Building The Lloydsman

20160323_141908 [11156]Forward bulkhead, foredeck, cross member and perimeter deck support started.



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Bow thruster tube installed.

20160324_065214 [11155]Superstructure frame under construction.

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Wood welders have clad first level and cut and fitted the middle deck.

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Shaping the foam core for the main mast.

Through the wheelhouse window

When is a pond not a pond? Answers on a post card please.

Oh dear our boating pool on the Royal Esplanade in Ramsgate seems to have sprung a leak! Or at least the water has been escaping more quickly than of late. Converted in the sixties from a band stand, it is now in need of some overdue maintenance. With the water pumped out we have all been hard at work clearing the silt and weed so that repairs can start. Pond side during the winter months tends to be very quiet, with most of us concentrating on building new boats, but with the weather being so mild, there has been a regular attendance, and we’ve even had new modellers wanting to join us, I’m sure they will be made very welcome. The Royal Esplanade is once again open to traffic, having been closed so that a new pipe line could be installed, so parking is no longer a problem. Even though the pool is now empty we will still all be in the café every Thursday and Sunday mornings.

Take Care




Refurbishment of the pool


The pool is now empty and we have a plan for the continued operation. It would seem the object is to clean out all the sediment, coin of the realm and other detritus, rake out all the poor attempts to seal the joints and reseal with hot bitumen, It is not envisaged this will cure the leaks completely but will slow the water loss to a manageable level. The sides will subsequently be re-painted, the old drain will be inspected and sealed if necessary and the pond refilled at which time we can all go boating again.