A local based Sea Cadet unit from Warsash were without one of their workboat training vessels when it suffered severe damage after being ripped from its mooring, leaving it in an unseaworthy state.
The damaged Cheverton after smashing into the pier
Working in partnership with Babcock, the Cheverton Champ vessel was one of the projects Landau UK were appointed to rebuild and service in order to make it seaworthy again and preventing it becoming a right-off. This was all achieved within budget.
Breaking from its mooring and drifting towards the shore, The Cheverton Champ smashed into the pier, causing severe damage to the bow, its roof, stern and engine cover. In fact large sections of the deck were actually missing/worn away; where it had continually been lifted up and trapped against the underside of the pier, with the waves hitting over and over.
Removing bits of broken boat & thorough steam clean
Left in a poor state, Landau UK were required to rebuild the vessel after the damage it had received, as well as improving its overall appearance.
The vessel was also prepared for Lloyds Register Marine Inspections, including quality checks and seaworthy repair surveys.
Rear quarters smashed & bilges flooded
After two tonnes of water and debris was removed from the bilges, the boat was lifted by hoist onto Landau’s specifally designed Cheverton trailer. Once on dry land, the repair process initially involved removing bits of broken boat and pier, as well as a thorough steam clean, to work out where to start! Landau UK then got to work.
Fibreglass & gel coat repairs Stitching & fitting new life lines
Fiberglass and gel coat repairs to engine cowling, deck and hull where necessary. With considerable damage specifically to the deck due to large areas actually missing, deck hardware and rubbers had to be removed and moulds produced.
The finished deck and engine cowling was gel brushed over its entirety and laboriously polished back to an as new finish, to ensure consistent colour between the new and old sections.
Additional external work included removing the rudder, rebuilding the rudder shank, replacing the fuel tank strap and varnishing, as well as new stainless fixings. A new varnished tiller arm was also installede.
As a result of the vessel smashing into the pier, a new cuddy mould, with new windows and rubbers were required, along with a full width hand rail and mast, which resulted in many elements of the electrical loom also being replaced.
Cheverton Champ’s sea trial
“The damage was reported to Babcock at 7.30pm and by 8.45am the following morning the boat has been collected by Landau, lifted and the process of assessing the damage began. Now the finished product is better than before” Alun Davies, Project Manager, Babcock International
“The Cheverton Champ is an important port of our fleet and given the condition of the boat after its unfortunate incident, the finished article is well beyond our expectations” Warsash Cadet Officer
“Although this is not the sort of vessel we normally work on, it is great to see how our skills on larger boats can be transferred and that the finished product is better than our customer anticipated. I suspect our new contract will mean we will see more of these types of problems” Ben Metcalfe, Managing Director, Landau UK
“You’ve done a great job! It’s impressive seeing her back into the water now and compare how badly damaged she was” Matteo Fasce, Surveyor, Lloyd’s Register Mari
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