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Everyone's approach to restoration and renovation is slightly different... ours is as follows:
1) If we aquire a boat which is largely original, we will probably leave it alone and preserve what remains, but if it doesn't actually 'work' we'll fix it if we can (clockwork 9" sutcliffes are the exception here - if they don't work then tough). Our aim is for it to be possible to sail all of our boats, even if we have not done so.... yet!
2) If the boat is a 'wreck' - then it's a candidate for a full restoration. Others may preserve the wreck, but unless it's encredibly rare (ie no know others that are better), we'll restore. The boats just look better (we think). The 'grey' area here is the definition of 'wreck'... we mean very battered/broken, missing parts, large paint loss or over paint, previous (poor) restoration. The Tug qualified for this on the grounds of paint loss and poor previous restoration (if you could call it that).
3) We aim to restore to 'original' as possible. This includes colours and features. We don't 'modernise', 'upgrade' or 'improve'.
4) New parts and colours don't have to be an 'exact' match. We are not trying to fake anything or pass it off as original.
5) Any broken parts that need to be replaced are saved and kept with the boat/model for future reference.
And that's about it!
Boats in the restoration queue are:
1) 1928 Hobbies Steam Tug - underway - page being contructed at the moment.
2) 1930's Triang Steam Drifter - large restoration - quite a few missing parts.
3) 1928 Sutcliffe Valient (very minor work to straighten a bent rudder).
4) 1925/26 Hobbies Miss America - major clean up and re-commission of engine and boiler.
5) 1930's Steam Yacht (make unknown) - repair hull and re-commission engine and boiler.