Photo (c) Live Sail Die
When Lucifer last sailed in the PIC Coastal Classic the year was 2019.
The boat finished in just under nine hours, taking out line and handicap honours in its division.
The following winter the crew became disorientated during a night time race and hit a reef near Waiheke Island.
While the boat was recovered quickly it was badly damaged. However an army of multihull lovers came together to ensure it was transported, safely stored and restored, including Bill Barry, whose multihull modification experience and connections through the industry were instrumental to the resurrection of Lucifer.
1,000 hours of work was invested in the rebuild.
“Our goal was to rebuild the boat back to where it was, adding as little weight as possible,” says owner Ed Ayre whose driveway and garage were used for the repair.
“There was very little material left below the waterline in the main hull once we cut the damage out. The floats were tortured ply and were were able to glue and glass back together, and spring a mould off the bottom of the main hull and put new sections of skin in place.”
“It was a fair bit of work and many people helped.” He names Dave Falconer from local hiab company Little Lifters and Pinto Trailers.
Since Lucifer was relaunched over winter, the boat has completed a series of races including two Gold Cup Races and has the thumbs up from Ed and Bill. It will race three-up and is expecting tough competition from the multihull fleet.