Repair of Tahiti ketch Torea

The boat was built in the South Pacific and bought several years ago by Jamie White, a local rigger for the San Francisco Maritime Museum. He hired NBBW to reframe Torea and replace a number of planks. The new frames are white oak from oregon steam-bent into the boat. Planks are Douglas fir. Torea was also recaulked, refastened and puttied below the water line. She was given a fresh coat of paint and launched last month. Currently J. Boyle is building the interior in the water back at Toreas’ slip. Jamie is bending on the sails and working on systems.

In this photo much of the work has already been done, the old ribs removed and replaced by new, and planking started.

On the left Jay is starting the caulking.

Below and right shows some of the nice interior work being done by Jody Boyle.

Above we see the floor being installed in the bow.

To the left is a panel door that will be under the settee.

Above is the bow end of a bench seen from above, on the right we see the grown locust knee that supports the bench.

On the left you can see the cedar tongue and groove paneling on the head bulkhead.

Below is a view of the forward berth and ceiling near completion.

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At this stage the ketch is almost ready to go back into the water, ready for another cruise to Taihiti.