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Lutine of Helford
Originally built for Lloyds Yacht Club and called "Lutine" (as all their yachts have been) this Camper & Nicholson 60 foot yawl is in need of a substantial overhaul. We brought it to our preferred yard on Hayling from Cornwall in April of 2015 and the work is expected to take some time.
By far the biggest job we have on at the moment is the 54ft TSDY El Sol. Currently berthed in Spain having been moved from Italy for work to begin in earnest. This is the biggest not because of its' size but more the logistics of the job. Firstly its' location in another country with all the peculiarities that entails but also the scale of refit.
She needs new air conditioning units, new sanitary ware, water system and a total refit inside and out. More pictures to come.
This Sparkman and Stephens designed yacht is a hansom little boat with Bermudan rig. She needs a certain amount of TLC in the hull region in that she needs a new sternpost and rudder rebuild, the hull re-caulking and re-paint. Internally a few items need attention including a new W.C.
Chichak Alan Buchanan's East Anglian restricted design 27 footer built in 1961 by William King of Burnham on Crouch. Displacing 3.7 tons she is of Teak over Elm frames and a well proven, graceful design, well worth preserving in top condition. She requires a new top section to the mast. rudder and some frames.
A 1920's Itchen Ferry in a condition reflecting her 90 years of age. The pictures show recovery of craft and set up in one of our sheds ready for re-stemming and planking. We are once again working with the owner on this project on a variety of tasks including replacing the transom and sternpost. Since we have been able to make a thorough inspection it has become apparent that she needs the whole of her centreline structure replaced including garboards, frames and floors. A new rudder is also required. Not a small undertaking but she will look great when done. The owner is going to take this opportunity to replace the iron keel with a lead one. This will give her a slightly lesser draft and sharper handling.
This TSDY came to us in a pretty poor state requiring all sorts of work done. Firstly we built a substantial temporary structure over the boat while we undertake the work at a pace that suits the owner's budget. Check back here to follow progress.
Summer and autumn pics to come soon.
This interesting project has recently come our way a 19 foot Chris Craft from 1936. At first glance not requiring too much in the way of major work but a significant amount of cosmetic restoration and replacement. After closer inspection we are replacing a number of frames, part of the topsides and the deck, all in conjunction with the owner.
We have this one laid up in a Gosport yard (Hampshire) where we are undertaking imperative work on the hull. Initially seems are to be raked out and fastenings hardened up with a number of frames replaced (as you can see in the pictures below). A new stern tube & gland packing to fitted and then all caulking and stopping to be redone prior to finishing the paint work.
This is an on-going project which we have the privilege of managing whilst also participating on a part time basis. The majority of the work is being done by a team of enthusiastic volunteers ably assisted by personnel from HMS Collingwood, who under our guidance, are doing a wonderful job of restoring this old Naval Rowing Pinnace to her modified condition as she was at the Dunkirk Evacuation. The Dunkirk Little Ship Trust intend to have her in the water by summer 2015 to celebrate the 100 anniversary of this valiant little ship. For more pictures and the full story click this link.
This one is interesting. It was originally an open boat with a little shelter forward used by Trinity House to service lighthouses. She is 28ft long with a beam of 10ft. The hull is pretty sound but the ring deck and cuddy are missing and in need of new being constructed. There are a few original bits with the boat but it could do with a total rebuild from the hull up. This is not a renovation project but we intend to complete it soon enough to get into the water by the end of next summer.
Photo courtesy of Seven Kings Sea Scouts
The Original Story The yacht Seven Kings is pretty much unique in that it was built by a troop of Sea Scouts to Lloyds 100 A1 standards starting in the Autumn of 1961. The 4th Seven Kings Sea Scout Troop of Illford, East London built the 16 ton yacht from plans over a period of 7 years under the supervision of their Scoutmaster Derek Williams. It was built as wooden boats had been built for hundreds of years, in the open, through all weathers and by hand. The remarkable thing is that this was all done by boys of school age, Sea Scouts. The loft floor, upon which the drawings were created life-size, the building stocks, the laying of the keel and main timbers were all done without any protection at all from rain, snow, hail and mist. Not until the stem and stern post were erected could a strongback be rigged with a tarpaulin stretched over it to afford the lads some protection. The work of framing, planking, caulking, fairing, sanding and painting continued over what must have seemed an age to the young scouts. Finally the big items such as the engine, sails and steering wheel were delivered to the site, fitted and checked by the man from Lloyds. Then the day came seven and a half years after the project started when "Seven Kings" was launched and floated spot on her marks. Originally she was built as a bermudan ketch and 500 hundred people attended her launching as she slipped gracefully into the Blackwater prior to making her way to her moorings in Lawling Creek.
