La Volpe Photo Tour: Exterior

All photos on this page were taken during the first week of May, 2019.  For best results, please view in landscape mode if on a mobile device.

Exterior tour (15 photos)

Stern view showing propane tank, wind generator, lifering, pushpit. Boomkin structure was renewed in 2017, made of BC fir


Closer view of boomkin, showing the unique stainless and steel mooring cleats bolted onto the boomkin. Note than the mizzen backstay has Stalok insulators so as to be useful as an SSB antenna

View showing the lazarette hatch, the sunken cockpit, teak structural members and 3″X3″ laminated white oak frames, and bimini that provides shade in the cockpit. Mizzen boom is varnished sitka spruce. La Volpe was registered in Kingston, since that is my home town

Note the teak cleats on the deck-stepped mizzen mast. There is a winch on the opposite side for the mizzen halyard. In the foreground is the starboard jib sheet winch. The sliding companionway hatch has a portlight. The small dodger protects the companionway in foul weather and provides a warm and secure place to navigate from in cold and wet weather. There are fittings for rigging a steering line to the tiller

The companionway dodger can easily be dropped to be out of the way when desired. The sunbrella cover can also be derigged and stowed below when the boat is not being used

This photo shows one of three deck prisms that amplify the light below. The teak pinrail at the keel-stepped mainmast is used for some lines, but most of the time the halyards are made off to the shroud-mounted pinrails to keep the halyards from slapping on the mast.

This photo provides a better view of the pinrail. The teak forehatch has a portlight, and hinged teak supports that enable it to be propped open for additional air circulation below when conditions are suitable. In the foreground is a stanchion made of solid 7/8″ bronze rod, slotted into a cast bronze stanchion base.

From the main deck it is a 16″ step down to the foredeck. The McMurray windlass operates in the up direction only, controlled by a footswitch. The anchor is lowered by carefully easing the tension on the clutch. The teak bitts that support the aft end of the bowsprit are tremendously strong and extends below the deck to a framework that is bolded into floors attached to the frames.

The bowsprit supports a teak platform and 1″ stainless pulpit structure. The staysail stay is attached to a stainless fitting that also secures the mid-part of the bowsprit. The staysail boom is sitka spruce, painted white.

From this angle you can see the 3/8″ stainless steel plate the covers the stem of the boat. This extends from the bottom of the bowsprit all the way to the ballast keel. This protects the stem if the boat were to hit a log or other floating object. The bobstay is 1/2″ stainless chain and can be tensioned by a turnbuckle where it attaches to the front of the bowsprit. Two forestays extend from the front of the bowsprit, one to the main masthead, and a second attaches about 6 feet below the masthead. Along with the staysail, this enables different combinations of headsails depending on wind conditions

The companionway dodger keeps weather out when the hatch is open, and provides a protected place for navigating the boat in cold, wet weather

The stern lazarette provides storage for mooring lines, the washdeck hose, electrical cords, etc. There is hot and cold plumbing to enable outdoor showers on the deck or cockpit after swimming

The cockpit box is hinged at the aft end and tilts up to provide access to the engine space below. The box can be completely lifted out by removing the hinge pins and detaching the engine control cables

The main boom gallows is built with bronze pipe and fittings and teak. It provides a secure support for the main boom when the main is not being used, and also provides support for the ships bell, sheets, and shorepower cables when at the dock. The line running aft along the side of the skylight is the boomed staysail sheet. Also visible is the bronze ship’s portlight above the galley

Looking aft on the starboard side you can see two 4″ teak blocks for jib sheets for the outer and inner jibs. Various eyes are available on deck for securing gear when underway.