DEBEN 4 TONNER : LEADING WIND : progress report



Birdham Pool Marina hosts their annual classic boat festival 2018


Devoid of her interior, and badly degraded Floor Timbers Leading Wind is ready for some new oak replacements.



It’s hard to believe the Birdham Pool Marina CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL was a over a week ago.

Tucked away from the glare of publicity, in her new home, in Tim Gilmore’s workshop, Deben 4 Tonner, “Leading Wind” has begun her epic restoration  – hopefully resulting in an appearance at next years Classic Boat Festival – this time IN THE WATER and dressed overall, like those in my photograph (above) of the 2018 festival.


“Leading Wind’s” old knee is cut back and cleaned up.


















Below : the stem has been cut back further and a replacement laminated stem and floors have been dry fitted. 22.9.18


































Update 29.9.18 : the antifouling has been peeled to reveal the condition of the pitch pine planking, which was surprisingly good. In order to gain access to the one remaining keel bolt (which was cut with a sabre saw) and a floor timber near the stern, we decided to remove the garboard. The fastening holes were then pegged and sealed.

In the photo below the new floor timbers have been primed in battleship grey and they will be re-introduced to the boat next week.           More news to follow . . .


Scary photograph with the garboards removed for repairs and priming. Copyright Chrisnwood All rights reserved

Repair to end of port garboard. A nice recycled piece of pitch pine. All old fastening holes are pegged with the same piece of pitch pine.

Repair to sternpost and deadwood


New floors fitted and fastened

sternpost and deadwood repair complete and both garboards returned to their rightful places !

And the other side – looking good ! 21.10.18.

UPDATE 2.11.18 : The white primer indicates the number of timbers that have been removed and shortly will be replaced with new green oak ones. Once they are in place their neighbours will be taken out and also replaced. The idea being that the shape / form of the boat won’t change during the process.

NB : it looks so much healthier now the garboards are back and you can’t see to the workshop floor from within the boat !

Another area of interest is the top section of the transom which was repaired but not successfully as the rot continued – this has now been rectified by removing half the transom !



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