Maintenance is well on its way on the ship.
The new boat winch has arrived and looks very smart.
Chipps and his merry team of wood butchers are progressing well on the forward deck house roof with all the old teak now removed the aluminium cleaned up and repairs made where necessary. Today saw the first two sections of new marine ply being fitted. The hot galley now has a roof again. There is still a long way to go on this job with a second layer of ply to be bonded down and then the waterproof scrim coat to go on top.
The hot galley steel work was generally in good condition with a local repair firm visiting the vessel tomorrow to carry out the repairs.
Many firms have visited the ship to provide samples of materials to provide the necessary fire protection for the space and to look at the lighting, ventilation and cabling for all the new facilities.
Over the weekend we hope to paint the hot galley steel work to preserve for another 20 years.
Out on deck the guys have been busy tending to the anchor windlass bed with the needle guns to scale the area and prepare for painting. This job will be going on hold for a few days due to rain being forecast.
The riggers have done sterling work. All the yards have been struck on the foremast and are sitting on the quay. All the rigging and sails have been removed for servicing and repair. As a lot of the rigging is old we intend to use the time to replace and reduce some of the maintenance by replacing the old galvanised wire with a rope equivalent. A few of the yards will have to be sent away to a spar maker for repair and re-I forcing. This is to be expected after 22 years of hard service.
In general all work is progressing well.
More to follow soon