As mentioned on the, homepage, Asco is a 1941 Admiralty 60ft Seagoing Motor Boat; our intentions have always been to restore her to her original design. In order to achieve an accurate restoration we were in need of drawings. Our search for these bore fruit, thanks to Terry Holtham of The World Ships Society. We have been able to find numerous useful, constructional and detail drawings; mainly of RAF pinnaces, same type of boat as 4195, from the RAF Museum in Hendon.
Work began when the boat was lifted out of the water. The hull was grit blasted, to remove all of the old coatings and expose any defective areas. Once everything was dry and stable we were able to set about removing and replacing planking and framing as necessary. The transom was completely renewed along with some areas of planking amidships, both port & starboard. Epoxy sheathing, using the West system, was the next operation; starting from the keel and working upwards to the gunwale. With the keel finally receiving, six layers of 600g cloth and epoxy, which completed the hull.
After grit blasting all of the internal hull, numerous coats of International epoxy paints, were applied both internally and externally; giving her a high degree of protection. The colour scheme, grey and black, is as the original.
The decks forward of the step, were taken back to the original, at some point laid decks were installed. We have sheathed with Robbins Elite marine ply and a layer of epoxy glass on top. The aft decks and framing had been messed with, in the extreme, leaving us no choice but to start again. So the whole of the aft deck and superstructure was removed; and replaced back to the 1941 original, which includes a covered hold, with removable cargo hatch.
The wheelhouse had long gone. It has now been restructured with, Robbins Elite marine plywood and toughened glass screens. We used Iroko framing and Cedar for the deckhead. Iroko and ply panelling make up the internal bulkheads. All controls, such as; engines, wheel and navigational equipment have all been installed and are all functioning perfectly well.
The mast was constructed of Douglas Fir, with a hollow centre for wiring. This is stepped into the keel, via the engine room. The top mast was made of solid Douglas Fir. All of the fixtures and fittings are in place and functional.
All of the internal fit out is complete. The engine room is complete, with all machinery functioning properly. All of the electrical systems have been installed and are in good working order.
View the 'For Sale Details' for the specification details.
Pictures of the restoration can be viewed in the picture gallery.