Today's post advances this very same question in reference to an extremely neglected fiberglass Fletcher-Cates. This boat is very close to that point where smart sailors turn away and instead of sinking money into a dubious pit, wisely decide that they'd be better off spending that money on new materials and building a new boat.
Most Cates Moths, regardless of the builder, carry a traditional system of decks as dictated by Harry Cates back in the mid-1950s. This boat sports a rare, short production run, roll tank cockpit layout which Blair Fletcher built in limited numbers. Of all the surviving Fletcher-Cates Moths I've seen in recent years only two other examples have surfaced which have this roll tank deck lay out.
Our subject, built in 1963, is featured in the old Moth Class records for a year or so but then disappears after a change of ownership. She resurfaced a couple of decades later, left abandoned when her then owner skipped town without paying his apartment rent. The current long term owner was given the boat roughly twenty-five years ago in appreciation for helping clean up the messy apartment. As found the boat had a number of soft spots in the glass lamination. The new owner ground off the gel coat from both the decks and the hull in order to find them all. Over the years, despite several moves of house our hero kept the boat and repaired some of the damage with new cloth and resin but there's more to be dealt with as the following photos will reveal. With his next move of residence taking him to Chicago he has decided that it's time to part company and move this little boat to someone with more time and hopefully to a successful outcome. The boat is currently in the south Jersey area.
|Another pix showing the fore deck damage.|
|The hole in the port side of the hull. The rectangular patch just aft of the CBT slot was once the location of an Elvstrom type bailer.|
|The keel line forward of the CBT needs some repair, no doubt caused by young owners dragging the boat after a beach landing.|