The eternal hobby
When you have an old boat, you always have something to do
Coppelia had sat in my parents driveway for 10 years, after being kept on mooring and used regularly on Southampton water and the River Itchen before that. She was damp and had a couple of rusty outboard motors rotting in her bilges. But the sails and other stuff had been kept safe and dry.
And so I talked my father into donating her to me, brought her to the Dragonboat club where I was a member, and spent a year and a half renovating her. I fully gutted the hull, then repainted and refurbished inside and out. I replaced window seals, removed an old seating and cooking setup, added a simple electrics system and kept as much of the original woodwork as I could.
The biggest piece of work was removing, renovating and then refitting the keel, all 120Kg of it. When I finally got her shipshape my parents gifted me new sails, and a roller-reefing system for the foresail. Something I am eternally grateful for.
I have a photo album from the renovation project online.