Turning Old into New
In our throw away society, it is unusual to see time and effort put into restoring very old things. But at Davis Marina, we like our old things, and many are still in operation. Take for example the small slipway winch which was originally a steam driven winch circa 1916 – 1926. It was purchased as a reconditioned winch and put into operation on the slipway around 1956. It still does the job, unfortunately the brake didn’t last and needed replacing this week.
The Davis Marina dinghies are another case in point. There are still four of the first fiberglass dinghies in operation that were built in the boatshed in the late 1980’s to replace the old plywood dinghies. They have undergone many a repair over the years, with many attempts to make them look nice including a dob or two of house paint. But nothing could stop the magpies feasting on the canvas fenders.
It is more than time for a makeover. After the house paint was stripped off, the state of the fiberglass could be assessed and repaired, the seats and fittings replaced and a good coat of gelcoat applied before strengthening the gunwales and replacing the fenders.
The new old dinghy looks great, works well and is now the star of the fleet. The second one is awaiting repair to the keel before launching and then there are another 2 to be done. So there is still plenty of time to see the old as well as the new!