September Newsletter

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After a busier than expected summer a long overdue newsletter.

Yard News 

The summer has seen us continuing the ground works and preparing for the new houseboat moorings as per the original planning. We have received a lot of interest from people wishing to relocate on a houseboat to Gweek and we are determined to ensure that we have the right people and the right boats. As part of our ongoing commitment we have also acquired neighbouring land which will help as we improve parking. We have also acquired new toilet blocks: these will be arriving over the autumn, with new showers and laundry facilities being planned for Spring next year. 

The Boatyard Café has been a great success over the summer and we are delighted at how it has created a new vibrancy in the yard. Well done to Susie Goodwill and her team. Thank you for your support. 

Gweek Classic Boat Yard continues to plan to support traditional boat building and repair. More classic boats are returning this year and we have two French boat building interns joining us for the autumn. 

We are in full swing preparing for the autumn lift out with both old and new customers returning. The new US fork lift is being reassembled and is planned to be here for October. This will improve the process for smaller boat dramatically. The crane has been re-certified and we have taken delivery of new spreader bars. Please contact the office to reserve your space if you have not already done so.

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Staff News

Gemma Gilbert recently got married to Alex Morris at the Greenbank Hotel. Gemma is known to many as the helpful first point of contact with the yard. Gemma is currently on honeymoon and we wish her and Alex many congratulations. 

Amber Tresahar has joined to help the admin team on a part time basis. Amber, a wooden boat owner and sailor, brings a depth of experience. She is a former ballerina with the Kirov and a qualified lawyer, and we are delighted she has come to join us. 

Luke Jones has joined us as Senior Yard Man and Crane Driver. Luke has joined us form Fugro Seacore where he was the Nearshore Plant Superintendent. Luke also has extensive craning experience having also worked for Macsalvors, the established national craning company. Luke will take a big role in health and safety and improving the overall technical operation of the yard. 

Jerome Pickles has joined us from Somerset where he worked with AM Beaton. Jerome has had a number of years working with Malcolm and brings significant skill as a mechanic. Jerome lives on site and brings a calm and can-do attitude to his work. 

Boatyards are about people, and I am now confident we have the right team to go forward with the yard. Please do make a point of introducing yourselves if you are visiting. Anne continues to make a difference managing the operation and we are enormously grateful for the work she does in what can be a challenging role. It is always difficult managing the many competing priorities.

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Craning In Feedback

Thank you to the customers who took the time to complete the craning survey. The feedback has been,for the most part extremely positive, however there are areas where we could have done better. These include stomping onto someone's pride and joy, recently repainted, in muddy boots. We now have overshoes so I hope this will be improved. The other big issue was not running to time and not being accurate with crane out times. This will improve with new administrative procedures in place, but as always, the best laid plans can sometimes go awry when trying to cater for everyone.

Some of the positive feedback we have had from the survey:

"Very responsive to timing and use of crane while boat was pressure washed and antifouled."

"On time, considerate and helpful."

"Very quick and efficient service. Considerate and caring for boat too."

We scored an average of 4.3 out of 5 based on feedback from everyone who took the survey. Well done to the team for their hard work craning everyone in.

Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Group 

Mark and Anne have kindly been invited to join this committee that has been in existence since the 1980s with scientific experts in many areas. The work of this group in supporting the wildlife and future of the Helford River is remarkable and we have now become sponsors of the organisation. You can find more information on their website here.

Chandlery

The chandlery has seen steady growth over the year. English Braids have been in to expand our range of ropes and webbing to cater for running rigging, docklines and mooring lines. We are also in consultation with Seaware to bring the chandlery stock up to what you would expect to find in a boatyard like Gweek. 

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New stock will include everything from sanding materials to antifoul and hopefully everything else in-between. If you can’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, please let us know as in most cases we can get next day delivery.

Brokerage

At the end of the summer some owners, for various reasons, wish to sell their vessels; please have a look at our online brokerage which includes a lovely 16’ Salcombe Launch, Hillyard 5 tonner, Hillyard 12 ton ketch, Hurley 22, Moody 27 and Campion motor launch.

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Other News

Along with other services, we now have a local man, Paul Read, who is available to valet your vessel, inside and out. If you require his services, please contact the yard for more details. 

As we continue to tidy the yard, we would respectfully ask that all boat owners keep the area under and around their vessel clean, tidy and litter-free. We want to be good to the planet so boat owners please do not scrape off you boats without laying down sheets to collect the antifoul. 

We seem to have dog fouling under control but please keep dogs on leads at all times. 

