Category: West Solent One Design W-8 Refit
30 May, 2013
Jack Gunstone-Smith is serving a four year advanced apprenticeship at Berthon in the Shipwright department. He says ‘I applied for my apprenticeship online, was invited for interview, and was lucky enough to be chosen for an apprenticeship, which was great news as it was something I really wanted to do….
23 May, 2013
By Jack Gunstone-Smith (Second year Shipwright Apprentice) Since the last instalment to the blog, work has been progressing on “Ripple” in leaps and bounds. The new keel timber has been made from iroko hardwood, using templates taken from the original. Although the original timber was one piece the new keel…
26 April, 2013
By Jack Gunstone-Smith (2nd year Shipwright Apprentice) Whilst working on Ripple these last couple of weeks, I have so far removed the keel timber, which involved removing the large bronze keel bolts that fasten the keel to the strap floors, by way of drilling off the heads of the bolts…
28 March, 2013
4th Year Berthon apprentice Jack Hughes signed his name by engraving a new frame for West Solent One Design RIPPLE, as part of the `Made by Apprentices Campaign’ which is a national effort to promote the role and importance of apprentices to business today. RIPPLE is of course undergoing a…
20 March, 2013
Gathering Vital Support by Brian May, MD Berthon Boat Company. On a frosty morning at the end of February Ian Stables, Senior Project Manager at Berthon, and I drove to the quiet sleepy town of Maldon in Essex to visit the legendary Adrian Riva’s boatshed adjacent the River Chelmer and…
26 February, 2013
February 2013 – A Change of Name: Berthon Boatyard owner Brian May has renamed the West Solent One Design W-8 that the Berthon apprentices are currently restoring as an educational project, from DINAH to RIPPLE. Designed and built at the Lymington based shipyard by Brian’s great grandfather H G May…
31 January, 2013
Built by Berthon in 1925 sail number W-8 (originally named Dinah) Refit started October 2012 The story so far: Joel Wootten 1st year Apprentice Painter: I started scraping the paint from the topsides from the port aft end but it was very difficult to start with since I am left…
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