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I have,t posted on the forum for a while but just an update on Salamander's restoration.
At this stage she has been stripped out and all cabinetry has been (cabin and cockpit) has been put back to its original configuration. This will leave more space in the cockpit for guests. much room was taken up with the inboard engine and cooker.
There was rot above the waterline around where the chainplate fixings went through the hull. The planks are being removed and the hull will be beefed up internally where the chain plates fix.
The deck has been removed and exposed ms screw fixings that have just started to discolour the timber but not rot it. Thankfully she was well wrapped up in a heavy tarp when left at the boat yard. If not this would have been a major job, if not terminal.
Below the waterline the condition is exceptionally good with only the replacement of a couple of straight planks required.
The tiller is being made this week by a company at Beccles or Ellough? Some people here in Australia said just make a timber one due to the heat in summer but I decided to go with iron as it is more traditional.
The biggest problem so far has been understanding the complexities of importing timber into Australia and the mystery of importing - who does what, when and where - and how much it all costs. I was attempting to do it myself but have relinquished this task to a broker (will do it for $500 plus $90 and hour above what they normally do). Still waiting to find out exactly what they do!!!
I've organised transportation from the bond warehouse to our house at Clayton Bay and a wet mooring about 5 mins walk from the house.
It is all getting very exciting. Fingers crossed I'll be doing the Milang-Goolwa race next year.
I'm in the process of sourcing some sails for her so If anyone knows of a set of sails for a 27ft gaff or gunter rig are for sale please let me know.
Well it is finally happening. After a divorce, several hurdles and Covid-19 both Salamander and Bimbo will be loaded into a shipping container on Monday morning. It has certainly been a epic journey. South Australia here they come.