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The Dutch three masted schooner SV Eendracht

The elegant three-masted Dutch schooner, SV Eendracht, uses COELAN Boat Coating for durable and long-lived coating protection while sailing the world’s oceans. The first SV Eendracht was a two-masted schooner built in 1974. By the time this vessel was replaced, she had been sailing for 15 years, and had traveled more than 260,000 nautical miles. 1989 saw the launch of the second SV Eendracht, a three-masted training vessel, built with the aim of providing everyone, particularly young people, with the opportunity to take part in long-distance, open ocean sailing.

The existing Eendracht, whose home since 2003 has been Rotterdam, is an impressive schooner, weighing 510 tons and measuring 59 meters long, with space for 56 passengers and 13 crew members. She serves as a training school ship, sailing under the auspices of the Dutch Tall Ship Sailing Foundation, and can also be leased for private cruises. Over 1000 passengers sail on the Eendracht annually, experiencing the exhilaration of open sea sailing.

After a number of years of sailing, the large number of passengers and the effects of long-term exposure to the environment had taken their toll. When Eendracht was reconditioned in 1996, COELAN Boat Coating was applied to preserve surfaces that are vulnerable to wear and weathering, restoring the vessel’s appearance and seaworthiness, and providing effective, long-lasting protection from the elements.






The German Navy training ship SV DEUTSCHLAND

The 85-year-old SV Deutschland is a very special historical vessel, protected with COELAN Boat Coating Products. The Deutschland is the only fully rigged, tall sailing ship that sails under a German flag, and is Germany’s last surviving representative of its maritime tradition.

The Deutschland was launched at the Tecklenborg shipyard in Bremerhaven on June 14, 1927, as a sail training vessel for the merchant marine. Over a period of 12 years from 1927 to 1939, the Deutschland regularly made long-distance expeditions, among these 17 open ocean training voyages.

The 86-meter Deutschland possesses an Oregon pine deck, as well as components made of teakwood and brass. The vessel is a museum ship moored in the old harbor in Bremen-Vegesack, where a large number of tourists go to admire the boat every year, some of them staying on board overnight. The ship is also sometimes chartered for celebrations and other special functions, and is available for private bookings. Because of the high number of visitors and the ship’s age, in the mid-1990s, its managing director, Mr W. Dominik, and the ship’s master, Mr I. Mueller-Felmett, undertook to renovate and recondition the ship, applying COELAN Boat Coating to protect its surfaces from the effects of wear caused by visitor traffic, and from exposure to the marine environment. To prevent the ship’s brass fittings from tarnishing, they were polished and also coated with COELAN Boat Coating.

Today the SV Deutschland continues to attract a large number of tall ship admirers, not only because of its historical significance, but also because of its attractiveness, preserved with COELAN finishes.







COELAN application on 70-year-old teak decks

Susan Smillie gives a step-by-step report on how she decided to apply COELAN to her over 70-year-old teak decks. She was sleeping on her 47-foot motor yacht, a 1936 ketch-rigged, twin-screw yacht with a pitch pine hull, and a teak deck laid on oak frames. Of course, she says, the boat had a few leaks. One night, she was awakened by icy rainwater falling on her face, and she realized that the leaks were worsening.

TOver the years, Smillie had tried to find ways to stop the leaks, but had not come up with a solution she could feel happy about. Discussions with other boat owners on Internet forums seemed to focus on harsh substances such as epoxy or fiberglass, a solution she rejected. Nor could she bring herself to contemplate the idea of painting the beautiful old teak decks. Now, however, she realized that the problem had to be solved: she had discovered rot developing in several places, and the only way to prevent this from worsening was to repair the leaks.

Then she heard about COELAN, a transparent German polyurethane coating with properties that allows wood to breathe, and that expands and contracts as the wood moves. Unlike every other product she had tried over the years, COELAN Boat Coatingwas designed to durable over the long term, to preserve the wood, and to resist cracking over time. COELAN sounded like a “wonder product,” says Smillie, something that would solve the leaks and protect the wood from the elements without damaging the boat’s appearance. While the product is somewhat expensive, she says, if the coating lasts for 10 years, it actually costs less than the alternatives.

The results are magnificent, in her opinion. Using COELAN on 70-year-old teak decks is putting it to the ultimate challenge, she says, and so far, it’s holding its own. She promises to let us know how the product performs as the years go by.

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