Upgrading the New Boat

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Project by shipwright posted 08-12-2018 01:10 AM 1944 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sandpiper, my new (1984) Nonsuch 30, is a departure for me in that I have always had boats that I built myself. She is a “production boat”. Even though Nonsuch was a high end boat in its day it still exhibits a few barely good enough details. This is not uncommon in production boats, the marine equivalent of the spec. house.

One such detail that I chose not to live with was the rather flimsy teak cockpit grate. After spending much of its life in Key West Florida the teak had become very dried out and brittle and when I bought the boat there was one slat broken in two places. I replaced it but within a week I had broken another just by stepping down on it from the cockpit seat.
That won’t be happening again …. ever!

The new grate is built in a much better style from thicker material and a much stronger wood, Purpleheart. The pictures tell the story. The second shows the original grate with its replaced slat and the new break.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 08-12-2018 01:28 AM

Real nice job on that grate, Paul. Purple heart is a good choice of wood, too.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 08-12-2018 01:31 AM

What a wonderful place to hang out. Nice boat.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 08-12-2018 01:39 AM

That looks great. I didn’t realize, before just looking it up now, that purple heart is so rot resistant. Did you put anything on it to keep it looking good?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-12-2018 01:39 AM

I was wondering how this new boat was going to fair with such as boat expert. Looks like a great upgrade Paul,I’m sure there will be plenty more upgrades to come.

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#5 posted 08-12-2018 01:41 AM

Paul, I’m sure there are a lot of current features where Marquetry will find a place. :)) Purple heart? This is going to be a very high end boat when you’re satisfied.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 08-12-2018 01:58 AM

Beautiful work Paul, I can’t wait to see your future improvements, especially the one where you replace that fiberglass hull with a wood one.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#7 posted 08-12-2018 02:07 AM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 08-12-2018 02:31 AM

Wow…that’s a nice looking grate or should I say a great grate or is that redundant! Anyway, I’m sure you will be making many beautiful changes to this boat to make it truly your own.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#9 posted 08-12-2018 04:28 AM

Very GOOD, COOL repair…

Very COOL of way to use Half-Laps… :)

I too was curious about the Purple Heart being able to last… & how you treated it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#10 posted 08-12-2018 04:35 AM

Beautiful work

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 08-12-2018 05:07 AM

And so it begins! That looks awesome.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 08-12-2018 05:12 AM

It makes a big difference and that purpleheart will last as long as you will.
Nice job brother.

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#13 posted 08-12-2018 05:30 AM

Hope you got a deal on the Purple heart like Stanwoods did on his bench?
Couple of years and it should look like teak.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#14 posted 08-12-2018 08:34 AM

Will the next step be to clad the hull in purple heart?? LOL!
Did you sail it from Key West to Vancouver Island, or did Amazon Prime do the hard work??

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#15 posted 08-12-2018 09:53 AM

Excellant work. I can speak for many woodworkers, here, we hope to see a few more custom pieces on Sandpiper, adding to another way to enjoy your boat.

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