Y’know the boats in the graveyard on the car park? Y’know the Laser2 that was looking very sorry for itself? Y’know, the one that looked beyond hope buried in weeds and covered in moss and a million years of dirt and grubiness?
Well, thanks to a fair dose of elbow grease, a bit of vision, some clever research and even cleverer sourcing of a few parts it’s back on the water!
Yeah, I know!, who’d have thought it huh?
Jo and Paul have worked wonders to show just what can be done with a bit of perseverance, plan and a vision … and launched the boat the weekend before last!
As far as we’re aware, it’s the first time it had been on the water in almost 10years.(…oh, except for the other week when we had Paul in the hull, floating around to make sure it was actually watertight 😀 – luckily it was, Paul didn’t get wet and not a drop of water was in the hull so the project was all good to go ahead.)
With a variety of sob stories on a few phone calls, more than a little scavenging and judicious monitoring of ebay and gumtree, all the required parts were found (and there wasn’t actually all that much to find to be honest) and a rigging guide downloaded from the internet.
Three weeks or so later and with fantastic help from Neil Smith, the freshly cleaned and refitted boat was ready. It looks amazing – you would never believe that it was in the weeds for all that time – so, sails hoisted and voila, a boat is launched.
So, two new sailors on the water and an old abandoned boat restored to her former glory – a fantastic achievement.
It was fantastic watching the launch and subsequent sail…..and then it rained. Heavily! Typical.
So, a huge well done guys, wishing you all the very best with the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy! 😀
“Fair Winds!” from all at MPSC 🙂