Today i was able, just about, to get down to the yard, heave a dinghy down the slip with a lot of help and take the part finished rudder over to the boat just around high water. What then followed was what sailors call an ‘absolute bastard’ of a job which this morning was me trying to get the rudder blade back between the cheeks of the stock and get the bolt back through while simultaneously holding said rudder blade and stock in place and holding myself in position in an unstable dinghy next to the boat. Suffice to say that it took about 10 tries to line everything up and then ram a screwdriver through to hold everything in place….which is when i realised that i hadn’t put the bronze bush back in the blade so had to take the whole thing apart and try again : by which time the tide had turned and not one but 3 motorboats then decided it would be a good time to cruise past and make a nice wash.
Oh the joys, not, of owning boats sometimes and yes this is all on the tail of a very bad week with back pain so just holding myself in position was highly uncomfortable.
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Well when i got down there this morning Chris was lifting this clinker built motor boat out of the shed and down the slip to dip it and start it taking up. Predictably as soon as it was in the water there was quickly as much water inside as out so the team quickly lifted it again and it did a great impression of a colander. I know that’s what clinker boats are expected to do and within 2 or 3 tides it will take up and be sound again but i still can’t quite get my head around boats that are designed to leak this much at first. Back in the day when i worked in a yard we would wet these boats down for a few hours first and then rub tallow into the seams to make them less leaky when they went in. In amongst last years pictures is a clinker Folkboat getting the same treatment alongside the wall at Pont Aven.
Driving back from the yard today i got a nice view of a local boat that i greatly admire : i think its a ‘Wylo’ design which is a chine-steel boat in a couple of different lengths and originally designed by a local guy (Nick Skeates) . This one i am pretty sure was home built , it looks well built and sturdy and it is very similar to one that we spent an evening aboard talking with her lady owner (and builder) in Brittanny a few years back. One of these locally has been in the same spot now for the last 3 or 4 years, i thought of it then as shanty boat but last i saw of it it was more shanty than boat : that boat used to go everywhere that i did in the Frances but it now looks a total mess.
When i rule the world i will have boats like that seized and handed over to someone who will give them a bit of work, TLC and get them sailing again.