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Restoring Ripple: Vintage Bertram Gets a

By Tom on February 2012 — on March 2012

Jenn, and Ned having fun Ripple, 2007. courtesy Mattapoisett

The recent of 50-degree (in February!) me searching fresh salty for some stories. As I didn’t far to as boating grows wild these parts. stop at Mattapoisett Boat unearthed an restoration project a 1967 Bertram 25 model owned none other MBY yard Dave Kaiser.

The boat, Ripple . in the stages of complete refit the replacement strengthening of stringers after many years abuse dished by Kaiser the frequently waters of Bay and Sound. The deck, as as the had been over the so that work could performed. When stopped by, expert Todd was in process of up the work and the boat a primer of paint.

The stringer completed, Ripple her primer at the Boat Yard. by Tom

Ripple is familiar sight and around Harbor and Vineyard, where found her after graduating in 1988, same year started working MBY. “When bought her, still had original 318 recalls Kaiser. one of engines was I spent better part my summer that engine piece by and putting back together.”

Ripple s Yanmars and entire deck to be to access damaged stringers.

explains that engine rebuild a real experience, as had never tackled such complex mechanical “I’ll never the joy turning the and hearing start right I sat the flybridge listened to idle for

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The Chryslers nearly 20 years until transmissions failed, a repower 2007. Kaiser new 190-hp LH series which cut ’s fuel by 50 and doubled range.

Many Ripple s stringers were or delaminating the hull years of use.

All rosy until, few years the repower, and the crew noticed serious issues Ripple ’s system. Closer revealed that of the were completely while others delaminated from hull. Obviously, stringer issue to be so Kaiser to go hog and an entire while the was in shop.

When Ripple relaunched this she’ll be a new hull and topsides. I’ve been promised ride on venerable Bertram, you can your bottom that we’ll it here BoatingLocal.

Glass technician Shurtleff vacuums dust to for painting.


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