Here I have tried to chronicle all the work that has been done on Flying Cloud since we bought her.
We brought her to Texas (why Texas, I don't know) to do a six month re-fit and then return to the cruising life. But, life and bigger projects got in the way. That story can be read in our "Adventures" section of this site.
My goal here is to show how and why all this work was done.



Back yard work area


This is a collection of photos that are categorized by subject/content that may be helpful for anyone working on a boat re-build or considering taking on a project of that nature. (links are near bottom of page)
Many of these pages have my opinions on how I do various things on boats in the yard or at sea.
As is always the case, sailors are very opinionated and that certainly includes myself. However, I am fortunate to have spent a number of years cruising in three different boats and so I base my opinions on my experience as well as what I have observed other serious cruisers doing.

Building, or rebuilding a boat can be very frustrating and it is easy to become side-tracked by other, more rewarding paths. I know this is the reason we see so many very nice boats sitting in yards unfinished. The time, the money and in many instances, the lack of immediate gratification after accomplishing one phase, then looking at the huge lists of yet more ongoing work of which seems so monumental and frustrating, just becomes too overwhelming.

I might mention too, that Flying Cloud IS our home and will be for many years to come. She is not just a toy to us. She is our home and magic carpet that can take us anywhere in he world that we decide to go. So we want to make her exactly the way we want in hopes she will not need a lot of attention for a few years.

The following links will take you to various phases of this monumental project.


Working on her in Mazatlan  
This section is where we repower and take advantage of some local talent for other projects. New stainless galley and complete engine room clean-up.
Making access to the engine room thru the cockpit floor.
The cockpit had to be opened up to remove the engine
Replacing the cabin windows  
We took a different approach to the windows and/or storm covers
Re-doing the bottom..
Blisters, blisters and over 30 years of repairs.
Painting Flying Cloud  
Doing an AwlGrip paint job on Flying Cloud
Replacing the rusted out mast support
The original steel mast step had completely dissolved into a pile of rust
 V-berth, chain locker, bow thruster and Forward Head
Added a bunk above the v-berth for the grandkids. The bow-thruster will be very handy in tight quarters
Mods to Main Salon.....
New table design, overhead storage, more storage under floor and new hardwood flooring. Solid fuel "Tiny Tot" heater.
Galley upgrades 
New all stainless galley top. Addition of bar/island with fridge and more storage
 Pilot House and Sea Hood
Added a sea-hood sort of compartment for all deck storage forward of the cockpit
 Aft Cabin Interior
Solid fuel heater, added storage and complete re-do of the aft head.
Aft Cabin Exterior Storage
A place for everything on deck atop the aft cabin. Propane locker and spare anchor storage
Main Cabin Ceiling and storage
Overhead storage for cabin doors, drop boards and bug screens.
Plus.. insulation

Rigging - Spars and Bowsprit
All standing rigging is replaced. The bowsprit was removed and new anchor system install along with teak grate
Hull/Deck Joint and new cap rails
Deck joint was redone and reinforced. Then the bulwarks were raised 3 inches higher. A double plank wale-strake and rub rail added and new cover boards.
Fore Hatch Mods
Removed the old Lexan center, added teak (non-skid) and installed two opening hatches.
 New Chain-Plates and Rigging
A different approach to chain-plates for the Freeport.
 Work for our customers. 
Other boats we have worked on. Painting, repair and graphics








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