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Mary-Lou Souvenir Vagabond
"Vagabond"

Thames 'A' Rater built in 1908 by Townsend Brothers, Bourne End.Restored by Stanley & Thomas in 1987.

The owners wanted the hull to be finished bright so the sheathing was removed and the planking inspected. The hull was found to be in good condition apart from a small section in the bows. Taking some of the sections of cedar from the bottom of the boat where it was covered in antifouling and used this effect a matched repair in the topsides. The bottom of the boat was then re-planked with mahogany in the area from which the graft had been taken.The hull planking was almost all what was left of the original boat; around 70% of the rock elm ribs had been replaced, along with the centre-board case, the spine and the floors for the whole length of the boat. The deck was laid in marine ply on the new beams, epoxied underneath but only varnished on top as the boat is covered when not in used and re-varnished each year to keep it in tip top condition. The deck gear and rigging was also replaced the following year to give Vagabond a pre- 1930's look.

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