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Nutfield Restoration Work Update

August – November 2017

Nutfield was moved from Braunston Marina to Brinklow Boat Services (BBS) on the North Oxford Canal (www.brinklowboatservices.com) in August 2017.  BBS have been commissioned by the Trust to carry out remedial work on the hull and the manufacture and installation of new wooden gunwales in readiness for the fitting of protective cloths.

The work was planned in order to ensure the condition of the boat is maintained at a satisfactory level necessary to ensure the future of Nutfield is secure for years to come.  The fitting of cloths will provide both weather protection for the hold area and a covered area for the crew, particularly for those who sleep on-board during long boat moves and events.

The total cost of the work is circa £8000 which has been funded by existing Trust funds, private donations and a significant donation from the Northamptonshire branch of the IWA in memory of the late John Faulkner.

Hull Maintenance

A number of heavily corroded pieces of hull have been replaced to ensure that the integrity of the hull is maintained and that the condition meets with the requirements of our Insurers.  The process involves cutting out the corroded metal and welding in a new section.  This approach is preferable to “over plating” for both constructional and cosmetic reasons.

Once the cutting and welding work was complete it was time to grit blast the entire interior of the hull and baseplate to remove all the old paint and excess rust.  A professional grit blasting company was commissioned to do the work, our energetic Volunteers kindly assisted with removing approximately 3 tonnes of grit once the process was complete.

The freshly prepared hull surface was treated with two coats of high specification two part epoxy finish in a traditional red oxide colour.  This coating provides a high quality finish that will prevent corrosion for many years and will keep the interior looking smart.

Gunwales Replacement

After consideration and expert advice it was agreed that the existing oak gunwales were too narrow to accommodate the proposed new cloths.  Once the they were removed, BBS started the process of “truing up” the hull using the existing tensioning chains and acrow props where necessary.

When the hull was deemed to be as “true” as possible, the new gunwales were produced from iroko wood (an African hardwood which is very durable wood; iroko does not require regular treatment with oil or varnish when used outdoors).  The installation was completed using waterproof flexible sealant and coach bolts.  All coach bolt heads have been capped in wood to ensure a high quality finish on the top surface.

The new gunwales have been treated with a black pitch finish and fitted with rings in readiness for the fitting of cloths.

New Cloths (Future Planned Work)

The fitting of cloths will provide the necessary weather protection ensure that the work described above is protected and long lasting.

We have a costed proposal for the cloths and fitting (including new planks) which is approximately £4500.  This work will be commissioned when the Trust has raised the funds as there is insufficient money available at this time.

If you are able to support us in raising the £4500 required, we would be delighted if you could make contact with our Treasurer, Nick Lake.  Contact details can be found here.

Our thanks goes out to all Friends, Donors and Sponsors that have made this work possible and we look forward to your continued support.

Picture Credits: Brinklow Boat Services 2017


Raymond – Work in Progress – 30th March 2017

Some pictures at Blisworth this morning.

Raymond will have to come out of the shed on Saturday and be back at Braunston on Sunday so that Alan Baillie can finish off early next week.

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Friends Work Party This Weekend

This Saturday 4th February, following the recent dry dock work there will be a work party to prepare Raymond prior to being moved backed to Braunston in March.

Meeting Point: Grand Junction Arms Public House Car Park, Bulbourne at 10:00am (Sat Nav: HP23 5QE)

Please wear clothes, footwear and gloves appropriate for handling cloths, ropes etc.

If you wish to join us, please contact Diana Golder (Email: volunteering@friendsofraymond.org.uk).


Raymond Is Heading South

On Saturday 5th November Nutfield and our “boat moving team” will begin the challenge of towing Raymond from Braunston to Tring for essential restoration to Raymond’s cabin.  This is a major project that will involve the replacement of the existing wooden outer cabin, interior restoration, new paintwork and sign writing throughout December.

All of this work is necessary to preserve Raymond for years to come. It is being funded from generous donations and fund raising from our Patron, Members and the Public over recent years.

The boats will be setting off from Braunston Marina at 9am heading through Braunston Locks, Braunston Tunnel and the Long Buckby flight by the end of the day.  They are expected to arrive in Tring by the end of November.

If you would like to support this project and others we have planned in the future, we are always looking for new members with an interest in working boat heritage.  You can join us online for just £10 per year.

 


Nutfield Docking Weekend

Nutfield will be in dry dock at Braunston Marina over the weekend of 15th and 16th October 2016.

Jobs to do include hull survey, rust treatment, corrosion prevention and blacking.

You are welcome to come and see the work being carried out by our Members.

For more details contact Diana Golder (volunteering@friendsofraymond.org.uk) or Nick Scarcliffe.


Next maintenance morning is Sunday 17th April

The next Member’s maintenance morning is on Sunday 17th April at Braunston Marina. We will be meeting at the Gongoozlers Rest at 8:30am or at the Boats at 9:30am – all welcome!  This is the last get together before the National Boatshare Show so there will plenty to do.  If you can attend please can you let Nick Scarcliffe know in advance.


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