Topic: Caravelle

gary01    -- Apr-30-2012 @ 5:45 PM
  had caravelle a week now and managed 2 full days on her, , the most progress was yesterday when i emptied from the cockpit back of everything that wasnt bolted down , including about a ton of silt, will be there on wednesday armed with more toys and ready to clean from the cockpit and forwards. and i'll be putting something to heat the boat up abit while i'm there as she is still very low in the water due to all the wood above water level being waterlogged. i'll take some pics wednesday to show the progress.

This message was edited by gary01 on Apr-30-12 @ 6:47 PM

Regulo    -- Apr-30-2012 @ 7:25 PM
  Hi, Gary,

Is Caravelle watertight now? Just wondered, if there was any other cause of sinking that may have come to light, other than waves breaking over the transom. I'm looking forward to reading (and seeing) your efforts at restoration.

Regards, Ray.

If it's neither here, nor there, then where is it?

gary01    -- Apr-30-2012 @ 7:40 PM
  yeah hull is watertight as far as i can see, once i've done cleaning i will get her watertight from above, i think thats where water is getting in atm. then i'll be getting the engine sorted . i'll build a crossmember so i can lift the engine enough to get sump off then hopefully will be able to fire her up in situ in a matter of a day . am aiming for a running engine , clean inside and a lick of paint on outside by june 1st , then i can use her while restoring inside , re-wire ect .. will also be a good way of fault finding before winter lay up.

Regulo    -- Apr-30-2012 @ 9:19 PM
  Good on you, Gary, you certainly don't hang about! Hope all goes well.

Regards, Ray.

If it's neither here, nor there, then where is it?

Captain-Joshie    -- Apr-30-2012 @ 10:20 PM
  Hi Gary

Don't forget the leak in the stern/transom bottom corner!! I did patch it on the outside with polythene and sealant, and backed with a similar patch on the inside, which did stop the leaking. But you do need to sort this problem PDQ and I'd guess this would mean a lift out. It was quite a good flow of water in to the boat.

Did you find the staple Gun??


Photo: Patching the stern/transom corner...

Kind regards, John(Captain
Joshie), Jo & Toby. 'Dawn
Princess' 155R Bounty 30

Teadaemon    -- May-1-2012 @ 10:02 AM
  First off good luck Gary, it's great to see this boat being restored after the trouble everyone's gone to getting her raised.

As regards drying her out, whilst a dehumidifier might be a good idea, I'd be wary of trying to dry her out too quickly, as uneven drying may warp or open up the topsides planking. Slow and steady is the way to go.

If you can get the engine running, then a trip up to Reedham and a visit to Mark's dry dock there might be a good idea. ASAP, although early June isn't ideal, I reckon John's patch to the starboard quarter should last that long. Dry docking is about the most gentle way to get a wooden boat out of the water, and would let you have a good look at that leak and the rest of the bottom. If you do that, then let me know and other engagements permitting I'll come down and cast an eye over her if you like.

gary01    -- May-1-2012 @ 5:33 PM
  i have the number for the guy with dry dock paul gave it to me the other day. am not going to put much heat in the cabin , but with the humidity atm she aint really drying, i have borrowed a gas space heater that can be turned down low but at the same time circulate air. but am hoping the sun will help the next few days .. i'll be there tomorrow from about 10am , saturday from 2pm , sunday from 2pm , monday from 2pm and next wednesday from about 10am , should get a bit done in that time , got 2 180 amp marine bats on the way , and lots of new toys inc. fuel gauge , will have to remove tank to clean propperly so thought i may as well at only £23 for the kit and a solar pannel to keep bats topped up. if anyone has some marine ply and mahogony ply for sale i could be interested. will take pics tomorrow and maybe a little vid and put it on youtube.

Maurice_Mynah    -- May-1-2012 @ 6:43 PM
  This is probably a "Thought" too far BUT, if you have the engine working by early June, and you have confidence in it, The Forum Meet is in late June, Do you wonder if it might be possible to get to Ranworth in the North? There will be a lot of folk there who'd love to see both you and the boat.
No pressure then eh?

Honesty Sincerity and Integrity ... When you can fake those, you've cracked it.

This message was edited by Maurice_Mynah on May-1-12 @ 7:44 PM

gary01    -- May-1-2012 @ 7:18 PM
  already booked time off, she will not be pretty inside but am sure the engine will be ok as long as i clean everything propperly, a lick of paint, new windows are ordered and hopefully a repaired transom by then , fingers crossed  LOL

garryn    -- May-1-2012 @ 7:37 PM
  Hi Gary
It seems like you have got things well planned. Good luck and I hope that engine starts.


gary01    -- May-3-2012 @ 7:16 PM
  had a good day on caravelle yesterday, cleaned front and cockpit , just needs silt n rubbish digging out of very bottom of hull. theres a hole in water tank so will replace it with a plastic one, and the best news she has lifted about 4 inches out the water, so the hole in the transome is clear of the water. i put another pump and float in there too. will take some pics saturday as i was to dirty to use my camera yesterday.

