

The fiberglass Stone Horse one-design produced by Edey and Duff is our standard impression of that boat and few know there were several options available in the original carvel-planked hulls. True to an age when one-off boats were hand-built everywhere, by everyman, options to a design revealed the builder's personality and character. Some of us keep that tradition alive today, despite a culture of mediocrity. It is to those of you I speak.

Joe Evens, on the Oregon coast has a true historic treasure in his barn and is looking for someone to give her the love and attention she deserves. I will be visiting Joe soon, to get the measure of this project. When I do, I'll take you along. Perhaps that perfect person will emerge. Who will take this on? As you will see from the photos, this is an original Stone Horse in very good condition. But she stands to be delegated to the burn pile.

Recently Joe wrote to me and this is what he said:

"She was launched in1948, and first lived on the Columbia, later sailing north to the Puget Sound where she served until a few years ago. She's hauled out now and it's time for major maintenance."

"The boat has a carvel-planked hull, Red Cedar on White Oak. The pictures clearly show a few planks the surveyor marked for replacement.. At some point, the propshaft was removed from the keel and mounted out the port side. This caused some structural problems. It needs to go back, or better, replaced with an outboard. The frames are all good, though the boat needs to be re-fastened. The original galvanized fasteners are beginning to give up. There is a small area of rot on the hatch cover."

"The surveyor indicated that the teak deck was getting thin and should be replaced. Personally, I think that it is serviceable. The deck is beautifully built and is very solid. I am confidant that diligent maintenance would delay that job till the next quarter century maintenance. The builder was obviously a master craftsman. Quality shows everywhere. The mast, boom and the spinnaker pole are truly beautiful, old growth spruce. The rigging includes the original wood blocks and the sails are serviceable."

"Unlike the fiberglass knockoffs, This Crocker Stone Horse is a standard sloop rig, The mast is round and stayed to the bow, no bowsprit. It shows a lot of sail, and uses a wishbone boom to carry it."

"The interior is beautiful and virtually perfect."

"I think that there were only 40 or so of the carvel Stone Horses finished and I suspect that today they could be counted on your fingers."

"It would take a man with no soul to burn it. Or it would be gone with the embers."

Couldn't have said it better, Joe.


shipwright said...

My, my that is tempting. She looks like a beauty and the work required is really minimal for someone like me.......
but I keep telling myself I'm retired and I do have a very nice boat (although apparently not as fast as the horse. :-)

Good luck Michael and if you can't find an adoptive parent
......... we'll talk.


doryman said...

Not exactly your cuppa tea, but you'd do her right, I'm sure. You could fix her up, sail her for a while and sell her - what does a retired shipwright do anyway?

Anonymous said...

I love it and I would love to work on it. Okay, I want it too, but those are the easy things. I hope it finds an owner with plenty of time to do the restoration right. I'm already obsessing over it...what's the status of her now?

Nice to be visiting my favorite blog.

Dan and Mette

doryman said...

Hello, Dan!
As far as I know, the boat is still waiting for adoption.There has been some inquiries, but nothing serious so far.
This boat is perfect for the Salish Sea and has pedigree to boot. I think it would suit you well.
I'd be happy to introduce you to the owner, give it some thought.