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    ๐Ÿ“ Turtle
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    I have the honour and privilege to embark on a restoration of a model of a boat which belonged to a family I have known since I was knee high to a grasshopper.
    She is the "Turtle", which has a very storied past. When I knew her she was plying the waters of the Southern Lakes of the Yukon.

    I believe she is a Lake Union Dreamboat designed by the Grandy Boat Co. in Seattle and built in 1929. I understand from her history that the "Turtle" may have actually been built with prison labour.

    Her specs are as follows (if she is indeed a Grady Dreamboat).
    LOA 38' 0"
    Beam 11' 6"
    Draft 3' 6"
    Designer: Grandy Boat Co.
    Gross Displacement: 12000 lbs.
    Number of Engines: 1 (model has twin screws)
    Engine Model: Lehman
    Fuel Type: Diesel
    Year Built: 1929 ( "Adelante's" Information shows her as built 1912. I believe this is an error as Grandy started building Dreamboats in 1926)

    The model I believe was built from the "Dumas" model boat plans for the 40' "Vinyard" (very last photos), and the cabin modified to reflect the "Grandy" plans.

    I have started with a photo of the "Turtle" on the Southern Lakes as I remember her. Then a photo of the only sister I know of her in Seattle, the "Nirvana".

    Following is a the photo of the model when she was stored in Edmonton earlier this year. Unfortunately as the following photos show, she floundered and was quite damaged.

    She arrived at my shipyard today, and I did a quick survey of her. Her wood is probably close to 50 years old now and quite delicate. She has the old mechanical speed control in her from "Dumas" as well as dated electronics. I have removed all I can so that I can start repairs and reinforce the hull. We will work our way up to superstructure and electrical later.

    I would like to honour her builder and keep his work intact as much as possible. I do think I will need to redo the transom on her however. I will save the old one if that is the case.

    The model is 28" LOA

    Stay tuned for more as we bring her back.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Turtle
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
    โœง 28 Views ยท 3 Likes

    She is for the grandson who lives in the Yukon still. I will make her RC ready as I go along and if I can keep her strong with easy access I will do it. Original had single screw. Today I removed the twin screws and filled the hull in preparation to install a single screw. I may surprise him and make fully RC when I send her back.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Turtle
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Chum444 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
    โœง 26 Views ยท 4 Likes
    Why a shelf Queen? Looks like you have plenty of access to the hullโ€™s interior. A coat of resin & a decent hull finish should be waterproof enough for an occasional sailing. I doubt if you would be disappointed with an occasional trip to the pond. The hull finish could be a few coats of clear matte. Try whatever you use on an inconspicuous spot on the hull. If you canโ€™t access everything on the hull interior pour some flowable epoxy into the hull & roll it around. Worked for me with my rebuild of what became INTREPID.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Turtle
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    What a great year btw 1955 Yes I thought the rubber band drives were cool. Now the original boat had a single screw. Do I rebuild with the single so it matches his grandfathers boat, or leave the model build with twins as his grandfather built it? She will be a shelf queen, so in my opinion she should reflect the actual boat.
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    20 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ jumpugly ( Commander)
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    This awesome Brightwork! Keep us in the loop! I suspect this kit may be older than 50!๐Ÿ˜‰
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Turtle
    20 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Razor1955 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
    โœง 38 Views ยท 7 Likes
    A very handsome craft.
    Very interesting to see the interior of the vintage model with the twin propellor shafts - looks like she had one motor and "rubber band" transmission which was popular in the 1950s. I had a toy Victory Vosper launch when I was little, and more than once the "transmission" failed mid lake which required a leisurely wait for the wind to assist the return to harbour. Those carefree days of childhood (sigh)
    Good luck with the restoration ๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Turtle
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Chum444 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
    โœง 68 Views ยท 9 Likes
    Consider yourself very fortunate to be taking on a restoration of a beautiful boat with such pleasing lines. Honoring the original builder is in my mind very important. Itโ€™s not something that can typically be done in totality but stay as close as possible.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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