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Here’s a short video of the early works on Llys Helig. There was mud. Lots of mud. youtu.be/Ivmn9GRWls0 ... See MoreSee Less

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Can't wait to see the end result for me it's been part of my whole life in burnham

Fantastic to see her upright and on her way to her former glory, well done

20th September update.

The plan remains to move Llys Helig under tow THIS year, and soon if we can.

With new bulkheads, braces on the mid deck and steel patches on the hull she’s in much better shape than a few months ago.

The priority is ensuring that she’s ready to go into the sea, to the Thames and then the Medway.
The operation comes with significant risk and getting measures in place is talking longer than we had hoped.
What we want to avoid is her coming to harm or worse sinking in the sea. Worst of all would be sinking in shallow water where she would become a hazard to other vessels and a very expensive problem for us.

We will post developments as we get them and we’ll get her safely on her way to the next phase of her restoration.

Thanks for keeping an eye on her and the support to date.

Howard and the Llys Helig Team.
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20th September update.

The plan remains to move Llys Helig under tow THIS year, and soon if we can.

With new bulkheads, braces on the mid deck and steel patches on the hull she’s in much better shape than a few months ago.

The priority is ensuring that she’s ready to go into the sea, to the Thames and then the Medway. 
The operation comes with significant risk and getting measures in place is talking longer than we had hoped.
What we want to avoid is her coming to harm or worse sinking in the sea.  Worst of all would be sinking in shallow water where she would become a hazard to other vessels and a very expensive problem for us.

We will post developments as we get them and we’ll get her safely on her way to the next phase of her restoration. 

Thanks for keeping an eye on her and the support to date.

Howard and the Llys Helig Team.

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After being able to get on board her last year I can't wait to see further progress talking to Howard about his plans for her good luck with all the behind the scenes stuff I'd love to be able to volunteer to help with her

Can’t quite believe my birthday treat this time last year was painting her funnel…. glad to hear she still has plans x

Thank you for the update. Hope she finally gets to kent and gets her up grade. X

Thank you for the update. Looking forward to hearing news of her departure. Will be very sad to see her go. But so looking forward to seeing her for a visit in all her glory.

I walk pass ger mist weekends and remember her on her side and our trucks helping pulling her upright again which wS a feet in itself with the winches and cables but live to see her on her way and be nice to see her again when she is her old new self how she should look like. A beautiful gentleman's yacht. Look forward to the next update.

On the right track at last well done 😉

Excited to see it move 👍

Hope all goes well good luck will miss her x x

Good Luck Howard hope all goes well

Sending Good Luck to you all x

Wishing you lots of luck. Keep us posted x

Good luck 🤞

Good luck

Good luck 👍

Thanks for the update good luck 🤞

Wish you good luck and God speed in your venture

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Friday 23rd July, Howard visited the team on Llys Helig. Here is some of the work done so far ... See MoreSee Less

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Pleased to hear all going well good luck look forward to more updates in future thank you x x

Thanks for the update. All looks very well thought through.

Carley Oneill this is the page

Good luck with the tow.

Thank you for update x

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STEELWORK STARTS ON LLYS HELIG

This week marks another landmark in the restoration of Llys Helig as specialist marine engineers will come aboard to start preparing Llys Helig for her journey to the shipyard.

Llys Helig has a number of holes in her hull, currently patched with marine plywood as part of the work to raise her last year. The most important holes will now be patched with 6mm steel plate. This will ensure the patches do not fail if she encounters heavy seas or floating debris on her voyage.

Llys Helig also suffers from weakness at the stern end where a bulkhead was previously removed and where a number of frames have rusted away.

A new bulkhead will be added in 8mm steel plate and some of the vertical and horizontal beams and frames will be replaced.

A temporary cover will be added to the open section of the deck at the stern to prevent water coming in during the voyage.

These actions will ensure that the boat is safe to be towed.

The works will take around 3-4 weeks and will require welders to be on board every day. They will be working under the guidance of a marine surveyor and with the support of Nick Barke and his team (Boats)

Once the work is complete in mid-August, Llys Helig will be prepared for the tow !

