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Incorporating Southwold & Ipswich Boatyards


The latest edition to the HMS restoration fleet is Jorvik, a McGruer 41, she arrived with us during lockdown for an extensive restoration. She is a classic wooden twin screw motor yacht with plenty of charm. 

She has been in the same family for several generations and now the younger generation have decided to take on the project of restoring her to former glory to enjoy on the rivers of Devon.

She has come to HMS to be replanked, have new carlins and a beamshelf, new deck beams, a new aft cockpit, new engines, be completely rewired, new tanks, new portlights, new galley area and wet room, new heads and a new mast. 

Watch this space for regular updates.  

Latest Updates

Update 24th April 2024

With a busy season of enjoyment planned on the Thames Jorvik is being transported by road to our Ipswich yard for a hull refresh.

Update 12th September 2023

Jorvik took part in the St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival over the weekend in the beautiful sunny weather, she was in good company with many other beautiful wooden craft.

Classic Boat Award – 7th February 2023

Delighted to announce Jorvik has been nominated for a Classic Boat Award in the restored powered vessel category to vote for her head to https://awards.classicboat.co.uk

Update 18th January 2023

She has now had the galley and heads fitted and is ready for sale with Sandeman Yacht Company.

Update 7th December 2022

With the majority of the works completed she took to the water once again yesterday after her pre sale mini refit.

Update 1st December 2022

After some internal modifications and improvements and a revarnish Jorvik is looking smart once more.

Update 6th October 2022

Work is continuing to convert the interior to accommodation from being just a day boat.

Update 30th August 2022

Work is continuing on fitting out the galley and preparation of the interior woodwork for varnishing. The hull has now been painted and is looking refreshed and ready for the varnishing.

Jorvik 22nd April 2022 update

With the finishing team AKA Nigel on holiday this week there has been a pause in the varnishing but everything is ready to go on his return.

Jorvik 19th April 2022 update

More sanding preparations have been carried out and now she is awaiting varnishing and finishing on the exterior.

Jorvik 8th April 2022 update

The sanding back continues between coats to get a great finish.

Jorvik 5th April 2022 update

The preparations continue and Nigel is sanding and varnishing and building up the layers.

Jorvik 1st April 2022 update

Nigel has started the process of refreshing the varnish work.

Jorvik 18th March 2022 update

Works on the galley continue.

Jorvik March 2022 update

Works have started again on fitting the rest of the galley and then Sam will move into the heads.

Jorvik January 2022 update

With the cooker installed the team have been putting the fridge in the galley this week.

Jorvik January 2022 update:

The Southwold team have been making good progress on the next phase of works on Jorvik, we have been sanding all the paint and varnish back and have started to make the galley modifications and improvements installing the cooker and sink. Sam has made a template for the work top surround ready to cut tomorrow.

Jorvik January 2022 update:

The sanding preparations continue ready for the modifications to begin.

Jorvik January 2022 update:

Works have begun on the next phase of her restoration, she has come back to the yard to have a proper galley and heads fitted and her woodwork to be varnished.

Jorvik November 2021 update:

She has been brought back into the boatshed ready for the next phase of transformation works to be carried out over the winter.

Jorvik June 2021 update:

After pulling out all the stops to get her finished and her long road journey on Tuesday to Devon this was a lovely photo to receive on Wednesday afternoon, Jorvik motoring in the sunshine off the Devon coast.

Jorvik July 2021 update:

Following a very successful 2 week holiday in Devon, Jorvik has returned to HMS ready for phase two of the restoration to be carried out, we have until May next year to complete these works.

Jorvik June 2021 update:

After pulling out all the stops to get her finished and her long road journey on Tuesday to Devon this was a lovely photo to receive on Wednesday afternoon, Jorvik motoring in the sunshine off the Devon coast.

Jorvik June 2021 update:

After a full on few weeks of the team working all hours on Jorvik today she was loaded onto transport and headed for Salcombe, Devon. She will be there for a family holiday to be used as a picnic base then she will be heading back to HMS for round 2 of the restoration.

Jorvik June 2021 update:

This last week the team have been incredible and worked all hours to achieve the launch day deadline for Jorvik. The owner Matthew was delighted and moved to watch her take to the water once again. The boat has been in his family for decades. There are still a few jobs to complete before she is loaded onto road transport on Tuesday and makes the journey to Salcombe. She is being used for a family holiday then she will return to HMS for phase 2 of her restoration and fit out.

Jorvik June 2021 update:

Matthew the owner watching the launch of Jorvik. With the appalling wet weather today the boys are continuing to crack on to finish the work but with interesting attire. We’ve also had to invest in a temporary gazebo to keep some of the rain off the boys, not quite an ergonomic design. 

Jorvik June 2021 update

Jorvik update It’s been a really busy week on Jorvik with so much progress made, the team have been working all hours to meet the owners deadline. With paint, varnish and the shiny deck fittings going on she is starting to look fabulous.

Jorvik June 2021 update

With the decks sanded the team are cracking on preparing for varnishing. Tape and more tape!

Jorvik June 2021 update

The decks have been sanded and look fabulous

Jorvik June 2021 update

The boys have been busy over the bank holiday weekend caulking the decks, it’s a super messy business but will insure the decks are watertight. Today the job is to remove the surplus. The aft cockpit capping rail has been put in place and is ready for the final routering into shape.

Jorvik May 2021 update

The teak deck has been laid and looks fabulous and the rubbing strakes are being attached. This is a fascinating process which involves steaming the wood for an hour and a half before you then have 10-15 seconds to bend it to the shape of the hull before it cools and then holds it shape.

The video below shows the cooling wood which has been bent into shape.

