Major step forward for boat restoration

23rd July 2019

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Restoration work has taken a major step forward this week on a 55-year-old wooden boat that was gifted to Turn to Starboard last year. 

The Rampart 48-foot motor cruiser was donated to the charity by a generous supporter, yet requires extensive repair to her wooden hull.

This week wooden planking was removed from the bow of the vessel to enable the internal structure to be inspected to decide on the best way to proceed. 

Thanks to the support from some incredible organisations, Turn to Starboard is able to reach out to Armed Forces personnel affected by military service to help bring this vessel back to life. Volunteers will have the chance to learn traditional boat-building skills and potentially start new careers in the industry.

Turn to Starboard CEO and founder, Shaun Pascoe, said: “We were astonished when one of our long-standing supporters decided to generously donate his beautiful Rampart 48-foot motor cruiser to the charity. However, there are some issues with the planking within the hull which require some work before the boat can get back on the water.

“We could have considered hiring a team of boat builders to take on the project, yet in line with our charity theme, we decided to offer the opportunity to veterans who have been affected by military operations who will be able to learn traditional and valuable skills and potentially start new careers in the marine industry.

“What we aim to achieve, in conjunction with a boat builder and boat surveyor, is to expand our small team of veterans to help replace about a quarter the planks on the hull to restore her back to her former glory. The project aims be fun, while offering the chance for volunteers to meet new people, make friends, learn useful skills and help bring a historic wooden motor boat back to life.”

Anyone who would like to get involved, or make a donation, can contact Steve Richards by email at steve@turntostarboard.co.uk, or by calling 01326 314262.

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