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Charm of Rhu completes her extensive refit

Charm of RhuReaders of Harbour Light will have followed the initial progress on Charm of Rhu; here we follow up on the final stages of her refit and her recent re-launch.






Refit work on this classic beauty included stripping all varnish from the hull and superstructure,  sanding it back to bright mahogany, and replacing some of the laminated mahogany hull frames.  Having routed and re-splined the topsides, and carried out localised repairs to the mahogany planking, the team applied Epifanes varnish to the hull and superstructure. 

SYH boatyard services manager Joshua Major comments, “Renovating this iconic yacht to such a high standard has been an exciting challenge and we are just as delighted as the owners are with the finished result.”

In addition, a new engine and engine beds were fitted and the rudder and stern tube were replaced.  The famous Fife dragon and wheat sheaves were re-carved, sign writers gold paint was carefully applied to her carvings, and her name was traditionally painted on along with port registry.

Joshua adds, “We have a team of dedicated and highly skilled boat builders, and our specialist on-site workshops are optimised to the ideal environment and temperature for classic yacht maintenance.”

Originally built in 1963 for local builder Willie Lawrence to race on the Clyde, Charm of Rhu now regularly competes in the British Classic Yacht Club regatta and has sailed extensively in the UK.  Based on the south coast, Charm of Rhu’s owners brought her to SYH having heard of our reputation for quality classic boat restoration.

Having launched at SYH in April, Charm of Rhu set off for the south coast to enjoy a summer of cruising and regatta racing.

For more details on SYH workshop facilities and services, please email Joshua Major at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01473 659465.


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