GRP hull, 'Estren' was professionally scraped back tin 2017 when two coats of Gel shield were applied and she was copper coated. Guaranteed maintainance free for 10 years.
'Estren' has the larger coachroof which continues forward of the keel stepped mast. This allows good headroom to sit in comfort on the heads in the forward cabin. Her decks and coachroof were professionally resheathed in GRP, 2013. Various trims were replaced and she recieved 10 coats of varnish all round. The cockpit is large with seating for four. Although it is non-draining there is an electric bilge pump (manual as well). For longer periods there is a cockpit cover. There are two small lockers under the forward seats (port contains access to the fuel tank) and there is a locker at the stern. There are two chrome sheet winches and Teflon jamming cleats which work well.
Spars, sails and rigging
The gaff has throat and peak halyards so the main can be raised easily. Permanent boom gallows on the transom fitted 2017 to ease this process. The bowsprit is fully retractable. Most of the sails (white) are well used, professionally serviced and valeted yearly. Main is slab reefed with 2 points. Blue mainsail cover 2014. Jib and staysail are both on Wycombe Martin furlers. Heavy duty high cut hank on gib which has never been used. Top sail is blue and white striped (2014) flown from a windsurfer mast which is deployed very easily. When not in use the sail remains bent onto the windsurfer mast and is lashed to the boom. Light weather down wind sail flies from the bowsprit. This is in fact an old spinnaker but it does the job well. Halyards and sheets were mainly all replaced 2014 - 2017.
Vetus M20 professionally serviced each year and it's never missed a beat. New control panel fitted 2016. I would guess that the stainless tank holds around 25 gallons.
Cabin and accommodation
'Estren' is very comfortable has good headroom down below (5'10) at best. The bunk cushions were reupholstered 2017. In the saloon there is a newly constructed solid teak side facing chart table to port, with good storage below, and a 6'3" berth with lee cloth. Shelving above, storage below. Forward of this is a hanging locker. To port is the galley with stainless sink with solid brass faucet. There is a 2016 flexible 50 litre water tank under the starboard berth and water is pumped to the sink via a foot pump. There is a small solid brass bilge type pump along side the sink which drains it. Next to the sink is an excellent 2 burner spirit (2017) stove which will bring a kettle to boil in almost the same time as gas. Forward of the galley is a berth which my friend of 6' 1" sleeps happily in. Shelving above, storage below. There is traditional electric lighting and two oil lamps. There is a solid teak folding table which stows in the forepeak and can be used in the saloon or cockpit.
In the forepeak there is a single berth at 5'10' (but no taller). At the aft end the cushion can be removed to reveal the Blakes sea toilet. Shelf to port where I store the beaching legs and sail lockers below the berth. There is a door to this cabin.
Bruce anchor which is perfect for this area and has held her firm in a number of gales. 10 metes of chain and 30 meters of warp. There is also a small kedge anchor which I've yet to use. Nassa depth, and a new (2016) Clipper wind wireless from the sender at the top of the mast so no cable. It has its own small solar charger so no power or batteries required. There is also a 2016 Raymarine ST1000 tiller pilot.
Brass oil nav. lights for port and starboard which attach to wooden brackets on the shrouds. I also have a set of battery nav. lights.