Greetings to current and former Kettenburg PCC owners, and
As reported in last months new letter,
SELENE, PCC #3 owned by David Rice lost her mast during the PCC National
Championship in June. David has written to explain the situation.
following is from David Rice:
Regarding Selene's spar:
say at this point that I do not know what caused the failure. An investigation
was conducted on behave of the insurance company and another for me, and the
results were inconclusive. The break only followed the glue joint for a short
distance. Bud Caldwell
looked at it and has said the glue joint was not the
cause. He should know he built them and has seen other mast failures.
should also let you know that the failure began at the lower spreaders and the
mast broke off at the partners as it went down.
The surveyor working for
the insurance company is convinced the failure was caused by the compression
piece at the lower spreader. He went so far as to speculate that the failure had
started on a previous occasion. The assumptions surrounding this piece were not
well supported as far as
I was concerned. I convinced the insurance adjuster
of the same thing.
Doug Jones is building the new spar. Pam (David's
wife) convinced me that this was better
than another rebuilt spar. We are
beefing up the spar in a couple areas consistent with what Clark Boat Works did
in the past, and what Doug has been doing since Bill Clark retired.
of the 1/8" rabit there will be continuous glue blocks which increase
the glue surface. There will be a doubler at the compression pieces (lower and
upper spreaders.) And the diameter of the compression piece is being increased.
This will add a little weight to the spar while
adding a little
You will remember I rebuilt the spar in 1992. I had a number of
knowledgeable professionals weigh in on the best methods for the restoration,
and on what items should be replaced. I replaced all these items ... new
spreaders, tangs as necessary, etc. I believe this rebuild was important in the
final analysis by the adjuster in deciding the loss was covered.
point Based on my experience, it is prudent to take a look at all of our spars.
I would concentrate on glue joints, condition of tangs (I found a number that
need to be replaced),
spreader condition (the sun beats down on them and they
can trap water I replaced all in 1992), standing rigging condition (of course)
and the condition of the compression piece. The boats have
sailed many miles
with these designed parts in place ... but there is always room for a little
It's that time of year
again. Besides our nearing the holiday season, it is time to give some thought
to PCCYRA Executive Board Member positions. All positions are open to any PCCYRA
member. The offices are, President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and
Fleet Captains. The currently
#1 - "Eulalie"
Pacific Northwest Fleet
#3 - "Selene"
#12 - "Ballerina"
San Francisco Bay Area Fleet
# 16 - "Lark'
Los Angeles Area Fleet
# 14 - "Janley"
East Coast Fleet
Please give this
some thought. If you are interested in holding an office, please contact either
Archie ([email protected]) of myself by as soon as possible. Don't forget
that the original PCCYRA Constitution and By-Laws were approved October 2, 1948.
Next year marks the 62nd year anniversary. If anyone doesn't have a copy of the
current CONSTITUTION and BY-LAWS of the PACIFIC CRUISING CLASS YACHT RACING
ASSOCIATION, please contact Archie or myself. Please contact me for a current
Archie Contreras reports that the restoration on BALLERINA,
PCC #12 is scheduled to now include an electric motor to replace the original
engine. Archie has designed a 48 volt system for this installation, which should
take place in 2010. I think this is an excellent idea, and I intend to copy
Archie's plan for the same installation in BELLE of the WEST, PCC #19. Replacing
diesel and gas engines with electric motors is also currently taking place in
Berkeley by Terry Tucker, master shipwright.
By making this change,
Archie will install the batteries in the bilge below the galley area. This will
allow him to move the weight forward, and lower in the boat. That in turn will
allow Archie to carry more sail area in stronger wind. Archie is also now the
Northern California Representative for North Star Batteries. (www.northstarbattery.com)
Original PCC equipment from PCC #18:
Mast w/ standing rigging
winches, deck hardware, etc. TBA
Contact Steve Barber
at: [email protected] or (916) 847-9064
Kettenburg Burgee: High
quality white nylon with Kettenburg logo (red "K" in a red simi-circle) $30.00
Contact Steve Barber at: [email protected] or (916) 847-9064
best to you and your family for the holiday season. Until next