I will endeavour to take some photos over the next couple of weeks as I progress with my project. However, I do have a photo to aspire too, it is of 'Rocard', one of about 12 sister yachts. She's a Valiant 46, heavy displacement ferro-cement (about 25tons) ketch, designed by Alan Hill and built in Burma-on-crouch about 1977.
I purchased the yacht about 2 years ago, as an ongoing concern! There's a bit of a sad sorry behind it actually. The original owner had the yacht built so he and his wife could go live the dream. Unfortunetly his wife died suddenly and the dream was never fulfilled. The boat fell into dis-repair, so much so, that the whole sub-deck and many of the deck beams had rotted through. So my first job was to lift the once beautiful teak deck to replace the sub-deck and beams. Most of the teak was beyond saving and on enquiring the cost of a new teak deck I think I must of passed out! Anyway, after speaking to the owner's of Rocard, the consenses was that teak was a major maintenance nightmare in tropical climates and fibre-glass was the way ahead. So that's the project this summer, fibre-glassing.
I have spoken to the original owner and he was explaining that the yacht's name was 'JayCee' after the first initial of his and his wife's name. It just so happens that this is also my initials and so I feel that this yacht was meant to be. I only hope I can do the owner proud and fulfill his original dream.