Ready to head South

We’ve spent the past 8 weeks in Plymouth having some major time consuming refit work done on Velvet Lady. That is all finished now and we are ready to head south, we are just waiting for a gap in the weather. We’re going to spend the next few months in Rota on the south coast of Spain and do some more internal work, mainly painting and varnishing and will be ready to start trips again in the Spring.

So, the refit in pictures

Hire a big crane to lift the rig

Lift out and blast off the antifouling

Woodwork in the sunshine for the new heating
Move into a shed because of the weather
Epoxy and antifoul on the underwater hull
Polish the topsides
Service on all stern gear and propeller
Heating fitted in the Lazarette
Ready to launch
Mast stripped, painted and new standing/running rigging
Rig redressed before hoisting
Hire a big crane to put the rig back in
Sun protection – new sprayhood and bimini
Finally, Velvet Lady looking lovely and ready to go

Thank you to All Spars Rigging, Nathan Bone Yacht Repair, Blaster Master, Mountbatten Boathouse, Ocean Canvas Ltd and Watts Marine, you’ve done us proud.