IAN goes back to water for a new 6mR classic race season at Sangenjo beginning soon.
Apart from keeping her here at our boatyard for the worst of the winter, we just did some little repair work and some varnish on her deck. We wish to congratulate to our Finnish colleges from the Red Sky Boatyard who did a gorgeous restoration in this 1929 Gustav Estlander design some ten years ago and to M-Yachts who did maintain her so well during the last years before coming to Spain.
The restoring of IAN hull planking, following the original "Plank on Frame" ,method is, from our point of view, the example to follow for all those sensible prospective owners of classic boats. That´s the way to keep Shipwrighters knowledge, traditions and little seafarers communities, as ours, alive. That´s the way too, to help to keep woods alive through a rigth sustainable forest management.
There is a good book to read about all that: "In Pursuit of the Perfect Craft at an American Boatyard" by Michael Ruhlman who describes the passion for wooden boats at the celebrated Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway of Martha´s Vineyard.