We are currently berthed at Beauty Point in the mouth of the Tamar River. Another 3 to 4 weeks will see the major work completed, weather permitting!! We are working on the port side upper deck walls and chain plates. The starboard side is all done and looking brilliant.
Unfortunately we discovered the whole of the rear main deck walls & chain plate support structures had been badly damaged by fresh water over the last few years of neglect by the previous owners. The damage was structural and needed to be repaired properly and then the whole ship made water tight.
I am learning………. on a wooden boat everything at one point depends very much on what is going on somewhere else on the boat; so the issues we were having with the structural integrity of the rear chain plates (the steel plates to which the rigging is attached and which in turn hold up the masts – pretty critical!) was directly related to the ‘rot’ and subsequent damage to the structures to which they were bolted.
We had no choice but to completely remove all the old rotten wood and reconstruct the supporting structures from scratch.
See picture under HULL – During & CHAIN PLATES .