Harbour Marine Services

Incorporating Southwold & Ipswich Boatyards


Carina is a 59ft Lawley motor yacht, she was built in 1918 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA. She has spent most of her life cruising the waters of North America between New York and Boston. She was recently shipped to the UK where she was bought by her current owner. He has brought her to HMS for some modifications which were picked up by the survey. The team have removed all the beautiful interior for safe keeping ready for the works to begin. Carina is now called Seafarer.

Seafarer 2nd September 2022:

The beams on the wheelhouse roof have had another coat of the matt varnish and the grain in the timber is looking fabulous.

Seafarer 31st August 2022:

The team have been busy working on the stepped scarf joints on the covering boards on the decks using beautiful mahogany, this allows us to shape the covering boards to the curve of the boat.

Seafarer 30th August 2022:

The Ipswich team have been working on replacing the wheelhouse roof.

Seafarer 8th August 2022:

The Ipswich team have been busy over the last month laying the new deck and they have removed the wheelhouse roof ready for replacing with new frames. The team have been working night shifts to avoid the intense heat of the day in the tents in the boatyard.

Seafarer 30th June 2022:

With the hull structural repairs completed unfortunately we discovered a vast amount of rot in the decks. So it was decided that we would bring her into one of the tents so this job can be completed undercover.

Seafarer 21st June 2022:

With the main structural problems repaired and the engine back in the engineering and electrical teams have been busy connecting everything back up.

Seafarer 31st May 2022:

Last week was a busy week for the Ipswich team as the engine was lowered back into the boat by crane. Now is time for the interior to be put back in.

Seafarer 13th May 2022:

With the majority of the structural works finished the diesel and water tanks were lowered into place this week and are ready to be installed.

Seafarer 29th April 2022:

The Ipswich team have been continuing with the enormous and never ending task of roving and riveting all the replacement frames in the hull of seafarer and are starting to inch towards completion.

Seafarer 22nd April 2022:

After literally months of roving and riveting the Ipswich team are doing a great job and making good progress in the Saloon, the starboard side is completed and now there attentions are on the portside.

Seafarer 8th April 2022:

The engine room is looking great now it’s all been painted and is ready to receive the freshly painted yellow engine. And great progress is being made with the painting in the saloon.

Seafarer 5th April 2022:

The newly repaired engine room is being prepared for this beast of an engine to go back in!

Seafarer 25th February 2022:

All the new frames are fastened and bolted in the engine room.

Seafarer 18th February 2022:

The copper nail and roving continues as the new laminated ring frames are secured to the hull.

Seafarer 18th February 2022:

Carina is now to be called Seafarer, here is the reason why!

Seafarer 9th February 2022:

The stern post was laminated and positioned ready for the new ring frames and stringers to be replaced. The completed section had a nice coat of grey Danboline to finish the engine bay.

Carina 28th January 2022:

The team have been continuing with replacing the ring frames and stringers laminating them in position then the thousands of copper nails and roves. They are hoping to have completed the engine bay by the end of the month.

Carina 21st January 2022:

The Ipswich team have been cracking on this week with the hugely physical job of replacing the ring frames in the engine bay. The timbers are glued and laminated into position then copper nails and roves are put in. This involves someone hammering from the inside while the other person clenches up from the outside. Some of the bolts to secure the timbers don’t have a long enough thread so they have to be extended by hand.

Meanwhile the engineering team have been servicing the engine.

Carina 14th January 2022:

Great progress is being made with replacing the laminated Iroko ring frames and stringers fastening them with traditional copper nails and roves, these all help to strengthen the hull. And we have even had to custom build some bronze bolts.

Carina 23rd December 2021:

The Ipswich team have been cracking on with replacing the frames in the hull this will strengthen the hull and engine bed.

Carina November 2021:

The Ipswich team have been assessing the hull of Carina this week now that the engine and tanks have been removed, the owner is having a surveyor inspect the condition and do a report with advice on repairs which need to be carried out.

Carina November 2021:

Here the engine and tanks have been craned out.

This is the beautiful plan of Carina

Carina November 2021:

The deck head of the wheelhouse has been stripped ready for a hatch to be cut so we can lift the engine and tanks out for the works to begin.

Carina November 2021:

With the engine, generator and tanks removed the engine room looks super spacious. Now we will be in a better position to make the structural repairs to the hull which are necessary.

Carina October 2021:

The long process of stripping the boat out completely and storing all the beautiful interior while the more structural issues are addressed is well underway in the Ipswich boatyard.

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