Help!! Restoring a 1949 William Atkins Double Ender, “Hanora”

by Ben Peterson
(Batavia, OH )

My uncle was an avid sailor and had a massive stroke, his boat, the Hanora is currently moored at Hog Island in Grenada.

It’s been sitting about 2 years and I know it needs a main mast and some of the teak decking needs to be replaced.

I am traveling there in May to check it out. I would love to restore her.

I am very mechanically inclined and a novice sailor at best.

Any advice or suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated!!!

Here’s all I know about her at this time.

Wood construction with teak decking and teak interior, 1949 double ender ketch of the William Atkins design in the Ingrid class LOA 37'

Displacement is 10 tonnes gross

Mizzen mast is sound but the main needs to be replaced

New sails in 2011 and new stainless-steel rigging in 2001

I was very close to my uncle he was an amazing man.

His son/my cousin said if I wanted to restore her she was mine.

Can’t really put into words what this means to me, so any advice, websites, or pointers would be greatly appreciated!!!

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by: Steve. In UK

Would like to see some more photos if you have any.

Is the boat in the water or in a shed.?

I am a boat builder in England and I would love to work on Hanora.

I could give you some help and advice but would need some more information.

Has the boat been regularly maintained?

Making a new mast would be no problem.

I love double Enders.

Is she a ketch or a yawl?

Best wishes

thank you very much Mike!!
by: Michael

I will definitely keep you posted.

Hi Ben
by: Mike

Sorry to hear about your uncle.

But the silver lining to that cloud is that you have inherited what is potentially a superb boat.

Atkins designed some beautiful seaworthy boats.

I guess the first thing to do is to check her out thoroughly to see what needs restoring.

There are some pointers here and here

Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about "Hanora".


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