We started working on major structural repairs for Abaco in 2012, in close collaboration with her owners Tad and Cheryl Lippoth. Abaco was built in 1966, and is the second to last Concordia yawl ever built, but unfortunately she suffered severe fire damage. Tad is a talented craftsman and is completing much of the restoration at his home shop. The current owners are passionate about restoring the vessel such that no evidence of a fire remains.
In 2012, our crew replaced the oak bridge deck beams and cockpit framing; replaced the Douglas fir shelf and clamps; and replaced eight, tight-seam mahogany planks. The main mast was repaired, and the hull was long-boarded and primed. The yacht then went “home” for the owner to continue working on the decks, cockpit, cabin and interior.
She came back to GIBY last fall for more structural repairs. The keel and deadwood were removed – which involved the interesting challenge of getting steel bolts out of a steel keel. Our carpenter Steve Chace milled and installed 18 floor timbers. He also installed 10 new laminated white oak frames. Matt Holbrook machined new keel bolts, and the keel and deadwood were re-fastened in December. At that point, Abaco was ready to make the trip back to her owner’s home so he could continue the work on this classic in his workshop.