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Hull damage repaired


In 2011, whilst out of the water for maintenance, a 40-knot storm caused damage to the hull in the vicinity of one of the cradle legs.


Effectively, the force of the wind caused the vessel to swivel on the cradle putting too much force on the supports.  With hindsight, had the supporting legs been aligned with the bulkheads the damage may have been prevented.


We employed an experienced shipwright to carry out this work.  Shaping the planks and traditional caulking to ensure a watertight repair were a bit beyond our capabilities.


We had a bit of a "discussion" with the shipwright over the choice of timber for the repair. We preferred to keep to the original mahogany, however, our man insisted that this was not a suitable timber from which to build a boat and more over you could not build a monococque boat from wood!


As experienced shipwrights are almost non-existant in our area, we decided to go with the flow and use some substantial oak ribs and pitch pine for the repair.


This section of the hull will probably still be serviceable when the rest of the boat has long since rotted in to oblivion.



Some 10 planks were split so we decided to replace a section of the hull.


Right - we have cut out the planks to be replaced and have started fitting the ribs that will support the new ones.


You can see that the work has revealed the rather poor insulation on the cold cabinet.  Having serendipitous access to this enclosed compartment would allow us to improve the insulation.



The hull after cutting away some planking in the vicinity of the damage

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Below -  the ribs are in place and an extra 10cm of insulation added to the cold cabinet.


We were able to refit the cabinet drainpipe and route it to the bilge sump rather than have it dripping in to this enclosed area.  

Ribs ready to take the new planks.

Drain pipe added

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Planks in place and ready for fairing and caulking.

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The repair is barely visible after fairing, caulking and filling the screw holes with red-lead putty.

We were very pleased that on the water, after only a few hours of weeping, all he seams sealed up and remain water tight to this day.


The tight fitting, careful shaping and traditional caulking is a testament to the skills of the shipwright - now sadly retired.

Here the cold cabinet exterior is exposed for the first time in 45 years. It has little insulation.

Ready for re-planking.

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