Richard Martin tells us about how the Starcrest restoration is going so far:
Starcrest has had two surveyors give her the once over, we are currently waiting for the second report to find out the full extent of the work needed to be done. Having managed at the second attempt to get Starcrest into the workshop [no mean feat in itself] we have begun work doing the obvious such as taking out every other rib, removing the rotten floors and sanding the hull both inside outside. We are collecting thousands of copper rivets which we will eventually sell to the scrappy.
The timber to start reconstruction should arrive next week which we are looking forward to. The full scale of the work has started to sink in. It is a massive, complex job and we are having to be very flexible in our approach to it, but although the work is extensive it is amazing that the original hull planks seem to be in remarkably good condition.
Apprentices have been thrown in at the deep end and are now removing rivets like they have been doing it for years. We are all feeling positive and looking forward to the challenge.