Repair of Aquastar 38 in the Falkland Islands


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Damage to the transom viewed from the cockpit

Repairs in hand

Underlying damage was extensive

Damage to the transom viewed from above

Overall view of the repair from the stern

Repairs awaiting finishing touches

These 'before-and-after' photographs show the John Byron to be "as good as new", fully justifying bringing two GRP craftsmen the length and breadth of the Atlantic.

This Aquastar 38 sustained serious damage when a 460kg coil of wire dropped six metres from an adjacent boat into the cockpit area.

GRP Boat Repairs Ltd travelled 8000 miles to repair the damage. This gives a whole new meaning to Fully Mobile Service - We Come to You.

It is 8000 miles from the UK to the Falkland Islands, and an astonishing tribute to British craftsmanship that islands' shipping agent Sulivan Shipping Services flew British GRP specialists out to Stanley to repair an extensively damaged Aqua Star 38 workboat.

Onboard the John Byron in Spring 2002, local marine surveyor Captain Ian Wilkinson recorded the sorry state of the vessel after a wire coil weighing over 460kg had accidentally been dropped six metres from an adjacent boat into the cockpit area. Wilkinson deemed the sturdy Aqua Star repairable, but at the end of a long list of necessary repairs, both internal and external, he reported that the Falklands possessed no glass fibre workshop or GRP specialist capable of undertaking the work, and no local access to the required materials in appropriate quantities.

Sulivan Shipping faced the costly option of sending the John Byron to Spain for repair, but first searched the Internet and fortunately came up with Hamble-based GRP boat repair specialist GRP Boat Repairs Ltd. The company's worldwide reputation as the best in the business encouraged Sulivan Shipping to fly owner Julian Willmott out to Stanley to assess the task.

Willmott has 25 years' experience in GRP boat building and repair under his belt, and a highly skilled team of craftsmen at his disposal. On the basis of his claim that "you will never see one of our repairs", Sulivan Shipping awarded him the contract, and two members of Willmott's go-anywhere team subsequently spent 18 days in the Falklands in October, working 14 hours a day on the stricken vessel.