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Wade Luce, Will Carlsen,

Afew weeks ago, Eric Paulsen, the owner of Splin­ters (“Noah’s Work,” May/ June 2016), asked me if I knew how to get my hands on sa­loon di­men­sions for his project, a seven-year on­go­ing restora­tion of a 1968 Grand Banks. The story or­bits around Paulsen’s ef­forts to give Splin­ters a sec­ond chance at a seago­ing life, and, at the time of writ­ing, much of the work had been com­pleted to get her sea­wor­thy again. De­spite this, sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant steps re­mained be­tween her and ac­tu­ally hit­ting open wa­ter, such as sys­tems in­stal­la­tion and the con­struc­tion of in­te­rior fur­ni­ture.

I’ve de­cided to use this let­ter to pro­vide an up­date on his progress since my visit to Colorado last Novem­ber, and to post pho­tos of his work in our blogs section at pas­sagemaker.com.

When I stepped on board, Splin­ters’ sa­loon was a blank slate, with very lit­tle left from GB’s pro­duc­tion days. Paulsen had al­ready nearly com­pleted his re­build of the mas­ter cabin, and told me that the sa­loon fur­ni­ture was next on his to-do list. The fac­to­ry­de­signed lay­out had been scrapped by a pre­vi­ous owner who re­moved the built-in dinette and slid a fu­ton sofa-bed into its place. There was no re­turn to the gal­ley, mak­ing a true straight gal­ley rather than the more typ­i­cal L-shape, and the orig­i­nal bench seat at the wheel was gone. As ex­pected, the con­di­tion of the wood was poor: Many of the small teak strips that make up each square of the cabin sole’s tra­di­tional par­quet floor were com­ing unglued.

Paulsen set to re­build­ing the sa­loon, start­ing with the bench helm seat, cab­i­netry, and long dinette. Though he plans to make some changes from the orig­i­nal model (keep­ing the straight gal­ley and mak­ing the dinette con­vert­ible to a queen berth), he wanted to recre­ate the star­board-side ar­range­ment as it was drawn at the fac­tory. He emailed me to ask if I had any insight into the seat­ing ge­om­e­try and mea­sure­ments of the orig­i­nal lay­out. Luck­ily, liv­ing in Seattle means that I have easy ac­cess to Grand Banks, es­pe­cially the vin­tage kind. The re­gional GB owner’s as­so­ci­a­tion boasts over 400 reg­is­tered mem­bers ( www.ps­g­bown­ers.org).

I ar­ranged a meet­ing with Harry Walp, a friend and for­mer col­league now with Stan Miller Yachts, to take mea­sure­ments on one of his 42 bro­ker­age list­ings. Though this newer fiber­glass model dif­fered slightly in spec­i­fi­ca­tion from the late 60s ver­sion of the 42, the im­proved seat­ing ge­om­e­try was per­haps more valu­able for Splin­ters’ re­build. Af­ter tak­ing as many mea­sure­ments as I could think of, I emailed Paulsen the sketches, and within a few weeks, re­ceived a fresh batch of pho­tos from his re­cent work. Since we are un­able to fit too many of his shots here, we have in­cluded a blog post with ad­di­tional pics and Paulsen’s up­dated notes, which can be found by scan­ning the QR code be­low or by vis­it­ing the blogs section of www.pas­sagemaker.com

If you missed the orig­i­nal piece, check out our Adobe Spark story in an up­com­ing edi­tion of our CHAN­NELS newslet­ter.

Paulsen’s re­cent car­pen­try work shows his skill­ful re­build of the bench helm and dinette—the lat­ter will be able to con­vert to a queen-size berth to ac­com­mo­date mul­ti­ple guests on board.

Ed­i­tor-In-Chief ed­i­tor@pas­sagemaker.com

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