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I was able to repossess IBIS in October of 2015, after a great deal of expense and trouble.

In early November I drove to New Jersey with tools and equipment to make IBIS seaworthy (really IntraCoastal Waterway worthy), for the trip to Florida. Other than water/ice damage and broken plumbing, which I replaced, there were three structural problems to be addressed:

1)  My delinquent buyer had left all the lifting weight of IBIS’s 1,250 pound centerboard on her cable pennant, instead of using the pin provided for supporting the aft end of the board. This caused the foam-core coach roof to be compressed and damaged, with water intrusion which caused minor rot in the headliner. This damage was localized to one square foot, and was easy to repair.

2)  Evidently he had run over his anchor rode, as the keel showed chafe marks, the nylon portion of that rode had been replaced (incorrectly), the cutlass bearing was gone, the shaft zinc was gone, and the nylon propeller bushing was gone. These items I replaced before launching.

3)  The end of the tiller was rotten—where the bolt passed through—and I cut it off and reinstalled the tiller about a foot shorter than original. I had to reinstall the autopilot bracket to accommodate the shift aft. I will install a bushing for the bolt to prevent this from happening again.

IBIS’s masts were up, her booms and gaffs in place (rigged incorrectly) and her sails, covers, and dodger were stored in the foc’s’le, with the battens on deck. The weather for that frantic week was excellent, which was a big help. I did a lot of running around, buying parts, stores, charts, and getting ready for the trip south. On November 15th, I departed alone for Florida. The trip was difficult, with bad weather the entire way. I froze my ass off!

Back in Florida, I hauled IBIS out and carried out many repairs, refits, and modifications. I scrapped the steel centerboard and designed and built a new one out of wood.

I modified the centerboard trunk to be shorter and higher aft, and rebuilt it

With the shortened trunk, I had to block off the aft end both under the keel and inside

I made a plywood plate to cap the blocked end, which I filled with ballast and resin

The rebuilt trunk prior to finishing

The rebuilt centerboard trunk finished

To repair the tiller, I scarfed an addition on the aft end and Zynole/epoxy covered it

The repaired tiller--I painted the aft part and varnished the front

I made new companionway louvred doors to replace the rotten ones

New companionway doors to the aft cabin

The mahogany boom gallows had not been maintained, so I made a new one and painted it

On the aft side of the gallows I made a hinged crutch to support the main boom and lowered mast

The boom crutch in the raised position

Because my deck skylights had some rotten spots I scrapped them and made new ones

A new skylight frame painted

Smoked Acrylic panels ready to be glued to the new skylight frames

The new skylight/deck hatch installed above the master cabin berth

The skylight from inside

Repair to the coachroof below the centerboard penant turning block

A new base for the turning block, and a new electric winch & controller

The new centeboard is made from plywood with a pressure-treated internal framework

Another view showing the leading edge structure

The plywood skin was dry-fitted in the trunk to insure a good fit;
The vertical line on the right is where the skin is cut for the transition from square to foil

The assembled framework ready for plywood skins

One side covered

View from the bottom--the top is rectangular; the bottom is Naca 0009 foil-shaped

Scrap lead to partially ballast the centerboard

The second side of the board being dry fitted--note the transition line

The second side being glued on; The big differences between the new board and the old one are that the new one is wider aft, comes to a tapered end on the bottom, and is overall shorter

The board being covered with Xynole/epoxy

View from the bottom

The second side Xynole/epoxy covered, with extra layers on all chafe edges

The original bobstay eyebolt was replaced with this one--one size larger

The new eyebolt installed

I rebuilt the Whale Gusher emergency bilge pump

IBIS with fresh antifouling paint, almost ready to get wet again

I recovered the unique helm chairs with fresh Sunbrella fabric

The new centerboard installed--this one will work better when partially deployed

IBIS in the slings, ready for launch

IBIS back in her element!

IBIS in the Bahamas to meet her new owners for a week of sailing

Canadian first make Becky on the main boom

The old captain with a big dorado caught in Northeast Providence Channel

Becky waving goodbye for now....