Mine is a simple tale I returned home to the UK from Spain a poorer but wiser man, back at home I began to dream about a boat. ***C2Add.shtml*** My last boat had been a hundred year old restoration project.
I now wanted something simple, a friend offered me a 17ft ply ‘V’ bottom skiff of American design it looked good so I bought her.
She had no name so she was christened “Kalista”.
Then things started to get more intense the project took on more work even forsaking paid labour.
So far I have started to examine the hull and it looks good.
A decision was made to strip all the paint and start again and that my friends is where I am up to at the moment ,but it aint simple.
The plot thickens I have now joined the local sailing club which has a compound that will let me have access to the River Dee.
Before that more work.
The paint is coming off in good style and as yet no horrors have been uncovered.
I have made an active decision that at this point I will concentrate on getting the boat in a respectable and safe condition.
The dilemma was restore, rebuild or refurbish I have chosen refurbish but later on who knows.
I am still pondering on the sail plan, the mast is stepped 5ft from the bow and is through to the keel and it looks like there was a second mast just forward of the tiller.
But for now I will just work on getting the hull in good order and continue trawling the net and hopefully some good advice may come and some kind soul will recognise the old girl and throw in a helpful word or two as I said it aint simple.
In response to requests will put more pictures on.
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