Refit of 1979-80
The original steel ring frames in way of the mast were replaced by 18 mm plywood "bulkheads" (really web frames) to permit the mast to be stepped on deck. These had the effect of greatly stiffening and strengthening the hull.
Much of the original plywood coachhouse was replaced.
Cockpit coaming/backrests replaced.
Rubbing strakes of iroko were fitted.
Head of rudder rebuilt.
Fore hatch and companionway were rebuilt.
An aft hatch was added to permit ventilation of the counter, and to give stowage for lines and fenders.
Below decks completely gutted and refitted from companionway forward.
In 1982 a hatch was fitted to the coachhouse amidships for ventilation in hot climates.
Refit of 1992-3 - Structural
At the time we contemplated sailing to Japan and Alaska and so a great deal of work was done to strengthen the boat.
Wrought iron floors removed and galvanised, and original galvanised bolts replaced with copper (some 600 of them). Floors insulated from hull with bitumen/felt.
All keel bolts drawn and replaced as necessary.
Three new heavy floors of laminated jarrah with stainless steel webs fitted in way of the keel.
Stainless steel web floors fitted below engine and in forepeak.
New hardwood floors fitted in aft peak.
Counter rebuilt to original form, new transom fitted.
Rudder trunk replaced.
New stainless steel strap chainplates fitted to all shrouds, fastened by 12 mm copper bolts.
Stainless steel chainplates for backstay and bobstay.
Cockpit removed and rebuilt. New plywood bulkheads at ends of cockpit made structural (through-bolted to planking with copper bolts). Cockpit sole and sides made to be dismantled for removal of fuel tanks or maintenance.
Heavy hardwood engine beds fitted. Engine mounted in a steel cradle, which can be easily modified in the event of replacing the motor.
Coachhouse coamings (sides) reinforced with an extra 12 mm hardwood plywood, epoxy glued and sheathed. Coachhouse top reinforced similarly with 10 mm ply.
Additional copper tie rods fitted under side decks to keep coachouse, deck and hull together in the event of being thrown on the beam ends by a breaking wave.
Cast bronze/laminated safety glass portlights (windows) fitted to doghouse.
New stainless steel/timber gallows fitted so as to strengthen doghouse.
Original breasthooks and knees regalvanised and fastened with copper, or replaced with stainless.
3 stainless steel water tanks fitted under cabin sole (total 200 litres).
Stainless steel fuel tanks fitted P & S in cockpit (total 100 litres). These tanks have a sediment/water trap and a filler pipe with an upstand fitted outside the cockpit so one doesn't get diesel fuel in the cockpit.
Engine box rebuilt to give easier access.
Gearbox reconditioned and stainless steel gear control fitted.