It has been a busy winter on board Leader as her crew and volunteers work tirelessly to get her ready for her first voyage of the 2017 season. Her skipper, Stan, has given an update of how things are progressing…
“We have had a cracking, if slightly cold, first-half of our maintenance period. So far the team have mostly been focusing on improving our systems on board, with cosmetic part of our refit to take place in the last fortnight of the period.
“Leader spent approximately three weeks on a slipway at Tom’s Yard, in Polruan. In that time we had some work done to our stern gland, sea-cocks and spent a large amount of time caulking. One of our long term volunteers Beth, as well as our new bosun Stephen, also repainted the hull with tar paint, so she is looking shiny at the moment
“Other jobs you are unlikely to notice when she is back on the water but, which are essential for the running of the vessel, include cleaning the starboard fuel tanks, replacing their gaskets, chipping and protecting the engine beds and mounts, a complete engine service, and remarking our anchor cable. I am currently installing our very shiny new Raymarine electronics, and am very much looking forward to having them to play with during the season.
“We still have a few of these tasks to finish off before we can move on to the painting and varnishing but, at the moment, we are all very much looking forward to getting her looking gleaming for the season.
“As ever, I would like to extend a particular thank you to everyone who has come down to volunteer on board for your efforts help to preserve a maritime treasure… and bankroll most of the pubs in Brixham!
“If you would like to get involved with volunteering with us before the season starts, you would be more than welcome on board, please contact the office on 01803 883355. I am looking forward to seeing you all on board during the season. Cheers, Stan.”
Leader’s full sailing programme for the year can be seen here.