Restoration and Gateway to Sailing

Restoration and Gateway to Sailing

Aaron Ashton By Aaron Ashton

We are looking for financial help towards the restoration of a 1936 50ft wooden sailing yacht, in return we will introduce 250 local children to classic sailing on-board the fully restored vessel.

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pledged of £22,159
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Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £22,159 by 01 May 2017

Heron II is a wooden 1936 sailing yacht; a registered National Historic Vessel. We are in the process of restoring her, which includes making her original teak deck water tight, replacing some damage and a full over haul of the exterior and interior, including a new rig and boom to restore her to the original one mast design (with the original silver spruce mast). This is a big undertaking and we would like some funding support to ensure her full completion to a high standard, so we started to think of ways we and Heron II could give something in return. We decided that a fitting tribute would be to use Heron II to introduce young people to the world of sailing and maybe inspire some future sailors in the process. Hence we will give 250 local children from the Marine Academy Plymouth a unique opportunity to experience a half day of sailing on the open sea. In the same spirit as inspired Aaron in his childhood, on this exact same vessel.

What we'll deliver:

  • Strip and re-varnish the outside and inside
  • Replace rotten ribs and floors
  • Re-fasten and re-cork full deck to make watertight and seaworthy
  • Replace the boom, standing and running rigging - restoring her back to one mast
  • Take 250 local school children for half day taster sailing sessions on-board the completed vessel

Why it's a great idea:

Heron II is part of British Heritage - she is a British design and build. It is, therefore, important that she is restored and brought back to life as a piece of our living history. We are passionate about completing her restoration and seeing her continue to sail the open seas.We hope to be celebrating her centennial anniversary on-board in twenty years time! We also feel that it is a great opportunity for young people to connect with both sailing as a sport, with the history of such a vessel and with classic sailing techniques. Many children don't have access to sailing - particularly on a large yacht such as Heron II and on the open sea. Our vision is to inspire some future sailors - or boat builders!

Steps to get it done:

  • Complete replacement of damaged structural ribs and floors
  • Complete stripping of all paint and varnish - throughout the boat
  • Complete all painting and varnishing
  • Replace the boom, standing and running rigging
  • Re-fasten and re-cork full deck to make watertight and seaworthy
  • Secure specific dates to deliver the sailing days for the school children
  • Deliver the sailing days with the school children and feedback the success to our funders

Plymouth Marine Academy have signed up to the project - they have the full 250 children to take part in the project's sailing sessions. The Plymouth Marine Academy is an all-through school for Plymouth: nursery, primary, secondary and 6th forms. We will arrange suitable dates with the school and will take up to 12 children per trip with a teacher, Aaron as skipper and an additional crew member. Reward for key donations: Any contributors of £500 or more will have their name added to a metal plaque on Heron II - the plaque will commemorate individuals who have significantly helped the restoration of Heron II.

Location Kingswear

Kingswear has £100,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Dartmouth - the river and sea


South Hams District Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £22,159

Purchase of new boom, standing and running rigging - £10,000 (45%)
Replace damaged structural elements - £5,000 (23%)
Re-fasten and re-cork full deck to make watertight and seaworthy - £3,000 (14%)
Full re-paint and re-varnish - £2,000 (9%)
Other - £2,159 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Purchase of new boom, standing and running rigging
Replace damaged structural elements
Re-fasten and re-cork full deck to make watertight and seaworthy
Full re-paint and re-varnish
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £22,159

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