This year has been very difficult for all and tragic for far too many.
Due to restrictions we have not been able to carry out our normal site visits to shipyards and marinas to meet our friends and colleagues and see the progress of our various projects.
However we have continued to provide a design and technical support service using video conferencing and by sending digital content via e-mail.
Design support for refit of the Thames Sailing Barge 'Gladys' continues this year including regular visits to T. Nielsen & Co in Gloucester where 'Gladys' is currently dry-docked. Detail design drawings are being provided for plumbing and electrical systems and for new cabin arrangements. A Stability Information Booklet is also being prepared as 'Gladys' will be brought up to full passenger ship certification.
Oversee of Stage 1 of the 'Brave Challenger' refit continues this year. Progress is very good with no major unexpected issues found so far.
A major part of the work this year involved the oversee of Stage 1 of the 'Brave Challenger' refit. Completion of Stage 1 will see the refurbishment the entire exterior of the hull and superstructure to first-class yacht standard.
This year saw the launch in Polruan and transfer to the Thames of our River Thames passenger boat. This was followed by a successful naming ceremony and celebration at Teddington.
Design support for the refit of the yacht 'Maiden'is progressing this year. Beginning with new system schematic designs then moving on to provide structural and stability advice to help obtain the necessary certification for World cruising.
A new project this year is to provide design support for a major refit of the Thames Sailing Barge 'Gladys'. This began with a trip to Essex to record the hull lines whilst the barge was in dry-dock.
Work on our design for the River Thames passenger boat continues with trips to Cornwall to oversee the build process.
This year also saw the oversee of the build, delivery and commision of two wide beam narrow boats. These boats were built near Liverpool and delivered to the Thames near Reading early in the year.
Planning and cost estimates for the forthcoming major refit of the gas turbine yacht 'Brave Challenger' have been carried out with a view to have the ship up and running on gas turbines next year.
This year saw the completion of our design for the River Thames passenger boat. After a round of quotations and visits C. Toms & Sons of Polruan, Cornwall were chosen to build the new boat. In August a formal keel laying ceremony took place at the boatyard and this can can be viewed here. The new boat now has a name 'Thames Discoverer' and will be ready for operation in April 2017.
In September we undertook the project management of the lift-out and underwater refurbishment of the 31 metre gas turbine powered ship 'Bave Challenger'. The ship had been afloat for some 18 years and therefore needed a great deal of attention. Fortunately, the underwater hull and sterngear were found to be in very good shape under the extensive coating of mussels! This work also allowed for an extensive plan to be produced that will form the basis for a more extensive refit in 2017.
May of this year saw the commissioning of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets new sailing ship 'TS Royalist'. Westbrook Marine Projects Ltd worked closely with the owners to provide technical support for all the sailing aspects of the new ship which is now fully operational. Support included several visits to the shipyard in Spain to monitor construction and trials.
The end of this year has also seen the completion and deployment of the wooden yacht Boleh (see Boleh Project). Boleh is now based in Falmouth providing sail training for a local charity. We have been continuously involved in the design, commissioning and technical support of this fascinating project since 2011, providing drawings, calculations and technical manuals to the restoration team.
Our first full design this year is for a 20 metre boat that will carry able-bodied and disabled passengers on day cruises on the River Thames.
At the start of the year we carried out an inclining test and supplied the report for another of the Archer Class patrol boats; this time for 'HMS Dasher'.
This year brings a significant amount of work supporting the major refit of the sailing vessel 'Kaskelot'. We have been contracted to design complete new engineering and electrical systems that will be part of major work to enable the ship to carry out a 2 year circumnavigation.
We will be designing the mechanical and electrical systems for a run of custom built high quality 18 metre motor yachts.
Stability work continues this year when we carried out a heel test and updated the Stability Book of the 20 metre motor yacht 'Rum Jungle'.
The big project this year and next will be working with the Marine Society & Sea Cadets in the bid process and eventual build of a replacement sailing ship for their 'TS Royalist'. We will be part of the Owner's Representative (Customer Friend) team with special responsibility for all sailing aspects of the new ship.
This year brought another naval project in designing a new sonar transducer installation for 'HMSL Gleaner'.
There have been several pieces of specialised stability work undertaken this year (for MCA approvals) including;
Stability calculations to enable the sailing ship 'Lord Nelson' to operate in the waters of Antarctica.
