14 April 2019 | Fox's Marina Ipswich
Janice Fennymore-White | Overcast
We have been working on Destiny's refit following five years cruising in The Arctic. We have sold the purple asymmetric sail and have just bought a smaller cruising chute to try that and see how it works for us.
We have had new keel sliders machined keeping same Arnite material, as on inspection, the material had not worn but it was the machining fit with the keel that caused a fracture at water level at its weakest support point. The new slides will be fitted with a vacuum gluing process.
We have had a naval architect re-design the rudder in order to reduce its weight, lose the lift part and most importantly incorporate a tube through the new rudder which will enable us to remove the prop shaft without having to have Destiny lifted out and high enough to drop the rudder out completely from the hull. For that to happen we ideally need an 80 tonne hoist or a large crane.
We fly to Sisimiut, West Greenland on 16th May for a month to run our ski tour season from a hut instead of the boat. We have plenty of jobs to do when we return to the UK before getting Destiny back in the water, hopefully sometime in July.
More detailed refit information will follow shortly, as well as blogs from the Greenland Ski Season.
PICTURE : Andy de-constructing the rudder