|David Pedrick 12.11.2011|
Blue Marlin is coming together really well, with each visit finding her much closer to being a yacht again. The deck beams are completed and components for the interior are starting to be installed. The forward bulkheads are being varnished in preparation for final installation.
The sheerline has been trimmed to the precise location of the covering board, while the bottom of the hull is being prepared for the new timber keel.
Most of the details of the deck arrangement and its hardware and winches have been decided. Foundations for highly loaded items are being made so that the main deck panels for the foredeck and afterdeck can be installed soon.
All very exciting and a pleasure to see progress so well.
Text: David Pedrick
|Blue Marlin construction report August 2011|
The hull structure of Blue Marlin is almost 100% complete, waiting for the deck beams, which are being worked on now.
Pedrick Yacht Designs engineered all the framing and drew every metal piece in its 3D CAD model of the hull. From that the shapes were lofted and the nested plate layouts were waterjet cut from large bronze plates.
The planking was all badly rotted under the steel frames and the centerline timbers were not up to another 75-100 years of service, so they have been replaced with new timber. The sheer clamps and bilge stringers were completely sound, however, and have been reused.
Many of the original joiner panels in Spanish cedar will be reused, modifying them dimensionally to suit the new layout. Blue Marlin will be a cruiser racer with suitable fresh water, black water and fuel tanks. The main engine will be a Yanmar 75 kW with a cog-belt-drive system to a conventional, off-CL shaft and strut. A compact 6 kW generator will power an electric stove and hot water heater and charge batteries that will have sufficient capacity for some power winches for cruising as well as DC refrigeration.
The yard has the starting pieces for the mast, glued to their full length. It is the high grade Sitka spruce from John Lammerts van Beuren.
Naval architect David Pedrick and the yard are going through the full ISO process to obtain CE certification – perhaps the first antique yacht restoration to make that commitment. Blue Marlin will meet current regulatory standards of a new yacht. Even though it is not required, it is prudent to do so.
Blue Marlin will be a high quality restoration for Concours d’Elegance finish, a competitive addition to the 12mR Baltic fleet, and a suitable cruising yacht. Allan Savolainen and his team at Red Sky Craft have been doing excellent work on the project, and cooperation between the naval architect and the yard has been excellent.
Text by David Pedrick
|Pronssikaarien hitsaus ja asennus|
Suurin osa Tampereella leikatuista 8mm paksuista pronssikaarista on saatu Puuvenekeskukseen, jossa kaaria on ryhdytty hitsaamaan ja taivuttamaan muottiinsa. Tapani Sakilla ja Janne Saraksella riittää töitä, sillä yhteensä Blue Marlinissa on 30 vanhaa teräskaarta korvattava pronssikaarilla. Työn arvellaan kestävän heinäkuulle saakka.
|Blue Marlinin pronssikaarien leikkaaminen|
Blue Marlinin 30 teräskaarta on päätetty korvata pronssikaarilla, joille luvataan moninkertainen käyttöikä teräkseen verrattuna. ”70-vuotiaan veneen metallikaaret alkoivatkin olla jo aivan lopussa. Useimmat jalavakaarista olivat säilyneet sen sijaan lähes uuden veroisina” kertoo RedSky –veistämön johtaja Allan Savolainen. Veneen kaarista joka kolmas on metallikaari.
|A contract for building a model of the Blue Marlin|
A contract for building a model of the Blue Marlin in a 1:15 scale has been signed between the Woodenboat Center and the well known Model Maker Ari Väärikkälä of Kotka. The project is due to be finished on May the 21st, date of the first anniversary of the new boatyard. Mr. Väärikkälä will build most of the model in his studio but will bring it for completion in front of the public in May.
|Mr Häkämies uses one day of his vacation to visit Blue Marlin and the Wooden Boat Center in Kotka|
On his visit to the Wooden Boat Center in Kotka Mr Häkämies studies the 70-year old plans for the deck of the Blue Marlin. On the left is the Center's Manager Mr Leo Skogström and on the right is the Boatyard's manager Mr Allan Savolainen.
|First look on the hull after dismantling the interior|
David Pedrick, Kamu Stråhlmann, Allan Savolainen and Shipwright Eddie Cutts J:r of Maryland, USA take a look on the hull and plan the restoration works next phase. Some scary rot exist, but she has kept her form remarkedly well.
