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Fenn and Wood restoration

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:52 am
by Thrubwell58
Hi,

I am new to the group, but not to boating. I acquired a Fenn & Wood boat late last year on a well known auction site for the princely sum of £540.00 including delivery. The boat came with trailer, cover and Yamaha M12 electric outboard - a bargain! However, once backed into the water an aquatic Vesuvius erupted along her keel line (and a few other places), she was quickly returned to dry land where another use for her presented itself - a colander.

Over the years she appeared to have been loved but the last ten had probably taken their toll. She has been put into the workshop for restoration and progress is being made. History is also emerging of what she is or was, she started life as a 14' sailing dinghy in F&W's Taplow works and construction started in that fashion, but, it appears that a bespoke boat was required and her keel board was removed and covered (the original keel guard strip covers the whole length of the keel), the top deck was changed from the sailing version and an upstand created and the 'launch' cabin added at the factory.

The cabin was originally glazed and she has flag staff sockets to the rear, presumably for an ensign and flag socket for a pennant to the bow.

Does anyone know any more.......?

Re: Fenn and Wood restoration

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:19 pm
by kwoffa
I have a Fenn and Wood Meteor MK1...you can Pm me if required as i have pictures of my own boat being restored in the 80's...

Re: Fenn and Wood restoration

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:21 pm
by kwoffa
Hi ALAN.
It was great to talk and listen to you the other day !
I do hope that the photos i sent you along with the short video...helped a bit.
Mel.

Re: Fenn and Wood restoration

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:24 pm
by Thrubwell58
Mel,

They did indeed! It's useful to see how the hull developed from the GP14 boat. I will be in touch as another r F&W project appears to be looming!!

Alan

Re: Fenn and Wood restoration

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:25 am
by Thrubwell58
Progress has continued with the bottom of the boat replaced together with some mahogany cross members. Old paintwork has been stripped inside and out and voluminous quantities of lacquer/varnish have been applied to the 'wood bits'.

The hull was covered with a couple of layers of glass fibre mat and tissue, not necessarily original but will (hopefully) leave a lasting legacy for somebody in the future. The cabin appears to have been glazed originally and the new glass arrived yesterday for fitting.
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Another fortnight should see her complete and then the maiden voyage!

Then I must look out that Vedette engine and gearbox for the Meteor.........

Re: Fenn and Wood restoration

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:50 pm
by kwoffa
Looking great Alan.

Re: Fenn and Wood restoration

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:05 pm
by Thrubwell58
The result of a few months of restoration - 61 years young and awaiting the restoration of the British Anzani Super Single....

Re: Fenn and Wood restoration

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:42 am
by kwoffa
We was at the Henly Festival..and i was talking to the chap who restored "GELYCE" a truely wonderfull boat at a cool 2 MIL it should be !! he was mentioning glassing over wood ..and that sometimes it can cause nightmares inas much that it can and does trap water in...'GELYCE was done like that and had to have a total hull rebuild...
I have sent mails but it will be great when we finally catch up with each other.
Mel.