Saving of an Iconic Classic Sail Yacht .Andrei Rochian
Accomodation comprise foredeak sail bin area,forecabin with double berth to port and single to starbord,portside wc compartment, with hanging locker opposite,main saloon with single settee/berth each side,chart table to starboard aft at bottom of companionway and quarter berth aft of this,galley to port,at bottom of companionway.
The vessel was designed to beat the Sparkman&Stephens designed "Clarion" of 1963.
RE BUILDING -RESTORATION
Our work is based on the survey carried out in Italy by Fraser Noble of Mc Gruer Yachts; for Mr. Andrew Thomas , on 25 and 26 June 2003
We went considerably further than the survey suggested, towards a complete rebuild and upgrading of the yacht.
All steel fastenings were completely removed from the hull and replaced by bronze or copper fastenings.
More than half of th mahogany frames were rotten at their bilge section; we cut off the rotten part and rebuilt by scarfed-in wood&epoxy laminations; epoxy capsulated.
All steel floors and frames , engine bearing support and mast bearing support were removed and replaced by wood laminated framing , wood laminated floors epoxy capsulated
Deck and transom were rebuilt.Bulwarks rebuilt in laminated wood.A laminated sheer plank is epoxy-fastened on the sheer.All steel deck screws were taken off and replaced by copper and bronze.The deck plywood was consolidated; all rot routered off; new scarfed in strips installed in way each screw row.
Rusted steel keel bolts were replaced by bronze keel bolts.
Cabin-to-deck bolts were rusted; replaced by bze bolts
Three layers veneer 1.7mm thickness each were West System cold molded(laminated) over the entire hull. First two layers diagonally; third layer longitudinally. Hull capsulated inside and outside in West System epoxy.
Deadwood was taken off; scarfed in new wood and epoxy capsulated original steel bolts replaced by newly manufactured bronze bolts.
Deck was reinforced by Dynel fabric impregnated and saturated with West System epoxy.
Dynel is high abrasion resistance and high strenght fabric ; set over the pre-existing plywood deck and impregnated and with epoxy resin upgrades the deck into considerably stronger composite structure.
Bulwarks were thickened to planking thickness by cold molding new wood on the outer surface.
Transom receives and extra outer layer cold moulding 5mm .
Rudder was Dynel&epoxy capsulated/reinforced.
As well were Dynel reinforced the stem amd transom.
Cavita line re-traced and routered as per original.
Lead ballast is re-positioned under keel.The new ballast bolts and bolt nuts were fabricated in bronze , now tightened ; 3M 501 sealant is generously set over the lead ballast surface and the keel surface to ensure good sealing.
Hull is being re-painted with Epifanes paints,SP systems primer. Topsides white; deck in antiskid;boottop blue;interior re-painted and re-varnished up to ten layers varnish.All paints and varnishes are Epifanes.
Diesel and equipments were reinstalled;batteries and new battery cables.
Diesel supporting structure prooved a serious challenge.
Mast step is produced is 15mm thick Stainless steel.
mast step steel structure was replaced by laminated wood structure.mast step platwe is fastened on top.
After launching, we verify the mast bearing structure to be only some 2-4 mm higher than the original ; wich is a very good success.
Blue boottop above waterline is painted.Photo of Rocquette at Lavrion shows we got it right.
Electrical wiring and equipment were reinstalled.
Thruhulls and seacocks were reinstalled in 3M sealant. Plumbing was re-installed.
The 11 tons sloop was loaded&trucked frm Bucharest to Constantza.
Re-launching was performed Sept 11 in Constantza harbor.Rigging was reinstalled.We succeeded building in the new mast framing structure at precisely the same height as the original one; the re-rigging was a 15min operation.
First test sailing between Constantza harbour and Tomis harbour at Sept12006.