S/y Naneux at home port in Airisto
(the documentary photos are taken with a cellphone Nokia N-8 camera)
Many unforgettable sailing trips have been made with this sailing yacht. The yacht is nearly 25 years old and was last rebuilt year 2000 for long distance sailing trips. We sailed to German Bight and Dutch waters in Friesland for three years. We sailed back to Finland year 2003 to continue to work still some years in my busy company.
I´ve been living now 10 years in the beautiful archipelago of Turku. After my working life in Helsinki I have renovated a gorgeous archipelago house. The garden is big with its plants trees and perennials. Utility garden with cherry and wine trees and lots of red tomatoes.
” Navigare necesse est ”
Recently an idea woke up to sail our dear boat to the other end of the world. Tierra Del Fuego, Ushuaia where my daughter lives and works in the Club Nautico Afasyn taking care of boats that sail those harsh conditions in the Southern Ocean.
From words to deeds. S/y Naneux is now undergoing a massive restauration to be in shape for the long trip starting next July in 2014.
I started to work with the boat during the summer months. S/y Naneux have been standing ashore for a few years while I have built my house.
A lot of things needed to be renewed.
I decided to build the boat as light as possible, of course with normal fiberglass materials. It´s still just a cruising boat. I´m using a lot of aluminium in fittings and some coal fibre parts in the bow and light materials to build the stern.
The boat is after its last modification year 2000 very lively and sails effortless. It has now a perfect sail area. The keel is not deep, it is a bit longer aimed for cruising. The boat sails more easy than normal racing yachts do. It points about 30 -35 degrees to wind which is acceptable. The stern drags no water and gives a perfect release wave or no wave at all. Now I just have to reinforce the hull and the deck to make it more reliable for the breaking waves. The stern I wan’t build more close. I don´t want to make it too heavy, because downwind sailing is a joy with this boat.
The hull is now reinforced with several stringers and bulkheads. The bow is reinforced with two longitudinal bulkheads and vertical stringers. The stern got new form with less open area and lockers for gear.
New layers of Epoxy to give good protection for the keel.
The rudder was given a few inches more in length. The new stern is going to be built less open to avoid breaking seas falling to the stern, which can affect negatively to the stability.
Bulkheads in the stern to give strength to the stern. New vertical bulkheads to reduce the open stern.
Laminating the outer layer to the core material.
The hull in the stern itself is built with fiberglass and a thin Firet core. The same material is also used in the superstructure in the cockpit areas. Forming the aft deck superstructures is challenging. You have to think of all the fixing points of all different equipment like spare rudder etc. Lockers and watertight compartments in the new stern.
Numerous water and fuel tanks under the bunks with two component foam fill to build watertight compartments.
Aluminium plates are placed inside the core material.
Watt & Sea has come up with a beautiful power pack for long distance sailors
Here some nice things for the captain to
hang out light weather skirts.
Also a new safe and shiny pulpit was installed.
Coach roof was strengthened with an aluminium construction. Skylets through bolted and glued to the roof.
The rudder needed a bit more
length to sail better. The form
is not the latest idea with the
ability to keep up as long as
possible with a straight trailing
edge but something like this
which is also trusted in Beneteau
Racing yachts. Straight leading edge.
Facnor mast fittings with ball bearings. The tube is oversized Z – 401.
The ongoing works slow down now when the winter is coming with force.
Still a lot is done during these months and the last jobs are well ready for the short spring preparation.
Equipment keep strolling in and need to be installed.
Lot of wooden parts need to be treated in the shed.
Skipper is happy with the work.
To be continued next spring in a new article: A task and a photo a day
We will show you stages of the Yacht S/y Naneux before it’s voyage to the southern seas.