Monday, July 25, 2011

The end of Lady Jane

No, it's not a prank.

With Lady Jane now out of the water, and her hull properly cleaned off, it's obvious the hull is severely corroded. The jetwash alone blew a few holes in the hull!

It's a fact that the hull is too far gone for me to be able to afford a proper repair.

She is to be patched up, the good stuff stripped out, dumped back in the water and sold for scrap.

Obviously there is a lot to deal with here, which will take time.

It's a very sad moment, both for me and for all who have worked so hard on her, but the fact is one private person, with limited funds, cannot really stay on top of such a huge undertaking.

I have no real regrets, and consider I've had a huge amount of fun and learning over the last seven years. Plus, of course, I've made some valuable friends.

This is not the end of the dream, just the realisation that Lady Jane is not the vessel to deliver on the dream.

I'm already thinking of my next boat....


  1. oh no! Oh god, I'm so sorry to hear about this. You've put so much hard work, sweat and tears into this old girl. I can't imagine what you're going through right now. Condolences.

  2. Oh Tim! After all your hard work it must be heartbreaking to have it happen this way. We can't wait to see you aboard your new tub, whatever kind you settle on.

  3. Very sorry to hear that Tim, Please let us know in this blog ( if you want to ) when you get another boat.

    Bill Kelleher

  4. Noooo! Tim I'm so sorry to hear that.

    I'm a lurker who has been reading quietly for years now (living vicariously from the other side of the world).

    Just wanted to post that I feel for you, I can't imagine how you must feel when you've put so much work into her over the years.

  5. Anonymous12:47 PM

    You have been an inspiration. You couldn't have done more for the old girl. Your hard work won't be wasted. So looking forward to hearing about your new adventure. But really feel for you at this difficult time.

  6. Tim, I am so sorry to hear this. We have learnt so much from you and both enjoy your blog. I hope you get a new boat soon and put all the skills you have learnt to good use. Rest in Peace Lady Jane :( x

  7. Wow. The sea hath no mercy. I've used you for years to remain inspired and even after I bailed on my much smaller project.

    Thank you for remaining unstoppable.

  8. Anonymous3:46 PM

    Boy Tim, what a sad disappointment that is. I really feel for your situation. I had no idea there were problems below the water line at all. I will be very sorry to see LJ scrapped, and I am absolutely sick about the amount of time and effort you and your friends have put into her.

  9. Hello Tim;
    Sorry to hear about LADY JANE.
    The Boston Light Ship had a similar and much worse Problem with her Hull which was 3/8 steel plate welded.
    They were able to save her by cleaning and coating the Hull and the inside face of the new Plate and welding the 3/8 new plate over the old hull, which allowed her to continue her life.I would suggest you might get the cost of this to consider before you decide to scrap her.
    Best Regards; and I hope she might be saved.

  10. Anonymous6:06 PM

    Tim, I am so sorry to hear this news. I can't image how you must feel after putting so much time and effort into the girl. You have my very best wishes.

    Obviously you have to decide when you're throwing good money after bad, but I can't help thinking that you can do some over-plating and at least buy some time for further decision-making.

  11. Tim, I feel your pain. I learned my lesson the hard way when I got caught up on working on the interior before checking out the bones of my boat. It sucks to do the boring work first when all you want to do is make it pretty and livable. My heart goes out to you and the beautiful Lady Jane. May you find your grace on the sea.
    Hugs, Rhianna

  12. Anonymous6:49 PM

    She was sound just a few years ago. Were the zincs not in order? Gosh, what a disappointment. You must be quite broken up about it. I know I would not be remotely philosophical about such a development.

  13. This hit me like a ton of bricks when I clicked on one of my favorite links... I can't imagine how you feel. Hopefully this blog remains active, even if after some hiatus. I've really enjoyed watching you live my dream these past few years. Onward and upward, I guess!


  14. Tim

    Consider doing a minimal repair to make it safely to Belgium or the Netherlands. Choose a nice day for the crossing and repair her over here. It is much cheaper!



    MS Watergeus

  15. Fred (WWR)4:18 AM

    What can I say, but it is better that you found out now than some place at sea. Still, it is hard to get use to the fact that there will be no Lady Jane cruising the oceans. How much of the hull would need to be replaced?

  16. nick dsjnk10:10 AM

    Another long time lurker here. Sorry to hear of this development.

    I hate to see years of your work and a great boat go to waste. I hope your post brings ideas and offers of help which may save Lady Jane.

  17. tim--- i'm shocked! i was expecting the usual shave-haircut of the hull, repaint, and then splash. i am sad. keep in touch.

  18. Anonymous2:42 PM

    She was wilful, quirky, slow. Her favourite dance was a slow roll. When you thought she would shear to port she would skit off to starboard and as her skipper she would age me ten years in a single day.But with her make up carefully applied and the muddy solent water hiding her uncarriage she still looked good to me.RIP My sweet Lady Jane xx

  19. Anonymous2:43 PM

    Very sad news Tim. I have been following your progress with the old girl for years now, such a shame it's come to this. If i were you i would be heartbroken.

