Sunday 22 April 2012

The interior
The interior of the boat was as you would expect having not been touched for at least ten years; was pretty awful. I've loaded some more pictures (yesterday) from my Flickr photo sets, to give you a better idea.

During the first few days of the project, Philip (my son) and I proceeded to strip everything out of the cabin, throwing everything in the skip apart from the saloon table, which I would restore later on and the roof linings. Although these were quite rotten (vinyl faced hardboard) and shabby, they serve for good patterns when it comes to making new panels. This will save a huge amount of time, trial and error etc. to make up new panels from scratch.

Image shows roof panels marked-up before removing, they looked to be the original panels so fit nice and snug to the bulkheads.

As I said, I decided to keep the table for a couple of reasons, 1, apart from the varnish having peeled-off the wood was sound. 2, The plan would be to re-design the interior based on a more contemporary theme; modern laminates for the galley area, light wood veneers for the bulkheads etc. but I wanted to retain something original from the boat - the table was the best choice.

Image showing drop-leaf saloon table, galey sink and the temporary companionway step.

Saturday 21 April 2012

Pre-restoration interior

Some photos taken last July before any refurbishment work began.

                                                                                 Roof  lining

Looking up into the hatch

                                                                     Bulkhead lining and cushions

acrylic windows 

 Galley sink

 Keel bolts and table leg which holds 
the drop keel plate rope/chain

Friday 20 April 2012

Just got round to posting some of the photos I have taken since starting the refurbishment of my Dockrell 22.

Latest photo showing new lettering, stripe and partially refurbished trailer.

I won the boat in an EBay auction last July, I was delighted to have won it at the time, but a day or two after, I became worried in case I had bought a load of scrap. I had no real way of telling from the photos posted and to make matters worse, the boat was Kent - a long way from my home in Devon. I new it was in very poor order generally but kept telling myself if the hull was sound I had a good chance of refurbishing it to a very high standard. Anyway I went to Kent, paid the money (after inspecting the hull) and towed it back without incident.

July 10 .2011. Dockrell 22 arrives at its new home in Devon. Untouched for ten years. The last owner bought it as a project but never got around to starting it. In a few days time it would be stripped of everything, leaving just the hull sat on a very rusty trailer. The person in the photo is my son Philip. Looks quite pleased with himself doesn't he - he should be, he convinced me to buy it to go fishing as well as sailing... Take a look at the pre-restoration photos of the boat - look at the bottom of this page and you will see the scale of the project.

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