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John Cahill's Yankee #86, soon to be named Nai'a - Maui, Hawaii - updated February 10, 2018  
   

Back on December 14, 2016 John Cahill checked in as the new owner of Brent Lievsay's Yankee #86, Dorado, homeported in San Diego, California.(click here to go there). It took a little over a year but motivated by John's plan to rename her we decided to set up a new page for her. Here is John's check in email.

Hi Ron,

I have recently purchase Dorado from Brent Lievsay and am going to ship it to Hawaii just after the first of the year. I want to thank you for all the information that I have gleaned from the website and hope to reciprocate in the future by contributing as I restore Dorado.

I was on the big island of Hawaii looking at another boat and came across Calmanti and instantly fell in love. To make a long story short, I found Dorado for sale on the Internet and closed the deal with just a series of photographs. I am hoping the restoration isn't too major but I built boats for a living back in the 1970's and 80's and am up to the task, I hope. More later.

Aloha, John Cahill

Welcome Aboard John!

Pending receipt of a photo of #86, newly launched by John, we'll post here a file photo of Dorado

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February 9/10, 2018 We got the following update from John. Patience here - he had a lot of catching up to do - and he is 6000 miles away......We'll put some of John's comments in the related parts of the Technical Section as soon as he sends in the promised photos. Readers are to be reminded that John is a former boat builder - many of us are still trying to distinguish between a chisel and a screwdriver.....

Hi Ron,

I have been taking some photos and soon I will put together a bit of a posting.

I lifted her up with my forklift and dropped the old centerboard out. It was strange I thought but there was some kind of reinforcing that ran from the bottom of the centerboard to a point just below where it entered the centerboard trunk. This resulted is stress fractures at this bearing point. I decided to replace it with a solid piece of 5/8” aluminum plate which I ground on for about eight hours to ease the leading edge and create some release on the trailing edge. The original board weighed 45 pounds and the new one weighed in at fifty three which I think will be beneficial if anything.

I rebuilt the mast top fitting to make it stronger and allow for the recommended split between the head stay and the halyard sheave for the new Schaefer roller furling 115% genoa that I had made. Additionally I now have a heavier duty main with two reef rows. My sails were made by Carol Hasse of Port Townsend Sails who made my first set of sails for a ketch I built with friends back in 1974. She is still building sails with a fair amount of hand work and I am confident they will stand up to our extreme channel winds here in the islands.

I have been working on the bright work as I wait for parts and have also build a new companionway hatch. The old hatch was built with teak planking over just one layer of ¼” marine plywood. The hatch was having trouble holding its shape and since I have a wood shop, and the skills, I decided to basically build it exactly the same way but with two layers of ¼” plywood epoxied together to create a much stiffer base for the teak. This is the only wood working that I feel was not up to standard on the boat and the rest of the work has been cosmetic other than a couple of Dutchman repairs on the toe rails.

I bought a new Selden Industries boom (http://www.seldenmast.com/en/products/Booms.html) with single line reefing along with a rod kicker vang as I will be channel sailing here between islands and at times single handed. I now have all my rigging parts and will soon stand the mast and work on fair leads, winch positions, etc..

Eventually I plan to build a carefully designed doghouse so I can sail while standing in the cabin with the companionway hatch slid open and still be protected. I am leading halyard and reef lines, etc., back to two self-tailing Lewmar #14 winches through cam cleats on either side of the companionway hatch. I continue my love affair with this design and really plan to do justice to the aesthetics when I build the doghouse. I have seen several renditions that look quite practical but have not seen one to date that I feel really matches the integrity of the vessel itself, so I think it may take a while with several cardboard mockups.

There are two functional aspects in my rebuilding/restoring plans that are still unresolved in my mind. The first is the chain plate application (or lack thereof). I am a little concerned about the tabs that are just bolted through the shear clamp to hold the mast up. It seems that oak was used in the area where the tabs bolt through but even the washer size is not large and I have considered drilling out some larger pieces of stainless steel to spread the load a bit. I am not sure that this will really improve upon the oak backing since it wouldn’t increase the bond to the hull other than by perhaps spreading the uplift out to a slightly larger area.

My two previous ocean going sailboats were 47 feet and 44 feet so I am used to much more extreme anchoring for the rig. However, this rig is much smaller and the design is meant to be sailed with a lighter touch due to the righting nature of the hull section that combines with the shallow ballast to require less driving force. That being said, it does blow in excess of 25 knots on a regular basis here, and this remains a concern for me.