Please contact info@llyshelig.com with any questions.
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STEELWORK STARTS ON LLYS HELIG
 
This week marks another landmark in the restoration of Llys Helig as specialist marine engineers will come aboard to start preparing Llys Helig for her journey to the shipyard.

Llys Helig has a number of holes in her hull, currently patched with marine plywood as part of the work to raise her last year. The most important holes will now be patched with 6mm steel plate. This will ensure the patches do not fail if she encounters heavy seas or floating debris on her voyage.
 
Llys Helig also suffers from weakness at the stern end where a bulkhead was previously removed and where a number of frames have rusted away.

A new bulkhead will be added in 8mm steel plate and some of the vertical and horizontal beams and frames will be replaced.

A temporary cover will be added to the open section of the deck at the stern to prevent water coming in during the voyage.
 
These actions will ensure that the boat is safe to be towed.
 
The works will take around 3-4 weeks and will require welders to be on board every day. They will be working under the guidance of a marine surveyor and with the support of Nick Barke and his team (Boats)
 
Once the work is complete in mid-August, Llys Helig will be prepared for the tow !
 
Please contact info@llyshelig.com with any questions.

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Fantastic news. Please post pics along the way. As you know, too many of these projects fall by the wayside, so it’s lovely to see the llys helig project is still alive.

Great news! So glad that all the background preparations are in place for a safe journey, do keep us posted on any updates!

Please let’s plan a good send off. She has become part of Burnham

Wonderful news that you are taking the next step to take this lovely ship on her next stage I love the information of her journey to bring her back thank you for sharing 👍❤️

Thanks for the update, and glad she is slowly getting there.👍

Good luck!

So exciting! 🤩

Will we get to see the final pictures when she is complete

Good luck

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Lovely seeing her going to be done up x x

Bon Vogage

Howard met with the shipyard guys on Sunday. Here is an update on where we stand. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hope all goes well looking forward to see the progress good luck Howard and thank you for the update x x

Thank you for the update, great to hear how it’s all moving forward

good luck Howard, its all one big Challenge but I'm keeping positive for you

Amazing progress, love this challenge, cant wait for the next installment x

Good luck to all, hope to see you all when it gets to Chatham

Thanks for the info and good luck 👍🏻

Great to see you back in Burnham cant wait for further news x

So pleased to see you are getting her ship shape Good luck with all the work you have ahead of you ⛴⚓️

Thanks for all the info. Looking forward to seeing her all ship shape and ready.

Any help I can give I will,I was a volunteer on the painting weekend and loved getting involved..(there was a mention of lyss helig shirts for all the volunteers)..?

Hope it all goes well, I came down on Sunday to have a look, a very interesting project

If you’re looking for master welders / Fabricators I’d highly recommend APB Engineering

Good luck hope all goes to plan xx

Thank you for the update

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A quick update regarding Llys Helig’s pending departure.
Ship yard people and surveyor need to be happy with the integrity of the patches.
We’re working hard to get sign off.

As soon as we know, you’ll know.
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A quick update regarding Llys Helig’s pending departure.
Ship yard people and surveyor need to be happy with the integrity of the patches.
We’re working hard to get sign off.

As soon as we know, you’ll know.

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We walked along the quay this morning to say goodbye to her, in case she goes on Friday. She will be missed, but she'll be remembered. Been a part of the Burnham landscape. Good luck.

Thank you. Hoping to follow you to the end of the Crouch. Also hoping with Ed Sawkins and his drone. Depending on his work commitments.

It is excellent to see the project is still moving forward. All the indicators were that a reality bump had occurred, so nice to see there’s still a passion to make it happen.

You may think this a little silly but please may I suggest you do not leave on Friday. It’s seriously unlucky to leave on a passage on a Friday. Sailing folk are notoriously superstitious...

Thank you four the update

Also if you see a priest on the Quay, leave it for another day.

Good luck

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Is that Lewis Capaldi on top of the wheelhouse?

I will never let you go Jack

The Burnham titanic has risen ❤

April 2021 update from Howard.

Llys Helig is being prepared for her voyage down to the Medway for the next phase of her restoration.