Over the period of Sea Scout ownership she covered thousands of miles teaching the young men of East London the rudiments of seamanship and navigation. Not a bad start in life by any standards. Whilst in the hands of the sea scouts she was maintained in excellent condition however needing some remedial work in the 90's as some rot was noticed in the areas of fresh water ingress on deck. She remained in the ownership of the Seven Kings Trust until after Derek Williams death in 1997 when she was passed to the Meridian Trust in Portsmouth for the purpose of continuing youth sail training. Remedial work here culminated in another moving recommissioning ceremony in June 1999 which also served as a memorial service for those that had been involved in the construction and sailing of Seven Kings but sadly were no longer in a position to attend.
Unfortunately after a short period with Meridian she was sold as being not exactly suited for the tasks in hand so in 2000/1 she passed into private hands.
The following poem written by Hazel Foster, Derek's sister, was presented at the recommissioning ceremony.
THE SEVEN KINGS
The Seven Kings has been reborn A boat that’s built to last She’ll sail the open seas again With memories of the past The Seven Kings a work of art Hand crafted with such skill Year in –year out – hands worked so hard Itseemed that time stood still
Then came the day she was complete Her deck gleamed in the sun The time had come to launch her Her life had just begun Her beauty captured everyone She slipped into the sea, Her Master proudly took the helm At last she sailed free
Her Master sadly passed away No longer on this earth He treasured his creation The history of her birth She was left to slowly die She sat there all alone A boat so haunted by the past The happiness she’d known
The hands that came and rescued her Watched closely through those years To see the plight that she was in Brought some of them to tears Her beauty now restored again A life in front of her She’ll sail on for years to come A legend to remember
Here is a video of the original team of Scouts building Seven Kings back in the early 60's
A Re-design and Refit
Proposed sail plan and keel profile
Now this classic yacht is back in private hands and is with us for an extensive rebuild and redesign of the sail plan. The old lines drawings have been located and modifications made to recalculate the stability curves for the new arrangement with a new solid keel in place of the old drop keel. The keel box was rotting in parts so needed replacing so the opportunity was taken to have a major refit. The rig would be changed for a gaff ketch with topsails on both masts. It would give it a bit more sail area but that would adversly affect the stability so new stability curves would be needed and a new lead keel cast to counterbalance the extra heeling moment.
Below decks stripped out ready for rebuild
In preparation for a complete refit below decks all furniture and the rotting center case have been removed. At this stage the quality of the original build is obvious showing all the planking below the waterline and the frames in sound condition, a real credit to the boys of the 4th Seven Kings Sea Scout Troop. Some damage has been done by later modifications after the yacht passed out of the scouts ownership. A couple of the steamed frames have been cut to allow fitting of pipes, this will be repaired to regain the original strength of construction.
Replacing rotten decks
As you can see from this and following pictures, after inspection we had to strip out most of the cockpit furniture to expose the rotten parts. It seems that it is always worse than it first appears and in this instance most of the support structure was rotten. After cutting back to solid wood the framework was replaced with new Mahogany and the carcase was rebuilt. This year the boat has been relocated from the marina yard in which it has been kept as the costs and restrictions levied became unacceptable. She is now located in a very friendly yard on Hayling Island.
We select our own timber from the supplier
Here we are selecting only the very best quality Teak logs from our suppliers on the continent. As with all the timber we use we endeavour to source from properly managed and sustainable sources wherever it is possible. This is true for Mahogany and Oak as well.
Pre-purchase Inspection and Condition Reports
We are able to undertake inspections of accident damage or just natural wear and tear anywhere in the country. Please have a look at our terms and conditions page and call us for more detailed information and details of hourly rates and travel expenses.