6mR Silene III
Published: Thursday, 18th June 2009
The completed spar set for the classic 6Meter Silene III have just left the Collar Workshops destined for Helsinki, Finland.
Silene III was designed by E Holm in 1950, built in Sweden and after an early career on Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean, she is back in home waters where she is being put back to her original racing rig by her current owner.
Although 6 meter rigs are heavily governed by the rule book, the spars for Silene III were an interesting challenge for Collars in that they were all built from fine grain Oregon Pine opposed to Sitka Spruce. The end result provided a stiffer, spar and with minimum and varying wall thicknesses throughout the spar, there was no sacrifice in terms of weight and center of gravity. The entire internal hollowing was completely taken out by hand opposed to machine to ensure the accuracy to within 1mm internally. Senior mast maker Lee Gabel was responsible for the shaping throughout and commented that it took longer to shape internally that externally, and no one will ever see the work to appreciate it - well hopefully never.
All the fittings were made locally to designs by Ed Burnett and the rig was fully dressed and varnished before being packed and shipped. For a complete photographic built process from the timber arriving to the varnished spars follow the link below: