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- a classic Nordic Folk boat, - and the 3rd. year of upgrading -

(Leading up to "Kit Yu's" 50 years birthsday next year.)


 


The upgrading and thorough check-up of "Kit Yu", - which I originally planned to last one season -,  has now lasted three, but with a lot of satisfaction I can now finally announce that I finished all the jobs that I planned for three years ago.  But better late than never!  :-)
Special jobs done this year, - 2012 -,  are scraping, cleaning and coating the entire center section of the inner hull, - and changing out the two 5 mm thick steel wires that support the mast sideways.  They were replaced with 7 mm wires, which are more correct.
That's it! All special jobs done!

Does that mean that I am now finished?
No, - certainly not, - you NEVER finish with a boat -, but for the time being the "extra" jobs are done, - but all the routine jobs are still there, and the next thing on the agenda will be to fix up her appearance.
The coming year, - 2013 -, will therefore be a year with a lot of sanding, grinding and varnishing, so that "Kit Yu" is not only in good and sound condition, - but also looks good.  But this is actually normal routine work, - I just did not have time to do this properly the previous years.

And the coming year, - 2013 -, is a very special year for "Kit Yu"!  In 2013 it will be 50 years ago her keel was laid, - and I must say, that she has kept her appearance very well for a 50 year old lady!
With love, care and good maintenance I am sure that she can last my life time! I would hate to see her "die"! Hopefully she can finally end up in a museum.
What I do NOT want to see is, that "Kit Yu" is broken up and ending up as fire wood!
 
 


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"Kit Yu"
Photography © by Karsten Petersen.

"Kit Yu" in late March, - winter cover removed, - being made ready for the years routine maintenance and special jobs.
 
 
 
 


2012-04-21.001
"Kit Yu"
Photography © by Karsten Petersen.

We are now in April, - and doing the yearly job of inspecting, cleaning and sanding of the underwater hull before painting.
 


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"Kit Yu"
Photography © by Karsten Petersen.

The bottom looking VERY good!  She is really like new! No signs of rot!
 
 
 


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"Kit Yu"
Photography © by Karsten Petersen.

Here the inner hull and keel exposed, so that I could inspect, scrape, clean and coat all compartments. This is a bigger job than one might expect.
That's why it took me three years! :-)
The good thing is, that you can work here regardless of what the weather is like outside.






2012-05-04.002
"Kit Yu"
Photography © by Karsten Petersen.

Job finished!  The inner hull is now shining like new, and main cabin ready to be fully equipped for living!
 


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"Kit Yu"
Photography © by Karsten Petersen.
 
 


2012-05-08.001
"Kit Yu"
Photography © by Karsten Petersen.

It is now early May and "Kit Yu" is ready to be launched, - everything shining and ship-shape, - motor in place, fenders and ropes ready.
 
 


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"Kit Yu"
Photography © by Karsten Petersen.

Here she is in the water and fully rigged with new wires, - ready to go - - -
 
 
 


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"Kit Yu"
Photography © by Karsten Petersen.

Pure joy in the open cockpit, - you can enjoy life perfectly in a sailboat even in port
 
 


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"Kit Yu"
Photography © by Karsten Petersen.

- and if it raining or getting too cold outside, - you can retreat to the cozy main cabin with real wood everywhere -
 
 


2012-07-15.002
"Kit Yu"
Photography © by Karsten Petersen.

This concludes the story of how the upgrading of "Kit Yu" proceeded, - and lasted three years instead of only one as planned. Then the story should end, but I might add more pages later, - maybe describing some great trips, flying over the ocean to wonderful islands?
Actually it is "Kit Yu's" 50 years birthday next year, - and that could be a good excuse to do something.  Lets see what I find out - - - -


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Page initiated:  Dec.28.2012