Restoring a Stone Horse Sloop – Part 1

Brendan was looking around for a small cruising sloop that needed some work with a price that reflected its condition. He has the skills and tools to redo most major structural issues on a boat and thought if he could use those skills to bring a cool, older boat back to life, that he could find a decent boat at a great price and turn it into gold. Enter the Stone Horse. He saw her listing on Ebay and instantly knew he had found his boat.

The boat mostly needed cosmetic work including plenty of coats of paint and some fairing on the hull, small repairs and plenty of elbow grease.  The engine, down below and mast and rigging were all in decent condition, and the tan bark sails that seem to identify these Stone Horse Sloops were also in good shape. Brendan wasted no time getting right down to work. Follow his projects in the photo gallery below and in our other posts about the Stone Horse!

Prep Work on the Stone Horse

Here is the Stone Horse the day Brendan picked her up and brought her home.

Step 1: Sand the hull. Sand everything. Step 2. Fair the topsides using TotalFair. Then sand again!

Using Thixo Fast Cure to strengthen and heal spots on the transom.

Cockpit prep: grinding to prepare for a coat of TotalProtect Epoxy Primer

Lots of taping to prep for varnishing the toe rail and trim.

Thixo Pro should heal up this leaky area of the deck and toe rail

Sanding the hatch cover. The buried wood is restored and will look great with some varnish

Grinding down the bottom

Rudder work. She too will get new paint and varnish.


2 responses to “Restoring a Stone Horse Sloop – Part 1

  1. I have Stonehorse #36 which I restored 30yrs ago. She is ready to be gone over again so I would love to be able access the the photos and commentary on this project report (so far have not been able open the details). I have been using your penetrating epoxy and Lust varnish to good effect. I still need to do the topsides (used Sterling linear poly 30 yrs ago sptayed which has held up well ’til the last year or so). I will also be repainting the decks and rebedding everything.
    Love your products and support!

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