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Wayfarer talk, painting and roller furling

A very charming reply to Studio News 15 arrived from Ralph  Roberts including a tentative enquiry for a painting of his Wayfarer.
Good paintings of small sail boats are rare and the famous Wayfarer is a noble subject so I replied “a watercolour would not cost much although I admit I’d love to paint a big oil of Wayfarers cruising or racing“.
The last Wayfarer I painted was a long time ago for Phil Warner.
Life in France continues to amaze me, wonderful place to live, difficult though.
I’ve had very little time to work on my Wayfarer, No 6778, Etiole Voyagais.
Fittings removed, renovation products purchased but not yet started the long job of removing the damaged varnish and epoxy coatings.
Stored under cover, Etiole Voyagais has thoughly dried out during the long hot summer here in SW France.
Unfortunately the process revealed the centerboard case to be completely rotten (wet rot) both sides just aft of the bolt hole and some minor damage to plywood.
New epoxy will easily take care of for at least another 32 years!
There are times when my trainging as a ship and boat builder at Falmouth Tech and 10 myears in the marine industry come in useful, putting up shelves for example, this is another such occasion.
Initially I was thinking ‘new case’ which is major surgery for a small boat.
However as the damage is quite local and given modern materials I may simply cut out the damaged area plus 150 %, treat and patch.
I am quietly confident I can do this so neatly it will hardly show if I can find some small 6 mm marine ply off cuts of similar appearance (I used Brunzeel flame pattern originally).
Sanding and painting inside the case could be bit of a challenge though!
Otherwise I’ll cut the thwart and remove the whole case from the hog and floor frames, make a new case and reinstall with as much original material as possible probably using a piece of sycamore to turn the thwart saw cuts into decoration which would look like inlay.
I hope to eventually use the boat for day cruising and occasional racing so wrote to Ralph, do keep me posted on your luff spar.
I may be a customer.
Ralph had written:

“we are currently looking into ways of considerably lowering the height of the furling drum to keep the foot of the genoa against the foredeck for the racing types”.

My experience previously of roller furling was the genoa set better raised a few inches above the stem.
Reason being the genoa foot set better, was able to fill more fully.
A slight adjustment was necessary to the spreaders and jib sheet position because the clew and roach had ‘move’.
Once done, performance may have improved, it was certainly not lessened.
We got a 2nd and almost won the 1991 National Championship.
I wonder if you might like to run the comments above past my excellent friend Mike McNamara (McNamara Sails)?
Anyway, I hope the remarks above help Ralph and others in some small way.