Current plan is to move before the end of May 2021. We'll update as things develop. Thank you for all your support.
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I’m full of admiration for what you’re doing to save this fine old vessel 🚢 gods speed and safe journey! 👍

Looking forward to see the transformation unfold😊

Been looking through the winter x x

Well done!

Eyes peeled

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Has she had works carried out now to get her ready

Hope we can now have a socially distanced seeing her off drink

Keep us posted!

Ooh good news !!

8 months ago

Matt Yorke

So. What’s the latest on Llys Helig - 1922 Gentleman’s Yacht? ... See MoreSee Less

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A special message for our volunteers.

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Nice one.👍

More of Llys Helig's interesting history.

Pictured here, Llys Helig when she had been re-fitted and renamed "Les Autres". The forward portholes of the smoking room the original shape still, extended upper deck and significant changes to the funnel and bridge.
Some of these features would be modified further in the 1980s.

The photo shows a 1960s Cannes in the background.
I bet there are some good stories to be told.
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More of Llys Heligs interesting history.

Pictured here, Llys Helig when she had been re-fitted and renamed Les Autres. The forward portholes of the smoking room the original shape still, extended upper deck and significant changes to the funnel and bridge.
Some of these features would be modified further in the 1980s.

The photo shows a 1960s Cannes in the background.
I bet there are some good stories to be told.

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Fantastic picture and history, you should do a timeline of her various re-fits.

Llys Helig - 1922 Gentleman’s Yacht how’s work’s progressing now , still getting prepared for the move round to the boatyard in Kent ?

She was a beautiful looking boat and I am certain she will be once again in your capable hands

Magnificent looking yacht....

Brilliant xx

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Llys Helig on her 1960s post refit sea trials.

G.L. Watson & Co. undertook the modernisation providing more living accommodation and stylish lines.
Llys Helig went on to spend time cruising the Mediterranean.
G.L Watson & Co. tell us they have a large archive of drawings and photos of the project.
Slowly, we’re filling in the gaps in her history.
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Llys Helig on her 1960s post refit sea trials. 

G.L. Watson & Co. undertook the modernisation providing more living accommodation and stylish lines.
Llys Helig went on to spend time cruising the Mediterranean.
G.L Watson & Co. tell us they have a large archive of drawings and photos of the project.
Slowly, we’re filling in the gaps in her history.

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Fantastic to gather all the history of this historic vessel...from a painting volunteer this summer.

I see work on this fine yacht has reached fever pitch, when is this going to be dragged out to sea and scuppered.. For those that helped paint it last year it’s now getting a good head of rust back...

It's all coming together nicely!👍😁😊

Can't wait to read the book of her history. Xx

Splendid

Aww she’s so elegant.

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Happy birthday Llys Helig, launched 98 years ago. Although it could take a little while before you’re back to your old self I have bought you two 1922 style chairs for your smoking room. Next 12 months crucial for you - promise to do whatever I can to get you there - Howard. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy birthday Llys Helig, launched 98 years ago. Although it could take a little while before you’re back to your old self I have bought you two 1922 style chairs for your smoking room. Next 12 months crucial for you - promise to do whatever I can to get you there - Howard.

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Wonderful! So pleased you saved her! (Corrected)

🤔Howard how about putting out a wish list of the things you want/need for Lyls Helig for authentic period pieces, just a thought, because there's so many people following this project I feel sure that you would get a positive response from everyone! Do you have anymore working parties planned for Welding/plating the hull/frames or painting? 👍😎

There’s a wind-up gramaphone waiting to sail too. x

A handsome addition so masculine

Look very comfy x

Love this

Chic

Very smart. She will love them. ❤

They are beautiful!!

They are lovely.

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Lyls Helig, Wishing you a very Happy 98th birthday and a speedy recovery to your 1922 former glory! Best wishes to you, your Captain and Crew! 🎂🍾🍷🍸🍻🍺

Happy Birthday indeed.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday lovely lady x x

Happy birthday 🍾💞

Happy 98th Birthday young lady 🥂🍾🥂

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Last sat launched at Bridgemarsh to come and see the llys helig

Last weekend despite the cold wind, we managed to take a few shots aboard Llys Helig. Some of the steelwork in good condition, some as you'll see is a little thin. ... See MoreSee Less

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Lovely video thanks for sharing , I’d love to know what you think the budget will be to get this ship back to its former glory ?

