For the majority of 2015, the Southampton Yacht Services team and the crew of Cambria have been working on S/Y Cambria, the 114ft (34.7m) Fife designed cutter.
The team at Saxon Wharf yard meticulously removed, repaired and where required replaced almost 200 of Cambria’s planks, along with carrying out substantial work to her stem. Of those planks, more than 70 percent of them have been painstakingly repaired, ensuring as much of the original yacht as possible remains.
Such extensive work on the hull and stem have also allowed the team to inspect the majority of the keelbolts (all original to the yacht) and perform non-destructive testing to check their integrity. In addition, by removing the bilge area, all the tanks were inspected and hydraulics updated, no mean feat on a wooden boat, originally built in 1928. After careful preparation with a thin sheathing applied, she then had a new paint job that will see this refit last for decades to come.