'Duchess' was transformed in sixteen month's. The before and after shots.

The project was started in January 2004. She was re-launched after many years lying derelict and then re-built by us in early May 2005.

`Duchess` is a 40` traditional gentleman's cruiser.

She has worked most of her life in Oxford as a pleasure cruiser.

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`Duchess` six months into the project. The hull is now structurally complete having replaced all frames and 80% of the planking! The coach-roof is stripped and is being re-built. Windows are being fitted around the after end of the coach roof to form a large saloon. Many other jobs have been completed during the process of re-building the hull. The engine is re-built and re-installed. A new bronze back rail has been fabricated and is being polished.

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Duchess latest photos as at 3/10/04. Nearing completion!

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Duchess latest photo's posted 24/12/04.

One year into the project and Duchess is nearing completion, with all of the nice shiny bits going in. The next set of photo's shows the Reflex heater having been installed on a granite base and back board and other systems being installed.

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Duchess is finished. The last photos are of her being delivered to her new owner and being launched. All furniture is now fitted and she is being used as a pleasure vessel.

I would like to thank the owner, my client, for his patience and allowing myself and my team to indulge fully our interest and ideas within this project. We hope that you enjoy boating on 'NorthCountry Rose'('Duchess').

What's next? See the 'Atlantis of Rhu' project!

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