|David Pedrick becomes advisor to the project|
Yacht Designer David Pedrick (pictured in the right) of Pedrick Yacht Design in Newport, Rhode Island, USA (www.pedrickyacht.com )becomes advisor to the Blue Marlin restauration. David has an extensive knowledge of 12 Metre Yachts and has been involved in eight Americas Cup campaigns and has been principal designer of two winners (Courageous 1974 and Stars and Stripes 1978). We are happy to have David on board.
|Blue Marlin moved into new Wooden Boat Center|
Sitka Spruce specialist and Metre Yacht expert John Lammerts van Bueren gives his view on how to chose the right lumber for a classic mahogany boat.
|Sustainable agenda - Offseting Mahogany needs with 15800 new trees planted|
The rebuilding of the yacht will use considerable amounts of rare old-growth Mahogany. To offset the use of this material the owner of the yacht has re-forrested an area in South-east Finland, close to Kotka, with 15800 new treeplants. The plants are 5400 pines, 2550 Spruce, 5900 Larch and 1950 Oak.
|12 Metre historian Luigi Lang talks about the Blue Marlin|
Luigi Lang talks about the yacht at the Genova Yacht Club in Italy.
|Dismantling Blue Marlin's interior and documenting the progress|
We have started the renovation. First we have to dismantle the interior.
|Kotka Wooden Boat Center is building a new building|
The new building will be ready in the spring of 2008. It has been designed by Professor Ilmari Lahdelma of Lahdelma&Mahlamäki, Architechts. It will be open for the public and it is thought that this "open" layout will bring renewed interest into saving and restoring classic wooden yachts.
|Measuring the hull with a laser scan|
Follow the measurment of the hull by watching the video. Mr. Janne Nyrhi of Neopoint Oy explains how this is done and what the end result can be used for.
Today we open the webpages of the Blue Marlin. Whitestone Oy of Vantaa, Finland helped create the site.
|Plans and Drawings of the Blue Marlin|
National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, UK hold the historic archive of Charles E. Nicholson's plans. In order to get a full set we ordered all Evaine (1936) and Trivia (1937) plans as well as all the Blue Marlin ones that survive. The Curator of Historic Photographs & Ship Plans, Mr. Graham Thompson helped us with this. We now have some 60+ plans of the yacht.
|Frisk Bris-magazine publishes a story about Blue Marlin|
|Luigi Lang, 12 Metre historian gets in contact|
Dear Mister Andersin, I have been quite pleased to receive this Email and to talk with you a few moments last day. At last, Blue Marlin has a new owner and I am confident that you will restore her as she was and as she merits. --- --- It could be that in the future I may update the Twele Meters book. Kindest regards Luigi Lang Chiavari (Genova)
|John Lammerts van Bueren visits Blue Marlin|
Dear all, Attached are some images of our visit to the Blue Marlin. I too was very positively surprised to see her condition. Surely surprises will surface as the paint is stripped of but what excites me too is her amazing and seemingly untouched interior. Unfortunately my pictures didn’t come out very well but at least you get a sneak preview on the beginnings of another great project. Best regards, John
|Local newspaper recognizes Blue Marlin in Kotka|
03.11.2006 - Kymen Sanomat (local newspaper in Kotka) writes a whole page of the Blue Marlin. The text is in Finnish. You might enjoy the pictures if you do not read Finnish.
|Dyer Jones visits Kotka|
Dear Henrik, First, let me thank you for a delightful afternoon driving to visit BLUE MARLIN. Second, the chance to visit Allan’s boatyard in Kotka and see all of the 6’s in the process of winter work and especially your DJINN (6/US80). And finally the visit to the temporary home nearby of BLUE MARLIN while she waits for her more permanent restoration shed. You have a spectacular project ahead of you. To be honest, I expected her to be in much worse condition than she is. I know there is much that has not yet been seen, but her interior is magnificent – and so original - especially seeing what looks like South American Cedar used for the paneling. --- Many thanks again, Dyer Jones Regatta Director 32nd America's Cup
|Blue Marlin is transported from Slovenia to Finland|
The new owner takes possession of the Blue Marlin. She is lifted in Izola and trailered through Europe. Slovenia, Austria, Germany and ferry from Travemunde to Helsinki. A blizzard waits in Kotka. The Museum of Maritime Heritage in Kotka kindly offers a shelter for Blue Marlin for the winter of 2006/2007.
|Blue Marlin has a new owner|
I travel to Milano, Italy and meet Rosella and Andrea Colussi. We sign a bill of sale and the yacht changes hands.
|12 Meter yacht catches interest|