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Blue Saluki
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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 electrochemical action).

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.

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