Take the stress out of your boat repair or improvement’s. Fox’s Marina workshop staff are used to fitting equipment into tight and awkward spaces!!!! Below is Jordon Romero, Fox’s laminating expert, grinding inside an Oyster 435 to accomadate a Sleipner bow thruster.
Internal grinding to accomadate Sleipner Bow Thruster
An Ocean 72, is now beginning it’s Osmosis treatment at Fox’s. After being peeled and blasted on site in our custom made blast area, the yacht has now been moved into our climate controlled osmosis workshop. The first job was patch repair, culminating in 143 templated patches being ground out and repaired. This has now been finished and 2 layers of 600 gram 4 way weave fibreglass is being applied.
First layer of 600 gram 4 way weave fibreglass matt, being applied by Alan Wyatt and Steve Dunningham
Sea Marge an old wooden carvel built fishing boat, owned by Fox’s Marina staff member Ben Welham, has been under going major underwater work during the last two years. Ben has been raking out the seams and re-caulking using traditional tools and methods.
Oakum is used to fill the seams and is a preparation of tarred fiber, for caulking or packing the joints of timbers in wooden vessels and the deck planking of iron and steel ships. Oakum was at one time recycled from old tarry ropes and cordage, which were painstakingly unraveled and taken apart into fiber.
In modern times, the fibrous material used in oakum is derived from virgin hemp or jute. The fibers are impregnated with tar or a tar-like substance, traditionally pine tar (also called ‘Stockholm tar’), an amber-colored pitch made from pine sap.
Sea Marge has also had her stern gear worked on and her old Kelvin R4 engine overhauled. Sea Marge has two stainless steel shafts, which have been skimmed to ensure accuracy and minimize any vibration. The plummer bearings and couplings have also been replaced. Now launched the shafts will be shimmed for accuracy.
Sea Marge is an ongoing project but now watertight the topsides will be prepped and International Paints will be used to bring her back to her former glory.
Ben Welham preparing the oakum
The oakum being pushed into the seam
Sea Marge's re-skimmed 10 foot shaft
Traditional caulking mallet and irons
Mistley Marines work boat Avocet has been lifted at Fox’s Marina for a general make-over. A Sleipner bow thruster, fitted by our Workshop’s and an extensive bow fender arrangement manufactured by Fox’s Stainless. The improvement’s will aide Avocet’s main task’s of ploughing and dredging. Mistley Marine has an important contract with Westminster Dredging Company, who are part of Royal Boskalis Westminster Group, one of the world’s largest international dredging & marine contractors, hence the importance of all work being completed to budget and schedule.
The Sleipner Bow thruster SE210/250TC thruster is specially built to give a maximum thrust in a minimum diameter. It is the perfect choice for sailboats. The SE210/250TC will also be the most powerful choice for older boats with a 250 mm tunnel. This thruster includes all the important and unique Side-Power features and qualities.
Avocet also had fitted a steel bow fender and support, which in turns hold a large hard wearing D Section rubber fender securely in place, for safe pushing capabilities.
Avocet before her fender bow fitting
Avocet with her now fitted bow fender and steel bracing.
Avocet fender support under construction
Avocet's D section heavy duty fender in place
Taska Marine’s newly built Tug arrived at Fox’s Marina for launch. This powerful 12-metre sea-going workboat (MCA Cat 3) is offered for sale or hire. Easily road transported due to it’s low air draft, width and weight. It is the perfect vessel for shallow water operations and is capable of carrying 12 persons. With twin Perkins 215bhp engines set wide apart, two PRM1000D gearboxes with a 4:1 ratio and a four-ton bollard pull, it has been specifically designed to manoeuvre jack-up and flat-top barges and carry out crew transfers.
