Fox’s refit for well known international Ker 51 race yacht

Ker 51 at Fox's Marina & Boatyard
posted on 9th July 2019 within

Demonstrating their expertise over a wide range of services, the team at Fox’s Marina & Boatyard has recently completed a refit on a well known Ker 51 racing yacht, which included:

  • Servicing and repair to composite standing rigging
  • Modification to carbon mast to accommodate a reaching strut
  • Machinery overhaul including new engine starter motor
  • Exhaust manifold and racing prop
  • Exchanging keel bulb and re-fitting keel fin and rudder
  • Extensive internal rewiring including overhaul of B&G race systems
  • Spray painting of topsides (from black to white) in Awlgrip
  • Durapox epoxy to hull below waterline
  • Series of minor vacuum consolidated carbon epoxy repairs in response to survey
  • Fitting new B&G plotters in custom made alloy pods mounting on helm pedestals

Built in Germany for her original German owner and racing as Varuna the yacht won her class in the Sydney Hobart race and completed the Transpac.

Under more recent Dutch ownership, sailing as Tonnerre 4 she won the IRC National Championship and the Around Britain & Ireland Race.

Now renamed Oystercatcher XXXIII, Richard Matthews and crew plan to take part in this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race, which will be Richards 23rd Fastnet.  Following that event, the yacht will be shipped to the US West Coast for her new owner.

Watch the video of Oystercatcher XXXIII on sail trials after her refit at Fox’s Marina & Boatyard.