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KeithJG

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Yacht Building at Hoo Marina - Morning Cloud 1968/9
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2015, 17:26:53 »
I was fortunate to work at Michael Winfield & Partners boat building enterprise at Hoo Marina in 1968.

I was the third employee and at first the company just rented a building from an aged boatbuilder who made masts for the wooden Thames barges.

The wooden mould was first made followed by it being covered in fibre glass and separated into two exact halves etc. This reverse mould was then laid up with fibre glass again and the two parts bolted together and joined with final layers of glass.

A copy mould was made and exported to Australia and they still produce the yachts.  http://www.ss34.org/index.php/the-ss34/ 

and about an email i sent them a few years back  http://www.ss34.org/index.php/2013/05/12/how-boats-were-bult-at-winfields-letter-from-former-employee/#more-1070

The pictures include myself at 20yrs in 1968 & 1969. The picture with me on my haunches polishing the rudder part of the hull was an official photo taken for a magazine to advertise yachts.

The blue coloured building from Google was the first building where the very first two yachts were made Edward Heath had one which i believe was the exhibition one for Earls Court in that year.

We change buildings in 1969 to just nearby where you can see Kingsnorth in the background, a whitefaced building with very high sliding door so that the yachts completely assembled could be wheeled out. At the far end of the building it is still used by a company for producing Glass Fibre components.

Edward Heaths yacht was launched at Lower Upnor at the MOD pier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dDqR1R1Zco  and celebrations were at the Yacht Club at which i met him shook his hand and received an autograph.

This is my only claim to fame but enjoyed every minute of it........


 

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