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Here's what's going on at the yard and with projects we're following.

sf2sf Race Logo

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.

Jul 17, 2012
Chain saw carves a mast

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.

May 22, 2012
David building his own copper rivets

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"!

May 10, 2012
Measuring the angle of a rudder

Jim Antrim has gone to great lengths -- and angles -- to ensure California Condor's rudders perform well!
In this photo, Jim, Condor's designer, measures the relative angles of the two rudders, and if you want to get technical, the rudders should not be exactly parallel.

Mar 26, 2012
Tai Kuai at the lift

Within days of being commissioned and launched from Berkeley Marine Center, Tai Kuai had two first place finishes under her belt -- winning both days in the "big and fast" division of the Corinthian Yacht Club Midwinters. Tai Kuai's PHRF rating is a sizzling -21!

Feb 21, 2012
A barge under the houseboat

The latest construction project at Berkeley Marine will not set any racing speed records! The challenge was to build and install a replacement barge for the houseboat owned by Diane Brown. An innovative approach was designed by Jim Antrim and executed by Cree Partridge and crew at the yard. A fiberglass shell or hull was built.

Dec 22, 2011
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An open letter to support a worthwhile project:

Dear Friend,

Have you ever tried to describe why you love sailing to a non-sailor? To convey the joy and exhilaration of moving across the water powered only by the wind? Of being completely in the moment, balanced between wind, waves and current?

Dec 02, 2011
Oracle tender

It's not an AC72, but we were excited to have an Oracle tender in the yard recently, being prepared for transport to San Diego. The America's Cup main event will be held on San Francisco Bay in summer 2013, with many preliminary events leading up to the finale. For further info, see the America's Cup website.

Nov 16, 2011