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Dream Time's reinforced bowsprit

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Cap'n Neville Day 2,591 - New Zealand (36° 37S 174° 47E)
07:43hrs - July 4th 2014

After four weeks of separation Dream Time's bowsprit has been reunited with the rest of the boat, and we're happy to report that the surrounding deck and hull area has been properly reinforced/bonded, is in better-than-new-condition, and is once again pointing in the right direction.

In retrospect, evidence of the bowsprit's failure has been visible for years (since we've owned the boat), but the stress cracks were inaccurately diagnosed as just minor wear due to movement in the gel coat, and the bowsprit's glacial raise at the forward mount was so slight and incremental that it wasn't until we removed the forward caprail that the true extent of the inadequate construction was visible.

Of course we've done some hard sailing over the last seven years - 26,803 nautical miles to be exact, but the combination of wood screws for the deck to hull joint (rather than bolts), and an inadequate backing plate (that was not secured under the deck to hull joint) resulted in the forward bowsprit mount, along with a portion of the deck, peeling away from the hull.

In 2005 we completely rebuilt Dream Time's worn out deck and saturated core (read article) and reinforced our forepeak - the area around the windlass, deck cleats and aft bowsprit mount) with a solid fiberglass core, but regrettably we stopped just short of rebuilding our forward bowsprit mount, assuming, incorrectly, that it was properly reinforced.

But thankfully we're berthed in Gulf Harbour Marina where world-class facilities and services are all on site, including Brin Wilson Boat Builders, a company founded in 1952 and one that specializes in refits and restoration projects. They even repaired Gypsy Moth IV after it took a wrong turn onto a Tahitian reef. So we figured if Brin Wilson was good enough for Sir Francis Chichester's yacht, they're good enough for Dream Time. And we were right.

Thank you Brin Wilson and Gulf Harbour Marina!


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Gulf Harbour Marina - our basecamp in the South Pacific

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Gulf Harbour Marina, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand

Our South Pacific Base Camp
It’s been our destination from the Panama Canal, from Tonga and from Fiji. It’s been a port of refuge, relaxation, repairs and planning for over three seasons, from 2009 through 2014 - it’s our base camp in the South Pacific - a location so idyllic and diverse, that cruising in its neighboring waters rival that of even the tropical islands that lay over a thousand miles to the north. Located just fifteen nautical miles from Auckland, and framed by the Hauraki Gulf where access to pristine beaches, secluded anchorages and island nature reserves lay at every point of the compass, Gulf Harbour Marina not only offers world-class services and facilities for international yachts, but has a location so appealing and convenient that it makes even visiting cruisers like us want to settle down here. Thank you Gulf Harbour Marina for making us feel at home. Learn more >


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