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For members to record their efforts maintaining Brighton Belle 

New Batteries on Brighton Belle

​We've just received the following by text message from Stewart and Ingmar in Lanzarote:A busy day yesterday paying ransom to get the batteries released. Gave up on their delivery proposal of Tuesday, so found the warehouse and collected them. Loaded them into hire car. Drove 35km to marina and unloaded eight 40kg batteries and walked them one by o...
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Topside polishing

Topside polishing
​Just spent a freezing cold day in the marina boatyard, cleaning and polishing Brighton Belle's topsides. I'd taken over from Paul who'd arrived much earlier than me, and done some great work on the port forward section. It was about 5Tomorrow should be better, as the gale will have abated and the sun will be shining.I'm still trying to work o...
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Brighton Belle is re-masted

Brighton Belle is re-masted

Brighton Belle was re-masted today and is now proudly wearing shinny new rigging. She looks very smart . Follow this link to see the event. Thanks Ingmar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7wTMV6Igjs

 

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Brighton Belle has been de-masted

Brighton Belle has been de-masted

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Yesterday we set about unstepping both of Brighton Belle's masts for service and rigging replacement

 

Brighton Belle was moved to a berth close to the road that goes over the bridge into the boat yard.  The crane set up in the road and lifted Mike Stevens up to tie the slings on. Once the weight of the mast was supported by the crane, all the shrouds were disconnected at deck level and the mast was slowly lifted straight up. Brighton Belle was reluctant to let the mast go...stuck fast but after a few anxious moments and with a little work it suddenly popped and started to rise out of the deck. The mast was laid onto wooden trestles ready to be serviced and re rigged in the coming days.

 

That left Brighton Belle with just the mizzen mast standing. It was getting late and the light was fading by the time the mizzen mast was lifted off to lay alongside the main mast.

 

Lots of work now to renew the rigging and service everything that is usually many metres above the deck!

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone involved.

 

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Brighton Belle has been lifted into the boat yard for winter maintenace

Brighton Belle has been lifted into the boat yard for winter maintenace

Brighton Belle has been lifted into the boatyard this afternoon to have her bottom pampered. The Coppercoat finish applied last year has done a fantastic job and kept the hull really clean. Just a thin dark slime has grown. 

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....but as you can see, a quick pressure wash and the bottom is back to perfect again! Excellent!

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