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Not exactly a vacation

A vacation in the usual sense, not exactly and unplanned, I grabbed the first opportunity of the fine weather and am pleased this maintenance task is complete for a year or three.

EV maintenance
EV maintenance

I regard some sort of boat as an essential tool for a marine artist.

Lots of people around here have re started gardening, I’d rather work on a boat.

Wayfarer sailing dinghy No 6778
Wayfarer sailing dinghy No 6778

The the exercise and fresh air was good, highly recommended for one’s physical and mental health and nice to feel the old skills returning.

Wayfarer sail boat maintained
Wayfarer sail boat maintained

I’m leaner, fitter, more muscular and a little bronzed.

Before... The tape covers damaged wood work!
Before… The tape covers damaged wood work!
Wayfarer, dignity restored
Wayfarer, dignity restored

Very ready to catch up on emails, web site work and restart painting, Huzzah!
After the wettest winter people around Gaillac recall, “like Scotland” one ex pat said One shinny wooden Wayfarer ship shape and Plymouth fashion ready for adventures at sea.

Removing broken washboads
Removing broken washboads

With all the damp damaged wood made good ‘EV’ then took onboard 3 coats of International ‘Perfection’ varnish.

She doesn’t look like new but then who does when 36 years old?

At South East Boat Builders Ltd, Rope Walk, Rye, 6778 in frame
At South East Boat Builders Ltd, Rope Walk, Rye, 6778 in frame
Wayfarer 6778 hull up for the first time, at South East Boat Builders Ltd.
Wayfarer 6778 hull up for the first time, at South East Boat Builders Ltd.

 

Her keel was laid in November 1978 and she launched in mid April 1979.

Wayfarer 6778 as built at Rye
Wayfarer 6778 as built at Rye

 

Wayfarer 6778 'Wellington', a detail as built
Wayfarer 6778 ‘Wellington’, a detail as built

I owned her for 5 years mostly sailing out of Fowey, Cornwall racing with the Royal Fowey Y C and Fowey Gallants S C.

Portable Wayfarer & Ford Capri
Portable Wayfarer & Ford Capri
Launching at Caffa Mill,  Fowey, (Bodinnick Ferry)
Launching at Caffa Mill, Fowey, (Bodinnick Ferry)

I often cruised day sailing alone, that period also included a second at the national Championship and a camping cruise down the Cornish coast.

 

Wayfarer camping
Wayfarer camping

Then I sold her to a member of the Upper Thames Yacht Club.

When I saw her again her 5 years ago she was in a sadly neglected state and cried ‘save me’.

Her carefully photographed renovation had a high feel good factor for me. took over 350 hours and made a nice 4 page  article to share with other owners via ‘Wayfarer News’.

Today she says she is ready and keen to taste salt water.

 

Wayfarer in vine land
Wayfarer in vine land

Designed by Ian Proctor (who I had the pleasure of knowing quite well)  in 1957 the original boats were plywood and mahogany, mine is one of the last ‘woodies’ built.

Yachts are fine however a boat does not have to be a ‘superyacht’ to be lots of fun.

The Wayfarer is a proven sea boat having been used by many sailing schools and cruised as far afield as the Baltic, Iceland and many parts of the Med.

You can discover lots more about the remarkable Wayfarer on the Wayfarer Class Association web site.
Who would like to sail with me in ‘EV’?

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