For the majority of 2015, the Southampton Yacht Services team and the crew of Cambria worked on S/Y Cambria, the 114ft (34.7m) Fife designed cutter. The team meticulously removed, repaired and where required replaced almost 200 of Cambria’s planks, along with carrying out substantial work to her stem. Of those planks, more than 70 percent of them have been painstakingly repaired, ensuring as much of the original yacht as possible remains. Such extensive work on the hull and stem have also allowed the team to inspect the majority of the keelbolts (all original to the yacht) and perform non-destructive testing to check their integrity. In addition, by removing the bilge area, all the tanks were inspected and hydraulics updated, no mean feat on a wooden boat, originally built in 1928. After careful preparation a thin GRP sheathing was applied to the finished hull, she then had a new paint job that will see this refit last for decades to come.
Much of this work had been identified during previous works carried out in 2008-9 when we had completed an extensive engineering and electrical refit. The engine room was completely re-planned to improve access for maintenance and to reduce noise and vibration throughout the boat. The yacht was completely rewired and all electrical systems upgraded. A new navigation area was built in the saloon in a style matching the existing joinery to ensure that this did not detract from the traditional style of the yacht and the aft guest cabin was returned to the style and layout that appeared on the original plans by William Fife.