The Odyssey of DYAD II
Posted: November 29, 2004
Part 2 Posted: December 14, 2004

About 12 years ago DYAD II won an honor in a local San Diego woodie show for her Bristol condition. Last Spring we got a call from her guardian with a sad and tragic tale about her demise due to family illness. He was giving her to a local charity unless some other K-38 owners wanted her for parts or salvation.

A quick trip to San Diego confirmed that she was indeed a serious liability, but she had potential as a parts source.


3. Closer examination showed us that most of her original fittings were still in place.

4. Despite everything still being there, everything had suffered heavily from the weather.

5. The engine was found to be completely seized and mostly rust.

6. Here is a view of a very original galley layout for the K-38

7. The water seen here lapping at the top of the fuel tank is from rain. Note that the sole is covered with cork. Cork is the original sole covering. We wondered whether this sole was still original.

8. The original instrument box on the after bulkhead.

9. A new instrument panel was installed sometime in DYAD�s past.

10. We found virtually no rot, but a lot of delignification of the planks.

11. Signs here that the chain plates have long been a source of rainwater intrusion.

12.Did we say that most of the equipment was original? Here is the stern light mounted atop the transom air vent!

13.So, K-38 owners Rick O�connell and Steve Barber agreed to take DYAD II for the purposes of sustaining the heritage rather than let her fall further into the cycle of decline which seems to visit vessels consigned to charities. We hauled her to the dry storage yard we use in Los Angeles and began a deeper inquiry into her actual condition. Here you can see what we found after the salon bunks, sole, and tank were removed. This photo reveals the condition of the floors after we removed a whole lot of mud.

14.We found the usual array of broken ribs underneath the fuel tank. Every rib was broken. They had been professionally sistered, and some of the sisters were de-laminating.

15. Here�s another shot of broken ribs and sisters.

16. Still further photos chronicling the condition of the structure.

17. This photo shows the condition of the floor underneath the mast step. Every floor suffers from iron sickness. All the fasteners, galvanized bolts, holding the ribs to the floors are rust. So the question now must be asked: "can this boat be saved?"