It is World Clean Up Day on 15th September - Clean Ocean Sailing are organising an event where boat owners collect a bag of rubbish/plastic from the sea and send in a picture of them with their boat and the rubbish they've collected (creating a kind of virtual flotilla). Find more information about the event on Facebook here. Check out their website or follow them on Facebook.

June & July Newsletter

A busy couple of months at the boatyard and lots of good weather.

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This summer has really started well. Most of the boats are back in the water and it is great to see them being used. The yard participated in the Falmouth Classics and we had a stand on Custom House Quay. The yard entered a hastily got together Deben 4 tonner called Sara in the two races. Sara was suited to windier weather and came last in our class both times, however it was fantastic to see some of the wonderful classic boats on the water. Duncan Skingley entered Sunfish and enjoyed a good performance. We established a tent on Custom House Quay and enjoyed meeting and greeting old and new friends and customers. Baggywrinkles were being made on the stand and well done to Steve, Darren, Mark and Phillipe who knew what we were up to! Wrong answers included Sail Buffers, Ra Ra Skirt, Cargo Net and Cat O' Nine Tails.

The Boatyard Cafe provided a 'cafe in a box' for the stand and we shared some space with Clean Ocean Sailing, who were on the Quay for the weekend along with volunteers spreading the word about their ocean cleanup  (they even managed to squeeze in a cleanup of the harbour in their canoe). Many thanks to all those who came along to say hello. We had Susie Ferris, Duncan Skingley, and Troy Christensen on the stand over the weekend along with pictures from Andrew Massey.

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Staff changes

Anne Oliver has joined as Yard Manager at Gweek Classic Boat Yard.

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Anne joins us from Falmouth Haven and a career working with boats on the Fal. Anne brings great organisation and enthusiasm to the role and is already known to many of our local boat owners. Please say hello to Anne if you are visiting. 

Lizard Marine will no longer be offering marine mechanical engineering services at Gweek and we are looking to new providers to offer this important service. 

Amanda Champion joins us from a nationwide French polishing company. She previously worked on interior yacht finishes at Pendennis Shipyard and as an antique restorer. Based at Gweek, she is undertaking furniture restoration and yacht interiors. She specialises in wood, leather, marble and composites.

Looking ahead

The Boatyard Cafe now has opened the garden seating area. The menu continues to expand and we are really delighted with the success so far. We now have wireless internet across the yard provided by Wildanet. Fast download speeds are afforded by a direct link to Goonhilly Earth Station. More details can be obtained by visiting www.wildanet.com. Our 35 tonne forklift has arrived from the USA and will be ready for lifting out smaller boats in September. This forklift can lift boats up to 12 tons and a maximum of 30ft. It should improve the lift out process and offer a better service to our customers. Bookings have started to come in for the autumn lay up and undercover space if filling fast so if you do have an under cover project planned please let us know as soon as possible. Please also get in touch to book your space ashore for the winter.

We have had some exciting projects on the yard keeping all the teams extremely busy. These have ranged from repairing a large ferro concrete boat that was damaged in the winter storms to major wooden boat refits carried out by Andrew Massey and Duncan Skingley.

The chandlery has been restocked and we are able to offer great value life jackets as well as many of the bits you may need for your yacht. There is a good selection of nuts, bolts and screws too for any DIY project! If there is anything you need that we don't have in stock, we can order and get it for you normally the next day. 

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Houseboats

As the redevelopment of the western area of the yard continues we are looking to offer some new moorings to selected houseboats. These will be ideally suited to wide beam narrow boats and Dutch barges. For more details please contact the office.  

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We would all like to wish you a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you in the autumn.

Mark and Malcolm

April & May Newsletter

Having just enjoyed a wonderful weekend of weather at Gweek I thought I should update everyone with a newsletter. 

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April and May highlights

 

