Welcome Aboard!

These pages will cover the restoration and upgrades I have done to a 1979 Choate 40.
I acquired the vessel in poor condition at a reasonable price and so far have put twice that amount into her.
From the evidence I have found, she had been de-masted, run aground several times, slightly flooded, run hard and put away wet.
Fortunately, she had new standing rig with a used mast from a Catalina 40 and a recent head job on the motor.
The rest of the info I'll segregate into pages for detailed information.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Latest Pictures

Here are some pictures that have been taken over the past couple years. Outside of boat is complete.

The latest deck work.....................................Used Kiwigrip to finish the whole deck surface..

 Except for some additional Treadmaster....

Made up a 5/8" bridle for the Sampson post for anchoring, or a Sea Anchor. Plus, an adaptor for tying to rope rode.

Folding Solon table........................

It didn't turn out quite as planned but this was my first time at trying to seal paper under clear epoxy.

At last, finally getting the head liner back in. Just need to seal the wood and cover it with vinyl upholstery material.

Oh, and finally said good bye to San Francisco! Aug. 30, 2015

Check out the wind speed indicator (28 kt.). This was just the second day. Things got more extreme! The boat sure proved itself on the trip all the way down from Seattle.

Avalon  from the mooring.

And here is a lot of the tools and supplies that was accumulated in the rebuild.  Not including a small machine shop that I sold off recently.

BTW the boat is for sale now. Retirement doesn't supply but a couple boat credits per month to live on. It was fun while it lasted!


  1. Shit!! You selling this has depressed me!! You worked so hard doing some incredible work and need to enjoy it!

  2. Del, sorry if this is a rude question, but have you been sailing her during the rebuild, also, that photo showing 16knots sog, Wow
    Once More Dear Friends