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6th May 2003 - Arrived in "the yard"

13th June - "Molly" has bow and stern buoyancy tanks; two floor buoyancy tanks; the "sailing deck" floor bearers; teak ends for the mast, boom and yard. The teak gunwale section is machined and is being scarfed together and the laminated oak boom jaws have been glued. Next week the gunwale and inwale will be fitted; the boom jaws will be finished; the centre board case will be made; and the black carbon spars will be painted a light cream colour. With the gunwale and inwale fitted the wonderful shear of this boat will be much clearer and she will start to look alot less plastic! Come and have a look. - CH

25th June - The center board case is in; the gunwale / inwale assembly is in; the thwart risers are in; the spars have been painted a pleasant shade of cream and all their teak ends are made. We are fitting the rowing thwarts at present; the wonderfully aromatic Western Red cedar is being machined for the floor boards; and I hope the rudder fittings will turn up next week! Everything is going very well. - CH

15th July - The fit-out continues a-pace! The floors are complete in lightweight Western Red Cedar; the rudder is finished; the teak fore and aft decks are finished; the standing rigging had been made; the whaler style mast gate is made; fancy electronics and a not so fancy bilge pump have nearly been fitted; and loads more. The stretcher board arrangement has proved a difficult job but should be complete by the end of the week. Next week we will launch "Molly" (unofficially of course) to find her waterline; the inside will be painted; the centre board slot will be finished; the bottom will be primed; ropes spliced; brass work finished; the signwriter will signwrite etc etc etc; then we will load her onto a trailer for sailing trials. - CH

"Carpentry is just a day or two delayed (owing to complex footrests and other things) - GT

22nd July - "She floated for the first time and is light and tippy" - GT

25th July 2003 - River trials - A delightfully sedate, brief sail in gentle breezes and warm sun.- PW

26th July 2003 - Sea trials - Rainy, and a double capsize.- PW - Pics here.

"Molly" - Her competition debut was the "Blekinge Swedish Archipelago Raid", August 2003, where she won her class. This, and subsequent events appear in Past Events & Pictures .- PW

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Molly's First Sail 25/7/03

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