Just a quick post today to show you that the guys have now finished the poly tunnel – the cover is on! These two pictures were taken by Skipper Ian Ruffles and posted on FB by Dave Brooks. This was mainly to try out the cover and make sure they could make it work. It is actually only going to be on for a couple of weeks as we will then be headed for the dry dock and raising the gear again ready for the new season, but at least we know we have a working poly tunnel for the 2014/5 winter. Well done the winter re-fit team and thank you for sharing the pictures.
I am going to make use of the photo album feature tonight, to bring you 5 nice pictures taken by Dave Brooks of the newest improvements to Cambria, the results of all that hard work in the winter re-fit season, variously by our shipwrights (the hawse equipment and vent system) and John the Joiner (the new cabin on the port aft corner of the main hold).
Pic 1) The (grey primer painted) “hawse” hole through the starboard for’d rail to take mooring lines.
Pic 2) Looking forward from the galley into the bow ‘heads’, the black vent pipe will take fumes etc from the heads and showers (which are on the port side) up through the deck on the starboard side, between the life-raft and the companionway (emerging at picture 5)
Pic 3) New cabin built in port aft corner of the main hold to give some privacy to the hammock-sleeper(s)
Pic 4) Hawse hole through rear rail / taff rail / saddle-chock to take mooring lines.
You will have already seen pictures of our other main events, the creation and installation of the main mast winch drums and the new (fixed) bits of rigging.
If you have been following the progress of this winter refit on our calendar page you’ll have been expecting a “Tow to Oare Creek” where the barge goes into dry dock for painting and attention. Dave Brooks has been on the case and has posted some nice pictures in the Cambria Sailing Barge area of FaceBook.
Dave supplied the following commentary. “Cambria made it to Oare creek safely today. Whilst she is at Oare, Tim Goldsack will be carrying out a list of jobs we require to be completed before she sails in April.
Also whilst she is in dry dock we require as many painters as we can to smarten her up. This year we will be spared the mucky job of anti-fouling as Tim and his team are doing it.
If possible we would like to get the hull scraped and painted.
This weekend, if weather permits, the mainmast needs painting. (Access to dry dock with extreme care this weekend as only a temporary gang plank, fixed gang plank will be in place next weekend.)
Next weekend the re-rigging will start so as many hands as possible to help with this and the last of the painting would be appreciated, please lat me know if you can attend”.
Thank you to all the volunteers who can help with this – please get your ‘bids’ in to Dave as soon as possible
Third in our little flurry of ‘winter refit’ shots is this nice shot of the 4 new winch drums which will fit to our main mast case. They have been created by Master Shipwright Tim Goldsack and are of a very hard variety of oak with metal rings and fittings. Although these drums were present on the original Cambria we have been running without them. They are a very useful aid on any winching around or to do with the main rig, such as brailing up, tightening up the uphauls to the topmast spars, tightening up the forepeak and so on. They look very smart, I think you will agree.