L-36 #5

2012 Haul Out

rudder_post engine Click HERE to follow the progress of the 2012 haul out.

Papoose Background

Papoose was purchased in the early '70s by my dad from Cliff Tucker. Cliff raced Papoose extensively and did very well. She was fleet champion at least 3 times and was "the boat to beat" according to Cree at BMC who raced against her as a youth. I was away and settled when my dad bought Papoose but my wife and I did join him on a cruse to the Santa Barbara Islands for a week. When my dad passed away in 1989, I brought Papoose up the San Francisco. That was over 20 years ago and I have been working on her all that time. Being early, she was not built as strong as the later boats so when I sailed in the strong winds of SF Bay, she leaked, sometimes a lot. Steve Hutchinson was the only shipwright of many to diagnose and subsequently fix the problem and now Papoose is like a new boat, a pleasure to sail without all the creaking she would make previously. Here are some pictures of her.
Periodically I talk to someone who remembers the boat from its youth. Cree at the Berkeley Marine Center raced against her for example and remembered her well. The other day I posted something on a local wood boat forum and got this reply:


I sailed with Cliff some 40 odd years ago. Your boat wouldn't perhaps be the L-36 we so affectionately misnamed "Poopass"? If memory serves me correctly, the Whitney Series on "Papoose" was my introduction to offshore racing.

I learned a lot from Cliff during the year I sailed with him. Things like sailing is really fun and that real boats are built with wood. The latter took a few years to sink in, but it was Cliff who first taught me that lesson. He was never afraid to sail her hard and wasn't bothered by a few weepy seems. "Papoose" always seemed happy in his hands.

Is she still in So Cal? Still wearing the war bonnet? I'd love a chance to see the old gal that was largely responsible for much of my misbegotten youth (and subsequent attempts at adulthood).

Schooner Rat

Picture Gallery

Allen and daughter Carrie on a warm winter's day
Papoose is Spartan below as we only day sail her. The picture on the bulkhead is my wife.

I built the cabin sole and the table. I made a fold down section to make for more room walking around below. I also designed, made, and sewed the cushions. The top of the table is a waterproof print I made of two charts and a picture of Papoose sailing wing and wing.

Lots of sheets to choose from. I like the old ones the best as they only need two wraps. The new ones need three.

I spent the last month scraping, sanding, filling, and painting the cockpit. Looks kind of normal but you should have seen it before...

A shot from the cockpit looking forward. I found significant dry rot at the cabin area on this bulkhead. The goal is to fill it with epoxy and hope that the dry rot will not kill the boat before something kills me. After that, I don't care.

Looking aft from below. Simple compared with some. Later owners will notice that the engine is completely under the cockpit and there is not engine bump in the cabin.

Some more pictures

Papoose and golden gate

Papoose off Angel Island

Papoose off Angel Island #2

Papoose Taken in SF Bay 1964

Papoose below deck with my lovely daughter, an "Old" Stanford Dollie. She is a Mechanical Engineer and graduated in 2007 with a BS-ME and in 2008 with a MS-ME and is now working as a Mechanical Engineer specializing in Product Design. This picture was taken just after I installed the new cabin sole.

Links to more Papoose pages:

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foot_rest Click HERE to see some of the latest changes on Papoose
IMG_0028 Major refitting of the mast step on Papoose
Updates to Papoose made becasue of all the little things that went wrong during the Jessica Cup 2007
We made a few changes to improve the layout after Jessica Cup 2008
Here is a picture of Papoose when it was owned by Cliff Tucker. Picture courtesy of his daughter, Patty
Papoose 2009 Haulout
Pictures of Papoose Exhaust (The blower has been replaced!)
Pictures of the set of 3 saild bought for Papoose and allow us to be competitive

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