We were delighted to win the tender to build a new community boat for the Richmond based charity, The River Thames Boat Project that will allow children, older people and disabled people to participate in activities on the Thames.
The river launch has been designed by Graham Westbrook of Westbrook Marine Projects. She is 60 feet long and has been especially designed to be environmentally friendly and carbon neutral. She will be fully accessible for the disabled and be used by the charity to give people the chance to access the Thames, discover the river and learn more about its environment.
The boat is scheduled to be delivered to the Thames in April 2017.
A keel laying ceremony took place on 31st August 2016 and several members of staff from the River Thames Boat Project together with trustees and friends of the charity attended the special ceremony.
In keeping with the tradition that the youngest apprentice places a newly minted coin under the keel as a symbol of good fortune, Paul’s son Elliot laid a coin on the keel which was then welded into place.
There were speeches from both the Chair of the charity, Louise Sibley, (pictured) and the President, Sir Peter Harrop, about their plans for the new boat. Peter also presented us with a plaque to commemorate the generous donations that have funded the project for yard staff to install on the boat during her fit out
During October and November, David and Will have been working the plating.
More photographs of the lines taking shape can be seen in the River Thames Boat Project gallery on our Facebook page.