Today I had the first real opportunity for examining ‘Minnow’. To fully know what will be required for renovating her will take more time. I must remove the wiring from the exterior of the mast so that I can see its entirety. Both the boom and the yard are warped, but their condition may not present problems. Obviously, the straighter the boom, the more easily it will rotate when the sail is being reefed. The cabin top is rough and disintegrating, and her sail is badly chafed. These are some of the negative points, but they are not insuperable to put right.
In my hands ‘Minnow’ will never be a showpiece, because as far as I am concerned, she does not warrant being rebuilt.
Looking on the positive side, she would appear to have a strong and reasonably fair hull. Her CopperBot antifouling still has life in it. The interior is basic. She has internal buoyancy in the form of polystyrene blocks. However, they are a bit of a pain, because small pieces of polystyrene can accidentally be broken off and end up in the bilge.
Why am I looking happy in the photo? Because I know what a fortunate person I am! I have a Paradox! Yes, she’s not the best in the world, nor will she ever be, but I think I can bring her up to the standard I require. I am convinced I have found a worthwhile project that will engage me for months to come. Like all of my mistresses, she’s not going to be cheap.