Yes, there she was,her neglected, shabby,demasted,bird evidence covered, winchless hull sitting perfectly level on an inside section of a floating dock, with maybe one more winter before scattered beginnings of rot from the top down would take a hold on her at the sheer clamps.
I fell in love with her immediately and she is now sitting on a custom built trailer in my driveway with the hull stripped of all paint but a trace here and there, inside and out. I have removed the structure down to the deck beams fore and aft and apart from steaming and sistering a few strips of oak at some frames, am satisfied with the state of soundness.
Time is something I have a lot of right now but money is not.Everything so far has cost me nothing but some bartered labour and the kindness of some fine folk who wanted to see unused stuff, get put to use again.
I love wood and I love boats so she is the focus of my life right now and I am optimstically speculating that within a year ,her sails,( when I get some),will be filling with air.
I think this forum is awesome and that it is a privelege to post on it,( this being my first),and anything anybody has to offer would be very much appreciated.
Say, one question for those you have taken the time to get this far, thank you very much;
What is the bright orange paint on the inside of the hull at and below the waterline and should I be particular about reapplying this,what looks like,specially formulated bilge primer, or something of the like.
For that matter, can anyone recommend from the wood out, every application I will be needing, inside and out, to the finish.
I know paints are specially formulated for particular applications and I would say, apart from bloody outer space,would any environment be more demanding of their certain uses than that of the mighty marine.
Fair seas, safe return.
Kerry . New Zealander living in California.