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Boat Doc

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Jun 2, 2012
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Location
Portsmouth, NH
Boat Make
35' Bruno Stillman
New to the forum and wanted to introduce myself. I have a 1980 35ft Bruno Stillman converted to a cruiser...2001 CAT 3126, 2007 wheelhouse and paint, and just about everything else updated or replaced since 2009...it is For Sale on YW (see Gray & Gray Yachts) and I am looking for my next project, perhaps a 40 - 42 ft'er, DE of course...We boat out of Portsmouth, NH and travel to ME on a regular basis and the MA Cape once or twice a year...there is a lot of great info here!

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MouseTrap

Rear Admiral
Joined
Sep 10, 2011
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Location
Seacoast, NH
Boat Make
Rosborough
Welcome Newbie!

Your boat was posted 10 hours ago in the Free Classified section HERE.

I was drooling over her. Best of luck to the sale!!! She is a real beauty.
 

Eastporter

Admiral
Joined
Sep 1, 2011
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Location
MA
Boat Make
Sold- 20' Eastporter (Rebuilt 2011) 22' Pearson Ensign
Welcome to the forum Boat Doc! Do you call yourself a "Doc" because you save boats? If so... let's see some rebuild photos. :)
 

Boat Doc

Lieutenant
Joined
Jun 2, 2012
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Location
Portsmouth, NH
Boat Make
35' Bruno Stillman
EP - I am in the dock/marine const. business so it's more Boat Dock than "doc"...I have rebuilt or replaced most gear on this since 2009, but one of the bigger projects was the new rudder/steering system.

When I purchased this boat, it had a bizzare dual rudder set-up, not "flanking rudders" like we have on our tug and pushboats, but two small speed boat style rudders that were too small and made this one of the worst handling vessels I've ever operated (see photo)...it was almost unsafe in a following sea! In fact, I think the previous owner installed a bow thruster to aid in docking because it handled so bad at slow speeds and he probably would have been better off replacing the steering...

So, the first winter project, aside from building a barn to put the boat in, was to cut out the old dual rudders and fabricate a new SS one. This involved cutting back into the keel about 3 ft to laminate in a skeg under the prop, creating a removable SS foot so the rudder could be removed (if nec.) and re-working the steering and hydraulics. In one photo you can see the mock-up I did over the winter of 2009/10 (with the rudder post in upside down temporarily) and in another the finished product after a few years use. The final photo is after I ground down the bottom and completed the Interprotect 2000 system so it was not that smooth when I got the boat!

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