Snapdragon 29 Bilge keel Yacht Renovation By Matt

Snapdragon 29 Renovation By Matt

A few years ago, I bought my first boat; an abandoned Snapdragon 29ft bilge keel yacht, sitting in a boat yard graveyard on the River Crouch in Essex.

I’m about six months from launching her, following a very slow, very DIY, Sundays-only refit.

I’ve made mistakes, I’ve rebuilt things more than once. I’ve learnt everything I know from Youtube, books and trial and error. I’ve done everything myself apart from the crane out of the engine.

So far, I’ve refurbished everything apart from the standing rigging and windlass. I’ve replaced all the electrics, seacocks and plumbing. I’ve reconditioned the engine and remodelled the Heads and the Galley. Pretty much everything has been painted or varnished.

There’s been a lot of sweat and a shit-ton of frustration but I’m happy with it. Now I can’t wait to finish up and get out there!

Before And After

Renovation By Matt

1 thought on “Snapdragon 29 Bilge keel Yacht Renovation By Matt”

  1. Hi Matt,

    nice work!

    I did the same on a 890 (similar to the 29, but with a taller rigg), incl. crane the old engine out, the new engine in and modifications to the engine berth of course. I still got some problems with the propeller. Too much pitch, I guess. Anyway, work never ends! 😉

    Hold on to your dream!

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