SE UK Boatyard allowing steelwork by owner?

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  • 01 Sep 2018 19:13
    Reply # 6649557 on 6647405

    Just a thought, on facebook there's a group called "The Dinghy Cruising Association" that might be a good place to ask, several thousand die hard do it yourselfers there.

    Bill F

  • 01 Sep 2018 18:57
    Reply # 6649534 on 6647405

    Thanks very much for your input everyone. I'm just waiting on replies to a couple of emails. If no response by Monday afternoon I'll call. At the moment I only have data available until I go ashore and get another prepaid card.. I'll advise all outcomes...hope everyone had a good weekend...


  • 01 Sep 2018 15:43
    Reply # 6649396 on 6647470
    Annie wrote:You might find the West Country yards more easygoing. Pete Hill is hauled out somewhere round Millbrook working on his boat. 
    I visited Pete and Linda at Southdown Marina today.  Pete reckons that this is one of the lower cost yards, living aboard is no problem, and I saw guys working with steel. 
  • 01 Sep 2018 10:11
    Reply # 6649174 on 6647405

    This thread is becoming a useful resource. I don't know about the rest of you, but ater a several years' cruise, I'm boracic. A register of rough and ready boatyards that don't charge the earth would be welcome. Another for the list: South Ferriby Marina, Linconshire. By the way, the Ironwharf in N Kent is notably inexpensive and will let you grind steel to your heart's content.

  • 01 Sep 2018 00:11
    Reply # 6648835 on 6647405

    Hi Paul,

    the Stour, Orwell and Blackwater estuaries on the East Coast in Essex have numerous creeks and backwaters that contain small boatyards that are usually open to the owner working on his boat. They also do not charge the earth and are helpful to the boat owner. This area also has good rail and road connections to London and the Midlands. A search on Google Earth of the places I mentioned in my last post shows that the boatyard locations I mentioned are still in use and have numerous boats that are obviously being worked on in the yards. My best friend from college rebuilt his boat on the hard in the boatyard at Mistley near Manningtree in the 1990's . He lived quite close so it was convenient for him, unfortunately he died in 2006 so I can not give you any up to date contact information!! He was the secretary of the East Coast Old Gaffers Association for many years and if you contact them they can probably help with up to date information.

    All the best, David.

  • 31 Aug 2018 15:33
    Reply # 6647995 on 6647405

    Sounds as though you need to look for somewhere way off the beaten track, such as

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  • 31 Aug 2018 11:19
    Reply # 6647663 on 6647405

    Thanks for the advice folks. 

    I guess I'll look further North or West. I find the pricing structures eye watering :-) 

    Could I ask for ideas on a wider location basis. 

    I live aboard much of the time, but when I go to work I'm gone for a month or six weeks at a time. Location plays no real role.

    I just want to get these modifications done and then move on to warmer climes, after a year in the Baltic.

    I didn't realise that you pay these figures for boatyards in the south. 

    I expected more expensive; but the figures I found are robbery without need of weapon or mask...

    I better not rant too much as it might give a false impression. Being a new member :-)

    Winds look good over the next week or so for a beam reach across to Norwich. Is that a more likely area.

    They're just names on a chart to me. Thanks...


  • 31 Aug 2018 09:01
    Reply # 6647540 on 6647405

    The SE corner of the UK is an expensive area for boatyards, and everything else too, due to pressure on space. You'd find something more relaxed in the West Country or further north.

    Having said that, If I were thinking of converting a boat to junk rig with no ties to any particular area, I'd look for the combination of a boatyard and the supply of a mast, as this is the most difficult and expensive thing to transport over any distance.With that in mind, the combination of and the Hampshire Flag Company just up the road at Waterlooville might be worth checking out.

  • 31 Aug 2018 07:18
    Reply # 6647490 on 6647405

    Just a few miles outside your Margate - Chichester limits, try the Ironwharf boatyard in Faversham. I kept a boat there years ago and a recent visit showed that nothing has changed. It is very much a diy sort of place, there are good transport links and Faversham is a lovely town, the Shepherd Neame brewery not the least of its attractions.

  • 31 Aug 2018 06:47
    Reply # 6647470 on 6647405
    You might find the West Country yards more easygoing. Pete Hill is hauled out somewhere round Millbrook working on his boat. 
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