  • May has seen new prices. Prices have gone up and now include the new pricing for stands. Many customers need to adjust their direct debit to allow for the price increases so please take a look at this if you haven't already. We have been careful to ensure we are still competitive and good value to trek up to Gweek and store your boat. Under cover storage is proving increasingly popular and we are already receiving bookings for the autumn. While the boats are out for the summer we will continue to make improvements to the hard standing and the electrical infrastructure. 
  • Our team at Gweek Classic Boatyard is increasingly busy with Chris Hardman Jones and his fibreglass team working relentlessly. Andrew Massey and Duncan Skingley are turning around boats with some of their historic boat restorations being completed on time. Susie Ferris has been relentless with the paint brush and making many of the boats absolutely gleaming. Troy Christensen is now set up with his marine electronics business. He is now a Raymarine installer. John Henderson, our onsite marine engineer, has also been very busy with Lizard Marine.
  • This week we also welcome a new member of the team to Gweek: Anne Oliver. Anne was Marine Assistant at Falmouth Haven for three years as well as working on the patrol boat and in the workshop there, before which she spent spent seven years as Seasonal Patrol Officer with Truro Harbour Authority. We are very pleased that the team is growing and excited to have Anne on board: she is sure to be a huge asset to us here at Gweek.
  • We are looking forward to Falmouth Classics the weekend of 22nd - 24th June. We will have a stand in the Maritime Village on Custom House Quay and will be sharing the stand with the team from tendrr, who are about to launch an online platform for sailors providing tools to help you plan your sailing calendar and identify nearby opportunities to get out on the water. You can read more about their new platform as well as how to win yourself some free Henri Lloyd sailing kit on the website here
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New cafe opening hours


The cafe is doing very well with lots of positive reviews coming in and a new website. New opening hours are as follows:

Tues - Sat 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday 10:30am - 3:30pm
Monday Closed

Barnabas at Gweek

The St Ives lugger Barnabas, owned by the Cornish Maritime Trust, spent some time at Gweek over the past few weeks as it had some work done in preparation for a trip to the Scillies over the bank holiday weekend.

We'll share more photos later this week on the website.

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tendrr: a new platform for sailors

We recently came across tendrr: a new platform designed to get sailors out on the water more. It's free and is set to launch in mid-May, offering a range of services to help you spend more time on your boat.

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Essentially, the platform has three functions: you can plan your sailing season, link up with boats, crews and sailing opportunities near you, and build up a record of your sailing trips and experience.

Their scheduling tool helps you to manage your sailing calendar in one place: you can schedule trips with your regular sailing crew, find out about major sailing events and plan cruising trips through the year.

tendrr also helps you find sailing opportunities near you with their CrewMatch service  which connects you with available crews and boats.

Their SailingCV lets you record your sailing trips and positions you've filled, and find other sailors near you, helping you grow your network.

The platform should be launching mid-May, and in the meantime the team at tendrr are running a referral campaign in the run up to the big launch: refer your friends and you can win free Henri Lloyd sailing kit. Sign up here.

Like us, tendrr are sponsoring Falmouth Classics. You can find out more and sign up to up their mailing list on their website tendrr.co.

March Newsletter

We are all looking forward to the end of the winter after a testing first year with constant gales and even snow. Fortunately we have fared pretty well and are seeing increasing numbers of boats booking to come in for work. It is a busy time as everyone is preparing to get their boats ready for the season; the sales in the chandlery have increased and the preparation/application kit with anti fouling has been very popular. 

March highlights

Susie Goodwill opens the Boatyard Cafe this weekend. You will be able to enjoy delicious barista brewed coffee as well as snacks and meals right in the heart of the boatyard. This has been a big project for Susie and we are delighted with how the cafe looks.

The hydraulic boat trailer has been completely renovated and preventative maintenance on the crane is being continued, carried out by John Henderson who is increasingly busy with Lizard Marine. Bookings for his work can be made through the office. 

This week Malcolm Beaton has virtually single handedly rebuilt the slip way wall by the Boatyard Cafe; a stunning piece of work. The new fork lift is in transit from the USA and a new lifting pad is being created to accommodate it. This fork lift can lift 12 ton motor boats up to 30ft in length. Mark Aichroth repositioned the channel marker buoys that had moved during the storms. At the time of writing they are in the correct places and will be regularly checked. 

This week we have had the pleasure of Adrian Dyer from Salem California volunteering at the Yard. He has worked on square riggers in the USA and was keen to help out at Gweek Classic Boatyard. Adrian was invaluable in getting Sara, the yard’s 1936 Deben 4 tonner into better shape. We are most grateful to Adrian for his help and we look forward to him revisiting later in the year. 

This year we are very proud to be sponsoring the Falmouth Classics event; more details can be found on the Falmouth Classics website. We will have a tent in the trade village and look forward to welcoming our customers. We'll have a presence at the event along with Lizard Marine, Troy Marine Electronics, Duncan Skingley and Andrew Massey in attendance. Mark Aichroth will be racing Sara and we hope to see a number of our boat owners at the event.

Please note that price rises will be implemented for the month of May. May invoices will be sent out in mid April.

