Restoration Project by Robbe & Berking Classics: -Jenetta

Restoration Project by Robbe & Berking
The Flensburg shipyard Robbe & Berking
The first job was to digitize the original lines drawn by Mylne. This yielded scantlings for the structural steel components, which were to be cut by water-jet and welded.
The new boat has stainless steel on every third frame, increasing to every other frame around the maststep. The wooden frames are of laminated ash and the stringers and deck beams of Douglas-fir.
Although JENETTA is the third 12-Meter to emerge from Berking’s yard, she is the first to have been built upside down. The steel frames were erected on a platform about a foot off the ground, then the massive laminated sipo mahogany keel slotted into them.
a hitch—a big one!
When the time came to attach the ballast keel, there was a hitch —a big one.
The team discovered that the original keel had a kink in it. The keel was bent 40mm from the ’midship line.
That’s more than 1 ⁄2" out of true—a significant error. The original builders at Bute Slip Dock had faired the hull to the bent keel. The Robbe & Berking team corrected the lead with a hydraulic press -50 tons of pressure.
They also had to add lead to the old keel to trim the boat correctly. It was not the original weight of the keel, they don’t know who cut out the lead nor why. But when they put her in the water, they knew she would be 400kg (880 lbs) too light.
-It’s a question of the rule, not of performance.”
The Tartan, is a homage to Mylne
The new JENETTA’s topsides currently have a distinctive tartan vinylwrap finish, so she stands out on the water even against the backdrop of a dozen other 12-Meters.
The process involves squeegeeing a film of vinyl over the hull, then using a heat gun to smooth out imperfections.
The pattern is a homage to Mylne, and the idea had been to use the Mylne tartan. “But I talked to Mylne’s granddaughter about it,” Berking said. “She told me there was no family tartan.” Instead, Berking undertook a bit of research to turn up a tartan local to Glasgow, where Mylne lived and worked. “It is not meant to be serious,” Berking said. “We will give the boat a final paint job for next summer .. or perhaps the summer after.”

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