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Hello All,

My name is Adam and my wife and I have taken on a bit
of a challenge - the restoration of a 1938 40ft 7 berth
teak on oak Windboat.

I'm new to this but my wife and Father-in-law have had
plenty of practice managing old wooden boats - it used
to be his boat a few years ago.

She's fallen into a bad state after a poor decision to
sell her to a friend of a friend. This chap stripped
her and left her open to the elements for 2 years (it
fills me with fury that someone could do this to such a
beautiful boat) which resulted in a lot of damage.
Anyhow she's back with me now and I've started
stripping her back to make her good once more.

I wanted to find out some more history on her
(Windboats lost all their records in a fire and were
not much use). Her current name is Lady Christine and
she's been out the water for around 13 years now.

Its a heck of a project but any advice, ideas, good
contacts would be massively appreciated as there is a
lot to do.

I'm based down in Winchester, Hampshire but hope to
have her back on the Broads when she's done.

Cheers all,
Adam.

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Hi Adam and welcome to the forum,

I personaly can not help but within this forum are many that have restored or restoring at the moment.
If other members can help, they will. Just ask.
Please keep us updated on your progress as i can see a beauty in the making. (Restoring)

All the best,

Mick.

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She fits in with Brookwind but no lower port holes and 38 feet
http://www.horning.org.uk/boatsearch.php?page=search&search=yes&RegNo=2736&href=2¤t=no

or Adastra but not long enough
http://www.horning.org.uk/boatsearch.php?page=search&search=yes&RegNo=291&href=2¤t=no

As I suggest to anyone wanting to look for more info, look to see if there are any bulk head numbers or if anything is actually left on board under drawers and floor boards for the original name?

Good luck
Liz

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Having said that wait for Springsong to reply
Liz

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Hi Adam,

Welcome to the forum.  What a beauty and such a worthwhile project.  

Be aware that all the advice you receive, and you will receive loads, will be heavily biased towards what others have themselves done - rightly or wrongly.  A lot depends on your intentions from the outset.  Restoration, renovation or conservation?  May I suggest that you don't do what I did and change your mind half way through the project.

Good luck!

Regards

David

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Hi Adam
and here I am Liz.
As you maybe able to see from my avtar I had a Graham Bunn Windboat. She was called Springsong and was in the George Smith hire fleet. She was teak on oak as well, regrettably she was lost in a fire in 1992.
I haven't seen one for awhile but there is a book/pamphlet called the blue book which has all the Graham Bunn Windboats listed. He was quite a prolific builder. I have never seen one with what appears to be an upper help type of thing, do I have that right with the upper screen ? Do you have any history ? I rather think she may have been a private commission.I would love to have some photos. I will PM you with my E Mail

Barry

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Hi
I have one of the Windboats Blue books and it looks like a Sea-Going Windboat. The forty foot was double skin with eleven foot beam, with single or twin engine. There is no picture or plan of the forty foot version. It seems each length was available with a raised fore deck as yours is or with a level deck.


Andrew

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I did wonder if it might be, I have never seen one of the double skinned sea going ones, how absolutely stunning is she.


Barry

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Many thanks all for the replies.

David - Thanks and yes we definitely think so - we're going to be ploughing all our heart energy (and unfortunately plenty of cash) into her but she'll be worth it in the end. There don't seem to be many around and she should be restored to be enjoyed once more.

Barry - That's very sad news. There was another windboat at the marina where this resided (Essex Marina) that was destroyed in a shed fire - she just escaped as she was in the boat shed but was moved out 2 days earlier to get another boat out!!). I'm going to contact the previous owbner to my father-in-law as I think he might have some more history on her. I'll keep you posted and will email some more pics over.

Andrew - Can you possibly scan and email me what details you have on that design? That would be great. I don't believe she is double skinned though, from what i have seen she's just one skin of teak (however she has been sailed to Belgium and back!).

I'm having some survey work done soon but am happy from what I have seen that all the hull structure is sound. I've stripped her back a fair bit already and it seems that the boarding under the deck is shot but all the teak is tippity top. The next big thing is getting the engine out and overhauled as it hasn't been fired in 13 years. I was wondering whether or not it would be worthwhile in the long run to put a more efficient and modern engine in? I'm confident that the current 6 cylinder Ford cargo setup can be serviced and will be fine but would it be worth it????

Cheers,

Adam.



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Re engine - re-conditioning - probably not worth going down that route if you intend keeping her.

Have a look at the R641 Star Supreme restoration project for our views on this, we had the same quandry and decided on new technology and so glad we did too


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