KINGSTON, NY – The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is gearing up for a major overhaul this winter, including lifting its mainmast to inspect and restore the part of the boat’s spine it sits on, according to the organization.
Over the next month, Clearwater will be hauled out of the water in Albany, placed on a barge and brought to Clearwater home port at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, where the shipbuilders plan to spend six months on the work, which will cost the organization more. over $ 600,000.
âWhile we enjoy cruising through the beautiful October scenery of the Hudson Valley, this year the sloop will come out of the water sooner,â said Steve Stanne, Chairman of the Board of Clearwater, in a press release. âThe start of the upcoming redesign will make it easier to complete the project earlier next spring and allow Clearwater to meet more of the many sailing requests this season from area schools. “
This winter’s project will include examining and, if necessary, repairing the rigging that supports the mast, the organization said.
Once the mast and rigging are removed from the sloop, the chain plates (iron straps that attach the rigging to the hull) will be removed, allowing for the replacement of the underlying wooden planks if necessary. The sloop cross member will also need new boards and frames.
The overhaul is part of a planned series of large maintenance projects carried out approximately every five years to ensure that “Clearwater remains strong and well capable of carrying out its mission of environmental education for decades to come,” the statement said. .
Earlier this month, Clearwater announced the launch of the Century Fund, a perpetual fund run by the board of directors to support the current and future maintenance of the sloop.
The Century Fund’s initial fundraising goal of $ 600,000 will cover the cost of Clearwater’s 2021-2022 winter project.
“One of the things that sets us apart from so many other Hudson Valley and environmental organizations is the historic sloop,” Sloop captain Nick Rogers said in the statement.
Donations to support Clearwater can be made at www.clearwater.org/donate.