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A wooden work of art

Preparing to paint a wooden work of art, the renovation of Wayfarer 6778 continues steadily.

The boat progresses steadily leaving astern the much neglected state she was in when rescued from her previous owner at Upper Thames Sailing Club.
The attached photos were taken today.
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Before inverting her I’d removed the old rotten centerboard case. Wayfarer_IMG_4493_wp.JPG
Much to my surprise the old case was no where near as rotten as I expected.
The miracle of Brunzeel plywood, the rot did not ‘travel’ through the veneers or along the veneers.
I’ve never seen a plywood so soaked and to have resisted the spread of rot so successfully, wow Brunzeel, good work.
Unfortunately I had to cut the case up to remove it so the sound parts are not really re usable.
The value of hindsight…
Apart for the obviously dead wood, an area of about 150 x 150 cm on each side panel, there was little else affected, only parts of the innermost veneer of ply which could have been saved with a fresh application of epoxy.
Thus a lot of extra work that did not really have to be done but that is being wise after the event.
The good news it this shows the remarkable quality of Brunzeel plywood and that the rest of the boat will be sound as new.
I have made a start at fitting the new case but am again ‘stuck’ for materials.
While waiting on the items Manu and I have inverted the hull and as I write I have almost all of the ghastly green paint which made the boat look old and heavy and its blue grey undercoat removed thus steady progress is being maintained.
The green was a cheap yacht enamel on a poorly laid undercoat with out primer on nay bare wood so had to go.
Also because I will repaint with very expensive best quality International paints 2 part polyurethanes which would react adversely with the green enamel, not a desirable result so bye bye green.
Besides by ancient sea tradition green is not a lucky colour at sea so sailors beware of green eyed girls / mermaids.  W_ayfarer_IMG_4495_wp.JPG
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I’ve  discovered the original waterline marked under the successive repaints so will take measurements every 50 cms at 90 degrees to the centreline thus be able replicate a fair curve waterline after the re paint.
Ian proctor gave me the measurements when I was building her but of course as is the way of life they went AWOL many years ago.
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Before that the keel bands will have to come off, the hull to be touched up with polyester filler to make good the very numerous but thankfully minor blemishes acquired over 33 years.
Sharp eyed Manu noticed the keel bad is not entirely central fore’ard of the fore bulkhead so we will correct that, caused by a second class repair to her stem at some time in her history.
Next will be to prime with thinned varnish any bare wood and overpaint touched up areas with white undercoat sanding all smooth when set.
Then and it’s not far off, the gloss coats will be applied.
A pale ‘Nelson’ yellow as close to the boat’s original colour scheme as the difficult circumstances of her restoration allow.
How do I know about the true shade and tint of Nelson yellow?
See Nelson’s bright yellow try the further reading for an extraordinary read and better still make an offer for this modestly priced painting, worth buying if only as an after dinner topic!  Nelson__s_Bright_Yellow_IMG_0924_d.JPG
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Still much to do to the boat however the end is now in sight.
I think we will with any luck be sailing her in the spring, maybe even have a test sail this winter to try out the running rigging arrangements.
Crew wanted soon, no volunteers?
Must I prepare a press gang?