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Old 02-08-2017, 11:18   #1
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Repair of Gienah

Hello every one. I have finally managed to repair my 25 year old, home built Flicka sailboat named Gienah. About 10 years ago after the death of my beautiful partner, Linda, i decided to sail again across the channel from our home port of Torquay, Devon to the French port of Cherbourg, as we used to do regularly. Mid channel i made the really stupid mistake of refuelling one side of the Origo meths. cooker while the kettle was on, on the other burner! The fire that ensued got a hold very quickly. The interior woodwork got damaged and the plexiglass portlights melted, but thanks to our fantastic RNLI, the hull and deck were only slightly damaged. I managed to clear the charred wood, and not having the resources at the time, i did the interior rebuild in pine and exterior plywood. This was far different from the original which was all done in English Ash, but i was happy to just have my boat. Gienah stayed on her mooring for the next 8 years while i sorted my life out. Finally this year i brought her home, completed the fibreglass repairs, gave Gienah a new paint job, 3 coats of antifouling, replaced the bottom rudder bracket, new chainplates and replaced all the bolts with new ones. Gienah went back on to her mooring at Torquay harbour on the 16th of July. I want to say thank you to all the cf members who gave me advice when i asked, especially Cheechako and to Steady hand for his help in how to upload these photos. All the best to all.
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Old 02-08-2017, 13:41   #2
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Oz-1,

Wow, that's really impressive. Thanks for sharing. And good on ya! What a great way to accomplish your healing!

Fair winds, mate,

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Way to go! Cool story of getting her back in the water.
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She's a lovely looking boat. Looking forward to seeing more photo's of her sailing. Good on you.
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Oz-1, great to hear of your successful rebuild. She looks great. Congratulations on a fine job. Let us see photos of her sailing soon.
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Looks amazing, I have wanted a Flicka for years. There really amazing little yachts with such character.
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That was quite the restoration. Have fun!!
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