18 ft Chesford yacht Recaulked deck planks Engine box Engine box as picnic table





Restoration of 18’ Chesford Sailing Yacht - Squacco

Squacco is a classic  18’ 6’’ Clinker centreboard sailing yacht Built by Chesford Marine Ltd about 30 years ago.   She is  a traditionally finished, 2-berth yacht with a small inboard engine.

Haines were commissioned to restore her to her former glory.   Squacco was moved into the shipwright workshop and the preparation of the deck commenced. 

The damaged deck planks were removed and repaired before being refitted.

Ready to launch

The deck plank seams were raked out and the seams re-caulked with polysulphide sealant. The deck was then scraped clean and oiled.

The faulty engine was removed together with the stern gear and replaced with a new one.  To make the engine fit, the engine bearers and floor bearers had to be altered. The cockpit floor was replaced, and new teak gratings constructed and fitted.  A new engine control panel in the cockpit was manufactured, fitted and wired in.  A Mahogany vented engine cover was fabricated and fitted and doubles as picnic table when the engine cover is raised.

The coach roof was stripped and treated with epoxy resin before painting.  The portholes were removed and resealed using polysulphide sealant.  New traditional bronze deck and navigation lamps were fitted. 

Internally, there were a number of cracked ribs requiring repairs and some refastening.  A new electric bilge pump was installed together with all its plumbing and electrics.  The centreboard was cleaned and any rust removed.  It was then primed and antifouled.  The lifting system was also overhauled.

The rubbing strakes were stripped and revarnished, and the bottom antifouled.

The mast & boom were prepared and varnished, all the mast fittings were cleaned and replaced.  All the stainless steel standing and running rigging was replaced.  A new suit of sails,  Jib and mainsail, together with an over boom mainsail cover were manufactured.  The jib was fitted onto Whykeham Martin furling gear.

The mast was stepped with new bronze rigging screws and rope halliards fitted.

Squacco was launched and taken to her mooring ready for the family to enjoy sailing.