Zephon was craned out on 22 April. She is now safely ashore and I am currently building her new mast in the slipway shed. The mast is progressing well and I am really enjoying the process. The mast is a hollow box section with a conduit for electrical cables running up the centre. The wood being used is Oregon pine, ideally it would have been sitka spruce, but there just happened to be some 30 ft lengths of timber left over from constructing Pilgrim's deck. So having this timber to hand at almost the right length is too good an opportunity to miss. Last Wednesday Rae and I glued the mast together using resorcinol. The gluing went to plan and I am looking forward to the next stage, cutting the mortice for the mast sheave block and then routing the radius'.
In preparation for beginning work on the deck I have removed both the fore and the main hatch. Both these hatches are in a bit of a sorry state and I have begun stripping the flaking paint and varnish from these. There is a bit of repair work needed to both teak hatches and I will detail this in the forthcoming days.