My wife and I bought Serina from Douglas Ritherdon in March 2012 and have had a lot of fun sailing her since then. She was built by Van Veen Jachtbouw in 2006 and has an inboard Lombardini LDW502M engine. Her sail number is Ry3. (This sequence number relates only to the Dutch-built boats – and not those built in Bridgend.)
I’ve been a happy reader of the Roxane and Romilly website (http://www.roxane-romilly.co.uk/), gleaning how others sail and maintain their Romillys. I’m also fortunate to have the owners of Hebe living near-by – to compare notes with over a curry.
Simon Beaven of Quayside Marine in Lymington has been a great help with Serina’s winter maintenance work over the last few years and for the most part this has followed the lines of others’ experiences on the website.
Serina was built on the same moulds as the UK Bridgend-built boats, but there are a few differences. The biggest is the centre-plate mechanism.
There has been lots published on the http://www.roxane-romilly.co.uk/ site about centre-plate work on UK-built Romillys, but I haven’t seen anything about Dutch-built boats.
As Simon is doing a big job on the centre-plate this winter, I thought that others might be interested to see what’s involved – hence this blog. As this is my first attempt at a blog please don’t expect too much.
Apart from this introduction, the description of the winter work is as follows:
Others will follow as the season progresses.