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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Mast up and sorting out the rigging

Today we finally got the mast up on the yacht and over the next few days will get it set up up ready to go for a trial sail after Christmas. The rigging will have to be tensioned up for a while so that the rigging wire and the fittings get sorted and the adjustments to the tension can be made once the rig as settled down.

So over the next few days the sails will be bend on to the spars and adjustments will be made where necessary and any modifications made to the sails. So that next year when the yacht get recommissioned it will be ready to go sailing and racing for the first time in a long time in the Old Gaffers Races that she used to race in many years ago.

One of the many things that is going to be done over the winter on the better days is to go sailing and train up new racing crew for the new racing season.

But first we have to get the yacht sorted out and get on with has many of the jobs remaining on the To do List.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

doing a few of the smaller jobs that take time and patience.

The main hatch getting a fresh coat of gloss and getting a fresh coat of non slip deck paint


The main cabin washboards getting a fresh coat of gloss 



The navigation area finally finished and ready for use.


Fits well in the space set aside for it, Now just got to find some space to fit the extra charts for the cruising next year.


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Another Busy day on a Classic East coast Gaffer

The navigation station all but finished off, just a couple more items to put in this area and the job will be finished off.

The varnishing is coming along well as the coats start to build up and the depth of colour from the Mahogany coming through with its rich colour. 
 The cockpit coaming starting to go in for the final fitting and also the fitting of the aft Samson posts in their final position and they tire the aft ends of the coamings together. 
 A photo of the port side Samson post being fitted in position.
 The front end being measured up to fit the forward blocks to tire the coamings to the cabin sides.
 Photo showing the two Samson post in position as well as the new position for the manual bilge pump so it can be used at any time it is needed.

Getting on the refit of a classic East Coast Gaffer.

The navigation station now looking like it is also ready to see action with all the necessary bits of equipment in place, The VHF and LW/FM radio the GPS and the Log/echo sounder and the handheld VHF. All that is missing is the Chart Table which is being varnished and when finished will be put into position.


The GPS outside position as well as the log/ echo sounder bracket so that both bits of equipment can be used in both positions when needed.


The cockpit coamings looking good now they are in position.


They will look good when they are all in position and the cockpit just needs its seats to finish of the area.


The wash boards getting their first coat of undercoat and once finished will get their trims refitted and put back on the yacht.