PaulaWebber    -- May-3-2012 @ 7:21 PM
  That's great new Gary! Sounds like it's all coming together and your a man on a mission! lol
Hope it's not too difficult to get her back to being sturdy and beautiful! Your sure making fast progress, looking forward to seeing pics throughout the restoration and when she's finished! Smile

Captain-Joshie    -- May-4-2012 @ 9:15 AM
  Hi Gary

See you are going to replace the water tank. I had to replace one of our 2 last year and after a lot of searching I came up with this company run by a real genuine chap call Neil Woodhead.

He custom made mine in 2 weeks! and it was so well made I hated to cover it up LOL

The really big bonus was the fantastic price just £205 delivered to my home!!!!!

Can't praise his work highly enough and he is so helpful. Not to surprisingly he can get very busy so contact him as soon as you can to give him as much time as you can.


Photo of my new water tank....  

Kind regards, John(Captain
Joshie), Jo & Toby. 'Dawn
Princess' 155R Bounty 30

goodfortune    -- May-4-2012 @ 10:32 AM
  This is going at such a pace, it's remarkable!  Can;t wait for the pictures.

Lisa, aka Scarlett, Dolly
Daydream, Miss Mudweight,
Honorary Malankan


ncsl    -- May-4-2012 @ 1:59 PM
  You should see her when you pass by shortly. Give Gary01 a wave if you see him working hard Lisa. lol

Lord Paul of Sealand
Official Forum Photographer



gary01    -- May-4-2012 @ 4:58 PM
  thanks for the info about the tanks but i've found some that are about 80 ltrs, the idea being fresh water for galley in one and filtered and clorine broads water in tuther for washing/toilet. but that'll be in a few weeks to a month .. until then i'll use a camping water carrier . any ideas about paint for the hull anyone , whats good for the money ect and where to get it from ect ... all ideas are welcome

gary01    -- May-5-2012 @ 9:43 PM
  had a good 4 hours on the boat today, engine emptied for water and oil, injectors removed , new oil in sump then turned engine over by hand then put 2 stroke oil in the cylinders. starter and gen removed . started cleaning the last of the silt from very bottom of bilges.

webntweb    -- May-6-2012 @ 2:13 AM
  I think the boat at the back is a Caravelle, don't know if its yours though. The front one is Constellation 2. Pic taken in Sept 66.


BuffaloBill    -- May-6-2012 @ 9:00 AM
  Interesting photo Roy. Where was it taken?
I don't recognise the location.

A wet drought! Thats a first!!

webntweb    -- May-6-2012 @ 8:20 PM
  Hi Bill

Horning. The Swan is about 50 yards to the left.

BuffaloBill    -- May-7-2012 @ 8:27 AM
  Yes, I see it now! I think it was much nicer then as
do many places on the Broads. Loddon being one that
I remember, before they built those houses opposite
the staithe.  Frown

A wet drought! Thats a first!!

gary01    -- May-9-2012 @ 10:15 PM
  another long day on caravelle, watertank out then re-constructed cockpit windowframes and put tarp up, only a temp. fix but makes access much better, started removing wiring ect, put floorboards in rear cabin ready for giving rear cabin a propper handclean next wednesday. new starter on its way along with new alternator so hopefully will have engine going next week too. front and rear tarp will be coming home next week so i can get new ones made and get her just about waterproof from above. will be down on saturday. putting new floor in enginebay where watertank was for batteries and 2 smaller water tanks. and if theres more time get and cut perspex for the windows where glass is missing.

ADI    -- May-10-2012 @ 7:05 PM
  Hi gary thanks for the updates sounds like your doing a great job and not hanging around, keep up the good work hope you can post some fotos soon, the attachments you keep adding are a link to radio caroline not sure if yuor meaning to do this?


Adi, Michelle, Beck and Braydon,
the crew of FERZAN.

gary01    -- May-22-2012 @ 9:19 PM
  pics of caravelle . new oak floor supports and repair of roof support also in oak and mok up of sink/gas hob ect .all done today.  

Rondonay    -- May-22-2012 @ 10:59 PM
  Nice looking repair, but lots to do! Thanks for keeping us up to date, I can see she will take on new life Gary.


“The wonder is always new that
any sane man can be a sailor.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bittern Code 65

rads    -- May-23-2012 @ 9:31 AM
  Pictures most appreciated, Gary, keep them coming!


gary01    -- May-26-2012 @ 5:35 PM
  will be down the boat sunday , got my starter and alternator to fit and wash boat ready for painting .. ohhhhh and will be in the pub to watch F1  boat-power

gary01    -- May-30-2012 @ 8:40 PM
  well got engine reconstructed but starter i got was defective , damn liar i got it from .. but it did turn engine over without injectors in .. so its all ready to be started .. then i took diesel tank off to clean and fit tank gauge , but when presure washing several holes appeared .. so new tank needed .. next i washed rear tarp and then washed the boat took off old ropes and stuff so she's looking a little better on the riverbank side .. new pics here  Smile

goodfortune    -- May-30-2012 @ 8:54 PM
  Gary, I salute you!

Sometimes there are jobs I can't do because of my age and gender (old and female) and that really annoys me beyond belief.  On the other hand, what you're doing I know is beyond my ability and knowledge and I sincerely congratulate you on having that ability.

You're a star, Gary.  And hello Nicole (think that's the right name for that very attractive blonde lass I was focussed on the boat)!

Lisa, aka Scarlett, "Official"
Dolly Daydream, Miss Mudweight
(and I have a certificate to
prove it), Honorary Malankan


gary01    -- May-30-2012 @ 8:58 PM
  nic is gf's daughter. lol

Maurice_Mynah    -- May-31-2012 @ 8:14 AM
  Gary, looking in the garden I have a spare metal diesel tank, taken out of my boat 20 years ago or more. It takes about 12 gallons (58 litres) and is 24cm x 30cm x 80cm.
It's been lying there for some years but I think it's free of holes.
If it's large enough for you, you are welcome to it.

Now the world has gone to bed, but darkness won't engulf my head,
'cos I can see by infra-red, Oh how I hate the night.
Marvin.  HHGTTG

This message was edited by Maurice_Mynah on May-31-12 @ 9:15 AM

gary01    -- May-31-2012 @ 4:32 PM
  ok thanks , will pm you . gary

gary01    -- Jun-6-2012 @ 6:17 PM
  well been busy on caravelle again this week, biggest news is i had the engine going monday, sounds fine .. thanks to all who put flags and bunting up to celabrate the event ... lol ... apart from that been working in rear cabin , making good progress , more pics next week.

ADI    -- Jun-6-2012 @ 7:31 PM
  Hi Gary thats great news about the engine looking forward to the new pics, quick question just wondered why you have a link to radio caroline on all your posts?   Smile


Adi, Michelle, Beck and Braydon,
the crew of FERZAN.

gary01    -- Jun-6-2012 @ 7:46 PM
  the caroline link is to remind ppl that the station is still out there and hopefully get new listeners.

Mercator    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 4:39 PM
Hi gary

I am hearing rumours that another boat has sunk at beauchamp arms, is caravelle ok ?

Steve & Maggie.
Mercator 559H

gary01    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 5:04 PM
  as far as i know , going up wednesday so i guess i'll find out then .

gary01    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 5:12 PM
  may be this one there talking about well am hoping ..

Gavsta    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 5:16 PM
  Gary, I do dearly hope it isn't your boat that has taken the plunge at Beauchamp. The above post from NBN is three years old btw.

Radio Caroline - Is there any news on it's planned move to Maldon, I often see it hidden away down at Tilbury?

gary01    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 5:26 PM
  oooooo hadnt seen the date .. lol ..
not heard much since i left facebook about when and where the ross revenge will be moving too. caroline is still frowned upon by the authorities and everything they try to do takes 10 times more paperwork and time . the new mast should soon be finnished so expect a broadcast on am in august. peter moore lives in maldon i belive so he has his conections there, but gravesend pier is still the prefered mooring but the enviromentalist have found a worm in the silt that there afraid will die if the ross sits on the river bed at ultra low tides (twice a year)

PaulaWebber    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 5:34 PM
  Question Really hope it's not your Caravelle Gary! But then, hope it's not anyone's?! A forum members going by there tomorrow or maybe a call to the pub would rest your mind? Ask them if they know if your boats OK? Sure hope so, esp after all the work you've done! x

gary01    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 6:08 PM
  according to a guy on other forum the boat thats down has a red canopy and is west of pub, told him caravelle is under the trees and he says its not caravelle .. fingers crossed . sad news that another is down may call pub in a mo.

PaulaWebber    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 6:14 PM
  Oh TG.. feelin abit sick here, can't imagine how you must be feeling.. and all the members here who helped out.. they obviously care also!

Sad though that it is someone's boat.. hope you find out?
Well.. maybe you'll get another project?  Scared

Forum boat lifting crew.. assemble!! Ready the pumps and hoses.. a boat is in trouble! lol

This message was edited by PaulaWebber on Jun-11-12 @ 7:16 PM

gary01    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 6:22 PM
  well just phoned pub its not caravelle its the boat on otherside of gate on free moorings , phew for me bad news for them . another project ??? nahhhhhhh i have enough on my plate thanks . but if the forum assist i will do my best to be there too .

gary01    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 7:15 PM
  its the boat in background that has now sunk so i'm told . this is an old pic .. caravelle is still afloat.

PaulaWebber    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 7:24 PM
  Aw poor people! Guess Ade knows how they feel Frown
Glad it wasn't Caravelle, another woody though? Terrible!
Well thanks for letting us know! x

Maurice_Mynah    -- Jun-11-2012 @ 8:24 PM

Now the world has gone to bed, but darkness won't engulf my head,
'cos I can see by infra-red, Oh how I hate the night.
Marvin.  HHGTTG

gary01    -- Jun-13-2012 @ 6:51 PM
  pics of the new beauchamp arms submersible now on my flickr . and a few new pics of caravelle . gave port side a lick of paint , more for show and to protect open wood for a month or 2 then turned her around to wash starbord side , picked up a new diesel tank today as well, so still lots to do . lots of people came by today yet again nice to see them keeping a watch on my progress.

ADI    -- Jun-13-2012 @ 7:43 PM
  What a shame about the other boat she looked like a nice old boat, what a shame.

Glad to here Caravelle is moveing forward.


Adi, Michelle, Beck and Braydon,
the crew of FERZAN.

Ron105    -- Jun-13-2012 @ 9:25 PM
  Your doing a Brilliant job Gary,Nice to hear you had the engine running,Are you still near pub? as another with blue top and looks like ply on top as if work being done.Regards Ron.

This message was edited by Ron105 on Jun-13-12 @ 10:27 PM

gary01    -- Jun-13-2012 @ 9:30 PM
  yeah she's in same place under trees at beauchamp arms . pretty nice place to be and good rates for mooring.

gary01    -- Jun-13-2012 @ 9:31 PM
  yeah she's in same place under trees at beauchamp arms . pretty nice place to be and good rates for mooring.

Ron105    -- Jun-13-2012 @ 9:45 PM
  Thanks Gary,Maybe down this week sometime,Been very busy lately as we just Re;located to the Norfolk from North West.Have you seen the other cruiser sunk there yet,That 3 now i see,Glad Moorings are reasonable as all are really going silly now with the prices for lots of people who love boats.

gary01    -- Jun-13-2012 @ 9:50 PM
  yep seen other cruiser got pics on my flickr
i know of one guy in norwich thinking of putting rates down , wanted me to move there.

Ron105    -- Jun-13-2012 @ 9:59 PM
  I Have a real good mooring on Hardley,For Mermaid Ranger as you see on my pic,Work on her was slow as we were commuting every few weeks for a week or so at a time to work on her,We took top off as it was rotten with several layers of decking etc,I think weight now reduce by a good ton or so as when we had her lifted once at st olarves she weighed over 7and a half ton.

gary01    -- Jun-21-2012 @ 10:31 PM
  the BA and staff at beauchamp arms will attempt to raise T711 friday morning at 8 am , they have borrowed my big bilgepump (3500 gallons an hour) and BA will have pumps with them, lets hope she floats, atm its unclear wether BA will take the boat with them and be scrapped or hopefully it'll be left at pub then transported to rays brothers slip in reedham as some fool has said he'll have it.if i doesnt come up tomorrow then i'll try and get bigger pumps for an attempt sunday. if we get her we'll be needing a tow to reedham if anyone fancies the job.

This message was edited by gary01 on Jun-21-12 @ 11:33 PM

ranworthbreeze    -- Jun-22-2012 @ 9:32 AM
  Hello Gary,

I see that you turned Caravelle around some time last week, we noticed that it had changed from when we left Brundall to our return on the 19th June.
As everyone says pity about the other boat, I hope you and BA get a result.

Alan Hood
Ranworth Breeze

gary01    -- Jun-22-2012 @ 4:50 PM
  T711 is now up and in the hands of BA .
yes i turned caravelle around so i could clean and survey starbord side. i gave portside a quick lick of paint to stop water getting into the open wood. so hopefully she doesn't look to bad from the water anymore . had a really busy day wednesday took all old wiring ,clips ect from engine room , almost finished fitting new diesel tank in a new position and moved pipework and filters, will plumb it in and start on the re-wire saturday afternoon. will take some pics too .

A.J.B.    -- Jun-22-2012 @ 5:47 PM
  T711 had started to leak fuel into the river, we placed a boom around it,unfortunately because of its position the booms weren't very successful.She couldn't be left because of the potential pollution problems. This morning, on a very low tide she was raised, we then decided to remove her from the water as she was still taking on water.
We took her in tow, with the pumps still running to the dockyard where she was lifted out.

The owner has a nasty shook coming, because we haven't been able to contact him.  


gary01    -- Aug-11-2012 @ 12:54 PM
  been quite busy at work the last month but will be on caravelle most of next week starting monday morning . will hopefully get loads done. if anyone wants to pop by for a drink and chat your more than welcome . gary

Mercator    -- Oct-8-2012 @ 8:04 PM
Hi Gary
We were at Beauchamp arms last weekend, The tarp on Caravelle's wheelhouse has come a little adrift, Unfortunately we were not suitably dressed to pop it back on. She is open to the weather on the wheelhouse.

Steve & Maggie.

Not quite an ancient mariner ..... though some say he was at sea before Pontius was a pilate !

gary01    -- Oct-8-2012 @ 9:37 PM
  ok thanks it does that, the rubber rope snaps, lol ..
will be up there wednesday or saturday with a tarp . hopefully she'll be out the water soon for major work . transom , new mahogany decks , mahogany floor in cockpit . and repair hull ect. will get new canopies made this winter too .

BroadAmbition    -- Oct-8-2012 @ 11:02 PM

Maybe you might want one of these?



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I've recently ordered a pair of lightweight woven polyester Tarpaulins to use as dust covers within our home moorings, they are water and dust proof.
(I have to order them in pairs).

The sizes we are using in the wet-shed is 45ft x 11ft

However they can be made up to 45ft x 14ft6".  They have returned stitched edges with eyes fitted at 1m intervals all round.  The colour is blue.  The price per item is £39.  Delivery to my gaff from the suppliers (Sheffield) is free.

If you require one let me know, you can pay via bacs etc.  Delivery from my place down to the Broads will again be free as long as it is en-route for me.

The price of £39 is the price I pay inc of the vat. So no profit in it for me what-so-ever, I would ask anyone ordering one does make a donation to the Forum in the normal manner.

Ball your court,


'Broad Ambition'
Queens Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant 2012 - H91

'Dreams do come true' - Afloat at last 06-10-07

Forum Manly Swot 30-07-10    DN9

gary01    -- Oct-9-2012 @ 4:29 PM
  thanks for the offer but i will only put a cheap one over the wheel house for now . i have ordered a big tarp the other day heavy duty with eyelets every 50 cm , as with your free p&p for about the same. will get the 2 fitted ones on boat re done this winter , have a guy who does them less than a mile away.

gary01    -- Oct-23-2012 @ 4:55 PM
  had a really busy summer and didn't get as much done as i had hoped on caravelle. within the next 10 days she will be going to loddon and pulled up onshore ... apparently she creaked like a good un last time so john says its at my own risk  Scared  will take a few measures to strengthen the hull from inside a strap from bow to engine and from engine to stern should help.. then a good wash before inspecting what i have .. am sure she'll be out the water until feb/march.
with regards to caulking i have been looking at using the old fashioned linseed oil putty + red led powder and grease , anyone tried this method ? will obviously used cotton in bottom of gap. once out the biggest worry is how much needs replacing ... fingers crossed ..

gary01    -- Nov-10-2012 @ 1:59 PM
  will be moving caravelle tomorrow from beauchamp arms to prinsess boats loddon probs around midday . .. fingers crossed for a good voyage, then a good lift out ...

Regulo    -- Nov-10-2012 @ 4:03 PM
  Hoping all goes well for you, Gary, both on the journey, and for the coming revelations as to what may be revealed when she's ashore! Good luck.

Regards, Ray.

If it's neither here, nor there, then where is it?

Grendel    -- Nov-10-2012 @ 4:04 PM
  fingers crossed for you.

we do the impossible every day, miracles take a little longer

Ron105    -- Nov-10-2012 @ 4:41 PM
  Good luck...

ranworthbreeze    -- Nov-10-2012 @ 7:24 PM
  Hello Gary,

Fingers & toes crossed I hope it all goes well for you and your boat.
These boats must be preserved to keep the character of the Broads.


Alan Hood
Ranworth Breeze Boat Syndicate

ncsl    -- Nov-11-2012 @ 8:38 AM
  I will; be at Loddon tomorrow for a 1500 meeting and photo shoot so if a bit early I will try and pop along and have a look!

Lord Paul of Sealand
Official Forum Photographer
Click below for -


gary01    -- Nov-11-2012 @ 5:46 PM
  well the trip to loddon went well  , engine sounding good but def needs a service, water and sunshine just added to the enjoyment . will put a few vids on youtube later one loading now will be a while ... next big worry the lift out  Smile  
i moored and left about 1.30 paul then went back to the beauchamp for a pint and food .

