A good 50 years have passed since it was first launched. "Oromocto" experienced her second in the same splendor and technically refined. It was preceded by an extensive refit at Janssen & Renkhoff on the Schlei, which was more like a complete renovation. And that was necessary.
Because the 40-foot wooden yacht from the IOR era not only has half a century of intensive use and a good 65,000 nautical miles on the planking - it was also substantially red. On the one hand, the structure made of aluminum straps and strings had to be replaced in the meantime, which was reasonably successful. The keel suspension was also damaged after a serious grounding.
Somehow "Oromocto", which is sailed in the third generation in the family, did not seem to recover. At the cross she was still taking water. At the Pantaenius Rund Skagen 2016, the level was at the height of Esbjerg up to the duchten. Cancellation. Craning out. Low point.
Her story could have ended here. But owner Kai Greten did not want to renounce the boat that his grandfather had once commissioned. So it came into the hands of the crew around shipyard manager Fiete Renkhoff after Kappeln an der Schlei. The designer Marc-Oliver von Ahlen brought in, who recalculated the statics and designed a more modern keel.
Picture-perfect. Naviplatz with old and new technology
Squeaky clean: keel suspension and mahogany floor pan
Instead of the aluminum floor pan, the yacht, originally designed by Gerhard Gilgenast, was given an epoxy-bonded mahogany strongback - that alone is a feast for the eyes, writes YACHT editor Hauke Schmidt in his boat portrait. The entire expansion was also revised in the course of the refit. In the upper area, the interior is now white, in the lower area it is clear, which emphasizes the classic look.
Everything about the rescue of the "Oromocto" as she sails today, relieved by half a ton, with a lower center of gravity and less wetted area, read in the extensive report. In addition: fascinating photos of the IOR classic in a fresh breeze.
Now in YACHT 17/2020 - you can order the magazine digitally here, or you can download the portrait directly from the link below
Stiffer than ever - and tight again: the IOR classic on the cross