After a long refit/restoration that has been consuming all my working time for nearly four years I’m pleased to say that Fortuna II has been launched and is in commission again.
The last winter has involved a lot of fitout joinery.
Fortuna II was moved out of the ‘long shed’ in early May to configure the rig. At 15 tonnes and with a beam of 14′ Fortuna II is at the limit of what the Baltic Wharf travel hoist can handle.
Launch, a low key affair, took place on a rainy day.
After this Fortuna II lay against the wall at Baltic Wharf to take up for a few days. Once the deadwoods started to stabilise we connected up the prop shaft and were ready to head off down the Dart.
Fortuna II is based in Dartmouth for the summer where the owners are trialing her. Here she is on the Dartmouth visitor pontoons.
First trials at sea gave the owner a chance to put up the sails on a nice sunny day. I was driving for a journalist so failed to take a picture of her at full speed, about 10.5 knots!
Once I get a chance to take breath, which may take some time, I’ll put together a few more photos of what has been going on over the last winter or two and write up some of the more interesting aspects of the restoration.