I have been enjoying this forum last few weeks but haven't introduced myself yet.
So here it is.
I am a 21 year old senior nautical college student from Belgium with a Trintella 1.
How did I get the boat? Crzay story:
I am a volunteer for the VBZR - VRIJWILLIGE BLANKENBERGSE ZEEREDDINGSDIENST
the Belgium coastguard. Whole different concept
then the USCG we do SAR only.
More then a year ago we where called out for an old boat with a broken mast
First picture is me with the boat.
I saw it, went aboard and help cleaning
up before towing her in. While on board i noticed how beautiful she was.
The owner was a 80 year old man who was tired and decided to quit after this incident he told me on the tow back to port. So 2 days later i bought his boat.
Now I had a really cheap
50 year old boat with loads of work.
What did i have to make her seaworthy
treatment even grinding out and replacing upper layers of the hull
. Plaster everything with epoxy
and give her 7 layers of waterproofing paint
complete electrical system
(old one was pure fire hazard).
original 50 year old engine
. (Thank you dad, an old marine
Build a new indirect cooling
Controllable pitch propeller
and replace a bend blade
Built a new mast
. (with the help of a special friend that owns a boat yard specialized in rebuilding wooden boats) but still a huge project
Go trough his site for some amazing pictures.
Scheepswerven Jan Vandamme | Nieuwbouw, restauratie,onderhoud en herstellingen
mast foot and top of cabin
because of rotten wood.
Replace fresh water
Overhaul and repair broken furling
Remove broken equipment
and close the holes in the hull
Sand and varnish
Repair teak cockpit flooring
And half the stuff i probably forgot.
Now she sails
but I am still far from done.
A proper navigation
system (building something with OpenCPN
and a watertight screen
as we speak)
Sand down cabin, glue veneer on it and varnish
And the biggest one: remove the teak deck
remove all copper vises holding it. Glue it on and sand it even again. (i fear some damage to the balsa core
polyester under it on some places)
I have 2 weeks of classes
left and then i start my last internship on board a cargo ship. So starting end this month it's gonna be 6 weeks on board a cargo ship, 6 weeks sailing and working on the boat.