'ROYAL' LADY TREATED TO ELEGANT REVAMP
A yacht believed to have been sailed by Prince Charles when he
was at school, is undergoing a refit in South Devon.
Sea Spirit, which was used by Gordonstoun School
as a training ship, is undergoing work at Galmpton Boat Yard in
a joint project by Dart Boat Repairsand Nautical Shipping. Sea
Spirit, a 65ft yacht, was originally built in a Dutch yard, Geb
van Dam, in 1967.
It is believed she was given to the school by
one of the parents at the time as a gift and sailed by Prince
She is now being rebuilt in a project which
will include stretching her by almost 10ft to make her look more
elegant and adding new decks, a cabin and bulkhead. Once this
work has been carried out, painting work will then finish her
Burt Thomsen, of Nautical Shipping, said: "She's
not a very pretty boat at the moment. When the work is finished,
she'll have much better lines and look much better. It's cosmetic
"It's very exciting working on a boat with
such a heritage. It's not often I manage to get my hands on a
boat with such class."
And Mike Lyness, of Dart Boat Repairs, added:
"It is a good feeling working on such a stylish vessel. She
is a special boat, there's not too many around like her."
Work is due to be completed by the end