Boe-Craft Skeeter

Ice Yacht Association

Skeeter Haven 2013
The basement workshop at W6001 Brick Church Road

February 2014
Lots of projects arrived just following our brief sailing period in January. Mike Ortiz needed a new nose on his springboard after a steering wheel bolt malfunction. The rebuild was done using Jim McAvoy's obsolete short spring board as a donor. After slicing, dicing and laminating the two piece springboard into a four layer front section as thick as Mike's, a 25 inch long scarf joint was used to join the two.

The Miss Geneva III started to fail in some big breeze at Green Lake just before the snow came in postponing the Northwest Regatta.
The inspection once the bottom was off showed glue failure forward of the re-glue that was done by Todd a couple of years ago.
Todd decided to go for a maximum effort to make the boat last another lifetime, so every bulkhead was reinforced and everything in the bow from the #2 bulkhead forward was beefed up to ensure that it will sail for many more years.

November 2013
A new project in the form of a venerable A skeeter has moved to Skeeter Haven from the SIBC Swap Meet.
The plan is to use the A-Skeeter components to build a new BoeCraft side by side.
Every part must be modified , but the basic hardware and major components can be used.

The boat was built in the early 1960's. It may be Charlie Johnson's Lynx. I can't be certain but for sure the boat was at the never completed Northwest Regatta at Green Lake in 1964.
This decal was in the original cockpit area that was preserved when it was tail-ended in 1989.

The mast is 10" wide and 24' long. Needed a ball to replace the socket and good to go.
The runners are 1/4" thick - but all three were too long and needed to be cut shorter, the noses reshaped and re-sharpened.

The steering runner fit a Madison style springer fork.
That meant building a new BoeCraft type fork from scratch and moving the spring steering to a new home at Lake Pepin.
It also meant removing the solid block stiffener and making new Boehmke style stiffeners for the steering runner.

The springboard required some routing and drilling to install the new steering bushings and fork. Then all the old mounting holes were filled.

The runner plank was 19 feet long. Cutting six inches off each end to get to 18 was no problem. Putting  some wood back on to make a proper mounting surface for the chock plates took a bit longer.

The hull was disassembled and the sides and chines saved. (Upper left hanging near the far wall.)

The Hardware was very complete. I of course will build Boehmke type steering, but there is a tremendous value in all the Bill Mattison designed hardware components.

The boom had been heavily modified when the boat was tail-ended in 1989. I used some of it to make a new Boehmke spec boom. I also salvaged the pulleys and bell crank bearings to make new blocks.
Original Boom

New boom and blocks

The supervisor is ready for the next step in the project

Burly's mast came down on the last day at Geneva with some nasty looking cracks just in front of the sail track. The 6 inch long one was bad enough but the opposite side had one over four feet long. The wood was planed down so thin that filling the crack with epoxy seemed insufficient. A two inch wide strip of woven fiberglass was added to each side of the mast from the hound to the bottom of the track.
We will see if it works - the repair was left clear so any cracks can be seen if they occur.

At Green Lake as we were bagging Burly's plank we saw some cracks around the bolt holes. Further examination showed cracks deep into the top board where the hull outer edge contacts the plank. The repair job was just the same as needed by Bob Mereness a couple of years ago.
The top board gets cut off with a router. Then the center is filled with spruce to make it solid. Then the top board gets cut from the center out at a slope that creates a long scarf joint on each side. The new board was made from Spruce from McCormick - edge glued, planed to thickness, and tapered on each end with the jig and router to match the joints on the plank.
A couple hours of hand shaping and sanding and the plank is good for a few more decades.
The pictures below show the process:

Removing the bad and filling the void:

The new board - Lots of West System and a few clamps.

Shaping and finished product: