31 August 2016 Update on the Reaper at Arbroath
Following the incident at Johnshaven earlier this month, the Reaper is now being cared for in Arbroath harbour.
Reaper is currently moored in the North-east corner of the inner harbour at Arbroath, with pumps keeping the leaks under control. Our thanks to the Boats Club members who have been making regular trips to the boat, and also to the Mackay Boatbuilders staff and Bruce and his team in the Harbour Masters office for their care and concern for our flagship. Most of her internal fittings have been removed and will be brought down to Anstruther on Thursday 1st September for temporary storage where her sails are already in store.
Prior to damage assessment slipping at the end of September, Reaper’s masts will be craned out from a mooring in the outer harbour around noon on Wednesday 14th September, and laid in Mackay’s yard until returning with the boat to Anstruther post slipping. The actual slipping will take place early on Friday 23rd September, and the boat will remain there until Wednesday 28th September both to allow a comprehensive damage assessment investigation by marine surveyors and our boatyard team, and to make any further repairs necessary to ensure safe passage down to her Anstruther berth whilst her refit is planned and financed.
Photos will be posted of these two events, and for those who haven’t seen Reaper out of the water it is well worth a visit whilst she is on the Arbroath slip. The Museum also thanks all friends who have generously donated to the costs of the initial repairs to the boat : it is very much appreciated.