During this summer some of you will have met Richard Austin who has been guest crewing on various boats to gain experience of BOD sailing. The reason Richard has been such a willing volunteer crew is that he became the proud owner of C44 Janice earlier this year and wanted to learn all about the BODs in preparation for her restoration and sailing her next season.
BOD restorer Rob Maloney has had a busy year helping Malcolm with Cormorant and also doing some jobs on C75 The Mike, as well as restoration work on several of the Wivenhoe One Design Fleet. But a couple of weeks ago he brought Janice into the workshop ready for her restoration and work is already proceeding at great pace.
Rob sends us this report:
Restoration is well under way on Janice C44. I started her at the end of August, the whole boat has been stripped out and is now back to bare wood, uncovering all sorts of nasty surprises! It turns out she had a lot of new planks fitted at some point, mostly mid-ships. The remaining original planks are in need of attention and are being dealt with at the moment. I have had the stem out and also fitted a new transom. We have left some of the ribs in as they are perfectly ok. I am going to make a start on the centreplate case next week and hope to get the new ribs and floors in followed by the case by the end of october.
And here are some photos showing progress to date: