The Woodbridge Boatyard Ltd                                                     Newsletter - January 2017  


A Happy New year to all our customers and friends! There have been some spectacular sunrises and moonrises already this year

We were delighted that so many attended our traditional Christmas "brunch" on the 17th of December. During the morning we served some eighty buns with various combinations of bacon, egg and sausage, washed down with several cases of mulled wine and mince pies! Almost all the boats are now safely into the yard, with engines winterised and covers in place. Now is the moment to ask for repairs and maintenance rather than at the spring rush in April.

Steve Baker, our Yard Manager continues to exercise his skill and experience with all aspects of the boatyard, with able assistance from Tim Smith who is an accomplished shipwright and now crane driver. Having worked in a number of yards both here and overseas Tim is well placed to deal with any replacements or repairs. He is currently fitting new decks, cockpit and bulkheads to a Deben Cherub that was built here in the early '30's . All other skills and services continue to be available through our group of experienced subcontractors.


On the stocks is a 10ft 6in "Everson" clinker sailing dinghy that we are building. The lines for this are taken from a boat owned from new by David Woodard and bought for him by his father around 1938. Many customers will remember David, who sailed his dinghy most days throughout the summers at Woodbridge in tweed jacket and cap. He was rightly proud of having sailed this little boat on 80 occasions in his eightieth year, and before he died asked me to find a new home for the boat. Sadly it was too far gone to repair for use afloat, but lives on in this re-incarnation. The original is now being used ashore as a teaching tool for the next generation of young sailor

With best wishes to all, from Geoff, Steve, and the team.