Kentra, the 1923, 84ft Fife Classic has emerged from the Fairlie Yachts shed at Hamble in the UK this month, looking truly stunning with her shiny new re-coppered hull.
The traditional re-coppering process was carried out by the skilled shipwrights at Fairlie and took over 1300 hours to complete. The new copper cladding will keep the hull protected for around 20 years and although seemingly an expensive process, works out comparable to other forms of antifouling once you remove the annual costs of hauling and antifouling which will not be required. Fairlie Yachts are one of the few remaining yards with the skills, experience and ability to undertake this type of work.
Whilst at the yard, Kentra also had her first topside repainting in 16 years, using traditional brush painting techniques and single part paints.
This impressive 92-year-old yacht, Kentra will be taking part in the Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentenary Fleet Review on 5th June 2015 in the Solent. The yacht will then be returning to her favoured cruising grounds of the West Coast of Scotland for the rest of the season.
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