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RESTORATION REBUILD of a "CAMPER&NICHOLSON'S" Classic Sloop Racer Yacht
On this page we present the Full Rebuilding Restoration of a British Classic Yacht;
by our team - in Bucharest Romania 2004-2006;
preceded by our
Sailing Passage of this 42 ft Soop from Italy Genova to Black Sea and up the Danube River.
The project was financed by Andrew Thomas Johnston , Owner and Financer of the Re build Project to the purpose of saving this wonderful classic sail racer, part of BritishCultural Heritage.
We decided to sail the 42 ft Sloop from Italy to Romania; her superb nautical qualities were more than demonstrated through the many gales and storms we encountered in our Sea Expedition .
From the Expedition Log
" April12/2004 - We manoeuver classic racer sloop Rocquette off Marina Imperia-Italy for a 1800 Nautical Miles sailing passage to the Black Sea/Constantza /Romania .
Our crew of four licenced marine officers/skippers performes the passage round the clock, upon day and night watches.
May27/2004 -safe arrival in Constantza yacht harbor Tomis.
June05/2004 after a short sail from Constantza up the Danube river, Rocquette was being trucked cca 50 km frm the Danube river port Oltenitza to our hall/yard in Bucharest to undergo a major rebuild . "
Quote Andrew Thomas/owner " this is a seminal vessel in the history of modern British ocean racing; built by Camper & Nicholsons in 1964 as the personal yacht of Peter Nicholson himself.
What really put Peter Nicholson's name on the yacht design map was the aptly named Rocquette which he owned and raced in 1964 before selling her.
Lightly constructed, with laminated mahogany frames and two skins of planking, she was the first British ocean racer to have a flush deck - made of two skins of plywood glued to laminated spruce deck beams - and had a small doghouse set well aft.
In her first year, 1964, she won the Gold Roman Challenge Cup in the Round-the-Island Race against a fleet of 325 boats, an outstanding achievement, and went on to win the Britannia Cup, the New York Yacht Club Cup, and the Coronation Bowl .
In 1966, Yachting World Annual described Rocquette as the first of " a distinctly new type of offshore racer " and her design led to later Peter Nicholson yachts such as Quiver IV and Noryema IV, who were both part of the victorious British Admirals Cup team of 1965 ,as well as influencing the Illingworth-designed Gypsy Moth IV of Sir Francis Chichester fame.
Accomodation comprise foredeak sail bin area,forecabin with double berth to port and single to starbord,portside wc compartment, with hanging locker opposite,main saloon with single settee/berth each side,chart table to starboard aft at bottom of companionway and quarter berth aft of this,galley to port,at bottom of companionway.
The vessel was designed to beat the Sparkman&Stephens designed "Clarion" of 1963.
Design: Peter Nicholson,Mere House, Hamble, Southampton
Builders:Caper & Nicholson's, Gosport, Hants, UK
Year of build 1963
Auxiliary engine:Volvo, 3cyl Marine Diesel No 840337K
Crew of four:
Baras George: Sea Captain ;
Micu Alexandru: Skipper laser Class Sailing
Popsa Adrian: Naval Officer , Danube Pilot
Andrei Rochian: naval officer
The trip was interrupted by frequent force 7-8 storms and gales.
We continuosly kept watch on meteo web sites for 4-5 days weather forecasts.
Sailed off Imperia/14 April-Island of Corsica-Nettuno Italy-Stromboli-Messina-Badolato /Gulf Squilace-Island of Ithaca Greece-Missolonghy Gulf Patras -Korinth(EUR160 tax for the 13.10 meters boat)-Athens(marina Zea)-Island Of Kea at shelter violent storm)-Island Khios-Island Lesbos-09May-Channakale-Channnakale-Istanbul/Kadikoy-Bosphorus-Black Sea passage-Black Sea-Constantza/arrived Constantza 18 May/-Danube cruise-Oltenitza river port(60 km to Bucharest)Arrived at Oltenitza 28 May-Arrived at Bucharest/Iune 05.
