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Update 12th January 2017

Posted by RichardMartin on February 14, 2017

Egremont update 12/2/2017

Our logical decision to complete all major/important jobs at Sharpness rather than on the moorings at Salcombe has meant that work to Egremont has to be done at the busy dockyard in between other vessels and projects that were already booked in. Realistically this means that she will not be ready to leave dock in time to make the deadline of being back on her moorings by May when the harbour starts to get very busy. Salcombe Harbour Authority quite reasonably would prefer the ship to come back home either before the summer season or during week one/two October when the harbour won’t be so full.

The good news is she is definitely returning at the end of her life extension programme and when she arrives she should be in a fit state to operate for the next 30 years.

Although the delay makes life more difficult, we will be trying to restart the RYA sailing centre in time for non-residential dinghy sailing courses this July & August. We are looking for a suitable vessel that could lie alongside the pontoon to provide a base to work from this summer and then possibly become the main passenger launch and support boat for Egremont.  More news to follow.

If you know of anyone who is going to be in Salcombe during July/August and who might like to provisionally book their children in for a sailing course, please ask them to get in touch by emailing richard.martin@egremonttrust.org.uk

Work on Egremont is moving ahead in preparation for the new steelwork and windows. The ships maindeck scuppers are all being replaced to put a stop to one of the reasons for corrosive rainwater ending up in the bilges. She will go back into drydock in the next few weeks for the remaining hull work to be finished.

There’s not much work we can help with onboard at the moment but there is quite a bit of help needed to clean up the foreshore inside Egremont’s moorings at Salcombe. Following on from the first clean-up last summer there is now a pressing need to remove a lot of old metal, rubbish and boats. We plan to do this work on one or two Saturdays, 4th and 11th March depending on the weather. Please get in touch if you are free to help.

Egremont lying outside the drydock waiting for her turn to go in for the second time.

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