Evelyn 26 OD Project

This page is a kind of log to keep track of any boat related stuff I’m doing.

July 2013, – Evelyn 26 entry
Around the first week of the month of July my dad asked, “How’d you like an Evelyn sailboat?”. He went into some detail about an Evelyn that had been sitting at Oak Orchard Yacht Club. It was donated to the club after it the mast was broken in-two by a falling limb a couple years earlier. It had been sitting on its trailer – kind of forlorned. I had noticed it, but not given it much though because I wasn’t in the market for a boat. I though the Youth Sailing program might sell it to raise some funds for fleet maintenance or something or other. Apparently, it had become an eyesore and club members wanted it gone. The owner had offered it to my dad but it wasn’t resolved due to some communication error. But, finally after some last minute dealing with the trailer for $500.00 and $200.00 for various reasons the “free” boat was set to take away.

Accolades for Evelyn 26:
If you raced on the East Coast in the 70’s or the 80’s or the 90’s, you undoubtedly sailed on or against one or more of Bob Evelyn’s pocket racers, and you most likely saw a lot of their transoms. The Evelyn 26 was built for speed. Set up with the racing necessities, a bendy mast with adjustable backstay, mainsheet tweakers, boom vang and cunningham, this large driving mainsail, fractional rig has plenty of drive for a fast boat with a fin keel and outboard rudder. The big beam stretches out the water line and gives a stable platform for those exhilarating beam spinnaker reaches. A light air witch,” the Evelyn 26” also has the ballast and displacement to stand up to 30 knots of breeze. Impressively able to point with her high aspect main, she also flies off the wind with her oversize chute.
However, unlike many of the new designs, “it has a sensible cockpit for a day sail, and a wonderfully open living area below with 5’’10″” head room.

August 11, 2013 – Evelyn 26 entry
It took some time to hammer out the details of getting the Evelyn 26. But, today I got the final word that the boat could be removed from the Yacht Club and moved to our property. It was equipped to sail when it was donated to the yacht club, but now there is some confusion about where and what sails are left for the boat. This mystery will plague me – I’m sure. The video shows the Evelyn 26 that will be renamed SKYLARK as it was when we first opened her up:

August 26, 2013 – Evelyn entry

Trying to make some decisions about the mast. There is, reportedly, a replacement mast at RCR that could be retrofitted and shortened to replace the broken mast on SKYLARK. But, it may be a bit beefy for the boat. There is also the labor intensive replacement of all the rigging into the correct positions. And, as of yet I do not know what sails may be left to fit the Evelyn.
Pictures of replacement mast:

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September 7th,

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Sail Measurements

October 15:

Brought the boat home from Oak Orchard at 5:30 am to beat any of the good guys that might want to ask me questions about my plate or load width. No problems going about 45 mph. With the hair dryer I was able to get the stripe off pretty easily.



Evelyn 26

Evelyn 26

December 2013: Evelyn entry

Big happenings this month. I was able to get Skylark painted navy blue with Inerlux Perfection. I wrote about that: http://shorelinesailboats.com/2013/12/painting-with-interlux-perfection-two-part-polyurethane/
Also, I was contacted by Matt Breef who sails his Evelyn 26 SHORT BUS out of Raritan Yacht Club (RYC), New Jersey. This was fantastic because I had not made contact with any other owners of Evelyn 26s. Matt has had great racing success with his boat. Here is a bit of info from Matt:
“The boat sat for 17 years prior to me buy her.  Consequently there where plenty of leaks. The first round of work which took 5 months consisted of striping the boat bare.  Everything came off the deck including the toe rails, everything.  There was a total of 8 feet of hull to deck joint that needed to be resealed.  Every piece of hardware was either re-bedded or upgraded and every nut and bolt replaced.  I think I was getting weekly shipments from McMaster-Carr.  The head liner was toast. Although it was a big job to remove, it was worth it.  Over the next few winters we tackled a few other big projects.  They include: rebuilding the partners, rebuilding the mast step, adding a grid around the mast step, adding a keel sump grid, adding running backstays, rebuilding the companionway hatch, replacing the port lights with 1/4 polycarbonate, moving the genoa track inboard, repairing keel blowouts, full rewire, and many little changes.

The boat came yellow and after meeting Bob Evelyn and Donzo Wilkinson I found out that my boat had been a custom order from the factory to be yellow and that Donzo remembered building my boat.  After that I couldn’t change the color.  Of course, what else to you name a little yellow boat.

Anyway, Evelyn’s are great boats and we’ve been having a blast the past 6 years with the Bus.  5 Consecutive A3 division championships at Raritan Yacht Club and lots of silverware from weekend events.”
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Mast repaired:

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Welded sleeve around worst of breaks.



Painting “roll and tip” with “Flag Blue” Interlux Perfection 2 part polyurethane:



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IMG_2350 IMG_2343  IMG_2339   Bow of SKYLARK IMG_2351 IMG_4006     IMG_3049



First and only sail on SKYLARK:

I was able to sail only once this summer…

I got the boat in the water late because I was fitting the mast back together from parts that were dumped in a box. I had to get some stainless pop-rivets and a good gun because those things are tough to squeeze. The mast went up very nicely. I was going to practice sailing, but the fog rolled in and made it pretty much a bad idea to go out in my untested boat.

Well, the next day was a 22 mile long distance cup race called the HENRI CUP out of Oak Orchard Yacht Club. I took my friend, Dad, brother, and brother in law along as crew. It was an 11 boat fleet. We beat everyone scratch… What a day. Coming in from the win the oil line to the engine parted sending the contents of the diesel engine oil into the bilge. Not good. A real mess.

Video of the day: