The current project on the East Cowes Clarence Yard slipway is the twin screw motor yacht ‘Somerset’ (1954). She is of teak planking on steel angle iron frames, a composite construction.
Haul out day
Somerset has entered the yard for major works. Although in amazing condition for a vessel of her age, we are re-caulking the topsides, re-splining, refastening areas and full paint. She is also receiving a new teak deck due to bad leaks and decay of the steel deck beams that will be repaired or replaced as required. A complete exterior overhaul will be given, we are looking forward to the transformation and seeing how good this amazing vessel will look when completed.
Somerset on the slipway, stripped of paint, works just starting
The below photo shows the foredeck undergoing the process of removing the old teak deck. Unfortunately too decayed to save much. The interesting photo shows the steel angle iron deck beams of the composite construction method
Below,Covered with a shrink wrap tent to protect the hull and deck work from the poor winter weather. The hull has been re-caulked-re-splined, and undergoing fairing and finishing work in preparation for paint.
ConstructionTeak on steel frames
PowerTwin Gardner 8cyl
BuilderR A Newman & Sons, Poole