messing about in boats

Belated Update

Posted in Boat Building & Maintenance by Joseph Moore on May 12, 2010

I did actually manage to get down to Nervous Tension at the end of last week. The front’s largely fixed, though in desperate need of a healthy dose of epoxy and glass, the bow roller’s back on and all is well once again! I shall say this for the last time: One more day of graft and she’ll be ready for a sail. Bring it on.

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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.