Perfectlady9    -- Nov-11-2012 @ 8:59 PM
  A shame the video link does not work.


gary01    -- Nov-11-2012 @ 9:34 PM
  its still uploading , bit slow tonight, there will be more posted tomorrow ... follow me once link is up about 1o pm this eve

Perfectlady9    -- Nov-11-2012 @ 10:08 PM
  Thanks Gary,
A lovely stretch of the broads, must make an effort to visit next year.
Glad it went well. was this the first time under her own engine since she was raised.


gary01    -- Nov-12-2012 @ 7:42 AM
  yes doug was her first trip since being raised, had engine going a few times for a few hours to make sure it was running ok, just slept and worked on her at the beauchamp . i'll put some shorter bits of vid up later. follow my youtube account then you'll see when posted

gary01    -- Nov-12-2012 @ 12:30 PM
  more vid added , think i may put a few cams on her next year and vid all trips, may catch a few laughs that wat way too ... lol

Grendel    -- Nov-12-2012 @ 1:53 PM
  wow you certainly had a great day to move her.

we do the impossible every day, miracles take a little longer

Mercator    -- Nov-13-2012 @ 6:01 PM
  Good to view her on the move, Gary.

A rich reward for all your hard work.

Good luck with the lift out - as and when.

All the best.

Steve & Maggie.

Magellan (Westward 38)

Not quite an ancient mariner ..... though some say he was at sea before Pontius was a pilate !

TerryTibbs    -- Nov-13-2012 @ 6:23 PM
  Good luck with the lift out, I hope she doesn't "groan to much" are you going to be there? it can be frightening.

Dave Cheers

if it is to be it is up to me!

gary01    -- Nov-13-2012 @ 7:26 PM
  i'm in two minds as to watching the lift out. if i go i will film it.. the boat is almost empty and alot lighter since she's dried out above the waterline .. the good news is no water came in as she pushed her way thru the water just a small leak at the waterline port side of engine room due to rot , i dont think its the plank but the wood trim on inside is rotten and i think the rubbing strip has seen better days.  Smile
yes grendal it was a great day out there sunday, real insperation to get her fixed and looking pretty .

BroadAmbition    -- Nov-13-2012 @ 8:41 PM
Good luck with the lift, I'll have everything crossed for you


'Broad Ambition'
Queens Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant 2012 - H91

'Dreams do come true' - Afloat at last 06-10-07

Forum Manly Swot 30-07-10    DN9

gary01    -- Dec-11-2012 @ 6:11 PM
  caravelle is now out of the water and still in one piece, looking around today theres no real big suprises just alot of hard work.  Wink

ncsl    -- Feb-12-2013 @ 7:51 AM
  If any one is still following this restoration there is a bit of information on the youtube clip

Also nice to see all the hard work that took place nearly nearly 12 months ago !

Lord Paul of Sealand
Official Forum Photographer
Click below for -


This message was edited by ncsl on Feb-12-13 @ 7:52 AM

gary01    -- Mar-1-2013 @ 2:22 PM
  the transom is now removed from caravelle , she will be shortened by about 4 inches so we have solid planking to work with , hopefully everything will be cut and home this weekend ready for trimming and fitting . new pics on my facebook album . gary

gary01    -- May-6-2013 @ 3:42 PM
  its been a while coming after changing jobs twice, moving and struggling with a dodgy knee but caravelle has started coming together this week , been at work in mornings but managed to get to loddon for 5 hours sunday and monday . off all next weekend so hoping the transom will be done and start on replacing 2 planks near engine room/loo . new pics on my facebook album link on last post !!!

Perfectlady9    -- May-6-2013 @ 5:16 PM
Glad to see work is still progressing, my only worry is all the new planks are very short, the transom has a lot of forces going through it with the prop and steering I feel you might have lost some of the strength

Grendel    -- May-6-2013 @ 5:23 PM
  its looking like its starting to come together now, at least you will know that what is going back in is sound and wont need touching for a while.

we do the impossible every day,
miracles take a little longer

gary01    -- May-6-2013 @ 5:58 PM
  i did think about the length of the planks too, but there only replacing shorter ones in some cases and i've strengthened inside and these planks are  not rotten so once its all done i'm sure it'll be ok. i'm also using stainless  screws , most of the previously replaced planks were put on with mild steel screws , most of which were rusted away!! there was also a few kilo's of plastic padding/milliput and wood fixed in place with builders foam .... there is a pretty thick cross member a good foot from the transom that also strengthens the stern.  

Captain-Joshie    -- May-6-2013 @ 6:41 PM
  Hi Gary

Glad to see Caravelle is coming on OK, lot of work to do there, but she will be worth it.

In your picture of the transom I am amazed to see the 'temporary plastic patch' I stapled still in place to stop the leak on the 'bad corner'. I really only expected that to last a week at most:gasp: as a temporary fix till she was towed down to Loddon to be quickly lifted out of the water.

Did you ever find a grey staple gun on board? I lost one when we were doing the rescue by the way.

Good luck and please keep us updated on your progress.


