14′ RNSA dinghy restoration/repair

Initially serving as a restoration training vessel for students the boat will eventually become a recreational boat for use by students at Lyme Bay, as a smaller alternative to the Academy’s lugger Eleanor.  The restoration began in 2013 and is being picked up again now in 2016, with a launch date of 23 November 2016, at 12pm.

The RNSA (or Rensa) dinghy is traditional clinker, planked in mahogany with an oak backbone. We will be replacing like for like as much as possible.

In 1948 a 14ft sailing dinghy was presented to Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, as a wedding present from the Royal New Zealand Navy…

Read more here in this article by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

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