Sail Training Vessel, James Cook, undergoes major refit at Fox’s


James Cook arrived at Fox’s Marina & Boatyard at the end of last year after a busy 2017 season, with her 30-year old steel hull and its coatings in need of some serious attention.

Following extensive survey work undertaken by the team at Fox’s and Martin Evans Surveys, a comprehensive work list was put together.

The aft accommodation was removed and access provided around the interior allowing specific sections of the hull shell to be cut out and replaced with new plate, along with all associated internal structure and through hull fittings.


  • The original steel rubbing strake, cap rail and stanchion bases were all removed and the remaining hull cleaned up.
  • The bulwark upstand was reinstated with an all new oval section capping in stainless steel.
  • Stanchion sockets, new stanchions and new pushpit were all fabricated inhouse at Fox’s by our stainless department and a new D-section rubber fender fitted on studs.
  • The rig has been completely overhauled and both the main and mizzen masts re-wired.
  • New gas system and refrigeration systems have been installed along with reassembly of the through hull/seacock assemblies.
  • Tank inspection hatches removed, tanks cleaned and hatches re-assembled with new fastenings.
  • Stern gear over hauled and engine and genset serviced.


With a number of bookings scheduled for the new season, the complete recoating of the hull and deck has been postponed until the end of the season when we expect James Cook to return to Fox’s.

Following a fresh coat of topside paint and antifoul, the yacht will be re-rigged and commissioned prior to her new crew taking delivery.  They can now look forward to a busy season of sail training including participation in the Tall Ships Races and many other events during 2018.

Operated by the charity, Ocean Youth Trust North, who specialise in the personal development of young people and adults through the unique medium of ocean sailing, James Cook will continue to change young people’s lives and inspire their futures through Adventure under Sail.


Read more about the work of Ocean Youth Trust North.


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