    But on the positive you have learnt so much over the last few years, this knowledge will be valuable with any future project. I guess the biggest thing learnt is to make sure the foundations are sound from the very start. Easy to say now though.

    I guess you have given lots of thought about the future of Lady Jane, but will it really be cheaper to replace her rather than fix Lady Jane's hull? Obviously a lot will depend on what you get next.

    But i also understand that fixing her hull is going to be a very expensive job, and one that cannot be done bit by bit, not only would you have the cost of the work, but also the cost of hauling her out of the water each time you can afford to do another bit.

    Whatever happens Tim, i would like to wish you good luck, and i hope that you will continue to blog about it. You have been in my bookmarks for many years, and i would miss your blogs.

    Good luck Sir!

  20. Anonymous3:54 PM

    I want to give Tim some credit for looking into the below-the-waterline situation -- I know in March 2007 Robin did a bunch of welding below the water line and several zincs were seen to. At that time I believe the accessible part of the hull was found to be sound.

  21. Oh no! So sorry to hear that Tim.

    All the best

    Paul (A fellow Zimbo)

  22. So sorry to hear that Tim! I do have to agree with John De K but the choice is intirely yours of course! with the addition of maybe find a country where you aren`t going to be fleeced for labout (the Solent isn`t the best place by a long shot) if you want to do it that is! Poland springs to mind but the cost of fuel :o(( take care thanks for sharing it all with us! your always welcome in Brighton, should you ever be there!

  23. snowbiker1:12 AM

    Wow. How sad. At one point I was following a couple dozen boat blogs, but yours is one of just two that I keep reading. I can always count on you for inspiring and entertaining posts. I'm heartened to read that "this is not the end of the dream." I look forward to reading about how you move on, in due time.

    I've heard that the difficulty of maintaining [and piloting] a boat goes up with the cube of the length. The Lady was quite a bit longer than any restoration success story I've read on line!

  24. So sad.............
    Maybe ab. 3-5 layers of
    epoxy over a newly sandblasted hull ?

  25. Bugger :( That's a real shame Tim, and after all that work too (that's my few days rust busting!). You have a good philosophy over it anyway. There's always a boat just over the horizon...

  26. James Denley7:42 PM

    Hi Tim, This is really sad news. If you can't haul out somewhere and re-plate yourself (and with others etc) and you have all the equipment to do this then try best wishes James

  27. Hi Tim.
    I'm sorry to hear this. My friend, Ken, is the owner of Maggie Best and that's how I found you're blog. I've seen Lady Jane on numerous times and I was hoping to come on board one day with Ken. Never mind that, It's a shame that the lovely lady will no longer be Maggie Best's neighbour. Please keep the blog going, Kevin.

  28. Tim:
    Brock and I are so sorry to hear of this latest development (I had goosebumps when I saw the post). Such a sad, sad thing. I honor the work and effort you (and your fantastic, hard-working friends) have put in on the lovely lady. While looking ahead to further boaty adventures (which we hope you'll continue to share), we are both shocked by the magnitude of your discovery. Our thoughts are with you!

  29. Oh Tim! I don't know what to say, but from our own experience and also in refection of Rhianna's, foundations are pretty tantamount to success. It's the crux of our issues too, though not exactly your situ. Best wishes and my thoughts are with you.

  30. Hi Tim , I am shocked and very sad ,it has been quite a journey and at least you have had a lot of fun . But I know that feeling when you realise the enormity of the task .And although bloody hard work you have achieved something ,and that is great friends .
    I you are interested in a nice Motor sailer ,I am selling my Moody Halberdier 36 , superb boat but my wife hates sailing !!!!

  31. Hi Tim , I am shocked and very sad ,it has been quite a journey and at least you have had a lot of fun . But I know that feeling when you realise the enormity of the task .And although bloody hard work you have achieved something ,and that is great friends .
    I you are interested in a nice Motor sailer ,I am selling my Moody Halberdier 36 , superb boat but my wife hates sailing !!!!

  32. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Bloody Hell Tim, this has come as as a bit of a shock. I suppose thinking back on Wendy Ann II, Becky and Seb did the right thing in lifting out first and checking thickness, but as we know, although the hull is sound now, that turned into a money pit!!
    Who knows where you would have finished. My obvious advice to anybody wanting to buy an old steel vessel would be to get the hull checked before you buy!!! Maybe easier said than done, don't know? Well, I now think I know why you tried to ring me, Txt ur no to Seenas phone and we'll have a chat.
    best wishes Tim, Robin.

  33. Sorry to see, what a bummer! Tough decsion but maybe its best to cut your losses, what you;ve learnt won't be wasted.

    Simon - Misterton