The SYH Blog
RIBs and sportsboats are becoming increasingly popular, and for those who don’t want the hassle of launching and retrieving the boat every time they sail (not to mention the damage to the trailer, from repeated immersion of wheel-bearings in salt water) the Versadock could be the answer.
The walk along the river bank from SYH to Levington Creek, round the edge of the nature reserve, is extremely popular, both with those heading for the Ship Inn and keen birdwatchers. There has been an unofficial shortcut, across the meadow, avoiding a section of river wall, but work to improve the habitat for wading birds and other waterfowl mean this route has now been cut off. Please follow the signposts and take the official route behind the trees and then along the river wall.
Dredging work in the west harbour should be completed as planned by the middle of March. A few days were lost when a circulating pump in the engine broke, but it was quickly rebuilt and refitted. The dredger will be working seven days a week from now on to complete the work on schedule.
Once work in the west harbour is finished, Muddy Boots will spend two weeks dredging the entrance channel with the target of completing the seasonal campaign at the beginning of April.
John and Margaret under the new cockpit canopy on Blakeney Seal
John Wiltshier is celebrating the completion of an extensive refit on Blakeney Seal, a Parker 325 which he chose for its lifting keel – “the ability to sit upright on Scilly Island and Brittany Sand.”
He bought the 20-year-old boat via Clarke and Carter in August last year.
“I wanted to convert her to a boat that was suitable for an 80-year-old to sail very short-handed,” he explained. And he was able to achieve just what he wanted thanks to the way all the specialist companies at Suffolk Yacht Harbour work together.
Maintenance crew Des Cowan and Ian Theobald creating new-style fingers, with hardwood decking, improved fendering and mooring cleats, for the continuing programme of pontoon refurbishment and renewal.
March is upon us and Easter is approaching. There’s not much time left to get ready for the new season. If you haven’t already booked your launch date, please contact Bob Gibbon as soon as possible.
And if you would like the yard to do any work on your boat – from anti-fouling and polishing to repairs and installations – please contact Josh Major without delay.