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Replacing the zincs

a partial DIY customer

Apr 01, 2013

Ed Vail is one of our partial Do it Yourself customers. When Ed scheduled a bottom paint package for his Catalina 36, Thistle, he decided to do a few projects himself during the haul-out. The list included polishing the propeller, and replacing the zincs. We welcome DIY's, whatever portion of the work you wish to do yourself. Thank you Ed, for choosing Berkeley Marine Center.

California Condor, built at Berkeley Marine

Condor leads the pack

Mar 08, 2013

Congratulations to California Condor's Buzz Blackett, for a first place finish in the monohull double-handed division the 2013 Three Bridge Fiasco on San Francisco Bay. That's a first among 261 starters in the challenging race and division.
California Condor is a Jim Antrim designed Class 40, built at Berkeley Marine Center. Jim also contributed to the effort by being crew for the race.

Richard working on his new boat

Going old school

Oct 16, 2012

Richard Page is going old school! The long time Berkeley-based sailor is giving up his 27 ft. fiberglass race boat, Upstart, and going with a wooden classic.

Duster II is a Kettenburg 38, built in 1955. Richard had her trucked up from San Diego, and is busy with a variety of projects to bring her into top shape for cruising the Bay and coastal waters. The smile on Richard's face says everything about how he feels about his new boat. Congratulations, and thank you for taking care of one of our classic wooden boats!

The wooden boat, Ballerina

The Ballerina's last dance?

Oct 09, 2012

Ballerina, a Kettenburg PCC 46 built around 1950, is probably on her final voyage. The old beauty was abandoned by her owner, and the yard will have to scrap her unless someone steps up in the next week to save her. That would take someone with a very soft spot for old wooden boats, and a very large bank account! Over $100K of work that needs to be done, and similar boats in good condition can be found for under $30K. More information about the Kettenburg PCC can be found on the Fleet Page.

sf2sf Race Logo

The SF2SF Ocean Race

Jul 17, 2012

In case you haven't heard, we have been giving our full support to the SF2SF Ocean Race being organized. The idea behind the race is to bring the corinthian spirit back to world circumnavigation races, and also to have it start and end on San Francisco Bay. Early response to the idea has been fantastic, with inquiries from possible entries and sponsors, as well as many offers of help. The race website is at www.sf2sfoceanrace.com. We're planning to build an entry for the race. Tell us what you think!

Chain saw carves a mast

Surgery with a chain saw

May 22, 2012

A chain saw is not often seen as the tool of choice in boat repair, but it's one of his most important tools, according to Steve Hutchinson, one of the most sought after shipwrights in the Bay Area. In this photo, Steve uses a chainsaw guided by a custom jig, to carve away the damaged portion of a wooden mast. "It's much faster for some tasks," stated Steve, "and in this case, it saved the customer four hours of labor costs." The mast is from the wooden ketch, "Stroma of Mey."

David building his own copper rivets

Finding his Fortune

May 10, 2012

David is a shipwright from New Zealand, and a very resourceful one at that. He is also the owner of Fortune, a 37-foot OD Garden wooden ketch he is fully restoring at Berkeley Marine Center. Earlier this year, David was still looking for a new boat, with one caveat -- the boat had to essentially be "free"!