A Duchess is reborn

duchess before Duchess after
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A 40ft gentleman’s river cruiser that went on to work for many years as a pleasure cruiser, Duchess was transformed in sixteen months, starting in January 2004 – and these are the before and after photos.

She lay derelict for many years before being re-built by Chris Berry of Traditional Sail, for a client who intended to use her for cruising. The site includes a lot of photos of what happened during her restoration and repair: all of her frames had to be replaced, as well as 80 per cent of the planking.


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