Recent Refit

Teal is currently in good sailing condition, and the fact that she has just returned from a 5000-mile voyage to the furthest reaches of the Baltic speaks for her seaworthiness.

However, when I bought her in March 2004 Teal had been lying ashore in Alderney for 6 years, and was rapidly deteriorating. Although still structurally sound in most areas, there was a great deal of work to be down to get her into sailing condition.

The newly-repaired stem

Repairs to stem and sternpost:

Both stem and sternpost had some old weak wood in them. New pieces of oak, carefully chosen to give the correct sweep of grain, were scarphed into the timbers to replace the worst affected areas.

Repair to transom:

new wood was scarphed into the base of the transom to replace old weak wood that could no longer hold the screws holding the planks on.


Repairs to masts:

a new length of Douglas Fir was scarfed into the heel of the main mast where a small patch of rot was setting in. A similar repair was necessary to the mizzen.

New spars:

A new mizzen boom and a bumpkin were built. New spreaders were necessary (built of oak) as the old spreaders had snapped at the mast.

Chainplates gleaming in the Bothnian sun

New Chainplates:

new chainplates were made from 1/4" steel plate, galvanised and fitted on the outside of the hull.

Modifications to coachroof:

The lines of the boat were much spoilt by an ugly doghouse standing on the cabin top. This was removed and the coachroof largely rebuilt. Apart from the distinctly improved aesthetics, it is also now possible to carry a small dinghy on the cabin top.

New sole boards:

The lower coachroof gives her more flowing lines

the cabin sole boards were rotten, and have been replaced in solid pine

Cabin / cockpit bulkhead and cockpit bearers:

The plywood bulkhead between the cabin and cockpit was rotten, and has been replaced with oak and pine tongue-and-groove, faced on the outside with hardwood strips. The rot had spread into some cockpit bearers, which have been replaced.

Interior joinery:

The galley and heads areas have been largely rebuilt.

New rigging:

All standing and running rigging was replaced.

Bowsprit rigging


The pine planked deck had already been sheathed with plywood when I acquired her, but some of this sheathing was rotten and the deck was extremely leaky. The worst of the rot was made good with patches of plywood and the whole deck was then sheathed in fibreglass to make it watertight and strong.