Meredies is a 46ft Silver Leaf built in 1937 by JA Silver in Rosneath. Her owner, David Worthington, brought her to John Buckley when he bought her for a complete re-fit in 2010.
All the metal deck fittings and the port lights had been painted white, so they were all taken off and regalvanised and returned to their original bronze or chrome. Most of the floors were replaced, together with several keel bolts and deadwood fore and aft.
The interiors were re-furbished, pulling out alot of the Formica and replaced with teak. Everything forward of the saloon was re-fitted and re-jigged to gain some space for a re-designed galley. The forecabin was returned to its original arrangement and the heads had a shower installed. The master cabin was also completely re-designed to fit a double berth and padded seating.
A second steering position was installed out on the deck and a missen mast was re-instated.
David Worthington now keeps her at Southwold, having been lured by the beauty of the place. Over the past few years he has brought her back to the yard to have the twin 55hp Thornycroft diesel engines re-conditioned along with the gearbox and the stern tubes. Webasto heaters have been installed together with a Taylors diesel stove in the saloon. David commented ‘We’ve slowly worked our way through the interior, getting the woodwork tidy and sharp. She’s a dry boat now – she used to be really musty.’
The most significant recent alteration has been the reinstatement of the false break of sheer. This had been previously obscured entirely.
She is currently at HMS having her hull repainted and her varnish work done.