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Restoration & Repair

Thames Skiff Restoration

June 1, 2015 Restoration & Repair

This delicate traditional Thames Skiff was built by Ashley of Pangbourne, the level of craftsmanship in a craft like this really strikes a chord in me. Thomasina belongs to the Thames Traditional Boat Society, we had agreed to replace the stem and sternpost amongst other things. I believe that many features of a skiff like [...]

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Hammerton’s Dinghy

August 25, 2013 Restoration & Repair
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Hammerton’s dinghy came to me in a very sorry state last year, Hammerton traded between 1908 and 1947 so the dinghy would be of a good age, however given her condition a good deal of timber had to be replaced so that she could give good service again. Walter Hammerton had a floating boathouse from [...]

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Gloriana

July 3, 2012 Restoration & Repair

During the early part of this year I had the privilege of working on the build of the Gloriana. Undoubtedly a very special project for a very special person; but also a tremendous act of patronage for the crafts. The project was conceived and initiated by Lord Stirling but it is fair to say that [...]

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New Builds

September 26, 2011 Restoration & Repair

If you are looking for a newly built wooden boat I would be happy to discuss your plans with you. I tend to build using patterns from examples of traditional working or pleasure craft. The method of constructing clinker boats is quite flexible and allows boats to be tailor made to suit your requirements. Simple [...]

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The Puffin

November 26, 2009 Restoration & Repair

Currently we are working on the restoration of a 22ft Devonshire workboat; ‘The Puffin’. The list of her ailments was rather vast; she had suffered badly from rot. Her planking had knuckled along the turn of the bilge where she had subsequently been over-caulked, she had also received an awful lot of little lengths of [...]

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William Atkin designed Cutter

November 26, 2009 Restoration & Repair

  At the other extreme, the 32ft William Atkin designed yacht is back on the water with new coach-roof and coamings.     In fact she never left the water, under a cover of the owner’s devising the coamings were removed and replaced, followed by the curved coach-roof beams which were re-sawn from beautiful clear [...]

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The Walker Dinghy

November 26, 2009 Restoration & Repair

Our work ranges from the very small to the very large. At the small end a recent project was the re-build and fine finishing of a 12ft rowing boat, destined for a privately owned lake in West Sussex.  Built by Walker & Co. of Leigh-on-Sea, she was scraped back to bare wood and carefully sanded [...]

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Oar making and a new stem

November 14, 2009 Restoration & Repair

One of the projects that kept us busy through the summer was the restoration of a little 12 foot dinghy probably built in the 1950′s. Part of the project was to involve tailor making two pairs of sculls, to the correct length to provide a suitable inboard to outboard ratio or gearing. They were finely hand [...]

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