The Restoration of La Sallette
La Sallette was purchased in July, 2014, after a random sighting of her somewhat faded beauty on the quality boat brokerage site, Gumtree! A recently retired dairy farmer and his two adult sons embarked on a momentous restoration. After bringing her to Launceston and engaging the services of local shipwright, Rudi Dahme, she was totally recaulked, had bilge keels fitted, new bulwarks and wet well plugged. Then, over the next three years, the family extended the wheel house to include a generous saloon, galley and head (with soft close lid). Below deck was converted to accommodation without disturbing the structure. The freezer section was modified into a shower room and laundry/storage area. The focsle was modified to include a double bunk and had the original head removed. A new anchor locker was also installed. In the engine room, fuel tanks were removed, reconditioned and correctly refitted while converting about half their capacity to fresh water storage. The steering and anchor hydraulics were replaced.
Local multi-qualified tradesman and electrician, John Ikin, recommended the purchase of an Onan genset, then completely rewired the boat, renewing the instrument panel adding a multifunction display/autopilot, radar, UHF radio, solar panels, battery bank, diesel heater, fridge, gas stove and TV before starting on the Gardner engine.
The 8LXB, while basically sound, had most ancillary components replaced and was realigned with a new cutlass bearing. David Kurth, local welder, fabricated the anchor cradle, swim deck, hand rail and derrick. All of this work was completed behind Tamar Marine on a mud berth. Without the skill set, labour input and commitment of all family members, this restoration would not have been possible. The conversion of La Sallette to a family pleasure craft will hopefully ensure another 45 years afloat.