Kind regards, John(Captain
Joshie), Jo & Toby. 'Dawn
Princess' 155R Bounty 30 *
Listening out on PMR Ch4 when
on board*

gary01    -- May-6-2013 @ 7:02 PM
  hi john , no i never found your staple gun sorry . i did have 4 pumps and 2 lorry batteries in her just incase , but once emptied for almost everything and a few months of drying out above the waterline the 'bad' corner was out of the water .. just . she was at least 8 inches lower than normal when you guys raised her.. the biggest problem was rot on port side of engine room that started leaking after being smashed against tyres when moored at the beauchamp after 5 brooms went flying past in the summer creating 1 to 1 1/2 foot waves , this will be the next job once transom is done . perhaps even more scary is i slept on her last summer , on an air mattress just incase ... lol ...  

Hylander    -- May-7-2013 @ 6:36 AM
  Brooms - I know where I would like to stick a broom the inconsiderate lot.       Whatever happened to speed limits or dont they apply to the Brundell lot.

Women dont nag they just point
things out...


gary01    -- May-7-2013 @ 2:02 PM
  ooohhhhhh don't get me started highlander ... lol ... no one rule for us one for them i'm afraid , looking for moorings on northern waters for next season . may even buy a plot of land !!!

Hylander    -- May-7-2013 @ 3:51 PM
  Richardsons in their new basin is very good with electricity and water.    A good crew up there.   We were there for four years.

Women dont nag they just point
things out...


650XS    -- May-8-2013 @ 6:18 AM
  well done with yer rebuild orf the boat nice to see someone else doing some mere woodies....

if yer do shorties try to srarf them joints and glue them good...

better than thar ole butt pads......

use yer posh screws stainless or no steel zinc coated thall bleed laters like un gooden..yar know ......

wel done with yer boat and keep us posted love to see works in progress...

gary01    -- Jun-5-2013 @ 7:12 PM
  got the new piece of wood for the lower 2ft of transom, 10ft x 2ft x 1 1/2 inch , 1/2 inch thicker than original . the top part will be a different design to original. will hopefully be cut and fitted by the end of the coming weekend . i'll be easy to spot driving between watton and loddon !!!!!

Grendel    -- Jun-5-2013 @ 7:26 PM
  I do hope the weather stays fine until you get the wood to Caravelle.

we do the impossible every day,
miracles take a little longer

trambo    -- Jun-7-2013 @ 6:19 PM
  Watch out for sidewinds, we don't want you tacking down the motorway!

gary01    -- Jun-8-2013 @ 3:00 PM
  transom cut , just needs final fettling before being ready for fitting once plankwork is done on starbord side ... hoping for some sun tomorrow , was freezing after a 4am start driving to work and drive to loddon with roof down ...  

Grendel    -- Jun-8-2013 @ 5:55 PM
  looking good.

we do the impossible every day,
miracles take a little longer

Captain-Joshie    -- Jun-9-2013 @ 12:35 PM
  The passenger looks as "thick as two short planks" good
buddy Evil Grin  LOL

Looks nice fitted, she is coming on a treat.


Kind regards, John(Captain
Joshie), Jo & Toby. 'Dawn
Princess' 155R Bounty 30 *
Listening out on PMR Ch4 when
on board*

This message was edited by Captain-Joshie on Jun-9-13 @ 1:35 PM

gary01    -- Sep-25-2013 @ 5:45 PM
  managed to get a bit more done on caravelle today . check link for pics old and new .

ADI    -- Sep-25-2013 @ 7:31 PM
  Good to see your still at it, keep going, it will all be worth it when your cruising down the river  Smile


Adrian, Michelle, Beck and Braydon,
the crew of FERZAN.

gary01    -- Sep-29-2013 @ 1:39 PM
  got a bit more done yesterday , rubbing strake added to transom and rear window returned to original size . a bit disapointed in some repairs i did so may have to re do them ..

gary01    -- Oct-6-2013 @ 6:08 PM
  got a bit more done this weekend . got lower part of hull totaly sanded on starboard then 2 layers of pre kote then caulked , portside has been scraped ready for sanding down , re done a few small bits and sanded the rear walls of cabin ready for new varnish

gary01    -- Feb-28-2014 @ 3:28 PM
  been a while since i managed to get to caravelle , been there 2 days this week , stripped sanded and started varnishing rear doors and cleaning up inside , going to live onboard for a few weeks to get ontop of things so we can refloat her soon .. and get her tested !! will take regular pics , find a link to my facebook album and keep checking for up dates !!!

gary01    -- May-1-2014 @ 7:46 PM
  got loads done on the old girl , the slipway is looking alot closer than some may think , has been nice seeing some forum members in loddon in recent weeks, even spoke to a guy who new my through watching the vidoe of the raising on youtube .. lol .. happy sailing all see you out there very soon !!

gary01    -- May-18-2014 @ 8:15 PM
  getting there inside and out , new pics added

ADI    -- May-18-2014 @ 9:18 PM
  Getting there keep going, will be great to see her back on the water, any idea when that might be?


