Lines and strings that last

Lines and cordage for a historically accurate wooden boat can pose a real problem, not to mention expense. To be accurate the lines must at least look like hemp and allow splicing and other rigging work just as hemp would. To be realistic the lines must have little stretch, not expand or contract when wet, not be subject to rot, be long lasting in the tropics, and be very strong.

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Electrical Equipment that lasts at sea.

For years now we have been using our Xantrex inverter and 2000-R charging system without the slightest hic cup from it.

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Electrical equipment to stay away from.

As most of you know we had an engine room electrical fire two years ago

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Our New AC/DC Electrical Panel

On the subject of electrical panels while stranded in Singapore waiting for the fire repairs to be finished we made a new main electrical panel.

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Red Sails in the Sunset

Good sails are like a good motor and now Vega has a complete new set of them.

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Lessons about the making of wooden blocks

One of the things we did during this refit was to replace or re-build all of our wooden blocks. This would seem to be a simple exercise, yet it soon proved to be a lesson in engineering.

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See rigging samples

A Trick For Deck Leaks

Like it or not all wooden boats have a few deck leaks, usually right over the skippers bunk, or the electronics. Some of them can be found and cured with traditional means like Sikaflex, but others can be right little pests that prove to be beyond the means of normal man to stop.

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Best antifouling for the tropics

Nothing can kill an old wooden boat faster than tropical woodworms so we take our bottom paint very seriously.

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Captain’s Log

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.

See a gallery of the new interiors »

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.