Captain’s Log 2010 – Last Saturday

Looking round the yard this morning we saw Brown Bess in the final states of her re-varnish to be ready for the season. With a photo like this you can see the special Norfolk Broads design of keel. Most yachts have a keel that is narrow and deep, but he shallowness of the broads waters mans that he keel is long and much shorter than normal. So it is easy to see why the boat makes lots of leeway when heeled as the keel soon loses its effect once it is at an angle. Also note the pile of sawn timber in the background maturing and waiting to be made into planks.

Brown Bess at Hunter's yard

Brown Bess at Hunter's yard

There was a White Boat there too undergoing a major overhaul. She had been out of the water for some years and was now being refurbished ready to return to her element. You can see a load of water on the floor under the boat. Because she had had been out of the water for such an extended period her planks had dried and shrunk. If she had been launched straight from the shed then she would have sunk as the carvel built planks have been cuts to a snug natural fit and, when dry, leave gaps between each plank. Caulking them is not the answer as the planks would expand when in the water and cause further problems.

White boat at Hunter's yard

White boat at Hunter's yard

And so to make our reservations for next year before turning our bonnets, rather than our bows, homeward once more. A good year. Spoiled somewhat by Denis’ accident. Good to hear that he is well on the mend with no complications.