December Newsletter

Gweek Classic Boat Yard is preparing for Christmas: the Gweek Christmas lights are looking wonderful and we have the anchor illumination on the cafe. The Yard Christmas party took place on Friday and everyone is now looking forward to time with families and a recharge before an exciting next year. 

The Gweek Classic Boatyard team at the Christmas party on Friday. Thanks to The Boatyard Cafe for hosting us!

The Gweek Classic Boatyard team at the Christmas party on Friday. Thanks to The Boatyard Cafe for hosting us!

Ratsey & Lapthorn

Gweek Classic Boatyard is pleased to announce a partnership with Ratsey & Lapthorn, the famous sail makers in Cowes. Ratsey & Lapthorn have been making sails since 1790 and have a fantastic heritage behind them: the chandlery will stock Ratsey products and we will have sail examples so customers can choose the Ratsey sails they will be interested in. Ratsey will also offer a cleaning and restoration service from the boatyard. Ratsey and Lapthorn will also support Gweek Classic Boatyard at the Falmouth Classics.


Falmouth Classics

Gweek Classic Boatyard is now a partner sponsor for Falmouth Classics (14th - 16th June). We will be entering Sara and the electric Victorian Launch Constance II will be taking part in the Parade. We will have a tent on the Haven and plan to showcase our partnership with Ratsey & Lapthorn. 


Constance II

Constance II is now safely tucked up in the Britannia shed. The motors are being replaced and she is being prepared for commercial service for this summer offering tours on the Helford River. Ian Munday is leading this process along with Duncan Skingley who will be doing the work. 


Speedwell of Cremyll Major Refit

Speedwell of Cremyl, a Buchanan 49ft Bermudan Yawl, is undergoing her first major refit since being built at Mashfords in 1962, by shipwrights Andrew Massey and Duncan Skingley. The ballast keel and false keels have been removed in order to inspect the keel bolts and allow the removal of the strap floors for blasting and galvanising. The deck, original and traditionally laid, was leaking badly requiring all seams to be raked out and recaulked. In addition to this both hatch garages will be replaced and the original galley layout will be reinstated. This was changed at some point in the past when Speedwell served as a sail training vessel for a number of years. Susie Ferris is varnishing all brightwork and painting topsides, anti-fouling and repainting 64 ft mast and spars.


We also have Eileen, a 1920 traditional Cornish Looe Lugger built by Curtis & Mitchell of Looe, in for new decking and planking.


Christmas Opening Hours

We will be open as normal until Friday 21st December, after which our Christmas opening hours will be:

Sat 22nd Dec: 0900 - 1300 
Sunday 23rd - Wed 26th: Closed
Fri 28th Dec: 1000 - 1500
Sat 29th Dec: 1000 - 1300
Sun 30th Dec - Tue 1st Jan: Closed
Wed 2nd Jan onwards: 0900 - 1700 (open as normal)

We wish all our customers a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing them in the New Year.

Kind regards,

Mark and Malcolm