Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sea-U-Soon, resurrected from the dead.

Sea-U-Soon, a mid-1960s era Fletcher-Shelley, malingered on the "for sale" file for a couple of years.  Last fall, Chestertown Moth sailor Victor Stango bought the boat and over the winter has spiffed her up.  What follows are a few before and one (so far) after photo of the boat.

Sea-U-Soon, Nr 2993 began her racing life at Ocean City Yacht Club in the late 1960s. She was later sold to a Cooper River sailor and finally ended up at Wildwood Yacht Club before being acquired by Rick Bacon in Greenwich, NJ.  After putting the boat back into sailing shape, Rick decided she wasn't his cup of tea.  Note the grey graphite coating on the bottom of the hull and the blades.  Graphite was a popular if somewhat messy "Go-Fast" idea from the late 60s and early 70s.  It's a chore to remove.

The boat has a self-draining cockpit, courtesy of a sloping false bottom over the cockpit sole.  This allows water to drain out via the open transom.  The small winglets are not legal under current Classic Moth Boat rules

The false bottom style of self-draining cockpit is something of a mixed blessing.  On the plus side the boat won't swamp.  However the false bottom does detract from the amount of "under the boom" clearance for an adult sized skipper.  One also must adapt to a "knees in the chin" style of hiking.  Finally, this style of cockpit contributes to a wet boat, particularly if the  skipper sits too far aft.  This last aspect is probably a plus in as much as water coming back into the boat is a constant reminder to the skipper to keep his weight forward so to not drag the transom.

The main bulkhead seals off the bow and also contributes to the boat's buoyancy. 

Sea-U-Soon after having some hull repairs, a fresh paint job and additional sail shape control hardware added to the fore deck.  She will be an interesting addition on the CMBA racing circuit.


  1. Good job, I love to see old boats being given a new life; even considered it myself except for being on the wrong side of the country. Look forward to seeing pics of her on the water.
    Mike Scoot. Whidbey Island

  2. Yep, too bad you're way out on the left coast. There are a lot of old Moth boats kicking around here that either need a good fixing up or a quick trip to the dump. Always hoping for a good outcome. I'll soon be posting about a Moth that could be saved but probably won't.