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CARING FOR YOUR YACHT

Britannia Pond Yachts lavish hours of work on the finish of their boats, it would be a terrible shame if your yacht was spoilt by not caring for them after sailing.

                          Caring for your sails.

Both Cambric Cotton and Dacron sails when dry can be wiped down whilst on the boat with a suitable surface wipe this will remove the dust, and some marks that appear with time. However if your sails are wet and muddy after sailing wrap your boat in a towel and wait until you get home before washing off the grime under the tap before it dries on. You can gently apply a surface wipe to help remove any grime that remains.

 

It may not be possible to remove grass stains from cotton sails without washing them. Older sails also benefit from washing, you will need to remove them first from the rigging and do not ever put them in the washing machine but instead, place the sails in the kitchen sink and cover with water then add a small amount of washing powder and leave overnight, coloured cotton sails may lose some of the dye in doing this. White cotton sails can be improved by using Vanish in the prescribed amounts, be aware that using too much will cause the thread holding the seams together to rot away! Vanish will also affect sail logos so be warned. Cotton sails do benefit from ironing, but never iron directly over sail logos these will melt! it It is advised to place a damp cloth over the logos before ironing the sail. You can also wash Dacron sails these tend to stay cleaner much longer than Cotton sails but you must never iron Dacron as it is a man made fabric and it will melt.

Caring for your Deck.

The decks on all Britannia Pond Yachts have been sanded smooth and have had at least six coats of protective varnish layed over the wood. The varnish has been flatted off using a 400 grit paper to provide a smooth surface, this has then been polished using a cutting medium before the final application of a wax coat.

To clean the deck use a surface wipe this removes dust and grime built up over time, and it will also remove any mud splatters that may have stuck to the deck, then polish the deck using a liquid car type wax based polish, traditionally a stick of beeswax was used. 

Should you be unlucky enough to chip the varnish use white spirit over the affected area to clean off residues of wax and dirt, then touch in the chip with varnish, this is to keep the water from soaking onto the deck and causing delamination. When dry apply wax to the damaged spot and all over the deck and hull.

Restoring the paint on a Skipper Deben E

Polishing the deck of a vintage 12 inch Skipper Deben Estuary pond yacht using T-Cut.

Caring for your Hull.

The hulls on all Britannia Pond Yachts have been sanded smooth and have had at least eight top coats of gloss paint applied. The paint has been flatted off using a 400 grit paper to provide a smooth surface, this has then been polished using a cutting medium before the final application of several wax coats.

To clean the hull use a surface wipe this removes dust and grime built up over time as for the deck,  this will also remove any caked on splatters that may have stuck to the hull, then polish using a liquid car type wax based polish, beeswax was used on older yachts and was worked into the underside of deck overhangs and around the joint between the counterbalance weight and the wooden keel fin. . 

Should you chip the paint use white spirit over the affected area to clean off residues of wax and dirt, then touch in the chip with an enamel paint shade that is as close to the paint finish used on the boat, this is important to stop water from soaking into the hull and causing delamination and splitting. When the paint is dry apply wax to the damaged spot and all over the deck and hull.

Polishing the paint on a Skipper Deben E

Polishing the hull of a vintage Skipper Deben Estuary yacht using a quality liquid wax.

Caring for your rigging.

The Sheeting and Halyards used on all Britannia Pond yachts is manufactured from waxed Polyester cord (Dyneema). This is a waterproof man made material and is very strong and will not degrade in use. All seen ends have all been heat sealed to prevent fraying in use. 

Where knots in the cord have been made they will have been bonded using a latex adhesive, this prevents the knots from unravelling, but allows the knots to be untied should repairs be needed. You can wipe down the rigging cords using a surface wipe and the cords can be rewaxed using a stick of beeswax in the same way an Archer would wax a bow string.

Waxing rigging using beeswax, Britannia

Waxing the rigging of a vintage 12 inch Deben Estuary  yacht  using a stick of traditional Beeswax.

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