I was at the boatshow in January with a few friends. There was lots of interest regarding her progress. I explained that for the last few months i have been removing the rust. A few friends gave me their thoughts and compared at her to Triggers broom?
Ten new heads and ten handles but still the same broom.
Fambridge Yacht Haven have been brilliant. The timber recycle bin and the metal skip has had there fair share of her. Bundles of damp rockwall, two layers of roof lining have all been thrown away.
60% of the internal timber has been carefully stored. Some of it can be reused or used as templates. 40 years of damp plywood and rusty beams hasnt mixed very well and soft rotting wood touching the hull has been a regular thing. Welding starts next week.
We now have a plasma cutter, in hindsight perhaps we should of had one from the outset. Initially cutting with discs you start to think that it's only this bit that needs to go and then the rust doesn't stop. Next thing you know 200 discs have been used.
Look at that hole in the hull, thats the rear quarter, about 12 inch's above the water line. The beams in this area are not much better. Templates are being made so I can replace about 6 full beams.
We are about 2 weeks away from starting the big
rebuild. Anybody walking past may think that we are cutting her up for scrap. It's so depressing when you see her now. But just come back and have a look mid summer.