A little about myself as an introduction
In the past I've been involved with building glass boats and structures, including some carbon fibre and autoclaves.
I was also a sail maker for near 10 years starting out with hang gliders and para-gliders and ending up in a marine
sail loft for Paul Newell who was sail maker to Sir Robin Knox Johnson aboard Condor.
Regarding boats I have only ever been involved with new builds or crewing
for others until apx 2 months ago when I purchased my first 'proper' yacht at the age of 45.
The yacht was advertised on a well known ww brokers but knowing the owner I approached him direct and made a very handsome saving of near 66%.
The boat ended up as the last owners garden shed, only being used to heat up some some soup, a cuppa and a lot of space for ashtrays.
After removing 11 bin liners of crap, 5 kilos of obsolete wiring
, 3 days against tidal piles anti fouling
/ new anodes and two days spent in a dinghy
later I'm now getting towards what is a respectable looking craft.
There's some way to go with bespoke stanchion sockets crafted out of 316SS being made, removal
of the lazy jack system, twin spinnaker
pole overhauls, complete washing
of all sheets
and halyards, install AIS
, gel wash / floor paint
the inside all interior
cupboards and an overhaul
of the steering
system. Come winter there will be a whole lot more!
I've joined because I've not owned a yacht before that requires a mooring
which just about explains some of my weaknesses in the knowledge department.
And because we all like pictures......
The first image is as I found her having not been moved for at least two years.
Second and third images
are as of last Thursday.