messing about in boats

April Showers

Posted in Boat Building & Maintenance, Sailing by Joseph Moore on April 2, 2010

It’s been a fickle day in sunny-rainy-sunny-again Hertfordshire… shame the weather forecast’s looking horrid for Hampshire tomorrow. I’m off down there to visit a friend who’s having my old Fireball off me. If the time and tide are right (and it’s not actually torrential rain) I’m gonna try and get the bow roller refitted to Nervous Tension as well. I had to leave her with the mooring line lashed to the forestay last time, which is far from ideal but there just wasn’t time to get everything finished.

Nervous Tension's bow roller

Nervous Tension's bow roller

Still, today I’ve managed to make up a plywood pad to sit beneath the roller – the theory is that the horizontal grain of the ply gives some water ingress protection to the vertical grain of the stem. A bit of bog and some extra long stainless screws should see her back in place, good as new.

I’ve started repairing the cracked transom crossbeam as well, but that can wait for a post of it’s own.


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