Avel is a fine example of early yacht construction; fitting into the evolution of boatbuilding practices found in the pilot cutters and other working craft being built in the late 1800's in the British Isles. She was even built with similar materials: English white oak and elm, American long leaf yellow pine, and wrought iron drifts. Her salon paneling of teak and long-leaf yellow pine could have been found on Rene B, a pilot cutter from Barry. Chief differences would have been her teak topsides, nonferrous plank fastenings, and perhaps her wrought iron floors, hanging, and lodging knees. This paper with it's complimentary slide show is a thorough description of Avel's restoration, in which approximately 70% of the original fabric of her hull and interior were kept intact.
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The Restoration of A VEL
Paper presented at the SNAME 13th Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, January 1997.
Paper Number: SNAME-CSYS-1997-006
Published: January 24 1997
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Poston, Clark. "The Restoration of A VEL." Paper presented at the SNAME 13th Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, January 1997. doi: https://doi.org/10.5957/CSYS-1997-006
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