Butler & Co had a hectic June and July; a spring rush that became summer rush, and hence it suddenly being a little quiet on the blog. There has definitely been plenty on, just not the time to write about it. Here's a little update, though there's still more to add shortly, not least our tales of escaping to France (in our own, not-quite-finished-yet boat!).
On the big spring tides at the start of June Amokura, the 50ft Fred Sheppard yawl in for
refit, left Penpol for Pendennis marina. Her refit was not quite finished; however all the structural work was complete and her new masts were in place and looking fantastic. In the latter weeks of June and July she was a hive of activity as the electrical work was finished off, rigging completed, her interior re-installed and the finishing touches made. Amokura was registered for the Brest & Douarnenez festivals, so the deadline was set.
|Amokura is lowered into the water at Penpol, while Martha Primrose awaits haul out.|
It was a case of 'one in, one out' as on the same high tide, Martha Primrose, was quickly moved into position, strops positioned and then lifted into the trolley that Amokura had just come out of. Once out Martha Primrose was de-rigged and cleaned off, then moved into the lower shed for some pre-sale tlc.
Dance Lady and Kimberley, who had both been in storage in the lower shed, also left on these tides.
Amokura had her first test sail in early July, with a good 25-30 knots ensuring a thorough first test of her new rig! Her crew consisted of her owner, her sailmaker (Peter at Sailtech), her electrician (Andrew Cox), Holly and Ash just to make sure any problems could be sorted. After a successful test sail, in which Amokura certainly proved she could stand up to her original racing rig, work continued to get her ready for the French festivals, Brest & Douarnenez. The Butler & Co handiwork, merging function with traditional ethos and approaches, ensured she looked just as at home alongside working boats and tall ships at the quay as she did alongside classic yachts in the marina.
|Amokura sailing in the sunshine at Brest 2016.|
After several months in the paint shed having her topsides burn off, repainted and deck re-pitched Veracity emerged somewhat late for Falmouth Classics, joining the festivities just in time for a sail to St Mawes on Saturday and the Parade of Sail on the Sunday. After replacing her rig for the weekend's sailing it was then lifted out again for her masts to be stripped, and her standing and (most of) her running rigging to be replaced ready to join Amokura in Brest.
|Holly & Ash sailing Veracity back up the creek after Falmouth Classics on a decidedly 'soft' Cornish day. Once back in the yard her rig was dropped, old rigging removed and re-rigged.|