Marine Fabrication were given the challenge to replicate a 50yr old Ferry for Hampton Sailing Club.
Replicating this 50-year-old small ferry involved several steps, including researching the original design, sourcing materials, and then reconstructing the vessel.
Some research was conducted to find the original design plans and blueprints for the small ferry in order to replicate it becoming more like the original. Having such information to hand gave a clear idea of the dimensions, materials, and construction methods that Marine Fabrication would use just like those who constructed the original vessel. Apart from the original plans there was a reliance on photographs, measurements, and other sources of information to help recreate the vessel.
Once the team had a good idea of the approach to build it was time to source the materials needed to build the small ferry. If anyone ever challenges themselves on a project like this, then depending on the age of the original vessel, some of your materials may no longer be available.
So like Marine Fabrication, you may need to find suitable alternatives.
The hull of this small ferry was the most critical component, as it determines the vessel's stability and buoyancy. It was therefore important to follow the original design closely to construct the hull, paying careful attention to the shape and dimensions. Once the hull was complete, the focus turned towards installing the deck area and superstructure.
As you will see from the imagery this small ferry did not have the need for an engine and other systems such as steering and electrical systems.
This was very much a ferry you had to operate by hand and you will see how that was done when you watch the video.