" BEFORE/ AFTER"
" POPPY " at the stylist !!!
Here are photos taken over the 2 months we spent pampering and renovating Poppy. The photos show each step in the process some of which were not straight forward (easy) !! ...
Look at the trailer, the day we bought it, and now, modified, on our way to the launch this weekend.
The trailer has an aluminium frame to carry 3 masts - very practical and easy to use.
Lets look at the boat set up and the modifications.
The forestay and the jib cunningham ran through a single hole, leading under the deck to the control console. Under tension, it did not work and so the decision was taken to copy the Charger Composite system .
Contact is made with a chandlery to deliver the stainless bow fitting. A triangle of sheet aluminium is cut and fixed under the bow with epoxy. The fitting was bolted on through the stainless steel plate.
It's solid (strong) and the over deck controls work perfectly.
The mastgate partners and breakwater:
The mast opening had to be seriously reviewed because the exposed wood had rotted.
This was repaired with epoxy, then sanded smooth. New washboards were also fitted. The result, a strong, effective and neat repair.
Oh yes ! It's the same boat....
Lets look under the deck to the shroud area. This was the most difficult part. The shrouds were attached with traditional levers that could not be adjusted whilst sailing.Let's go under the deck for the attachment of shrouds wires.
It was impossible to use the current system so we designed a purchase
system with a super strong attachment to the boat. Finally the control
line was led back to a single cleat on the port side of the console.
work started as follows: Cutting out of 2 stainless steel fixing plates
plates stuck to the side of the boat and then fixing points were mounted
on top once they were centred, positioned and holes drilled for the fixing
rivets. I then attach the pulley system to a 5mm bottle screw on the end
of the shroud.
A customised bit of stainless rigging saves the day. We try it and "hooray" it works, it runs smoothly and easily.
dynema rope system with pullies is fitted on the port side of the console.
Put under tension, nothing moves - its solid.
Pumping water from the keel pigs:
The hand pump has completely broken
The hand pump had its faulty joints.
Changes to be made, after a trip to the chandlery !.
The pump is put back in place.
Electric pump with battery and switch is also fitted - more on this in a future article.
The mainsheet traveller system:
With a nice new back deck hatch, a water spout for the electric pump. Great, & very practical for when you need to access under the deck.
That's 2 months of work to get to the finished boat:
In the hanger.....waiting for action !!!!!
On the water...in her element.
Ready to go, with a new suit of sails.
We do not see, but "Poppy" is very pleased with her new look !