Saturday, 13 February 2016

Winter Storms

So far Shamrock has survived the winter storms with only minor chaffing of one of her mooring ropes, resulting in the loss of some of her hull paint. The offending rope has been repositioned.

Storm Imogen did manage to lift the workboat ‘Edgcumbe’ off her support wedges on the boat shed slipway and move her onto the grass at the side of the slipway. Luckily her bow was secured to the boat shed and she did stay upright.

At present the crew spends most of their time in the boat shed close to the log burner. They have not exactly been idle though, much time has been spent in the preparation of the rigging of Shamrock, her anchor and rigging blocks have now been painted and varnished as required. Also a new hold guardrail is being manufactured as the old one was found to be rotten and has been consigned to the log burner.

Nancy Belle's refit continues with her wooden centre seat knees being replaced with phosphor bronze knees, new deck boards have been completed and are in the process of being painted. Side bench seats have been roughed out and lines checked, the after bench seat sections causing the most problems as there is a 3 inch (8 cm) curve towards the stern. This meant that to end up with an 11 inch (28 cm) wide seat along its full length,15 inch (38 cm) wide planks have had to be used.

New Knees
New Seats
Shamrock well afloat on Thursdays spring tide

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