Built to last

Yachting World - - Practical -

Runn was found in Helsinki, poorly main­tained and suf­fer­ing from a lack of use. Con­sul­ta­tion with Lars Ström, man­ager at Nau­tor’s Swan de­sign of­fice for over 30 years, and Svenkki Kron­qvist, man­ager of the Yx­pila yard in Fin­land, Swan re­fit ex­perts, revealed her ori­gin and ro­bust build qual­ity.

In Septem­ber 2014 Runn was trans­ported to the Yx­pila yard at 63°N to be­gin a mam­moth re­fit. Hill man­aged the project, Ström and Kron­qvist pro­vided ex­pert ad­vice. Hill ad­mits this was his first boat restora­tion project, but he was hands on – as well as over­see­ing the project from Suf­folk, he spent one week in five work­ing on site along­side the Finns – and drew on his ex­pe­ri­ence of restor­ing clas­sic cars.

He says: “With clas­sic cars it is all about the de­tail – when the orig­i­nal build qual­ity is good then you need to main­tain that qual­ity through­out, even on those de­tails that no one will ever see.” This ethos shines through­out the boat; the qual­ity is high even be­hind the lock­ers and un­der the floor­boards.

Runn’s hull was struc­turally sound and free from os­mo­sis. The teak decks and en­gine had been re­placed four years ear­lier, so struc­tural work was

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