New portion of transom New Half Deck beams New seats New Sail control layout



Restoration of XOD Thora

The approaching XOD centenary has spurred XOD owners into action across all the 6 fleets in the Solent. Competition within the fleets is high and to improve the racing performance of Thora the owner planned her major refurbishment over a couple of years in order to spread the cost.

Thora afloat

Each winter Haines write a condition report of each boat in order to make recommendations for the forthcoming winter re-fit.  Two years ago, this report highlighted the fact that the deck was deteriorating and it was suggested it would be prudent to replace it for the centenary.  When the deck planking was removed, rotten timber was discovered in both sides of the half deck beams, a section of the transom, the aft beam shelf and a section of the port sheer plank.

All the rotten wood was removed and new timber machined, shaped, scarphed, jointed and epoxied into place. Once the new Douglas fir deck was glued into place, new Teak coamings were fabricated and shaped to fit. These were fitted with the remaining original joinery, coveringboards and toe rails. The deck was sealed with epoxy and then sheathed with fibreglass and epoxy resin before being primed and painted.

The arrangement in the cockpit was altered and this included new Teak Seats.  The backs of the seats were left open and mesh netting fitted to hold charts or spare halliards and sheets.

The deck layout for sail control was completely modified and new Harken hardware throughout was positioned and installed.