Category: West Solent One Design W-8 Refit
28 March, 2018
As you can see Mike was forever joyful and never was a job too complex. Even his close peers silently and rather jealously lamented when they were too busy on other projects and Mike’s skill was being passed on to younger apprentices. Berthon wishes Mike a fabulous retirement.
22 August, 2017
We head back inside RIPPLE for more bronze floors and brackets It’s been a while since our last update on RIPPLE, our 1925 Berthon built West Solent Restricted Class (otherwise known as Lymington One Design (LOD) or West Solent One Design (WSOD)), as there have been numerous other projects in…
31 August, 2016
The Yacht Restoration Project Continues… The project to restore Ripple (built by Berthon in 1925) continues. With the centreline structure, new laminated frames and bronze floors in place, the next step for Ripple will be to add the Alaskan yellow cedar planking to form the hull of the yacht. Although…
27 February, 2015
The work to restore RIPPLE, a 1925 Berthon built West Solent one design has been progressing with apprentice Lewis Still taking directions from seasoned Mike Prince in the corner of the big blue sheds at Berthon. Lewis, a 2nd year apprentice shipwright comments on the work he has been undertaking…
31 January, 2014
Since the last update to the restoration blog there has been much progress on RIPPLE. We now have all of the laminated frames in the midship section of the boat permanently fixed in place. These have been housed into the keel and then glued using thickened epoxy resin, plus additional…
01 November, 2013
Over the past few months there has been a slight lull in work on RIPPLE because there have been so many other projects at the Shipyard requiring extra hands. Most significantly, the 67’ Mariflex Challenge Yacht which underwent an extensive refit and has now been handed back to a very…
09 September, 2013
‘The frames are made using laminates of iroko machined to a thickness of 5mm. These are then covered with resorcinol glue on all mating faces and bent around a laminating jig; as pictured in the blog. This is then left for the glue to cure. Once the glue has completely…
08 July, 2013
Here is the latest timelapse video of RIPPLE’s transformation by the Berthon Apprentices, with highlights of the framing process mentioned in ‘The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.’ (G.K. Chesterton) by Jack Gunstone-Smith (Second year Shipwright Apprentice). ‘The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.’…
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