During the 2014 season, La Bohème was re-fastened at the historic Ring-Andersen yard in Denmark.
Guided by Peter Ring-Andersen, a team led by 5th generation shipwright Jesper Ring-Andersen completely re-fastened the underwater hull and some of the topsides planks. Firstly, all underwater plank end bolts were replaced by traditional hand-made oak treenails, and capped by oak plugs. The existing 1913 treenails were in good condition and did not need replacing. The original Scandinavian pine planks (3″ X 9″) were found to be in very good condition by Peter Ring-Andersen, reflecting the very high quality of the original shipwright’s selection of materials. Secondly, for the sake of consistency, all the old nails were removed and replaced in their entirety with over 2,000 new galvanised 8″ square-section steel nails, hand driven by two-man teams. The hull seams were fully checked and all plank-end seams were replaced with oakum caulking. A new set of zinc anodes was attached. The hull was primed and given two coats of Hempel’s anti-foul before she was refloated.
Of note, she only took a tiny amount of water on re-entry, not enough to even fill the shallow bilges, and has not taken a drop more throughout the winter. We can remark that Ring-Andersen’s work produced a stiff, reliable and waterproof hull. The refastening work was inspected by our German surveyor, and she was re-valued (upwards) and given a new Insurance Valuation and full European Buoyancy Certificate.