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Stringalong, built 1992 in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, UK, spent most of her time around the Thames estuary based in Essex, recently abandoned in a boatyard, lots of her parts missing, finally just two surprisingly good hulls and two not very good beams now in my hands.

I'm on the trail to find out her whole story, to restore her to full sailing fitness and to enjoy all she has to offer. The man who built her, a Mr A Fielding, did a very good job, it's plain to see that his work was careful and skillful. I am certain this wasn't the first boat he had built. He did a thorough and thoughtful job  and stuck to the plans except for a little extra strengthening of the aft deck - as far as I can see. A lucky find was a letter he wrote to The Sea People magazine on her completion. If anyone has any information about her, please get in touch.

Lots to do, but a sound basis on which to work. A long time ago, I wanted a Tane, many years later I have a Tiki 26. Excellent.

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The re-build is coming along - the deck unit built and most of it glassed, but now on hold because of a wet spell of weather and I'm working outside as it's too big to get into my shed workshop. Rudders being shaped ready for glassing. Designing crab claw rig and gathering bits such as anchor, chain, motor ( long shaft Seagull) and timber for beams. Organised a place to keep it. Oh, and cleaned the lichen off the hulls!

The end of February 2019 - looking forward to launching soon. Mast and sails turned up, other parts built,  boat is now very close to complete, though will still need paint and polish. I'm not going to get too carried away on all that, there has to be time for sailing. The beautiful sunny weather we've just had was really inspiring.

Yaay!!! Afloat ! Craned in today and now Stringalong is afloat again, tied up to a pontoon in a harbour creek. 

The 1974 Seagull Silver Century pushed her along very nicely on the short hop from the launch to the creek and all my worries (my first time with a Wharram) about how she would handle disappeared. She steered very nicely, responded quickly and positively. In fact I had to keep the engine revs down, even though it's only supposed to be at most a 5 HP, but Seagulls have big, slow turning props and were intended for work boats.

The lift was not totally straightforward due to the crane pulley block and chains scraping on the forestay and shrouds, but no damage done in the end.

So lovely to have the boat out of the yard and into the water, a great feeling. Now more work to get her ready for our first sail together, three miles to her new mooring. 

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