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(Not) weak in the knees

As originally built, the deck mounted mast on a Sea Sprite 23 was supported by a pair of beefy beams that ran athwartships under the deck just before the cabin. Bringing their stress down into the hull was four glass and resin knees that curved down from the beams into the topsides. When I cut them out, I was amazed at both how crude they were and how strong they had been constructed. Sailstar had certainly not gone out of their way to make them pretty, or even with a smooth curve to them. “Workmanlike” and “utilitarian” are the best words I can use to describe them.

The ones I built for Flirt are (hopefully) no less strong, but are (again hopefully) more pretty than what cam out. Constructed of Two 3/8s inch thick sheets of plywood laminated together and them epoxied into place, they are thicker and larger than original. Once they are thoroughly glassed into position, they should be stronger and more sturdy than even Alberg would have designed into the sprite.

Port knee

portside knee

Knees

Knees

Portside Knee installed

knee installed

Once they are completely glassed in and made one with Flirt, they will get sanded smooth and painted white before getting a bit of teak trim around the edges. Hopefully to make them even more pretty when I am done

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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