After a bit of a wait, the work on Blue Opal’s stern gear has started. The rudder was dropped a little while ago, and other topside work was done while things were being sorted out for the actual investigation and dismantling.

Close investigation of the open hull surgery photo reveals distinct pinking of the metal; not a good sign. The jagged break on the outboard side also doesn’t look good. So, while this has taken most of the summer season to sort, I’m glad she’s on land getting repaired. I can still sail her year round if the weather is nice enough (and I put on enough layers).

Cutless bearing – open hull surgery
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