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Charlotte (Lyle Hess 16 Foot Catboat)   Total Page Hits: 999

Boat Type: One of a Kind
Boat Owner: Not Specified
Hull Number: Not Specified
Home Port: Not Specified
General Location: Not Specified
Last Modified: 06/07/2016 00:16 AM

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Overview/History

Launched August 2nd, 2003 in Groningen, The Netherlands. She was built by Jaap Kraayenhof over a two year period from paper plans drawn by Lyle Hess. At a weight of two tons on the trailer, she is a bit much for the Volvo wagon to tow. But the distance is short and the ramp is dry. She had a proper launch with admirers and a cup of Bubbly across the bow with a few words said about how nice it is to be done.

Hand crafted from recycled woods

REDWOOD: For strip planking the hull... Came from the ceiling of a dismantled Gymnastic Hall in the Hague
IROKO: Used to construct the stem, inner keel housing and cockpit floor... From laboratory table tops from the University Hospital in Groningen
MERBAU: Used in the outer keel housing and the skeg... This material came from the stairs of the University Hospital in Groningen
MAHOGANY: Used in the coaming and the interior... From thrown out Church benches in Schiedam
DOUGLAS FIR: Used to create the spars... Salvaged from a long closed ladder factory in Apeldom
PITCH PINE: For the sole, flooring and deck beams... this came from a never realized 16 meter project.

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