Ryan, from Nova Scotia is looking for a little assistance regarding repairs to a Minuet he is considering purchasing. He has sent along some photos of the rough spots. If you have any advice or have done these kinds of repairs yourself please add your expertise in the comments below.
I’d also suggest getting in touch with the Bluenose Association which is located in Chester, Nova Scotia. They also have a Facebook page. These boats were also built by McVay so they may be worth talking to. Or perhaps they could put you in touch with other Minuet owners in your area.http://www.nsbluenoseclass.com/
I’m looking at purchasing a small boat to do some sailing in and around Lunenburg Harbour in Nova Scotia. I came across a Minuet for sale at a reasonable price. I think she’s in okay condition, but wanted some expert advice. First of all, the hull is displaying a lot of blisters in the Gel coat. I am not too familiar with this type of repair although I suspect it will be a lot of work. Is this sort of damage common with these boats? Perhaps a symptom of major issues??
Secondly, and my biggest concern, is that the previous owner has modified the mast step and moved it to the roof of the cuddy with a wood post fibreglassed in to the floor of the cuddy. Has anyone ever heard of this being done?? At the worst, I figure I’ll have to put it back to its proper configuration with the step on the floor. One bit of information I haven’t been able to find, how long is the mast supposed to be?? I’d like to take a tape measure and see if he’s chopped off the mast, whigh would mean I’d have to buy a new one.