This particular pontoon situated on the upper reaches of the river Itchen required the complete replacement of all timber components.
This was in a dilapidated condition. Most of the piles were, however, in sound condition, so the whole structure was dismantled and a new deck and handrail fitted. The wood used was tanalised redwood and the decking boards have an anti-slip bead manufactured into the grooves, an important feature given the location. Because it’s a marine environment, all fastenings used were A4 Stainless steel. Only two piles were rotten at the base (mud line) so a tandem pile was bolted to the original pile and a concrete footing made to hold the new tandem piece fast.
Decking can be a lovely feature in a garden space if it’s designed and fitted correctly. There are now a lot of options regarding materials used and features such as anti-slip. Thankfully, the period of decking mania seems to have come to an end, so a more measured approach to decking has evolved. Please contact me if you wish to discuss a decking project that you have in mind.
The restoration of the interior of this boat, a 40ft Edwardian Gentleman’s Motor Yacht, to give it its correct description, was undertaken back in the early 1990s using reclaimed pitch pine sourced from the old Southampton dock. It was finished over a period of 2 years. The interior was in keeping with that of yachts of that period, circa 1924, and offers fantastic scope for the storage of personal effects whilst living aboard and cruising.