Gay Venture was the largest boat ever built by Watercraft at Molesey, and her 12ft beam (wide for those days) provided space for a comfortable interior. Forward of the bridge, one stepped down into the state room which led into a comfortable bathroom. Behind the wheelhouse was a large saloon with access to the spacious galley. The ship was built for two; any professional crew would have to sleep on the settee in the wheelhouse.
YEAR IN THE MAKING
When she arrived in Her condition at this point was very poor as she sat in the water at Sunbury with a 6ft by 8ft hole in her aft starboard side, her decks leaked and had many holes in them, her cabin roofs were rotten through and her interior, aside from a few surviving pieces, was non-existent.
Works began instantly re-planking GV's hull , replacing her beamshleves, dismantling her wheelhouse for repair and varnishing, she had a new deck laid and full decorated. She returned to Dunkirk for the 2005 return and then returned to the yard for re-engining and and an interior refit.
We are very proud of Gay Venture as a restoration, a Dunkirk Little Ship and as our family yacht which provides us with an immense amount of joy.
A beautiful vessel with and beautiful story .