Copper Jack – Construction

In the winter of 2013, SCBT initiated a new project to replace the Black Prince with a new, purpose built vessel to operate within Swansea Marina and along the River Tawe navigation.  After reviewing a number of boat builders, we finally chose a British firm with over 40 years of experience in designing and building boats for the inland waterways – Colecraft Boats.  With the requirements to ensure the new boat met the rigorous and exacting standards of the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), we were pleased to see that Colecraft had a proven track record of not only building boats for private use, but had built over 20 inland waterways commercial trip boats in the past 6 years that met MCA certification.

The following pictures show the progress of the new build from basic shell through to finishing touches…

Copper Jack - The hull is starting to take shape

Copper Jack – The hull is starting to take shape

 

Copper Jack - Hull blacking

Copper Jack – Hull blacking

Copper Jack - Sealing the buoyancy tanks

Copper Jack – Sealing the buoyancy tanks

Copper Jack - Underfloor buoyancy tanks

Copper Jack - Building the passenger cabin

Copper Jack – Building the passenger cabin

Copper Jack - Hull blacking

Copper Jack – Hull blacking

Copper Jack - Inspection by some of the SCBT board members

Copper Jack – Inspection by some of the SCBT board members

Copper Jack - Stern view leaving fabrication en-route to finishing shop

Copper Jack – Stern view leaving fabrication en-route to finishing shop

Copper Jack - First coats of paint

Copper Jack – First coats of paint

Copper Jack - First coats of paint

Copper Jack – First coats of paint

Copper Jack - Starting the internal fit out

Copper Jack – Starting the internal fit out

Copper Jack - Bow design

Copper Jack – Bow design

Copper Jack - Buoyancy tanks with protective paint

Copper Jack – Buoyancy tanks with protective paint

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