I'd like to say that I've been making good progress with restoration of the SCOW, but looking back on elapsed time slow progress is perhaps a better description.
None the less despite pressures of work, family and home commitments, patience and persistence, plus a fair bit of perspiration is finally starting to show results.
The hull is painted inside and out, all of the hull woodwork has been fitted and the interior woodwork and trim either made or restored. Sadly all too little was worth keeping but the mahogany rudder has come up a treat, almost too good to put back on the boat.
Since the pictures were taken all the woodwork has had several coats of varnish
The boat came with a Heron mast, which quite apart from being wrong would be better used for weightlifting and is being replaced by a lightweight aluminium one of the correct pattern. I'm undecided on rigging as yet but Spectra or similar appeals.
The next step is to find some sails, so if anyone in the local SCOW fleets has some tired racing sails which are still serviceable I'm in the market.
Swale Smack & Barge Match, 10th August 2019
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