The 6M FLAPPER, N71, was designed by Christian Jensen and built in 1939 by Anker & Jensen in Norway. She came to the United States in the 1950's where she was sailed as a cruiser in the waters off of Maine. Her life as a cruiser was short lived and she quickly returned to competitive racing. FLAPPER was restored in Maine in 2007 and has been racing around the world for the past eight years, including a 2nd place finish in the Classics division in the 2010 North Americans and an overall 2nd place finish in the 2013 World Cup.
She came into our shop with multiple broken frames and in need of some plank repairs. A total of 27 Ash frames were removed and replaced with laminated Ash frames. The frames were glued together with thickened West System epoxy and fastened with a combination of silicon bronze screws and copper rivets. The planking repairs included replacing a cracked planks and installing multiple splines. In the interest of lowing the boats center of gravity and increasing the crews comfort, the sole was also lowered. Days after the completion of the project, FLAPPER was packed into a container and sent overseas to the 2015 6M World Championships in France where she placed in the top 10.