Blue Saluki is a
Prior 37, designed by Alan Buchanan and built by R J Prior, Burnham on Crouch in 1964.
The boat was commissioned in May 2005 after a complete restoration program at Dolphin Quay. Featured in
the October 2005 issue of Classic Boat.
Now we are at Birdham,
Blue Saluki has a winter berth here, then has a
month in our shed for annual repainting and
varnishing, which owner Charles Hurst and his
wife Alyson carry out to keep the boat looking
beautiful. There is always a list of smaller
repairs and mods. for us to do for the boat as
well, so everyone is happy!
Update 20th November 2016
'Blue Saluki' was with us this spring as usual.
The four lengths of repair planking aft were
necessary because of the legacy left by her
original iron strap floors. Even though they
were replaced with bronze (12 years ago) the
effect of the electrochemical decay lingers on
the mahogany planking.
We needed to remove the
fuel tank to gain access so it was steam cleaned
inside while out of the boat and the area
underneath it repainted. The engine was also
lifted off it's mountings and a repair to the
timber around the inboard propeller shaft
bearing house carried out (also caused by
Update 5th July 2017
'Blue Saluki' is in the shed for a bit longer
this year. Charles Hurst put together quite a
list of improvements he would like to make,
including a new windlass ( the original Simpson
Lawrence model, that is now being
remanufactured), new holding tank for the loo,
decks and cockpit repainted, new teak breakwater
either side of hatch garage to mount new spray
hold on, and also seven plank repairs that will
hopefully bring closure on the ongoing
degradation of her planking that was a hang over
from the old iron floors and fastenings, before
they were all replaced with bronze in the 2002
to 2005 restoration.
Update 13th May 2018
This Spring, 2018, Blue Salukiís owner, Charles
Hurst, requested that we replace four lengths of
teak planking in her lower most strakes,
adjacent to the mast step. This area is under
the most stress when the boat is being sailed
hard, and it was felt that though the original
planking was not decayed as such, it had lost a
lot of elasticity, because significant leaking
occurred after a passage, that would gradually
diminish after the boat was back on her mooring.
All new fastenings were used as part of this
repair. We also replaced a long section of
planking in one of the port side mahogany
strakes, which we believe to be the last part of
the below waterline planking to be affected by
the original electrochemical decay that occurred
when the boat had her original iron floors, that
are now replaced with bronze ones.