Refit and Rebuild Consultancy.
There are various ways a client can get the boat they want, and in many cases the best option is to buy an existing vessel and refit her to make her suitable for that clients intended uses. Similarly, all boats get old at some point and there comes a time when serious work is required to keep them in commission. Where modifications are likely to change the characteristics of the boat in some way or if guidance is required on how the boat can be improved, it may be beneficial to enlist the services of a Naval Architect.
This can be fascinating work. Quite often with aging wooden boats there will be an element of archeology involved and interesting discoveries are frequently made. Small changes can add up over the years and with time the coherence of a rig design for example can be lost. Even when a client does not want to undertake an extensive refit in one go, it can be very useful to have a "grand plan" so that work carried out over a number of seasons can be progress towards a final solution.
There are many views on the ethics of reconstruction and restoration and the priorities of individual clients vary greatly. Some wish to return a boat to her original condition and will go to great lengths to achieve authenticity. Others may be more keen to make the boat as practicable as possible for their intended usage. One thing that should be borne in mind is that mere age is no guarantee of merit in design and construction. In some cases a boat may be greatly improved through modifications which can still respect the practices of the time in which she was built.
Please select from the list to view details of refit and rebuild projects that this office has been involved with.