Reflecting on two years

Reflecting on two years

reflecting on two years in the project during the raise the rig campaign

Wed, 3rd February 2016
Matthew Barraud

Posted by Matthew on 3rd February 2016.

As we near getting Helen Mary R coded and ready for sailing again I thought I’d reflect on the last two years and how much we have achieved.

When we discovered the rigging needed replacing in 2013 it was like the floor falling away. I knew straight away we didn’t have the capacity to pay for the work to be done. This followed what was probably the worse six months of my life fighting to keep the dream of Morvargh alive.  Thankfully however we managed to get through those darker months with the drive and dedication to continue and re-launch.

It has taken a long, long time to get where we are and I’m pleased to say that we are looking at lifting Helen Mary R out of the water for her rig replacement and coding inspection in early April. We couldn’t have got this far without our family, friends and acquaintances who have donated money, dedicated time, and kept us going with kind words & encouragement. Thank you all!

Financially we still have a way to go and are looking for businesses who may like to sponsor Plymouth’s Tall Ship and get involved with inspiring young people. We have developed a sponsorship proposal to send so if any of you know a business that might be interested then please get in touch.

After the success of our last Quiz & Auction we are planning another for early March. The event was held at the National Marine Aquarium and raised a fantastic amount which enabled us to complete work in the interior of Helen Mary R. She now has insulation, & head lining which means no more rain inside!

We are hoping to hold the event at the National Marine Aquarium again and are in process of negotiating rates etc. The next few weeks will see us looking for items to raffle and auction; any offers?

Work wise aboard we’ve completed quite a bit which is encouraging; although the jobs list at times seems to get longer rather than shorter! We’ve completed the following:-

  • Installed insulation in the afterguard cabin & main/lower saloons
  • Installed head lining in the afterguard cabin & main saloon
  • Installed new LED red/white lights in the afterguard cabin & main saloon
  • Replaced the raw water impeller in the engine
  • Replaced the broken Jabsco high-rate bilge pump & bracket
  • Replaced 2 alternators
  • Replaced 16 life jackets
  • Replaced old/worn life rings / life buoys
  • Found the error in the chart plotter (sadly needs replacing)
  • Replaced the dinghy with a RIB, now much, much safer to launch/recover
  • Cleaned, brightened the teak and repaired some areas
  • Replaced leaking hatches in main saloon
  • Replaced skylights in the heads with new hatches
  • Bought a fridge, before we only had a cool box, not good for food safety

There are lots of small things we’ve completed on top of this list but these are some of the highlights. As I mentioned there are still a few jobs left to do, we especially need carpenters for our next project! Could you give some time to help aboard?

Volunteering is one way you could help get Plymouth’s Tall Ship sailing again, why not have a look at our volunteering page for more info. There are many ways you could get involved with Morvargh from joining the Afterguard, to helping with refits, or even fundraising. Whatever your contribution may be, it is extremely valuable to us, we couldn’t do the work we do without your help.

These next few months are going to be very exciting for Morvargh, planning the quiz & auction, re-launch and Helen Mary R’s 30th birthday which we hope you’ll all be part of!

Fair Winds

Matt Barraud

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