It has been some time since our last newsletter went out. The only excuse is that we have been very busy with a major refitting of Vega. Over the past year we have gone from stem to stern and keel to truck doing thousands of small and large things to make Vega a better boat and help insure that she lasts another 100 years. The biggest changes for those of you who have sailed with us will be seen in the accommodation spaces. They have been completely refurbished to a very high standard, using all recycled wood from old houses and boats being broken up in Bali. As one friend said,” This is rustic elegance taken to whole new levels”.
Meggi was the designing force behind all the details you see. Spending months, and creating over 400 detailed computer drawings, to make sure everything really would fit, could be serviced when needed, and would operate as advertised. I will not bore you with the details but a look at the pictures will show that her work was not wasted.
While the carpenters were banging away down below turning lovely recycled teak into sanding dust and wood chips, Agus and Shane were busy completely overhauling the rigging to a very high standard of not only historical accuracy, but also functionality. Miles of Navyflex, both line and marline twine went into the new rigging and it shows.
There were thousands of decisions to be made that could have a lasting effect on Vega’s longevity. Everything from the quality of our custom bronze castings to the type of lines and paints we employed. After a long and careful study of the various paint companies available we settled at last on Jotun as our protective coating supplier of choice. This was based on many factors and our long experience of good solid service from Jotun no matter where we were in the world. Vega is now 100% protected by Jotun paints and they are doing an admirable job of protecting her.
For more information on Jotun marine paints
»go to the JOTUN website
Now that Vega is once again ready to take to the high seas we are casting about for gainful employment for her. Our preferred work being the promotion of public health and environmental education. But those things take time to plan and budget for. Needless to say Vega’s budgets are not what one would call affluent right now. Our second option, and one Vega would be ideally suited for, is that of promotional platform for a major multi national or East Asian regional company with maritime interests. Vega’s powerful presence at boat shows, regattas, and other events can only enhance any company’s image. But showing the logo on her 130 square meter running sail is the least of the values on offer. Leveraging Vega into a powerful marketing tool can be an easy proposition. ROI and ROO are top of the planning lists and there are some very interesting ideas ready to be put into practice. It helps that both Shane and Meggi have strong backgrounds in major advertising and marketing.