Find more information about Gretchen at the Atkin and Company site: http://atkinboatplans.com/Sail/Gretchen.html
She is an unusual build with carvel planks over a cold moulded inner skin that is also ribbed.
After her acquisition by the LBT she sat largely unused and as a result suffered considerable degradation with rot extending onto her stem from a galvanised stem fitting on her deck. When she came out of the water two years ago for a quick paint and scrape severe problems were found and she has had a new stem replaced, laminated and much stronger than the original.
In addition, the cockpit, which was minimalist to say the least, has been deepened to afford sailors in these southern climes more protection, not to mention the extra space. It will still be a self draining cockpit.
A cooking stove, double mattress, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery, hand held VHF radio, charts and a pilot book are also provided. Cruising limits are between Hobart and a line from Port Esperance to Partridge Island, but include the anchorages in Great Taylor’s Bay and Port Esperance. Clients need only bring sleeping bags, personal gear and food.
We are looking for suggestions for her new colour scheme as she is now out under the verandah at the LBT workshop, awaiting her new paint.
We are excited about her re-launching in the near future.