Greetings to current and former Kettenburg PCC owners, and
As reported in the last new letter, SELENE,
PCC # 3 owned by David Rice
lost her mast during the PCC National
Championship in June 2009. David
wrote to explain the situation in the last
news letter. This is David's
"So the mast is in the boat.
It looks great. I can not tell the difference
between this and the original.
It is a little odd looking at it after this much
time (and money) and not
seeing any difference.
The mast project took longer than anticipated.
Doug Jones has a
permanent spar bench set up. It must be 70' long so the new
60' spar fit
on it easily. The bench is outdoors, so the rain we have had in
Diego this winter held up progress some.
Doug came up with the
original Kettenburg drawing for the spar. Typical
of Kettenburg drawings
there is very little detail on the drawing. We
had managed to get the broken
spar back to shore and so measurements
were taken from it to fill in the
necessary detail. Doug was able to
find seasoned Sitka spruce in 40' and 20'
lengths. The lumber was nice
clear and straight grained. The milling, shaping
and glue up all went
well. We built new lower spreaders and tangs.
tangs were just too badly bent to use. Matthew at Benchmark
out the spin pole track and vang. Richard at Pacific Rigging
installed the new standing rigging. Every surface was marred in
dismasting so the boat has all new fresh paint. My son Greg and
reinstalled all the deck hardware that I had removed for repairing
finish. I had Matthew polish the stainless and got the bronze
It all came together the morning of inspection at San Diego
SELENE was recognized on Sunday of Opening Day as the Best
Classic Yacht. I has been a year without sailing her ... but all
that ends well, I guess."
PCC # 21 has been sold to Brent Ash, Jim Graves, and Bernard
Werner of B.C.,
Canada. This group intends to complete the needed work.
BELLE of the
WEST, PCC # 19 has been sold to Archie Contreras. BELLE is
still in Idaho,
but Archie will start on completing the restoration some
time next year.
Archie's current goal is to complete the restoration
work on his PCC # 12,
Note: I bought BELLE last August to keep her from being cut-up
of another "walk away". I feel good about being able to save
PCC, and I know Archie will do an excellent job finishing
restoration. BELLE was one of two PCCs that were originally sold to
Coast owners. The other PCC sold to a East Coast owner was # 17,
which was originally owned by Henry B. duPont. BELLE won the 1950
There are currently no PCCs for sale.
Regatta will be held June 6th in San Diego. See the
Ancient Mariners Sailing
Society web site for details. Jean Alexander
can not enter LARK, PCC # 16
this year, and David Rice can also not enter
SELENE, PCC # 3 this year. This
means that there will be no PCC Nationals
held during the Kettenburg regatta
this year. The hope is to have a PCC
Fleet Championship during the Jessica
Cup held in San Francisco in
PCC MODELS FOR SALE:
have been in contact with an individual by the name of Ken Kramer, who
in Florida. Ken builds museum quality models. It is recommended
completed model be put in a glass case, which he also builds. I
examples of his work first hand, and the models are outstanding
and detail. He does color matching to each individual boat. A full
long with complete rigging is $3,400.00 He also builds 36", and 48" hulls.
Anyone interested in more information should contact me
GEAR FOR SALE:
Original PCC equipment from PCC #18:
Mast w/ standing rigging $3,500
winches, deck hardware,
Contact Steve Barber at email@example.com or (916)
Kettenburg Burgee: High quality white nylon with the Kettenburg
"K" in a red simi-circle) $30.00 Contact Steve Barber
firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 847-9064
I hope everyone has a
great summer. Until next time..........sail on