From the owner,
"Samphire is a Nicholson 36 built in 1964 by St Osyth Boatyard to Lloyds’ 100A1 for Dr P B Morck. She has Sail Number 785 and SSR Number 95786. The Nich 36 was Camper’s first GRP design, the hull being moulded by Halmatic. Deck and coach roof are wooden.
I bought her in May 2011. She had twice been condemned as beyond economic repair. There was a hole in the stern deck, water pouring through her decks ands coach roof and she looked ripe for breaking. On the plus side, her hull was sound and her woodwork was mainly iroko.
She came from Porchester to Hythe Marina on her own bottom and work commenced.
First I removed the entire deck. This exposed the waterlogged deck supports. Secondly, I removed the whole of the cockpit. New deck beams for the stern deck and fore deck were laminated from Sapele. Two large beams in way of the bridge deck were replaced in 6 x 2 Sapele. Most (about 80%) of the sub deck supports were renewed. At the top edge of the hull is a GRP “trench” which is filled with 22mm ply on edge. The whole of this was removed and replaced with new marine ply which was epoxied into place. The beam shelf was left untouched.
The deck was replaced with 22mm marine ply which was screwed and bolted through the new supports. The laminated beams were bolted through the beam shelf. All the joints were made in SP epoxy and the deck was bedded on 3M 5200. Most of the underside of the deck was coated with Eposeal.
The new deck was then sheathed with epoxy cloth and was then covered with King Deck plastic teak decking. A new toe rail was fabricated in teak as was the rubbing strake. The toe rail is screwed into the “trench” already mentioned. The rubbing strake covers the side grain of the deck. The exposed edge was coated in epoxy and the timer bedded in Arboseal.
The cockpit had most of its supports renewed and a new ply base was laid. An iroko grating was made and fitted.
The cabin roof had been originally covered with GRP mat. It was lifting in places. The whole of this was sanded off back to the original ply which was found to be in a good condition and needed only localised repairs. The front face of the cabin roof was replaced; originally it had been solid iroko, but this had split so a ply substitute was made. The exposed ply of the roof was then sheathed with epoxy cloth and painted. The final finish is Epifanes’ deck paint.
Isolated repairs to the cabin sides were required and these were made in iroko. The sides were then epoxy sheathed and varnished. The window frames for the two large windows were rechromed; stainless frames were fabricated for the six small windows. A new pulpit was fabricated (Fusion). Deck hardware was rechromed.
A new fore hatch was made and also a new main hatch garage. These are a ply base with 6mm teak epoxied on top with graphite epoxy used to make the black lines. A bullseye is fitted in the forward hatch.
The whole of the inside of the hull was a mess of peeling paint and all of it was sanded off back to GRP. No signs were seen of any past damage. The visible parts of the inner hull were painted with Dulux exterior paint in Satin White.
The exterior was shotblasted below the water line (Symblast) and then the whole of the exterior was sanded. The whole hull was then given four coats of epoxy paint and the topsides finished in Epifanes Single Pack enamel.
The rudder was removed and stripped back to its original mahogany. The heel was found to be badly worn and so a new piece was epoxied into place and the heel fitting replaced. The whole blade was then epoxy sheathed and painted. A washer was fitted in way of the heel fitting. The tiller looked to have been recently replaced when the boat was purchased. It has been varnished and its bolts replaced.
The interior was originally all varnished wood. Some is ply and other parts are solid iroko. Localised repairs were made and then the solid wood and the locker fronts were varnished whilst the remainder was painted in Hempel’s Pale Cream. A teak and holly cabin sole was fitted. The floors had lo9calised repairs made.
The heads were redesigned. A new vanity unit was made and a reconditioned Baby Blake was fitted. The seacocks were replaced in the heads but elsewhere the original Blake’s fittings were dismantled, greased and reassembled.
The galley was redesigned with cherry faced board used for the worktops. A new Smeg cooker was fitted. An insulated ice box (Tek Tanks) has a remote Danfoss compressor. All plumbing is Speedfit.
A Nav table was designed and fitted. The original design had been little more than a shelf; the new table folds down in use, but folds up and away when the quarter berth is required. The batteries are under the quarter berth. A new table has been made in Sapele; it bolts to the floor but is easily removable.
The domestic water was contained in the curve of the hull forward of the bilge. I removed a baffle and then fitted a plastic bladder made by Hoverwork at Southampton. The water is pumped electrically. There is calorifier under the cockpit floor. It is heated only by an immersion heater. There is a Stirling battery charger and a consumer unit dealing with that charger, some mains lighting, the immersion heater and a double 13 amp socket.
Originally there was no gas locker. A sealed box was made and fitted in the stern deck. The gas installation was commissioned by Gas Check Marine. The box is vented overboard.
The engine (Bukh MV20 installed in 1979) was rebuilt by Apas Engineering. The engine box and companionway steps are new. The stern gear was replaced (shaft and cutlass bearing) or overhauled (stern gland). Advice was taken from MG Duff about anodes. A button anode is to be fitted, wired to the gearbox of the engine.
The fuel tank is stainless and came with the boat. The winches are new as is the anchor winch (Lewmar). All standing rigging has been replaced and a new Furlex fitted (Ocean Rigging). There are two bilge pumps, one electric and one manual. They have separate chromed outlets.
I hope this grand old lady is now ready for the next 50 years!"
COME and look at her..
She has had a few months afloat and has just been lifted here in Hythe, She needs a few jobs doing to prepare her for 2015.. but she must be worth a look.
Foredeck, note under deck structure has been repaired where required, new electric windlass, new deck furniture, new pulpit, new front board on coachroof, obviously smart new synthetic Teak deck..
note pulpit base fastenings through Plates... allen key type, and super Cleats.. Toe rail is all new. as is teak rubbing band,
cockpit looks worst cosmetically.. ITS JUST Varnish,, the solid Teak work has all been sorted, any bad bits refitted, she now just needs varnish taking off and re coating.. new sheet and halyard winches all round, !
Coachroof top repaired, properly, new vents, new hatches,,.new guard wires..
new spray hood,,, new dodgers..
1979 Buhk 20 fully rebuilt by Dealers then re fitted, 2014, dusty in photo..new, fuel system, new water system, new stern gear,,,
galley to port just inside new cooker, new piping etc..
smart cooker too..
back on deck,,, new front board on coachroof..
new vanity unit in heads, new seacocks.. new pipes..new sink..
new standing rig by Ocean rigging.. 2014. mast head single straight spreader rig..much recent running rigging
windows out and re fitted, the work list goes on..
port side in saloon, new strip timber ling on hull side,, vfery smart, she needs new soft furnishings.. and under deck head painted.. with a bit of a tidy up.. then she is beautiful !
aft deck area fully sorted..
through deck mast..