Stability diagrams to illustate flooding conditions for a 90 metre Superyacht.
A full Stability Book written for a new 33 metre Looe Lugger wooden sailing vessel.
Our most prestigious project this year is the full design of the engineering and electrical sytems for the Queen's Row Barge 'Gloriana'. This will include an original all electric propulsion system.
Our first ever work on a naval vessel saw us carry out an inclining experiment on 'HMS Ranger', an Archer Class patrol boat, and prepare a report of same.
We are continuing with the full design of a replica of the 'Mayflower'. The new ship will be built by The Harwich Mayflower Project in time for the 400th anniversary of the original voyage.
Construction will be in timber using traditional methods.
Fully operational, the ship will undertake trans-atlantic voyages and be fully MCA compliant.
Another of our full design projects this year is for a 60 foot (18.3 metre) all steel motor sailer, the Westbrook 60, for an American client.
Keeping with the motor sailer theme we are also producing the design drawings for a wooden boat based on a traditional MFV style hull.
Designed for semi-production allowing flexibility in layout, these boats will be built by T. Nielsen & Co. in Gloucester and fitted out to the highest yacht standard.
Also this year we carried out a valuation survey and report on a 55 metre square rigged sailing ship.
We were appointed as Naval Architects for the full restoration of a 12.5 metre wooden sailing yacht originally built in 1950. Our initial task will be to help secure Stage 1 and Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Funding before moving on to prepare all necessary design support. See the Boleh Project here.
We have been commissioned to carry out the full design of a replica Elizabethan
merchant ship. Built in timber using traditional methods, the ship
will be capable of transatlantic sailing and meet all MCA requirements.
The second project is to design a semi-production classic motor-sailer,
also in timber, that will be fitted out to the highest standard.
More information will follow as these two significant designs are
Also this year saw the overseeing of a refit and production of a full operating manual for an Oyster 65 yacht.
After recent investment in new software, hardware and training,
WESTBROOK MARINE PROJECTS can now offer a full 3D CAD, CAM and CNC
This new facility not only supports our marine design activities
but provides a service to other areas of design such as mechanical,
architectural and structural.
Design capabilities range from small single components right up
to 3D assembly views of ships, yachts and other large projects.
We offer a low cost, quick turn round of all work, providing output
such as accurate detailed production drawings, IGES files for CNC
machines and high quality visualisations.
If you need to turn ideas into working drawings for just a single
item, a complex assembly or a major project please e-mail
for a free estimate and examples of our work.
All our 3D design work can include strength analysis and weight/cost
optimisation if required.
Some Earlier Projects:
WESTBROOK MARINE PROJECTS has completed the design and the build
supervision of the LEONARD MATCHAM.
This vessel is an MCA approved Class V passenger vessel, operated
by the WILLOW
TRUST and designed to carry up to 50 passengers (both able and
disabled) on day trips.
Many special features were incorporated in the design including
a passenger lift, adjustable steering position and overhead lifting
We have a great deal of experience in designing for people with
disabilities and can include features such as Braille identification,
talking compasses and high visibility features.
The lower picture shows the early stages of construction of our
traditional styled sailing cutter. This new in-house design is 22
metres (72 feet) long and will be fitted out for world cruising.
Other projects on the 'digital drawing board' are:
- Catamaran Workboat
- Replica of an East Indiaman Sailing Ship
- 24 metre (79 feet) Steel Motor Yacht
- 18.5 metre (60 feet) Dutch Barge
- 70 metre (230 feet) Disaster Relief Vessel
- 35 metre (114 feet) new wooden topsail schooner
- 18 metre (60 feet) replica of an ancient trading vessel
- 12 metre (40 feet) traditional styled motor cruiser
Apart from total design packages, we have recently designed the
engineering systems for a large wooden schooner. This splendid yacht
is being built by DSV
YACHTS in Turkey. All engineering systems design, machinery
layouts and equipment specifications were provided.
We have also produced a complete set of engineering and electrical
system drawings for the refit of the beautiful yacht HALCYON.
This very impressive charter yacht has just completed an extensive
refit at the yard of T.NIELSEN
& COMPANY in Gloucester.
Drawings provided by us included new fresh water, waste water and
fuel systems along with electrical schematics for both AC and DC
Technical support for various other parts of the refit, including
equipment selection, was also provided.