A substantial 60ft houseboat has been extensively restored by shipwrights from Stella Maris Yachting, turning water damaged cabins into newly refurbished spaces featuring finely crafted natural wood.
The houseboat, an Optimum 60 built by Waterspace, has three floors and a roof terrace, and sits permanently in a rural waterway close to London. Following significant water damage to the lower accommodation deck, a six-phase project, which started in March 2015 and finished in January 2016, involved a team from Stella Maris Yachting working at the location of the houseboat to restore corridors, cabins and heads. The project was managed remotely from the company’s base at Shamrock Quay Southampton.
Craig Murray-Gilmour, of Stella Maris Yachting, explained “The project was very complex due to the process of stripping out the damaged areas and re-building the interior from the bilge upwards. In addition, the rural location of the vessel created some significant logistic challenges for the SMY team. However, we managed to complete it within the expected timeframe and on budget.”
The hull was built by Blondicell in Southampton in 2004 and has recently changed hands. “The owner was very pleased with the high quality finish delivered by our team which additionally included some other improvement work,” said Murray-Gilmour.
The restoration of the houseboat is an addition to Stella Maris Yachting’s varied portfolio – the company has carried out refit and restoration projects on a wide range of high quality sailing and motor yachts.
The houseboat was handed over to the owner at the end of January, who will be using it as a convenient bolthole close to London.