Scupper 253


Sea Breeze (FKA Scupper), a 1978 Legnos Mystic 30' Cutter


This project was completed in several phases over two years to meet the owner’s schedule.

Initial Pre-Project Inspection Report and Observations

Early Phase:  Hardware removal and early assessment
September 2017
Early Phase Hours:  26.75

Phase 1: Dismantling, surface prep, systems removal, repairs, structural work
March 16, 2018 – November 16, 2018 (Discontinuous)
Phase 1 Hours:  315

Phase 2: Interior, systems, and more
January 23, 2019 – June 21, 2019
Phase 2 Hours:  665.5

Phase 3:  Electrical, electric motor, plumbing,  final exterior finishing, and everything else
October 18, 2019 – March 27, 2020
Phase 3 Hours:  683.75

Scope of Project:  Comprehensive refit, including deck repairs, repower, interior makeover, hull work, and systems

Project Complete:  1691 Total Hours


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March 2, 2020

Scupper 253


Over the weekend, I added some additional thickened epoxy to some of the multi-faceted fiberglass liner cover plates to help fill the visible seams, since the initial gluing process had been necessarily delicate and I couldn’t access all areas at once.  Now, I cleaned up and sanded these pieces, which more or less brought them to their final shapes and contours, though I might need some lightweight filler to finalize the shapes before priming.

I test-fit all the new faceted pieces before continuing, and was generally pleased with how they’d ended up, but for the port forward cover plate, I found I’d erred in my measuring and needed to add an angled top flange in order to cover the gaps in the liner, so I cut the new section as needed, then glued it to the original section with more thickened epoxy.  I also found that my long strip that I’d simply butt-jointed and epoxied had failed at the seam, so to correct this I reglued it and added a piece of fiberglass on the back (hidden) side to reinforce the joint.

Next, I continued work on the tiller blank.  After removing the blank from the clamps, and breaking off any large chunks of cured epoxy squeezeout, I ran it through a thickness planer to clean up and smooth both sides, and eventually bring the blank to its finished thickness of 1-3/4″, which fit snugly in the bronze tiller strap.  I sanded clean the upper and lower faces, and, using my tiller mockup as a rough guide, cut off the excess length of the tiller from each end and fit the tiller strap in place where I wanted it, securing it temporarily with two much-too-long bolts.  Then, I test-fit the raw tiller blank in the cockpit to confirm the final length and other aspects of the construction.

Next, I had to give the tiller some shape, both for appearance and to make it comfortable to use.  I liked the general dimensions of the butt end and curved section, but forward of that I wanted to slim it down and add some curvature to the bottom edge, and after roughing out some design ideas on the tiller, I settled on the shape I wanted and cut and shaped the bottom edge to suit before then tapering the overall thickness of the tiller roughly from the top of the curve forward, where I ended up with just over an inch of thickness at the grip.  I milled radii on the top and bottom corners of the tiller, and sanded the whole thing smooth before a final test-fit.

Afterwards, I removed the tiller strap and applied a sealer coat of varnish to the tiller, the first of many to come over the next few days.

With only a few minutes left before I had to leave early for an appointment, I made some final checks to the electric motor setup and energized the system, and went through some basic set up on the cockpit-mounted battery monitor.  I confirmed that the motor operated (more on this soon), but that was all I had time for at the moment.

Total time billed on this job today:  5 hours

0600 Weather Observation:  24°  Forecast for the day: Partly cloudy, 34°