Aage - Stevns Klint 1945
There are many traces from the brazier aboard Aage- from the boom's gooseneck and the boom-end's roller-reefing fitting, to clamps, and the window frames on the coach roof. He didn't make the Merriman winches but he could have. In a more indirect manner, there are also many traces from the previous owners. Were it not for them, Aage would have deteriorated to a point of no return.
Aage has, to begin with, been active at the race courses outside of Copenhagen. We actually have three silver prizes dating back to 1914 races. Today, they are actually mounted, on the inside of the coach roof, where they hung 60 years ago (we can tell by the matching of the dark spots in the wood).
We believe that despite Aage's killer results, he has primarily been used as a leisure craft for the more wealthy part of the population. This has been corroborated by Niels K., son of Niels Peter K. whom we have stumbled upon often in domestic waters. (Aage is quite a "known" boat by many elderly people who spent their time at the seaside - we have met quite a few who have told us of the ups and downs of Aage).
Niels was at that time a small kid, who spent all Summer aboard Aage. He has explained how the boat was extensively used as the focal point of activities for the whole family. Niels' story.
Aage’s broken spar was replaced with a pole-like mast which had originally been built as a very heavy duty version of a folk-boat spar. It turned out that it was way too big for this purpose and better suited for Aage (but still much smaller than the earlier 17 meter spar). It was a nice and strong mast but we have never, however, been really content with it due to it being too fragile to be able to withstand the column pressure from 70m2 of sails. The first reef would as a result often be done by pulling down the foresail - inducing a massive weather on the helm.
Therefore we have worked since 1999 to gradually improve the mast's athwart ship support. The mast failed in 2002 (pic) as a result of a deck clamp being torn out (turned out that it had never, for 30 years, been bedded in Sikaflex or the like). See more.
Aage has a 40 years old Marstal E2-engine (14 HP).
Aage has most likely only been through one big restoration process (partly due to meticulous owners and partly due to the relatively cold and damp Danish weather). More, smaller restoration must have taken place.
The previous owners did a very massive piece of work in bringing Aage fit to fight after a long spell of continuous deterioration. Allegedly, more than 5,000 hours were spent in this process. Among the major works being accomplished were:
Aage - Copenhagen 1999
Eriksen & Thomas - what now?