There is no time to be wasted now - the sailing season is practically upon us!
Even over the Christmas holidays "Happy Return" was not forgotten, with new deck beams fitted for her cabin roof, as well as all those niggly details which come with fitting out a boat. Every piece fitted has to be thought through carefully; everything must work; everything has a purpose.
That is the true challenge of fitting out a sailing boat like this - it's all about function, practicality and safety.
You will notice how Rui has kept the interior of the boat as simple as absolutely possible to ensure easy access and comfortable moving space below deck. The galley has been sacrificed for more sleeping and sitting space.
|Rui fitting the cabin roof deck-beams of douglas fir|
|Starting to look cosy: every piece fitted requires careful thought to ensure functionality and simplicity. Chart table to starboard, and battery storage to port|
|Deck beams have to be fitted with dovetails to ensure reliable strength for the cabin roof|
The plan is to upcycle this old hollow mast to the right. Happy Return's broken mast can be seen to the left.