Re: Oz Connection
I'm back and Looe is mostly in the shed now. There were a few little dramas that pushed the stress levels up a tad, but the deed is done, and we're all very happy! I feel a little bit like a stunned mullet right now, but hot food is going down a treat, as is my third beer! I'll start a new thread up in B&R and post a few of the same tales and shots here, but that won't happen until tomorrow. If I feel up to it I'll get one up here shortly, before I fall over.
A very, very big thank you to Rick and Tracy for being enormously generous and gracious last minute hosts when we knew we weren't going to make it all the way up to Sawtell to lob at my mate's place there.
Rick's report is very good, but I'll add more:
The rudder we have but it was hanging from lower pintle and gudgeon when it was pulled and the tangs that come off the rudder post were both sheared. We have a box of winches, some self tailing and a couple of bronze ones (non-ST) where you can fit the handle on the top or bottom. The ones on the boat you fit the handles on the bottom. There were about five sails in bags in the forepeak when the boat was pulled, so when it's a sunnier up here I'll hang them out to dry and see what we have and what condition they're in. The boat is not hogged at all: The shear is just about perfect and very easy on the eye. There's a bit of rot around the topside planks at the transom and a few other little soft spots. We're going to sit down next weekend and start drawing up a restoration plan, including a needs list, listing out what's been spent by whom and hour many hours have been spent and continue this through the whole restoration process.
Originally Posted by RFNK
We'll use the roof beams, truck straps and blocks and chains to hoist Looe off the trailer on Saturday and make some stands from some of the slash pine I have, once the stacks have been rearranged and re-stacked off to one side. I've taken some shots of Rick's jack-stands-from acrows and we'll make up seven or eight of those to replace the slash pine stands. The ballast keel will be dropped using trolley jacks with a channel welded to take the shape of the foot. Details... Details...
I'm munted, but happy!
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