Harbour Marine Services

Incorporating Southwold & Ipswich Boatyards


Brigand is a British built Space 56 design catamaran, she was involved in a collision with a huge commercial tug and suffered extensive damage and came to HMS Ipswich to be repaired. Due to the extent of the damage she had to be very carefully lifted out of the water, this was a challenge as once ashore it was too risky to attempt to move her again so we built the workshop up around her. The hull had extensive cracking to the gel coat and weave and needed repairs to the hull core. Progress is now well on the way.

Update : September 2020

While the hull repairs and painting preparations have been going on we have been busy fabricating a new fixed Bimini to go over the cockpit, 14ft wide and 7ft long this curved structure will be strong enough to stand on while stowing the mainsail, it will also have windows cut out for visibility for steering and handling and will house the solar panels and lights. The process began with Mike making a Forma with a shinny finish to act as mould, he then laid up gelcoat and fibreglass then a layer of honeycomb 28mm thick. Then we laminated a foam radius edge and then applied the second layer of honeycomb followed by more fibre glass and gelcoat.

Update : October 2020

After months of repair and preparation the first coat of paint was applied yesterday to one of the hulls.

Update: October 2020

Kevan and his team of painters have been really busy this week applying the show coat to both hulls in whisper grey. The next stage is for her to be sanded with a fine grade paper then cleaned remasked and the top coat applied.

Update: October 2020

With the hull painting complete and the polishing almost complete the next stage is for the deck fittings to be put back on including; toe rails, stanchions and guardrails and the bespoke Bimini, then the decks will be painted with the Kiwi non slip paint. She is coming on nicely and we are preparing to launch her early 2021.

Update: November 2020

With the painting and polishing all completed the deck fittings can now go back on, the boys have been busy putting the toe rails on

Update: November 2020

The process to get the toe rails fitted involves a lot of Saba marine adhesive and careful masking, the boys have got it down to a fine art to get a good finish.

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