Major rebuild of sailing yacht Sea Lion completed at Southampton Yacht Services
By Alex Pope
Sea Lion, the 21m Abeking and Rasmussen yawl, built in 1953, arrived at Southampton Yacht Services early in 2010. She was in a poor state after many years in Greece, and her new owner wanted to have her completely rejuvenated.
This summer, as Sea Lion sailed towards the Needles on her way down the Channel, she looked splendid and back in her element. With many new frames, new bronze floors and all new mahogany hull planking, a new deck and coach roof replicating the original, all new equipment and machinery, gleaming new brightwork and fittings, plus entirely new interior joinery, electrics and plumbing, she is ready to face the next 50 years.
A new rig by Southern Spars and new Harken deck gear enhance sailing performance and make life a little easier on deck. With such an extensive rebuild, the opportunity was taken to add some innovative new features and update her systems, and to install additional equipment and services into the hull whilst preserving her classic appearance both inside and out.