Being a wooden yacht, Sea Scamp requires more maintenance than a plastic boat. This is mainly carried out by members during the winter refit. This keeps costs down and provides members with an opportunity to learn more about the boat. They can exercise skills they may have such as woodwork, electrical and engineering expertise.
While perfecting their painting and varnishing skill, members chat over previous years’ adventures and plan for the season ahead, all while saving money for their next trips!
Apart from routine maintenance, the club has undertaken substantial reconstruction work on Sea Scamp in order to “Preserve and sail the 50 sq. m. yacht Sea Scamp and to maintain her in a seaworthy condition”.
Although professional shipwrights and other specialists have undertaken the major jobs when necessary, most of the conservation, restoration, maintenance and refitting is done by club members.
Today Sea Scamp’s lines are the same as in 1936, though she sits lower in the water – we have an engine and gear that is necessary nowadays for crew safety and comfort.
The winter refit season starts in mid-November at Shamrock Quay, Southampton, our “home port” since 1984, where she is lifted out. We build a tubular frame around her which is covered in plastic sheeting so that refitting can take place in all weathers.