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At the start of the renovation, all of Tom Sherrin’s navigational aids were remove and will be re-installed when the wheelhouse is ready.
These items include her GPS unit, VHF radio, radar set, magnetic compass and engine controls.2
Once the engine room had been opened up, allowing daylight inside for the first time in decades, Tom Sherrin’s engine was removed.
She is powered by a Ford Sabre 6 Cylinder engine, with a single screw propeller.
The engine is receiving a complete overhaul.
All boats and ships, regardless of size, must carry lifesaving equipment.
Tom Sherrin’s was removed on arrival in Portsmouth and will be serviced and re-installed prior to entering service with the MVS.
Lifesaving equipment includes liferafts, lifebuoys and distress flares.
Tom Sherrin’s hull is constructed of wood, which after almost half a century of service requires some care, even replacing in some parts.
With the combined skills of our own MVS Poole volunteers and those of the students at IBTC Portsmouth, the hull and associated framework are being given a thorough overhaul.
After Tom Sherrin sailed to Portsmouth, her fuel was pumped out and the tank prepped for work.
The tank was finally transported back to Poole by volunteers for storage.
The wheelhouse (or bridge if sailing on a larger vessel), is the nerve centre of the boat.
All of Tom Sherrin’s navigational aids are contained in here and the Skipper and crew control the boat from here.
The main deck contains the boat’s anchor, ventilators and the rubber tyre (from her previous life in Alderney where she was used as a low-powered push-boat).