Taska 1 being offloaded with Fox's 70 tonne hoist
Juno a beautiful Oyster 575 has had some final touches carried out by Fox’s Electronics and Rigging Departments. Fox’s Electronics has added a Icom SSB m801E. The new IC-M801 is based on the NMEA award winning transceiver and has Digital Signal Processing (DSP) which virtually eliminates noise and interference. The new automatic antenna tuner AT-141 matches the transceiver to a long wire antenna with little insertion loss. Also added were Caframo Sirocco cabin fans. The best cabin fan available in the marine market! The model 807 Sirocco 12 and 24 Volt fan features a unique gimbaled design that allows airflow to be directed in any direction of the cabin – 360°. The Sirocco can also be folded flat and out of the way against the bulkhead when not in use. With its multiple speeds, timer settings and quiet operation there is no other marine fan that can match the Sirocco’s performance. It truly is the premium choice for comfortable cabins and salons. Fox’s Rigging Department has also fitted an electric Reckmann Genoa Furler to compliment the yachts already electric Reckmann Jib Furler. The RF90 fitted to Juno is a hydraulic high performance reefing system for foresails built to be virtually maintenance free and with superior gear technology these systems offer maximum performance and longevity. The integration of spiral-mesh gearing, sophisticated bearing design and a self-braking worm gear, result in a quiet and smooth running system, which meet the highest industry standards.
Automatic antenna tuner AT-141 matches the transceiver to a long wire antenna with little insertion loss
The new Icom IC-M801 is based on the NMEA award winning transceiver and has Digital Signal Processing (DSP) which virtually eliminates noise and interference
Caframo Sirocco cabin fan
Reckmann Electric Genoa Furler, added by Fox's Rigging to compliment the yachts already electric Reckmann Jib Furler
Simple push button controls for Reckmann Furling system
Reckmann's electronic control box for furler
Juno Oyster 575 moored up in Fox's Marina
At Fox’s Stainless we don’t only cater for the yachting fraternity. More and more frequently we are asked about architectural designs and projects. One of our more recent projects was a port hole which a customer wanted to fit into the outside of his house, a quirky way to let more light into his room via a stainless steel tube. The tube was constructed out of 316 brushed finish stainless and rolled to size. A 20mm flange was welded and blended to the tube end to aide visual decorativeness to the interior room.
Port Hole with stainless light tube attached
Light Tube with 20mm flange to aide visual decorativeness
Offshore Wind Power Marine Services joins Fox’s growing commercial work portfolio. Fox’s are in the enviable position to lift vessels up to 70 tonnes with maximum width of 6.3 metres. A major bonus for these commercial vessels is Fox’s dedicated on site departments to cater for all their needs from electronics, stainless to engineering. Fox’s operate a 24/7 emergency haul/launch to keep these boats maximising their work potential and help fulfil their contracts. If your a commercial vessel give Malcolm Westmoreland a call on 0771 1578 421 or John Jonas on 01473 694680
Offshore Provider arriving for haul out at Fox's
Offshore provider about to be layed up after high pressure scrub off
A quick turn around after some jet work and it's back to work for these busy jet cat boats
Here at Fox’s we have a dedicated team of professionals to cater for all your needs. No boat is to big or to small, at Fox’s we are only to happy to help. All our departments have staff with immense craft and knowledge. If u are undergoing a major refit, or thinking of undertaking such a project, we can give you advice and a free quotation on all work needed to start or finish your pride and joy. If you have any questions on Lister, Turner, Petta engines or you need help with your Clinker, Carvel or Cold Moulded projects please don’t hesitate to give our workshops a call on +44 (0) 1473 689111
Clinker built 12 foot pleasure launch
Stuart Turner P55 engine, very unsophisticated compared to modern engines!!
At Fox’s Stainless, custom design and fit makes up a large basis of our work. Another project recently completed is a Rib Holder for a Prestige Motor Boat. The customer wanted to be able to store his rib, upright on his transom, whilst still being able to step past and secure mooring lines etc. Working closely with the client, Fox’s came up with an innovative design, which can also be removed from the boat.
Transom access on and off boat still available