It’s 2015 and it’s all go for my Single Handed Around the World Challenge. It’s been a seriously busy time since taking ‘Marathon’ out of the water for her major refit. I’ve been at the yard virtually everyday working, with the occasional help from some good friends, on what has turned out to be a major project.
The most serious work has been to remove the keel and examine the hull. When we lifted her out of the water, it was apparent that there was a quarter inch gap where the keel should have been flush with the hull. Anyone following me on my Facebook page and Twitter (all mode cons), would have seen the huge amount of work it took just to remove the badly corroded nuts from the keel bolts in order to remove the keel. Luckily the keel bolts themselves were in perfect condition and there wasn’t any damage. The Keel is not once again fitted correctly to the boat and I’ve got peace of mind.
Other work included removing the engine to replace the engine mounts, some new bits for the prop shaft and replacing skin fittings.
The mast is currently down and the next big job is to replace the rod rigging. This has been ordered so I’m just waiting for that to be made and fitted.
After that I need all the running rigging (The rope) to be replaced, and I need a full new set of sails. Which takes me nicely on to my next job of looking for sponsors. I’ve funded my Round the World project myself but there is only so much I can do. So to make my dream of sailing around the world non-stop and single handed a reality, I’m going to need sponsors to come onboard and partner me with my challenge.
If there are any sponsors who want to be a part of this amazing challenge, then please contact me and lets see if we can work together on what will be an amazing inspirational story.