Cleaning and Painting Leader's hull

Refit Blog: The Final Countdown

Trinity’s crew, and a team of volunteers, are busy getting the boats ready for the 2015 season with just over a week to go before the first voyage.

Leader’s new mate, Stan, is sharing how things are going for him and his team, and here’s how the refit went last week:

“Eight days until we go back to sea! The crew are all ready to go and Leader is not far behind.

“She went onto the grid last weekend to be cleaned and have a fresh coat of antifoul. Despite a 4am. start we had loads of volunteers (Anna, Lucy, Andy, Ross, Jeremy, Maddie, Elise and Teymour) down to help us out. As soon as the tide was out far enough not to come over the top of our wellies the guys were down under the boat, pressure washing, scraping, drying and painting. No one stopped for longer than it took to stuff a pasty down until the tide was back lapping around our feet. A brilliant effort from everyone.

“Now we are once again back on our pontoon, making Leader look as good as she should. Capping rails are being varnished, boxes painted and lines served. Last year’s National Historic Ships apprentice, Denning, has been down to help us out, fixing our sticking engine hatch and boxing off the last of our new water system.

“Unfortunately Teymor is now on leave for a short while, but he will be back to sail with us in the summer. Kath has come down to help us out and is currently repainting the wheel box.

“We are back to sea on Good Friday (April 3) but if you would like to come and give us a hand, finishing her off and varnishing on deck, we would love to have you down. As ever you are welcome to stay the night and eat with us. Just give Matt, or Harry, a ring on 01803 883355, to arrange a date.”

Stan