The 2018 Crane Lift
In February 2018, CLOVER’s mast and rig were removed, as well as her aft cabin and engine. The full extent of the deterioration in the aft section was then realized; all her floors underneath the engine, and the engine bed rails and logs needed replacement before any further restoration work on the deck or machinery could commence. The rig was stored, the engine sent for repainting, and the focus turned to raising funds to haul the boat – asap!
The 2019 Haulout
Up to this point work progressed slowly as WBFV got up and running and recruited volunteers. By 2018 CLOVER’s pilothouse, mast and rig, her engine, and tankage had been removed for repair. Her stem and knightheads repaired, and down below her cabin sole beam structure replaced. All of her gear and fittings were removed, carefully catalogued, and stored.
But now it was time to tackle the more serious elements of the restoration. CLOVER was hauled again in 2019, with these objectives: replace 7 floors and install new engine bed rails in the aft section of the vessel; re-caulk her planking below the waterline; reinstall the engine, pilothouse, and tankage. In addition the propeller shaft was removed and refurbished; her shaft log and cutlass bearing were removed and replaced.
In March 2020 moved from Pt. Richmond to her new home in Glen Cove Marina. Later in the year, work began in earnest to repair the deck, hatches, and samson post, forward and aft mooring bitts. Work continued into the early part of 2021 with a completely new deck laid on top of the original laid deck, and all hatches and fittings strengthened and made watertight.
What follows is the story of CLOVER herself and detailed account of the work completed; there is also a description of the remaining phases in the project to return her to sailing condition.