Amazing to see the progress for me as we lived on this beautiful boat for a number years had some great times with lots of good friends

Thank you, it’s nice to see inside and all you have done

So much to do I do admire Howard for taking it on x x

Great video and loved the music 🎵

Thanks for showing us aboard.

Lovely film - and music!

Thank You!

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No, she’s be floating but well tethered. Also the wind blows through nicely where the windows and doors should be 😜 she might make her way down the high street if the tide gets too high.

Such a shame that you weren’t around before her demise, you clearly care very much for this proud lady. Thank you Howard.

I'm pleased she's staying a little longer. And it will be interesting to see the progress made on her here in Burnham. Keep up the good work 👍

We will look forward to raising a glass of mulled wine at Christmas. Will look forward to watching more of her progress then we expected xxxx

So pleased you are not leaving us just yet. Great work Howard and team.

Good luck such a shame you can’t move her yet but I am pleased we will be able to see more of her in Burnham for a little while x

I know nothing about boats but I have loved the story and watched the restoration here on Facebook. I have been down a couple of times to see the work progressing. So pleased you are staying through the winter. What a ‘project’ you have bought good luck.

Will you be scuttling her for the season? She’s so buoyant now I imagine she could be a serious liability in a winter gale.

Thanks for the update and look forward to seeing her looking better.

Look forward to seeing her progress Burnham won't be the same when she goes.

A sensible decision. I look forward to seeing the progress made on her.

Disappointing, but she'll feel at home and loved here in Burnham on Crouch.

Get the work done at Wallasea Marina and save the sea journey?

The Wallasea marina idea sounds sensible, but I would think for some reason its not suitable ?

Well done. I thought you said her name was “This headache” fir a moment Enjoy Burnham it’s lovely

Thank you for letting us know.......thank you 😊

Had a walk past couldn't believe how much she was floating out of the water she looked so much proud out of the water. When you float her to Chatham and restore will you bring it back to Burnham and show her off

Good luck hope all goes well

Will done good job done on her

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Owner of Llys Helig explains what will happen over the next few months. ... See MoreSee Less

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Makes a lot of sense Howard. Isn’t that area where the engines were? And won't that make it difficult when you eventually reinstall engines in?

Wise decision and will be nice for us locals to see some of the renovations being done

Aww I will continue to visit would miss her when she goes x

Thanks for keeping us all updated, great to know what’s happening and what your doing going forward

That's great news as we get to see a bit more of her here and we definately wouldn't want you to risk on a dangerous journey out to sea 🌊.. Keep us posted. Thank you

Thankyou so much for sharing what is happening. It's very interesting to see the development's as they happen. Thankyou for sharing.

Hi Howard. We chatted in Burnham (Ray, Chief Engineer) Have you considered using a heavy lift vessel to transport her round to dry dock.

When she’s eventually all done will you ever bring her back to Burnham?? Would be lovely too see her looking her best xx

Good luck hope the repairs all go well. Glad she’s staying put and looking forward to seeing her progress xx

Sensible might get to see

Victoria Joy

Thanks for the update.

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Look out for an important announcement on Thursday 1st October. ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking forward to up date Howard thank you x x

Guessing its what we spoke about Sunday..... I won't ruin surprise but hope it os

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🤔Is that curved line on the edge of the opening the original line of the boats curved canoe stern that was modified and is it going to be reinstated as it was originally??😍

Changing tides. Llys Helig embraced by the Swans and Geese of the Crouch. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is a black and white photo I took back in March 2014

She got her own special fly past. Any idea when you are setting off to Chatham? As we would like to follow on our boat out of The crouch. Thank you.

And the tourists and sightseers have been flocking, too!

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Mick Terry

Hello. I took this a while back and thought you might like it. The rusty patina has its own earthy beauty, but I'm so glad she's being looked after again. Good luck with the restoration...she's such a classy dame! ... See MoreSee Less

Hello. I took this a while back and thought you might like it. The rusty patina has its own earthy beauty, but Im so glad shes being looked after again.  Good luck with the restoration...shes such a classy dame!
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