Maximum speed under course 7.5 knts sail and motor.
Maximum speed on Danube river (against current )6 knts.
Rocquette Mediterranean Cruise photos at right
Races links and meteo forecasts web sites links at left
Our work is based on the survey carried out in Italy by Fraser Noble of Mc Gruer Yachts; for Mr. Andrew Thomas , on 25 and 26 June 2003
We went considerably further than the survey suggested, towards a complete rebuild and upgrading of the yacht.
All steel fastenings were completely removed from the hull and replaced by bronze or copper fastenings.
More than half of th mahogany frames were rotten at their bilge section; we cut off the rotten part and rebuilt by scarfed-in wood&epoxy laminations; epoxy capsulated.
All steel floors and frames , engine bearing support and mast bearing support were removed and replaced by wood laminated framing , wood laminated floors epoxy capsulated
Deck and transom were rebuilt.Bulwarks rebuilt in laminated wood.A laminated sheer plank is epoxy-fastened on the sheer.All steel deck screws were taken off and replaced by copper and bronze.The deck plywood was consolidated; all rot routered off; new scarfed in strips installed in way each screw row.
Rusted steel keel bolts were replaced by bronze keel bolts.
Cabin-to-deck bolts were rusted; replaced by bze bolts
Three layers veneer 1.7mm thickness each were West System cold molded(laminated) over the entire hull. First two layers diagonally; third layer longitudinally. Hull capsulated inside and outside in West System epoxy.
Deadwood was taken off; scarfed in new wood and epoxy capsulated original steel bolts replaced by newly manufactured bronze bolts.
Deck was reinforced by Dynel fabric impregnated and saturated with West System epoxy.
Dynel is high abrasion resistance and high strenght fabric ; set over the pre-existing plywood deck and impregnated and with epoxy resin upgrades the deck into considerably stronger composite structure.
Bulwarks were thickened to planking thickness by cold molding new wood on the outer surface.
Transom receives and extra outer layer cold moulding 5mm .
Rudder was Dynel&epoxy capsulated/reinforced.
As well were Dynel reinforced the stem amd transom.
Cavita line re-traced and routered as per original.
Lead ballast is re-positioned under keel.The new ballast bolts and bolt nuts were fabricated in bronze , now tightened ; 3M 501 sealant is generously set over the lead ballast surface and the keel surface to ensure good sealing.
Hull is being re-painted with Epifanes paints,SP systems primer. Topsides white; deck in antiskid;boottop blue;interior re-painted and re-varnished up to ten layers varnish.All paints and varnishes are Epifanes.
Diesel and equipments were reinstalled;batteries and new battery cables.
Diesel supporting structure prooved a serious challenge.
Mast step is produced is 15mm thick Stainless steel.
mast step steel structure was replaced by laminated wood structure.mast step platwe is fastened on top.
After launching, we verify the mast bearing structure to be only some 2-4 mm higher than the original ; wich is a very good success.
Blue boottop above waterline is painted.Photo of Rocquette at Lavrion shows we got it right.
Electrical wiring and equipment were reinstalled.
Thruhulls and seacocks were reinstalled in 3M sealant. Plumbing was re-installed.
The 11 tons sloop was loaded&trucked frm Bucharest to Constantza.
Re-launching was performed Sept 11 in Constantza harbor.Rigging was reinstalled.We succeeded building in the new mast framing structure at precisely the same height as the original one; the re-rigging was a 15min operation.
First test sailing between Constantza harbour and Tomis harbour at Sept12006.
Rocquette sailed off Tomis Marina Constantza at 13 Sept 2006.
After sailig through the Bosphorous, and Channakale, S/Y Rocquette , manned by an international crew of four British (Andrew,Tony, Eoin,Brian )and one French (Clemence Picolet) accomplished a 600 NM sail passage to Lavrion Greece 2006.
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