The plan was simple; Savage was going to get ripped. All superfluous fat was going to be stripped out of her. She was going to get the ‘GI Jane’, minimalist look with the biggest guns she could possibly carry and she was getting a new name to match the new her (but more on that in the next blog).

The Plan

The plan was simple; Savage was going to get ripped.  All superfluous fat was going to be stripped out of her.  She was going to get the ‘GI Jane’, minimalist look with the biggest guns she could possibly carry and she was getting a new name to match the new her (but more on that in the next blog).

First things first; her hull was surveyed.  Her fine lines hid the fact that she had a problem with water retention in places that a would be warrior should not have, as well as a few annoying leaks, some rather concerning rot and an abundance of overly complex sail controls.  She was going to need more than just a gym membership and a makeover, surgery would be required.

Starting at the pointy end; the existing bulky aluminum bowsprit was going to make way for a carbon replacement.  Rot in the bow meant she was getting a nose job.  The foc’sle deck back to the cockpit was in need of repair and cluttered with lines, blocks and other stuff apparently required to make her sail.  There was rot in the main bulkhead, the winches were pulling themselves out of their mounts, the main traveler was ready to pop and the rudder mounts were a nightmare.  On top of this, there were no electronics on the boat and, worst of all, no sounds.  We had serious work ahead!

Plans were drawn up for a new bowsprit and reverse (‘Dreadnought’) bow.  All tack lines were going to be run through the sprit and under the deck.  The bow was going to be aggressive following the angle of the forestay with two bob stays to take the loads on the new spirit.  The foc’sle deck would be stripped with jib tracks removed and all control lines led ‘underground’.  The same thing with the mast; no more deck organizers or surface mounted clutches, it was all going to disappear, more or less.  The pit was getting a complete revamp with inset clutches where the underground lines emerged into the light.  The winches were being moved aft onto pedestals. The traveler was going to be upgraded and the main sheet would have a dual purchase setup installed.  The backstay was going to be split and all the deck hardware was going to be upgraded.  The rig would be kept (for now) as would the wings.

With our plans set, we started the search for suppliers and surgeons.  North Sails, Hong Kong would provide the sails.  Stormforce, Hong Kong the Antal hardware and lines we had selected.  Marinetech, Singapore the Harken hardware.  Asia Pacific Marine, Philippines and Tony Cabiara, Philippines would be our surgeons of choice.  Orders were placed and deposits were paid.  Sarah was off to the operating table first …. but there was still something missing …..