A87 is now in the new shed at home and we are planing some serious progress on her in 2014!
After more than five years in a rented shed we were very keen to get A87 home and crack on with her restoration (is there an AOA prize for the longest restoration?). The cost of rebuilding the original trailer was prohibitive so we borrowed a trailer that was built for a 24′ runabout – and with a few added supports it worked perfectly! The photo below shows the boat secured on the trailer and ready to leave the old rented shed. I was a little concerned about the areas of incomplete planking on the port side, however we padded these areas out and they appeared to be OK.
(image missing) No problems towing the short distance home, despite the holiday traffic. We are now slotting A87 into the new shed and jacking her off the trailer. I am giving some thought to how to set up the supports to allow full access to the hull to make it easier to replace the planking. The frame of the original trailer is in the foreground of the photo below.