Maiden has now been in the shed for just over a month and boy has there been a lot going on. The metal workers have been carefully cutting out the really bad areas of aluminium with extreme electrolysis.
Some panels have been restored but most are too damaged so new ones are being fixed in place and welded.
Work also continues on deck now that everything has been removed. The damaged parts of the deck are being mended
and there is also some aluminium replacement here as well as some holes to be filled in!
The transom needs completely replacing as it was doing a passable impression of the Himalayas.
As work continues on the boat we also welcome our newest team member Alex Roberts who is our Events Manager.
So we are nearly a complete team now!
The restoration continues, Jo is completely up and running with the charity Maiden Education, Kaia is shooting some great videos and updating Social Media, I am working on logistics for the World Tour, Mack is uploading all the historical images to our, soon to be launched, Gallery, Alex is busy organising the re-launch in London and other up coming events and Libby is liaising with new partners for the World Tour. So busy, busy, busy!
Filming for the two documentaries continues apace and it’s been such fun seeing the Maiden girls as they arrive in London for interviews.
The next stage for Maiden is the completion of her repairs and then Hamble Yacht Services can start putting her back together again.
3 comments On Maiden’s new skin
Hi, just found this project. So great to see you rescue this ground breaking boat. Bertie Reed was also a hero of mine so great to see his old boat rescued too. I used to follow the whitbread races from back in the 60’s, I just watched the utube video of Maden in the race and had forgotten how many boats used to do the race , 29 started your race! Now they can’t even get into double digits .
Good luck with the rest of the project.
Now if only we can get the same help for’tally-ho’ the winner of the 2nd fastnet race almost 100 years ago being rebuilt on a shoe string by Simpson boat co.
Thanks Warren! There appear to be a number of ‘old’ racing yachts currently being rescued and restored. I hope Tally Ho finds the same support…..
So sorry as we’ve all been really busy. Will be updating soon!