Restoration Project: 1977 Windrose 22 Sailboat
We bought this little 1977 Windrose 22 day-sailor for $300 on Craigslist. Our plan is to restore it to new condition. This will take many weeks so we will produce weekly updates of the restoration project.
If you are going to buy a sailboat the best time to do it is in the fall or winter. People who sell their boat are desperate to sell in the fall and winter because they don’t want to pay the storage fees associated with most boats.
Whenever you buy a new boat the first thing you want to decide on is a name. In this case, we decided to name her after one of the smallest members of our family. Her new name is “SS Lilly Frida“.
The ship was designed by W. Shad Turner and built by Laguna Yachts from 1977 to 1987. In 1985, the company renamed the Windrose line to Laguna. That’s why most of the Lagunas seem very similar to the Windroses. Laguna went on to purchase the Coastal Recreation company and integrated the Balboas and the Aquarius line with the Laguna and Windrose lines. Later, some of these boats again reappeared under the CLASSIC name (built by Classic Yachts of Canaute, Kansas).
Windrose 22 Design Statistics
|Hull Type||Swing Keel|
|LOA (total length)||21.58 ft|
|Draft||1.4 ft min – 5.5 max|
|Rigging Type||Fractional Sloop|
|LWL (length at waterline)||19 ft|
|Sail Area||206 ft2|
When you buy a sailboat for $300 dollars expect to have work to do. The list is long but doable, so let’s begin.
Starting from the bottom and working our way up the Swing Keel needs to be sanded, filled, primed and painted, then it needs remounted on the sailboat. The crank and cable are in new condition so we will use it.
The hull is in fair condition but the deck has dry rot on the step for the mast. That will need to be cut out, new core cut, fitted, and then fiberglassed back in. The ship also has some stress cracks that will need to be ground out and re-fiberglassed. The windows and portholes need to be replaced or serviced and the hull needs sanded, primed, and painted. The stanchions are in good condition but a little light. I think we will beef them up a little bit. The port handrail needs to be sanded, stained, and sealed but the starboard handrail needs replaced.
In my opinion, the two bulkheads are a little light so I will beef up the bulkheads to add a bit of rigidity to the slip. While working on the inside I will also install a depth finder. It will also need a new head installed.
The ship came from the factory with a galley that was mounted on a carriage that would slide into the Starboard Quarter Birth but it is missing on this ship. We will recreate the galley using a propane camping oven with 3 burner stove, an icebox, and a sink.
The ship will need to be rewired and new running lights, led cabin lights, and a new VHF radio will need to be installed
All of the upholstery and cushions are in good shape so we will keep what we have. The canvas for the pop-top is missing so a new one will need to be made. The companionway door is just a piece of plywood that does not fit very well so it will need to be remade.
The outboard kicker board is also missing so we will make a new one. We will equip the boat with a 7.5 hp Mercury Outboard.
The Mast and Sails
The mast is in fair condition but still serviceable and the boom is in good condition. The rigging is in good condition and is still serviceable. It is missing a wind vane and the anchor light has a broken casing that will need to be replaced or repaired. The spreaders are in good condition, but the rigging mounts will need to be replaced.
Some of the sailing sheets need to be replaced, but the sails appear to be in good condition. It came with a mainsail and a headsail and I have a spinnaker sail that will fit the ship. I will need to make a spinnaker pole for the boat also. I will also install two winches in the cockpit.
The trailer is in good condition, but can use a new paint job. I will also rewire and add new taillights. We will service the wheel barrings while we are working on it.
This will be the interior layout for the refit of this Windrose 22. It is not a redesign just restoration and some upgrades. The original galley came with a two-burner alcohol stove and we are putting a propane oven and three burner stove. The ship did not come equipped with a depth finder so we are installing one. Other than that we are just replacing and repairing.
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- Restoration Project: 1977 Windrose 22 SailboatWe bought this little 1977 Windrose 22 day-sailor for $300 on Craigslist. Our plan is to restore it to new condition. This will take many weeks so we will produce weekly updates of the project.