Hippocampus is a Bates Star Craft 33 from Shepperton on the Thames. She is coming to our Southwold yard to have a thorough refit. The proposed list of works includes repairing the teak decks and transom, design and installation of an outside helm position complete with a Brookland screen, revarnishing, repainting the hull, new covers, carpets, upholstery and furnishings plus the usual winter maintenance works.

Hippocampus, May 2021 update:

With the woodworking side of the restoration almost complete we are now waiting for the engineering team to install the steering and the electricians to wire up the new gadgets then we will be ready for the finishing team to paint and varnish the top coats.

Hippocampus, April 2021 update:

The corner posts have now been fully repaired and Paul has been busy building the aft cabin bunk. The outside steering position has been fabricated and she is looking great. We had a visit from the owner last week when he came up to catch up with progress.

Hippocampus, February 27th 2021 update:

While carrying out a few repairs on the deck we have uncovered some rot in the transom corners, Paul is in the process of doing a great repair job. From the pictures you can see the before and after. I love how crabbing buckets have their uses around the yard during this lockdown period in the absence of holiday makers in Southwold crabbing off the key!

Hippocampus, February 3rd 2021 update:

The cabin sides have been sanded back once again for another coat of varnish and the aft steering position is being assembled. The star craft decorative design has been offered up. We last did this on Karinda.

Hippocampus, February 1st 2021 update:

The guys have been busy varnishing and then sanding between the layers this week and masking up ready for another coat, and our steel fabricator is working on the aft deck outside steering position.

Hippocampus, January 22nd 2021 update:

Hippocampus poked her head out and has been tucked back up in shed 1 for more works to continue.

Hippocampus, January 2021 update:

The varnishing has begun, this is the first of many coats that will be applied and then sanded off to build up the depth of colour and achieve the best finish.

Hippocampus, December update:

The superstructure has been sanded right back in preparation for the varnishing and has revealed a past life.

Hippocampus December update: Hippocampus has now been moved into shed 1 for the works to begin.


The first stage is to remove the window surrounds and fittings so the superstructure can be sanded back ready for varnishing.

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