At Iron Wharf boatyard it's a 24/7 environment, to ensure boats, property and people are safe. Our owner Alan Reekie, and Manager Toby Lester were up at the wee small hours checking everything was secure, and then during the day Jim and Finn carried out repairs from storm damage, and still managed a craning.
The tide on Monday 10th February 2020 was particularly high, and breached the quay briefly. Ropes had to slackened and tweaked and even our resident Husky Codie had her dog bowl rescued.
We are lucky to have such a good team who go the extra inch, or paddle the extra puddle to help.
EPIRB - Safety is priority in the boating world, second to safety !
EPIRB is an abbreviation for Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon - This device is a small, continuously transmitting radio, transmitting on a standard distress frequency. They are used to alert authorities of a distress situation and will guide rescuers to the vessel.
This bit of kit has saved many lives, and whilst it might seem like an expense you can't beat peace of mind.
Responsible sailing protects your boat, you and your crew.
We have a new member joining the team helping out around the yard and he has a project of his own going on. Finn will be doing various jobs, and when he's not on duty he'll be working hard on restoring his own boat, a 41ft ferro oyster smack. This means he understands the pit falls and joys of boat restoration!
Finn is sharing his restoration project to inspire others and his photos and journey can be found on Instagram 'knotFINNishedYet. Well worth a look.
Marine Welder Nolan Post has been working on this job, and although it seems small, adding another step, which is easy to maintain, has made a huge difference to this Steel Barge. Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest difference. To contact Nolan to discuss any of the welding works please contact the Office. Click on the contact menu above.
This is another interesting nautical term with other meanings.
1. Nautical A flat hardwood disk with a grooved perimeter, pierced by three holes through which the lanyards are
passed, used to fasten the shrouds.
2. Slang An expert shooter: a deadeye with the rifle.
We found this video giving you an idea on how they are made. There are many techniques using different tools and machines, but this is one view of how they are made.
Here at Iron Wharf boatyard we have seen some incredible projects, from complete restoration to complicated repairs. It's not all tricky stuff though, boats come for new anodes, re-paints, sea cock checks, engine services, welding, mast replacement. The list is endless. Contact us to see how we can help and accommodate your needs.
We had our christmas party at The Anchor in Faversham and it was an outstanding afternoon. The food was incredible and the company wasn't bad either. Our quiz master excelled himself by producing a fun and interesting set of questions and then the carol competition pitching girls against boys. The finale however was our very own Alan Reekie, giving a solo performance.
Alan Reekie, Peter Dodds and the Team would like to wish our friends and customers a Happy Christmas, with fair winds, warm fires and time to relax. We've had a busy year, making new friends, carrying out improvements to the yard and seeing some incredible vessels, large and small through various projects.
A special thank you to the team for their efforts and skills, as without them the work couldn't continue.
We hope you can all spare a thought for the emergency services, including the RNLI, working throughout the holidays, to keep us safe.
See you in the new year, with best wishes,
Iron Wharf Boatyard.
Iron Wharf Boatyard
Iron Wharf Boatyard in Faversham, Kent provides storage, containers, DIY yard, and many other services.