Adrian, Michelle, Beck and Braydon,
the crew of FERZAN.

Pauline&Phill    -- May-18-2014 @ 10:10 PM
  Amazing, Gary!

Best wishes,


Once we were Rondonay, now we
are simply Brilliant!

Bittern Code 65

reelbearings    -- May-19-2014 @ 6:32 AM
  I have to say looking at the pictures on face book, what you have done is truly amazing. Also your videos brought a lot of memories back......


suppliers to the worlds top casters.

Tight lines


readyabout    -- May-20-2014 @ 5:34 PM
quote:" pics added ......."



'readyabout' - the first meaningful adult phrase from my childhood....

gary01    -- May-20-2014 @ 8:45 PM
  thanks peeps , i'm not going to lie its bloody hard work .. but will be worth it , i have hopes of getting her bottom wet in june .. then the hull, decks and top should be done , most of rear cabbin is getting there as is engine room , i will finish cockpit, front cabin and remainder once she's in the water because i want some fun !! lol , also need to get back to work as funds , wood and everything else is running dry.. if anyone has mahogany type wood in planks cheap please get in touch . this next week i'll be fixing 2 oak planks in bottom, caulking and black tar varnishing ..

BuffaloBill    -- Jun-30-2015 @ 12:22 PM
  I'll try adding the photo upside down to start with!
Well........I had high hopes of seeing Caravelle nearing
completion when we were down there last week despite Gary
not having posted on here for over a year now.
So I have to say how disappointed I was to see this  Question
Anyone know Gary who could update us as to his wellbeing?

The older I get...
The better I was....!!

Previous post deleted as requested, Bill.

This message was edited by Mercator on Jun-30-15 @ 1:40 PM

ADI    -- Jun-30-2015 @ 6:57 PM
  Would have loved to see her out on the river but by the looks of it I doubt it will be soon, like Bill I hope everything is ok.


Adrian, Michelle, Beck and Braydon,
the crew of FERZAN.

Mercator    -- Jul-31-2018 @ 6:44 PM
  ‘Evening, folks ....

Many will no doubt recall back in April 2012 that Forum members pooled resources and together successfully raised the Caravelle 3 - which had sunk by the Beauchamp Arms during very bad weather.

The then owner ( NBF member ‘ade’ ) reluctantly decided to give up ownership for a number of reasons - his own bad health being a prime concern at the time. Ownership passed to another Forum member ( gary01 ), who began this thread. Unfortunately his last post / update on the restoration was in May 2014, and searches to-date only indicate that S622 has not been registered since that year.

I have just been contacted by ‘ade’ after a considerable time lapse and he wonders if anyone can throw any light on what has happened since and / or where the boat might be lying now etc. Any info therefore would be gratefully received.

His health has improved somewhat - to the extent that he is re-considering the possibility of boat ownership once more, and in that context I can but wish him well.


Steve & Maggie

Not quite an ancient mariner ...... though some say he was at sea before Pontius was a pilate !

Paladine    -- Jul-31-2018 @ 7:11 PM
  gary01 posted on his Facebook page yesterday, click the link in this post , then go to his timeline.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

This message was edited by Paladine on Jul-31-18 @ 8:12 PM

webntweb    -- Jul-31-2018 @ 10:18 PM
  A pic of her on the river Ant in August 82.

BuffaloBill    -- Aug-1-2018 @ 7:13 AM
  Sorry Mr P. Opens up another page exactly like this one
and not Facebook! Well for me anyway...

The older I get...
The better I was....!!

Paladine    -- Aug-1-2018 @ 7:19 AM
My link should open a previous post of gary01, in which he put a link to his FB page. Click on HIS link, then go to his timeline on the FB page that opens.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

Mercator    -- Aug-1-2018 @ 10:05 AM
  Thanks for pointing out the link to his FB page, Pally - works for me.


Steve & Maggie

Not quite an ancient mariner ...... though some say he was at sea before Pontius was a pilate !

Clanger    -- Feb-15-2019 @ 10:21 PM
  Hi which Caravelle is it we hired No.2 in 1977 Chumley and Hawke Horning.

Bye T.C.

Mercator    -- Feb-16-2019 @ 10:03 AM
  'Morning, Clanger . . . .

If memory serves, it was Caravelle No. 2 - and the registration no. was S622.


Steve & Maggie

Not quite an ancient mariner ...... though some say he was at sea before Pontius was a pilate !

This message was edited by Mercator on Feb-16-19 @ 10:48 AM

Clanger    -- Feb-16-2019 @ 1:02 PM
  Thanks for reply, might be able to dig out some photos we will be on Broads for 2wks 13 to 27 May on San Remo 2 believe Caravelle is at Loddon.

Bye T.C.

This message was edited by Clanger on Feb-16-19 @ 1:07 PM

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