Jorvik May 2021 update

With the covering boards down the next stage was for the beautiful teak deck to be laid. This is always a complex process working with the curve of the boat, due to time constraints the customer has opted for a swept deck which starts straight and then sweeps around the curve of the boat. The boys have done a great job and as we approach the deadline for the boat to be ready there is still so much to done. Today the upper rubbing strake is being steamed so that it can be clamped and bent around the curve.

Jorvik May 2021 update

It’s been a busy few weeks with Jorvik and great progress has been made with the extra hours being put in.The covering boards have been glued and the aft cockpit curved upstand has been laminated. The beautiful teak grates which have been custom made were tried for size and we had a great day positioning the shiny Davey & Co deck fittings.

Jorvik April 2021 update

With many of the team now doing overtime to try and get Jorvik ready for the summer season she is progressing nicely, over the weekend the team assembled the wheelhouse extension, there is still the odd head scratching moment, this is the nature of classic boat restoration

Jorvik April 2021 update

There has been great progress on Jorvik this last few weeks, the ply decking has gone down onto the deck beams and has been shaped and sheathed in epoxy and cloth to create a waterproof base for the teak deck to then be put down. For the cloth to stick it has to go around a curved edge so the boys have been busy sanding the curves. The fuel tanks have been installed today, these have been custom made by our in-house fabricator. Having spent months working on the ground work now the progress is exciting and noticeable each day.

Jorvik March 2021 update

The hydraulic steering has been installed and the hull has had Jeffery’s No.2 black marine glue poured into the bilges, the idea is this fills the low points and seams where water is likely to stand and cause potential issues. This is a traditional product which has been used in boatbuilding for decades and is supplied by Davey & Co.

Jorvik March 2021 update

The deck beams are being glued in place and the tongue and groove headlining is going on next.

Jorvik February 2021 update

Since moving Jorvik into shed 1 last week the team have more space and workbenches to spread out and crack on with progress.

Jorvik February 26th 2021 update

The deck beams are nearly finished and the new hydraulic steering system is being installed. Preparations for the painting and varnishing team continue.

Jorvik February 17th 2021 update

The team are working hard on all aspects of Jorvik’s restoration, the deck beams are progressing steadily and they are now working along the side decks, the curved cockpit area has been defined with the timbers, the hull is being prepared for painting and the new curved screen has been fabricated in fibreglass ready for painting. This is a fascinating journey and like all restorations there are periods of rapid change then things slow down again as preparations for the next phase take place.

Jorvik February 3rd 2021 update

It’s been a fascinating few days watching John and our skilled team redesigning the whole look of Jorvik adjusting the wheelhouse, the outside steering position and the aft cockpit seating area using ply to visualise the desired curves. The customer has made the decision to modify the look completely from the original design to something really special. Now the challenge is on for us to create it.

Jorvik January 22nd 2021 update

Today was a big day at HMS as we have a huge move around of boats. Jorvik was moved from shed 3 to shed 1. It was lovely to see her outside in the sunshine a taste of the happy times ahead for her owner’s. Then it was back in shed 1 for the extensive works to continue.

Jorvik January 2021 update

This is Greg one of our very talented engineers. He was underneath Jorvik this afternoon with a very shiny lump of bronze which caught my attention initially! He talked me through the complex process of building a jig to support the shaft so the bronze mount could then be mounted accurately on the hull, put simply this 16ft length of metal is connected to the engine at one end and the propeller at the other and has 5 bearings along its length if it is even a few mm out it will affect performance of the engine so precision and accuracy is crucial, it looked like a very involved and lengthy process and there are two of these to be fitted.

Jorvik January 2021 update

The team have been cracking on this week with Jorvik and the planking on the starboard side hull is finished and the deck beams are starting to go in.

Jorvik update

Fascinating watching the progress on Jorvik this week. Both the engines were lowered into position in the engine bay. The Beam shelves were cut and laid up, then clamped in position overnight. Amazingly the wood holds the shape and the boys were then able to laminate them together in situ. Here you can see the before and after results.

Jorvik January 2021 update

The team have been cracking on this week with Jorvik and the planking on the starboard side hull is finished and the deck beams are starting to go in.

Jorvik January 2021 update

The engineering team have been busy installing the shafts and steering gear and the boatbuilders have been working on replacing planking and deck beams and the red lead caulking between the planking.

Jorvik late December update

The HMS team are cracking on brilliantly with Jorvik shaping and putting in the new deck beams and replacing the planking on the starboard front hull.

December update

Great progress has been made on Jorvic with the engineering guys, marine electricians and boatbuilders this week. The planking is almost complete and the screw holes have been plugged. Next week we will caulk her up.

The replacement deck beams are being shaped individually to get the correct curvature or crop from Douglas fir. The engineering team have installed the fuel and water cooling pumps for the two new Beta engines and are currently working on the drive trains. The new rudder stock has been fitted which involved drilling a 3 inch diameter hole through the sternpost and outboard and cutlass bearings have been fitted to the propeller shafts. The battery bed has been made and fitted ready to house the bank of batteries needed to power all the toys, the charger and the inverter and more of her wiring has been completed. The inside of the hull has been painted where possible and 20 sheets of deck head ply has had 8 coats of paint in total, is ready for when we start to line the cabins.

November update

The boys have been focusing on re-planking sections of the hull this week and are ready to plug the holes. The caulking will then fill the gaps between the planks.

Jorvik update

Work is progressing at some pace on Jorvik the deck beam shelf is in on both the port and starboard sides, and the inside of the hull has been painted. The port side planking is almost complete and ready to be scrubbed and caulked next week. The engines have been bedded and the tanks are almost complete.

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