Lastly and most importantly we need to be mindful of the environment. Please can boat owners be responsible with their unwanted engine oil and take it home with them. I hate finding buckets of oil lying around for us to dispose of. Please place sheeting under the area of the boat your are antifouling. Hull spraying off will no longer take place on the craning pad. When engine testing please be careful of any exhaust oil going into the river. Your cooperation is appreciated. 

February Newsletter

There's only four weeks or so until Easter, the first big boating weekend of the year.

We're busy getting everything shipshape for Easter at Gweek. There are refurbs, building projects and spring cleans going-on. Ribs are being coppercoated, engines installed, anti fouling taking place and installation of sea cocks.  We will do all the dirty work and our boat care team are very happy to additionally provide a full valet service inside and out. John Gilmurray is happy to position boats on moorings ready for use. He can be contacted through the office to schedule this service.

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Anti-fouling offer
Buy any tin of anti foul over £30 and receive a free application kit worth £8.
Application kit includes:

1 x Large Roller Tray
1 x Fluffy Roller Refill
1 x 2" Paintbrush
1 x Long Roller Frame
1 x Masking Tape Roll
1 x Pair Disposable Gloves


February highlights

Lizard Marine are established now and plan to offer a Sea Start service on the Helfordfor boat owners suffering a mechanical problem afloat on the Helford River. More details to follow. Lizard Marine already has an impressive order book of work with outboards and inboards motors being serviced. Troy Christensen is establishing his marine electronicsbusiness at the yard and should be ready to go from next month. Already Troy has improved the electrics to the yard with power being upgraded to 200Amps. Hopefully problems for the live aboards will be greatly reduced. The new raised concrete stands look impressive.  

Tammy and the team have painstakingly put nearly all the chandlery stock on the computer and rearranged it. Now, I hope we can give you a price easily and quickly with most of the stock being logically laid out. Whatever you need we can obtain very quickly (normally same day) from our suppliers. Recently we have obtained flares, serviced life rafts and jackets. Sails have been laundered and rigging replaced. Tell us what you need or which service you are after and I am sure we can help you find it.  

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Fire Dancer will be coming out of the shed at the end of this week after being refitted by Andrew Massey, Duncan Skingley and the team, who converted her from a tiller to a wheel. Suzi Ferris has done a great job painting her. The team will be restepping the mast and she will be launched Monday next week.

The Boatyard Cafe is being completed and will open over Easter weekend. Susie Goodwill’s dream and vision are coming together and we are very excited to see this being realised. Susie plans to offer traditional locally sourced food as well as barista style coffee. 

 

 

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Andrew Massey and Duncan Skingsleyare now established in their shed and this was used as a back drop by Jeremy Taylor motoring correspondent for the Daily Telelgraph to showcase the new McLaren Super Car. 

 

 

Chris Hardman Jones is extremely busy with fibre glass projects and now has effective heating in his shed to speeden the fibre glassing process. 

Readers will be pleased to note that we have shelved ideas for car parking charges for visitors for the time being. Please park carefully especially when boat movements are taking place. Please also ensure that all visitors sign in with the office. Phase 2 of the ground works are due to start with improvements to the reclaimed land, quaysides and the live aboard pontoons. 

The Liebherr crane is being readied for boats returning into the water and the hydraulic trailer is being completely overhauled. The yard has purchased an impressive 30 ton fork lift from the USA. This machine is being shipped over and is capable of lifting 10 ton boats that are up to 30ft long. The fork lift will speed up and simplify the lifts into the water. We are expecting the fork lift to be certified and ready to go at some point in April once operator training has been completed. We will need to regulate parking carefully once lifting takes place.

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Craning in season is coming so all boat owners should be sure to book in as soon as possible as the diary is filling up.

Last weekend we hosted the Gweek Parish Council to the yard and showed them the work and the plans we have for the yard. We are committed to the long term sustainability of the yard and are delighted to work with the parish council to achieve this. The familiarity of the council members with the issues facing the yard has been enormously helpful and we look forward to being part of the future plans of Gweek village. 

On a sad note we also said goodbye to one of our long term residents on the yard; Kingsley Hubbard. Kingsley was a true master mariner having captained bulk ore carriers throughout the world. He sadly passed away in the night on his beloved yacht Lady Clare. Kinglsey will be missed by the residents and staff and we offer our condolences to his family and friends. 

As always, please feel free to call us at any time on 01326 221657 or email info@gweekquay.co.uk. We will look after your boat as if it was our own. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to call me on 07767640986 or email on mark.aichroth@btopenworld.com.

January Newsletter

We have had a very wet and blowy winter and all at the yard cannot wait for Spring. We have had the house boat pontoons blown around and nearly weekly storms with 40+ mph winds. Fortunately no damage done so far but has been a constant reminder of the routines of owning a boat yard. I thought I would update on progress.

