I headed down to Corpus today, to remove the rails from the coachroof.
As I suspected, the hairline crack in the port rail was a clean break. It is old, so probably predates my purchase of frank.
Now I will try to get new ones made, with the fallback of repairing and revarnishing.
The survey is finished, and next week I will go to start the paperchase with US Customs, to get Frank imported and then reflagged.
I spent last night and all day today stripping 31 years of varnish from the floorboards.
The grotty boards at the bottom (below) are my deck at home, not Frank’s deck!
I have to finish stripping the varnish: the discolored areas you can see are varnish stripper – where there is no varnish residue, it has evaporated, so I just have a few areas left to scrape.
The inlay is actually very thin, and in some areas it has been worn away. However, a good coat or three of varnish will distract from those flaws.
The board at the back of the saloon, nearest the heads, has a crack on the underside, which I will patch up amd reinforce.
Tomorrow I will head to Corpus and remove the handrails, bring them home and start refinishing them. I also need to order the new Stack Pack sail cover, to replace the damaged one, from the guy in Port Aransas, if I can find his number.
Since buying her in 2013 I have been trying to find the hull number of Frank – when Sadler was building the boats they did not have a formal way of marking the hulls with the build number.
Thanks to the Sadler Discussion Forum and The Sadler Owner’s Association I now know that Frank was the 67th Sadler 34.
“My records show [the first buyer] bought the Sadler 34SE in 1985 with the Hull
number 34/067, sail number K8652Y…
Interestingly enough she was built alongside a 34 build no. 066 which was
for the Yachting World editor, Andrew Bray. ” (Nigel Thomas, of the owners’ association).
So now I know. Built 31 years ago, hull number 67.