The 2014 season saw La Bohème being fully repainted, re-oiled, re-signed and generally refurbished.
Below decks, all cabins, galley and saloon were made much fresher with an undercoat and two topcoats of Hempel’s white – replacing the traditional Swedish ‘hospital green’ – creating a much more pleasant feeling of openness and freshness. Her topsides were also given two coats of Hempel’s white.
Skipper’s cabin (aft) – daybed with cot berths either side (not shown)
Saloon, looking towards cabins.
On deck, her three deckhouses, deck storage boxes, and stern seating areas were sanded back to clear wood and recoated with several coats of Le Tonkinois, a trusted finish of environmentally friendly natural oil-based ‘varnish’ that never fades or cracks, and can be easily recoated each year.
Also on deck, a short section of deck planking (3″ X 8″ pine) on the port side was replaced, together with small sections of support beams.
New pine deck plank.
Planks laid and caulked, awaiting pitch pouring.
The deck planking was thoroughly scrubbed with a non-toxic wood cleaning agent which revealed that the deck timbers were generally in very good condition.
Foredeck restored with non-toxic, environmentally friendly cleaner. Note hi-rise mast boot (foremast) and original windlass with pump mechanism on Sampson Post.
New brass Danish-made commercial sized fuel filler assemblies were installed on both port and starboard decks.
La Boheme’s signage was all replaced. On her transom stern, two new long-lasting and attractively-shaped aluminium-based sign panels were installed, one for her name and the other for her port of registry plus the ensign symbol. Near her bows, two solid mahogany name panels were attached, port and starboard.
The standing rig – hand-made by a Swedish master craftsman – was checked and found to be in very good condition.
Foremast crosstrees and doubling rig complex, showing foresail peak and throat blocks.
Foremast standing rig – iron deadeyes and bottle screws, with wire parcelled, served and tarred. Note freestanding navigation light.
Foremast and foretopmast, with standing rig, running rig, mast cranes halyards and brass navigation light.
Latest smart-charge battery technology by CTech – for two house and two engine sealed batteries.
The electrical and pumping systems were reviewed. A new battery ‘smart-charger’ was installed and new automatic electric bilge pumps were installed.