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Table of details and specifications of USA-052
  Designers Bjarne Aas (NOR), H. Aas (NOR)
  Builders Henr. Aas, Bjarne Aas Ltd., Fredrikstad (NOR)
  Material Mahogany, carvel planked
  1st certificate issued 1963
  Original boat name Little Sister III
  Original country USA
  Original sail number 052
  Current location Buffalo, New York (USA)


Current update on work - 10.12.2008 by Joseph Gelsomino
She was built for original owner: Fred Obersheimer, Buffalo New York. Joe Gelsomino purchased her from Fred’s son Charlie. Little Sister is in final phase of rebuilding, she has not been in the water since late 70’s and has been stored indoors her entire life.

Work done to date:
-Re-glued keel laminates
-Replaced 110 of 128 frames, mostly steam bent. Laminated larger frames around mast
-Splined 80% of the seams (re-glued by cutting out strips and re-gluing replacement strip/wood with epoxy).

-About to re-varnish inside of hull
-Then replace the deck
Bjarne Aas Hull#537 - 10.12.2008 by Joseph Gelsomino
Bjarne Aas Hull#537, she is the sister ship to GRE-001 (Bjarne Aas Hull#535)
USA-52-Designer - 10.12.2008 by Joseph Gelsomino
Bjarne Aas (NOR)
Location update - 10.12.2008 by Joseph Gelsomino
Current Location: Buffalo, New York, USA
Info on US-52 - from the 5.5 intl. NEWS 2005 - 26.06.2008 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
Taking care of 'Little Sister'
US-52 known as 'Little Sister' will soon be restored by Joe Gelsomino. She is not in very good condition he says, the keel is delaminated, many frames/ribs are broken and seems are opening between the planks. She was launched in 1963 from Bjarne Aas shipyard

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Ownership history

Table of the history of sail number, name and ownership of USA-052
Sail# Boat name Owner name
USA-052 "Little Sister III" Fred Obersheimer (1963-?)  
USA-052 "Little Sister III" Charlie Obersheimer (?-?)  
USA-052 "Little Sister" Joseph Gelsomino (2005-?)  

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