The SSS Loch Smyth

It's common for Sea Scout ships to go by a ship name rather than its unit number. Even more so when a Sea Scout ship owns a vessel. When this ship was founded, our namesake vessel was an inflatable raft. But, in November 2023, that changed.

Members of Ship 7394 gather to see the SSS Loch Smyth as it arrives in Kansas City
Members of Ship 7394 gather to see the SSS Loch Smyth as it arrives in Kansas City.

Thanks to some friends in Oklahoma, we learned of an Eagle Scout alumni wanting to donate his old sailboat to Troop 185 in Jenks, OK. They had no need for it but knew of some Sea Scout friends in Kansas City that did! Luckily, one of our committee members' parents live near Grand Lake, where the vessel was stored.

On the day before Thanksgiving, Sea Scout Ship 7394 became the proud owner of a 2007 Hunter 216 21-foot sailboat. Only 250 boats were made as an experiment to see if sailboat hulls could be made of ASA thermoplastic.

Based on the comments online (and the condition of this particular boat), ASA thermoplastic was not a great material for sailboat hulls.

Photo of a Hunter 216 sailboat in working order
A Hunter 216 in action. Once we get ours seaworthy, this could be you sailing the warm waters of Smithvile Lake!

A Place to Work

If we're going to get the SSS Loch Smyth on the water by summmer, we need a place to work during the winter. Currently, the ship is stored outdoors and we have no access to an indoor workspace.

We need a corner of a workshop (albeit a large corner) where we can leave the boat and a small selection of tools. We also need to be able to access the workshop on Saturday afternoons, which is when we plan on holding our boat days.

AI generated photo of a sailboat workshop

Repair Know-How

In our research, we have learned one thing for certain: We cannot use traditional fiberglass hull repair techniques. The thermal expansion differences between fiberglass and ASA plastic are too great, and any repairs made in this fashion would just create more damage.

Therefore, plastic welding is our best bet. But, we don't have anyone associated with the ship that has experience in that. So, we really need a repair advisor that can help us understand how to repair ASA plastic properly.

A man looking at barnacles on a boat hull


We've identified a working list of what we need:

  • West Systems G/flex 655 Thickened Epoxy: Estimated 10-20 epoxy kits needed (bulk not available) @ $35.00/kit
  • West Systems 406 Epoxy Modifier: For thickening the epoxy. 5-8 cans needed @ $20/can
  • Tools and Safety Equipment: Example - Dremel bits, sandpaper, putty knives, dust masks, safety glasses, nitrile gloves
West Systems G/flex 655 Thickened Epoxy

We are working on a fundraising campaign that should launch in February or March. Until then, we would love to discuss donations of workspace and materials. Email Skipper Jeremy Fuksa if you are able to assist.