12mR Spars in for repair
Published: Wednesday, 12th November 2008
Too many years of neglect have taken their toll.
Collars have been commissioned to undertake the refurbishment of the mast and boom from a classic German 12meter that is in the early stages of a complete restoration here in the UK.For the last 18 months the spars had been stored at a marina on the South Coast and unfortunately have suffered considerable damage for being exposed to the sun without a proper varnish protection. Collars will initially remove all the mast hardware together with the remaining varnish and then leave the spar to dry out and stabilise as moisture has penetrated under the varnish.
Once dry the next step is to spline two forward glue lines that have sprung together with a number of other areas that have suffered. Once done and to hide the splines a new forward piece will be glued onto the spar over the full length, capping the repair. The mast will then undergo the application of a complete varnish system before May next year and then be re-united with the yacht.
Moving a 12meter spar at 92' in length required the expert help once again Crispin and his team from Portacraft in Lymington. Using his large trailer with rear wheel steering he was able to manoeuvre round the sharp bend at entrance to the farm where 40' semi trailers with tractor units often struggle. More pictured to follow as work progresses.