January highlights

  • Andrew Massey, Duncan Skingley, Chris Hardman-Jones and John Henderson have now rented workshop space at the yard and become approved contractors.
  • We are looking to welcome more boat builders and related craftsmenonto the yard with introductory deals. Classic Boat magazine will feature this aspect and do a report on the yard in the first half of the year.
  • Susie Ferris has helped us to put together anti-fouling packs for those needing all the tools and materials to anti-foul their boat. These include brushes, rollers, tape, primer and anti-fouling.  If you don’t want to do this job we are happy to take on the work. Please speak to the office. We will also be offering a valeting service to get all boats nice and clean to go back into the water. This will include a full clean inside and outside.
  • We are looking at implementing a parking system at Gweek Classic Boat Yard.  Boat owners and contractors will be entitled to park, however visitors to the yard will be charged. This will improve the parking situation and make it fairer for everyone.
  • Troy Christensen has worked tirelessly to improve the reliability of the electrics at the yard. He has increased the power supplies so this should reduce the drop in current to the house boats.  Troy has also set up a marine electrics business at the yard and has now given up his London job to move down to Gweek, restore his yacht and start the new business. He will still occasionally return to the London area to race his Musto Skiff at the very top level.
  • John Henderson is busy setting up Lizard Marine and already has a growing order book of work for the yard.
  • Our undercover space is increasingly being taken and we are very excited with some fo the wonderful boats that have come onto the yard for work.
  • Holly Carberry has joined our team to help and improve with some of the communications. Please let us know if you would like to announce anything in this newsletter.
  • Gweek Classic Boat Yard now has a deep water mooring on the Helford that is located between Port Navas and the ferry landing. The mooring is suitable for a deep level boat up to 35 feet and can be rented for short or long periods. Please contact the office for a quote. The yard with Lizard Marine also will have a rib positioned at Helford to help where possible any customers that have need of our services or any mechanical breakdown.
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Falmouth Classics

We are all looking forward to Falmouth Classics in June.We will be racing one of the yard’s classic yachts; Sara, the Deben 4 tonner. We are a major sponsor of the event and will have a stand in the event village. It would be great to see you there.

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Classic Boat Magazine


Classic Boat will be doing a feature on Gweek Classic Boat Yard later in the year about the development taking place and new services available. Look out for our ads in next month's issue.

 

 

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Café to open in April

Susie Goodwill will have the café open in April and we are all looking forward to being able to see the project finished.

We look forward to welcoming you to Gweek as you work on your boat. Please feel free to call us at any time on 01326 221657 or email info@gweekquay.co.uk. We will look after your boat as if it was our own. I hear many impressive and incorrect versions about our plans for the yard and what we have done. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to call me on 07767640986 or email on mark.aichroth@btopenworld.com

Statement on acquisition of Gweek Quay 20 July 2017

To all Gweek Quay residents, boat owners, employees, Gweek residents and contractors,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of the business of Gweek Quay. Everyone has experienced many false dawns to the revival of this important and historic boat yard, but, I hope this announcement will start a new way of working with all the Gweek Quay community. The new purchasers are Malcolm and Maria Beaton plus Mark Aichroth. Malcolm is a farmer from Somerset with a passion for turning around businesses. Mark is a businessman, ex soldier and a keen sailor of classic yachts, plus has spent many of his early years in Gillan Cove near Helford. 

We realise Gweek Quay’s importance within the maritime industry and the local community, we also realise that it is a home and place of work to many people who consider it their own. This responsibility has been seriously considered prior to purchase. This is a one year project to get the boat yard back on its feet, tidy and a place one would want to visit and bring one’s boat.

This project is both exciting and challenging. We need to perform many tasks to restore the reputation of the boatyard and get it going as a flourishing business. There are tasks that need to be completed; including creating a safe environment, finishing the ground works and pontoons. Additionally, we need to be steadfast in making the business pay for itself and meeting commitments to all those involved. This may well include some change as to how things have been done historically and changes to the administration and running of the business. Change can be difficult but also positive to many. We have quickly realised that the boat yard cannot continue as it is. We will keep you all informed as things progress and what our plans are with frequent updates.

Malcolm and I plan to meet you over the coming weekend and to hear your views of what should be done and your aspirations for the yard. Jill Wedge will circulate times that we are able to meet. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch on email or telephone and I will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible. Mark.aichroth@btopenworld.com telephone 07767640986.