1872 Galway Hooker Hooker
Galway Hokker with a great history and pedigree. Not many opportunitues come accorss to buy a boat like this. Recently completed a refit - she is now in working order and waiting for a new owner.The vessel is of traditional construction, with timber mast and gaff rigged main sail. It has a large bow sprit and a large foresail.
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The subject vessel is a Galway Hooker constructed of larch planks on oak frames. The vessel was originally built in 1875 and underwent a major re-construction in 1980.
Subsequently, the vessel underwent further re-construction in 1998 and was issued with an Irish Loadline Exemption Certificate by the Department of the Marine.
Internally, the vessel has 2 cabins.
In the fore cabin there are 3 bunk bed.
In the main cabin there are 2 bunk bed type berth.
A manual sea toilet is located in the fore cabin, on the center line.
Sea valves are fitted on the inlet and discharge line.
Mast, Spars and Rigging
The vessel's mast was originally stepped to the keel. The mast was manufactured from Spruce in 1980. However when the deck was fitted the heel had to be raised by building a galvanised steel compression post. The mast is held in position by mast cote at deck level and timber wedges at the compression post. The mast was examined laid out at the marina and no defects were noted. All hounds and fitting were of galvanised steel or forged iron (original).
Standing rigging is of 12 mm galvanised steel wire. The stays are tensions by blocks at chain plates. The standing rigging was replaced in 2002 and the bowspirit rigging in 2005.
The running rigging is of pre-stretched nylon and is in reasonable condition.
Blocks and tackle are of the traditional sailing ship type, timber cheeks with iron bands and sheaves.
The sails are of heavy canvas and comprise of main sail and 2 jibs. The cloth was in good condition.
The engine was purchased and installed in 2000. The unit is a Lombardini, 4 cylinders, raw water cooled, turbocharged unit with reduction gearbox.
The engine if fitted with 12V alternator supplying 2 batteries, domestic and service, via a vetus type isolation switch. A key type isolation switch is also fitted at the front end of the cockpit.
The engine is controlled by a remote morse type lever. The instrument panel is located on the cockpit bulkhead.
All domestic electrical circuits, 12V DC are fed through a fused switch panel.
The vessel has a 32 gallon steel fresh water tank on the port side of the cockpit. There is a cold water supply to the galley sink.
The fuel tank is of steel, 32 gallon capacity, located on the starboard side with deck fitting point. Associated water trap and filter are readily accessible.
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