Rogue’s restoration

Chainplates, and other tinkering

Original chainplates, painted and polished.

Mast shown is just a stump, for visualisation.

The real mast …

Then there’s the topsail spars, of cedar (ballooner pole to come).

The rudderstock cap has been engraved …

Stops to be fabricated, to prevent winch socket spinning into the booby hatch sides.

Brass navigation lights acquired.

Meanwhile, Rogue’s restoration gets some publicity, in the Classic Yacht Association’s insert at pages 58-59 in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Breeze magazine (Issue 237, Sep-Oct 2021).

Oh, and I came across a photo of the pater familias.

Hallelujah, an inspection tour!

Comments are superfluous, except to observe (re)construction work nearly is done, bar nonskid on deck and a few final bits and pieces.

And some sundry items.

Lockdown 6

At Level 3, things really start to come together.

Reinstated original koru terminating coveline.
Aft coveline termination is Morse Code for R(ogue).

Castings are back from foundry for machining. (Patterns here; drawings here.)

Mainsheet Murray winch bases, cast to fit around cockpit coaming, and spreader
Boom and gaff goosenecks, to be integrated with pinrail on mast

And the interior! Matt Price’s exacting cabinetmaking is absolutely on song.

I’m only slightly traumatised by the need for an antislip finish to the floorboards and companionway steps. Still, better than breaking my back.

Lockdown 5

At Level 3, the hull gets painted, and the cove line’s terminating koru is reinstated.

Meanwhile, lockdown’s malaise contributed another photo (thanks Pamela Cundy and the Whangateau Traditional Boating Club) of what appears to be a bleak oil-skinned sailing day from the past in Wellington …

… and a story from the past:

YACHTSMAN’S PERIL. NEARLY ON THE ROCKS. COOK’S STRAIT ADVENTURE. DISABLED NEAR LYALL BAY. WELLINGTON, Tuesday. Captain Cooper, an experienced seaman, who arrived in the Dominion a fortnight or so ago from India and who intended sailing the Muritai, a well-known 32ft. yacht, which he purchased at Picton, had a narrow escape from going on the rocks at Lyall Bay yesterday. With a broken spar, his running gear fouled, and the engine out of working order, he lay from 7 a.m. till 1 p.m. off Houghton Bay with one anchor gone and the cable of the remaining anchor stranding. Capt. Cooper, after purchasing the Muritai at Picton, determined to sail her across the Straits single-handed, being unable to get anyone to go with him. He left on Saturday and got on well enough until he struck the fierce northerly gale. He came abreast the Pencarrow light at midnight on Sunday and being unable to make the harbour owing to the gale, and not knowing the coast, he put in towards Lyall Bay, pulling up off Houghton Bay with the rocks not far off on his lee. In the disabled state of the yacht Captain Cooper’s position was an unenviable one, as very soon one of his anchors carried away. From 7 a.m. he tried to establish communications with the shore by flying distress signals. At 11 a.m. the Lyall Bay Surf Club’s whaleboat put off with a crew and managed to get aboard the Muritai, whose owner was much concerned, as the cable of the remaining anchor was stranding badly. Being unable to attempt the towage of so large a craft, the whaleboat had to return. It got ashore, after several exciting attempts, on a big breaker. Word was sent to Island Bay, and a launch soon afterwards took the Muritai out of trouble.

New Zealand Herald, Volume LX, Issue 18538, 24 October 1923, Page 8

Building a mast

Making solid timber hollow.
With the aid of biscuits …
… two become one …
… and four become two (see bulkheads at far end, and on supports awaiting placement at gooseneck(s) and spreaders) …
… and then one again …
… clamped and glued, awaiting shaping.
Meanwhile, uroxsysing continues to six of ten coats: portlight lintels, …
… washboards and hatch slide …
… tiller end (brass cap screws flush, securing end to tiller) …
Engine control fitted to starboard
10 litre waterlock fitted for abundance of insurance against hydraulicing …
… still tucked away below grating behind enginebox, showing cross cockpit drains.
And then there’s the prop …

Tiller and prop

Bronze tiller, tiller head cap and plate, with teak tiller end resting on after deck below.
Have plans for some nominative engraving …
Self-explanatory, really.
Beautifully weighted, falls open with revs, slips closed with flow.
Pedestrian by comparison, but the anchor chain locker, to be fixed to the forward sampson post.
Patterns for mast/boom gooseneck and pinrail.