Between 1957 and 1970 Cheoy Lee produced approximatley 133 folkboats originaly sold as the the Offshore 25, better known as the Frisco Flyer.

There were three versions of this small blue-water boat.
91 in all wood and 42 in Fiberglass with wood. There were 55 Type I's and II's and 78 of the Type III's. The Type I (aka the Pacific Clipper) was an all wood boat, had a mast that was stepped through the deck, a traditional folkboat fractional rig and a smaller cabin. The Type II's had a larger teak trunk cabin and a masthead rig. The Type III's had a larger teak dog-house cabin, some "standing" headroom and a masthead rig stepped on deck. The earlier Type III's were solid teak built onto a fiberglass hull and the later Type III’s (1966-1970) were made entirely out of fiberglass with teak paneling.

This boat, Yard # 1507 is one of approximatley only 30 Type III's left. It was out of the water for the previous 16 years when I got it and then about another 5 more while I rebuilt it. It was an empty, cracked hull when given to me and needed a complete restoration/refit.
It took about five years of long nights and weekends of working outside under a tarp, in the garage or in the boat during cold winter nights, wet rainy afternoons and everything in between. The occasionally eager assistant on the project was my four (now ten) year old daughter who can have this boat as soon as I convince her mother to get another one. This blog is the record of all the work that "we" have done to the boat as well as some other somewhat related events with friends and family. Eventually, this will be put together in a book which will stay with the boat.


She still has plenty more to go but for now, Jackaroe has been in the water for a couple years now and thats all that matters...

To see past projects, use the links below.



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Monday, August 12, 2013

New dock in Back Channel

Justin and Steve trying to fine tune their new dock in the back channel.... Tight fit!



Sunday, December 30, 2012

Now that the winter storms have started, I'm missing the boat more and more.

Time to catch up on old pictures.....

these are me and the kid taking off for two weeks for the first real shake down....















Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thoughts turn to Spring....

With the boat close to finished, I can't wait for this season to start. I'm especially looking forward to it because we've planned a cruise up the coast. Three boats, three dads, 1, 2, or 3 moms (depending on work), four kids for two weeks.

Can't wait.

Things to focus on... [besides the spinnaker I have been eyeing for 5 months] are: a new radio (bought one last night, Lowrance 880), controls for throttle and gears (just about done), mount the yanmar panel somewhere, buy a sternlight, big bronze bolt for the tiller handle ( where the tiller mounts to the rudder is held by bronze rods peened over....strong, but the threaded bolt will just make me feel better about it as the rods work themselves loose), get a new sheave for main halyard, mount the navtronics GPS, varnish everything, wire a new through-deck connection for mast lights etc, wind indicator for mast, make some new battens for main, wire running lights, plumb sink with sea water (still thinking about this one), install water tank.. if its going in at all, cut bigger access hole in bulkhead for engine, buy and install outboard bracket on stern, bottom paint, grip-paint deck....

That's it for the stuff I think needs to happen before launch but there is a few other things I'd like to get done but are not priorities.....new cushions, lee cloths down below and in the cockpit, make an awning, mount my winch handle holders, get a two burner stove, new depth sounder, SPINNAKER, dodger?, cabin house corners, inside and outside trim, change shelving around, make leg for table, make curtains....

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Saturday, November 12, 2011

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5.......



Steve is on board as we head to the water....just seconds away from its first splash in almost 20 years, and just minutes away from the head seacock being jammed ( open) on entry.
Still, what a good looking little boat!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rowing out to the boat...



Maya insisted on rowing me out to the boat. After getting down to the dock and moving Steves huge beast of a dinghy off of mine, Maya took over and rowed us out. I know I will eventually get a outboatd that works well but for now, I love rowing. Its more like hiking, you get to hear and appriciate the experience of getting there more. It was just us and a few seagulls. Still, a dependable outboard would be nice too when you need to get some place quick....

Sunset row....



I ran out to the boat in the afternoon to change batteries, again and Maya spent the down time cruising around the harbor with the dinghy.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Haul out..


Steve took this picture as we passed. Steve and Justin were already out there as Maya, Maki and I came out of Portsmouth and headed down the coast to Rye. Beautiful afternoon. We arrived just as the sun was setting and there was a bunch of moorings in the area we were looking but we found the one we wanted on the first pass. As soon as we tied on to the mooring, it was dark. We grabbed a few things and headed to shore. It was great to be in Rye harbor. I was so happy not to have to drive to Maine to change batteries or just go to the boat...
I should be on the mooring list in Rye too.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sails are a mess....I couldn't care less. Just happy to be sailing.



This was the first sail....I couldn't stop grinning.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Big storm tonite. Gusts of 55-60 depending on what side of the river you live on. The Maine side claims 60 mph gusts where I am moored. I'm the furthest outside the pack, the moat exposed to the NNE winds on a loaner mooring. I went out and stripped everything from the deck. The main, boom, cowls, boathook, extra lines etc were all taken in. Then I had the good luck to meet the guy that services most of the balls and gear. He told me where the 6000 lb block with brand new gear on it. I exchanged a bottle of wine to stay there tonight and until I'm hauled out. I will sleep much better tonight!.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Maki and my mom...







Anchor...






The boat wasn't in long before we had our first horror story to tell. It involved our anchor being lost. A friend and avid diver, generously took the time to look for it a couple times but no luck....



Not quite what we had planned...



The girls are smiling and look happy but the truth is we had just lost our anchor and were stuck on the mooring for the night when we wanted to be six miles out on the shoals having dinner and drinks with our friends. I was really upset over this but the girls kept my spirits up.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

prescott park.,..

Launch...







As the boat eased in the water, the gurgling sound up forward reminded me the seacock was stuck open...

Stepping Mast.....



Sunday, October 2, 2011

Maya at anchor...

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