Shipyard Update: August 9, 2017

Next month, LUCIE will take on the 6 Metre Worlds in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Here is the full update on how the team has been preparing the yacht for racing from Jens Lange:

“The aft end of the boom got stripped and re-varnished, and the slightly lighter wood where the old band was will blend in fairly fast once the boom sees some UV light again.

“The foredeck handrails are off the boat right now, as they took a beating from almost three months in the water and lots of training. We are doing some varnish work to them so that they look proper for the 6 Metre Worlds next month in Vancouver.

“The topside area just below the chain plates has received a spline on both port and starboard as the load of the standing rigging has pulled the planking a bit and the paint continues to crack there. This operation will not be visible again by the time LUCIE leaves the shop for Vancouver.

“As mentioned before, I have not only had the vang control stripped but also took off the mast fwd and aft controls. For the “mast fwd” we have replaced the whole line as this was a pieced-together system, and I did not like the fact that these were two lines. Upon inspection I also replaced the triple blocks this system runs on. They were very tired Lewmar blocks without ball bearings, which look like they were bought in 2012 in Sweden. We now have one continuous line running over new 57mm Harken triple blocks.

“And the new spin pole is making good progress, glued up to the eight-staved birds mouth pole. We’ve already rounded it, fit the clews and sanded it. This pole will get varnished over the next ten days and then rigged up.”

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