As with any old wooden boat, Curlew presents us with many challenges as we endeavor to keep her sound. The following will provide insight into the many projects we have undertaken since her change in ownership in 2002.
December 2002 a short five months after the purchase date, the bobstay tang gave way to corrosion, requiring a quick haul out at South Coast shipyard to have a new one custom made. This was, in fact, the second emergency haul out the first only a week after taking delivery. The first was to replace a leaking shaft seal, but the process required cutting the 1.25 ” SS prop shaft in two places to remove a corroded old shaft brake. Yup a new shaft had to be made, definitely an expensive first week!