Construction

Aldo was built in 1958 in Helsingor, Denmark of European pitch pine over oak ribs, copper fastened.  There is only one through-hull fitting, a capped-off drain at the low end of the bilge. From a rebuild in Port Townsend, Washington in the early 1990s, the deck and cabin top and few planks are now Douglas fir. The deck covering is described below. The cabin sides and deck trim are iroko. The tiller is Osage orange.

The standing rigging is heavier than standard Folkboat specs.

Deck, Brightwork & Hull

Deck and Cabin Top: In 2006 we removed the canvas deck and Irish felt under it, took all surfaces down to bare wood, and applied Tuf-Flex polyurethane (as on the cabin top here) over polyester scrim cloth epoxied to the wood. Very durable and still in perfect condition. Grooves in the decking show through, which is nice. The original hardwood coving around the edges of the cabin sides (top and bottom) and cockpit sides were put back in place over the dark grey Tuf-Flex sealant (top photo), which goes deep in the joint between the deck the cabin sides and the washboards. No deck leaks ever since.

Brightwork:  Except for the boom, fore hatch, cabin hatch and companionway boards (all of which are varnished with Epiphanes), all external woodwork including the mast is coated with Cetol. We get 6-7 years between refinishings on the mast. We will be refinishing it this month (June).

Hull: The new owner should repaint the hull next year.