This is the story of our family affair with Chuckle the Nordic Folkboat. 'CHUCKLE' is clinker built with Mahogany planks on Oak frames with Spruce spars. A classic wooden boat. She was built by Harry Feltham in Portsmouth in 1954, one year after the famous singlehanded transatlantic sailer Blondie Hasler had his Folkboat 'Jester' built in the same yard. Perhaps 'Chuckle' and 'Jester' are sisters?
Hear are a few details of the final assembly of all the mast parts. I have said in the past to and engine orientated friend (simon r) that sails are far simpler than engines but now i am not so sure. The whole wind catching system when you consider all the parts not forgetting hull and ballast and sails is a complex thing and not one you can invent easily.
Ok this is perhaps taking it to far for the over all condition of the boat. But i am thinking long term and a little extra work now means far less maintenance later on. How long do think these copper roofed varnished oak spreaders will last? More than 15 years i think. Oak balls above and below on the wire, will act as rollers for the jib to make a snag and reduced chaff passage on tacks too.