RESEARCH is the last of the first class zulus, which were some of the biggest sail powered fishing vessels in the world - she's 78 feet but was by no means the largest. She's inside the museum and needs some stabilising and preservation work which will be happening this year. She had an enormous dipping lug main and a standing lug mizzen. She was decked when built and fitted with twin wing engines in the 1930s.
Reaper's masts were taken out and placed on deck a week ago - she's soon heading off to an enormous shed for some restoration work.
One of the questions we frequently get asked is what the big blue crutch on deck is for. Around here it's called a mitch and you can see it in action here. When these boats were fishing the crew used to drop the mast into the mitch at sea while drifting after shooting the nets.