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Brian Veitch (right) with the help of his uncle Jerry Veitch is getting this Botwood-built sailboat ready to hit the ocean again.
Brian Veitch (right) with the help of his uncle Jerry Veitch is getting this Botwood-built sailboat ready to hit the ocean again. - Barbara Dean-Simmons

Brian Veitch plans to use Norm Dean’s boat for wildlife research

LEWISPORTE, N.L. — Brian Veitch’s boat stands out from all the other boats sitting high and dry in their cradles at the Lewisporte Marina.

The black hulled sailboat, looking somewhat worse for wear, is a stark contrast to the glistening white hulls of the other vessels.

Regardless of the chipped paint on its hull, however, the 36-ft-long sailboat has good bones and a sleek design. Her prow is facing Notre Dame Bay. She looks anxious to hit the water.

The other thing that sets this boat apart from the others is what lies beneath the black hull.

The boat is steel. She was built by Norm Dean, from nearby Botwood, explains her new owner.

“She was built to be able to sail to Labrador,” said Veitch, taking a break from working on the engine. The steel hull will enable her to withstand encounters with ice.

Despite the appearance of the hull, the boat is in pretty good shape. The deck and masts are solid.

With the help of his uncle, Jerry Veitch, who’s an expert at boat repair — “I’ve been repairing things for 40 years,” he says with a grin — Veitch hopes to have the boat ready to sail back to his home port of Holyrood within a few weeks.

The plan is to finish up the rest of the repairs there, to have her ready for ocean-going adventures next year.

Veitch bought the boat from the Dean family last May and has been travelling out to Lewisporte frequently over the past several months, getting the boat fixed up.

Once he gets her back to Holyrood later this summer, he says, he’ll be able to spend more time to get her ready to sail.

Veitch is a wildlife biologist, who spends a lot of time studying wildlife in Labrador.

He says he hopes to use the boat — powered by sails and with an engine for backup — to aid his wildlife research.

Before she’s completely shipshape, however, he and his uncle Jerry have many hours of work ahead of them.

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