Acorn to Arabella: Restoring Knees on the Victoria

Restoring Knees with Acorn to Arabella

Steve and Alix (Yes, Alix is back!) from the Acorn to Arabella project aren’t slowing down with progress on Arabella, the Atkins ketch they are building in their backyard. Steve is applying more of the TotalBoat Wood Sealer and then using a few coats of Gleam Gloss Varnish before putting most of the wood below decks for the beam shelf, the deck framing, and any exposed wood that will show below deck. Once they build out their interior, they will apply more coats and then use a satin topcoat.  Seeing Alix and Steve reuse pieces like the knees from Victoria, the sister ship to Arabella, and then save and use as many pieces of bronze and other treasured parts, is the ultimate upcycling of a sailboat. Constructing their dream boat using these vintage, restored pieces is exactly how these two ingenious, novice boatbuilders hoped this project would go. Thanks for watching!

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7 responses to “Restoring Knees with Acorn to Arabella

  1. When you realize how many individual pieces of wood needed to be measured and shaped to build this boat it boggles the mind that any such endeavor can be even attempted much less completed. The fact that thousands of such craft have been built over the ages is also just overwhelming.

  2. I really enjoy watching the building of Arabella especially the woodworking joinery. By the way, Alix, were you using Titebond III when you were rebuilding those knee joints? Just wondering.

    I never questioned ownership, that was between you and Steve, period.

    My wife and I voted. The outcome will be what it will be.


  3. Love watching your video. You probably are getting some sales calls so I want to add my name to the list. I have a new 1 part polyurathane glue that I have used for many of my boats. It dries 3 to 4 hours, totally waterproof, twice as strong as any epoxy on the market. A really great time and money saver. will be more than happy to send you a free tube to try and I promise you will love it and begin to use it on all your projects. Please tell me where to send it.

  4. While restoring a 1940’s Comet Sailboat, I had to screw into end grain, the same situation you mentioned. I buttered the joint faces with titebond 3 glue, and buttered the screw holes & screws with glue, which created a very strong joint – as strong as an end grain joint can be.

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