The second issue is the auxiliary power. I bought a little used Tohatsu 6hp four stroke which I used to motor from the slip where I bought the boat to the haulout yard. It seems quite adequate but I have not yet figured out how, or if I will, stow the engine if I want to put the tight fitting insert into the engine well opening for longer passages. I think I will try to temper my desire to do everything at once and wait for further advances in the Torqueedo electric units. They now have a 35 pound drive unit but they are expensive and I am not sure they are deep enough. Just like with electric cars they will benefit from advances in battery technology but may eventually be the perfect solution for a craft such as the Dolphin 24. A small backup generator could perhaps be a backup that would basically turn the system into a hybrid.

This is perhaps a longer answer than you expected but I am releasing some guilt for benefitting so much from the website without reciprocating. (Thanks John!!)

I will update later with photos of the launch and first sail hopefully before the end of March. I continue to appreciate the website as a resource and thank you for your energy.

Aloha from Maui,

John

Webmaster Note: In our continuing effort to familiarize our readers with where our Dolphins sail, here is Maui - Hawaii (the red marker). Where, on Maui, #86 calls home, is coming ...

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We advised John of our plan to set up a new page for #86 and asked a few followup/clarification questions - this was his response (edited/consolidated).

I fell in love with Calmante(hull #210) when I flew from Maui to the Big Island to look at a different boat in the marina there. Harbor space is hard to come by here so the combination of trailer ability, beautiful lines and the inherent seaworthiness of the design led me to looking up the design. I found Dorado for sale on Craig’s list in San Diego and bought her sight unseen for under $4,000. I sent a plan to a trailer maker in San Diego, and talked my wife into spending the Christmas of 2016 in San Diego.

We actually had a great time and the move from the marina to haulout went relatively smoothly. The trailer was ready on time and I rented a truck to pick up the trailer, load the boat on it and off to Pasha, the transport company. (https://www.pashahawaii.com/ ). I loaded her in San Diego and I believe that voyage went directly to Honolulu and then to Maui. Since I delivered the boat at the last minute they had to move it off the ship in Honolulu to unload other freight and forgot to put it back so she sat there for two weeks before being loaded on the next boat to Maui. They drove the boat inside below decks with a small but sturdy tow vehicle.The cost of the trailer and freight combined was just over $10,000 so that kicked my initial investment up a bit, but I am into this for the long run, and I think the design and integrity of the core is well worth a comparable restoration.

This will be my retirement project and I am very happy with where I am with it now. The hull has no blisters at all and when I dropped the centerboard and looked up inside with a light it looked like brand new. Just a little fiberglass touch up around the centerboard exit area from trailer abrasion is about all the hull itself needed. I like the finish on the Yankee production series that includes my hull number 86. The seat backs (combings) and winch pads are teak which saves space compared to the molded fiberglass in the newer models, as are the hatches and lazarette covers. After owning two much larger boats I am happy to deal with that little bit of wood - and the look is vintage. This speaks to my roots in wooden boat repair and dinghy construction.

I have attached photos of Dorado in the sling (below left) , at the dock in San Deigo (below right), and inside her Costco car tent in my yard. I believe the Costco tent was $240.00. They come with side and end flaps and are quite sturdy. I am a housing contractor and use them as job site work stations, and when properly anchored can handle pretty heavy winds.

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The Dinghy - That is something that I agonized over a bit but I decided on an eight foot inflatable with board inserts. I need something I can stow below decks when channel crossing. (That's a pretty dinghy shown on this site! (http://dolphin24.org/tsca.html). It reminds me of the first lapstrake dinghy I built for my first boat back in 1974. I used plywood strakes so she could handle surf landings without coming apart on the rivet lines but I failed to predict how much stiffer she would be and when I took her off the jig I found the bow turned up more steeply than designed. Turned out to be a good looking and serviceable tender that I eventually built a mold over.

By the way, when Dorado is re- launched she will be christened Nai’a which is porpoise or dolphin in Hawaiian (see below).... More later,

Aloha, John

Webmaster Note: Website staff reminded John of the protocols to be considered in renaming (http://www.dolphin24.org/boat_naming.html)

Stay tuned

 

 

 

 

 
   
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