Work on Sue and Adrian Bouckley’s BOD ‘Eider’ is progressing well. The interior is largely complete and the plywood sub decks are on. The sapele covering boards, king planks and cockpit coamings are done and the teak planking is cut and ready to fit. Launch is scheduled for early May.
Paul Ross’s Bonezzi-built contender was in for repair recently. Whilst Paul was out sailing a chainplate pulled out of the deck. As the area was all covered in Pro Grip, it was initially difficult to assess exactly what had failed. When the covering was stripped away, the extent of the decay was quite staggering. Longstanding water ingress around the stainless chainplate had reduced the surrounding deck, hull skin and internal structure to mush. Further investigation revealed the other side to be nearly as bad – how the mast
stayed up for as long as it did is a mystery! All of the rotten timber was cut out and replaced ready for the Pro Grip to be refitted.
We are currently restoring a classic McCutcheon-built Kirby V International 14 for James Anderson, who has owned the boat since new. She has suffered significant delamination and glue failure so repairs have been quite extensive. All external work has now been completed and the hull has been sheathed in 180 gsm glass twill/Pro-Set epoxy resin. Work will now begin on the interior.