Sunday, March 25, 2012


The original intention for the upgrade of the Ensign was to fix the soft spots in the cabin roof and rear deck, sand and oil the bright work, sand and repaint the antifouling.
So much for good intentions. The balsa core in the cabin roof was either gone or saturated as was the core in the rear deck.

If that wasnt bad enough sanding the antifouling revealed an even worse issue. A previous repair, which was the result of a severe grounding, was improperly executed and had to come off.

So the villagers gathered and there was much discussion about how to remedy this situation. We needed a mold of the keel bottom but we didnt even have a complete profile to begin with. One villager said "lets try modeling clay" so we did.

Not to bore you with the details, now that we had a profile a mold was made so we could make a mold for a mold which would produce the cap that would go over the HUGE hole in the bottom of the boat.

Firstly we would like to thank the previous repairers for the less than sterling work, it's not like we have better things to do with our time. Then to those who attend every weekend, bravo, your efforts will not be forgotten. Finally to those who havent attended, WHY NOT??
There is every possibility that this boat will not be ready for this season. We will be dock building the weekend before the first workparty and work on the Ensign will come to a screeching halt.