Monaco – “Louly”
At the first Classic Rally in Torquay we were honoured to be supported by Derek McClarron the amazing "Louly" she was the biggest entrant and one of the most amazing restorations considering her substantial size, read on for the full story.
Monaco 36 No. 711 "Louly"
Built by Morgan Giles Ltd. Teignmouth 1959
Owner – Derek McClarron
Louly came my way through my father, who was offered the boat from an old friend Max Williams the previous owner. Max had her transported back to Totnes from La Napoule, S. France where he had kept her for some 8 years.
I took a look at her at Totnes and she did look sad, floor boards where floating around inside on black oily water, every where you looked there was rot and decay, I spoke to the yard owners for an opinion and they just laughed, scrap her they said.
She was moved from Totnes to a yard in Torquay and I called a chap I used to work for when I was a teenager, Lawrence Mitchell who had owned Mitchell Marine in Torquay harbour in the 70’s. He was now teaching boat surveying at the local Tech and I asked him if he could give her the once over.
He checked her over and basically said the main structure keel and frames are still like new, but 2/3rds of the hull skin needs replacing plus the deck! this is a single skin of 9mm ply cold moulded onto the frames with copper roves.
So I started, 1993, I put her under cover with a scaffold frame and tarpaulins and set about stripping her down. I had to remove most of the interior to get at all the rivet heads on the frames. Remove all the mahogany rubbing strakes and capping around the boarder of the deck to allow me to try and remove the ply panels on the hull in one piece as best as possible to use as patterns, which was tricky believe me.
I removed engines, fuel and water tanks, stern tubes and steering. All the paint was stripped from the hull. New panels where fitted and I epoxy the whole hull, the underside has epoxy resin tiles fitted to stop worm getting into the wood that was in pretty good condition although a couple areas had lifted, they where cut out and re done with epoxy, then the whole underside was sheathed up to the water line. All the port lights where removed along with all the windows on the boat, which I stripped down and and sent them off to be re-chrome plated along with various deck fittings (that wasn’t cheap!). I then set about the deck, which had been repaired before and all I can say is a small child could have done a better job. They had laid 8 x 4 sheets crossways over the deck which did not quiet reach the sides so they filled the gaps either ends with what looked like bath sealer then painted.
No wonder they leaked so badly, the correct way to do it was length ways in 3 pieces, butt joints with backing strips behind the joints, which also ties the frames together (that bit was missing from previous repair, which made the deck a bit springy to say the least). The decks when done were sheathed as well, especially where they met the sides of the hull and the sheathing was run over the sides by about a 1’.
The engines were Rootes Lister TS3’s 2 stroke diesels, both of them had overheated and by all accounts the last time they were used was when Max had lent her to some friends, they took her to sea but forgot to open the engine sea cocks!
New engines, refurbished fuel tanks fitted, shafts and tubes refurbished, rudders refitted and a Whitlock hydraulic steering system, which I thought will be a lot better than the chain and sprockets and gearbox set up, all of which was knackered.
Louly was launched in 1999, we had a few teething problems but generally all was good. I only used her for that one season, and due to a career change I couldn’t use her so I kept her back at the yard in Torquay for another 8 years! Sometimes I felt like selling her but I resisted because she still was not finished in my eye. I kept doing little jobs to her over the years and the final goal was to lay a teak deck albeit a veneer for show.
|"Louly" Torbay 2008|
I launched her again in 2009, and took her to Teignmouth in August that year to celebrate her 50th birthday, that was a great day we where greeted by the Mayor of Teignmouth, Michelle Thomas the daughter of Morgan Giles and former employees of the yard. It was great to hear there stories and see there faces when they saw the boat. We had a fair bit of local press for that day. I also received some amazing memorabilia from them, especially from Michelle who gave me a photo of Louly when she was launched. Plus the original starting rules for the 1961 and 62 Daily Express Cowes to Torquay Powerboat race in which her father raced. There were also some original brochures for Morgan Giles range, and more old photo’s I couldn’t thank them enough.
I have met one of the previous owners, a gentleman called Ken Lane who is now 90 years old and lives in Brixham. He has many fond memories of her and told me he bought her from a flamboyant character who lived in Bristol and used to drive down in a big American car from Bristol in the 60’s. Unfortunately was involved in a car accident driving down once and was found to be over the limit. He consequently he lost his licences and sold Louly to him not long after for £5000 in late 60’s (These boats incidentally sold for around £13000 in 1959 I think you could buy a house for about £500 back then). She had always been kept on the river Dart by previous owners, except for the period when Max Williams motored down to the Med. Its quite strange that she is still in the same area after all this time.
It appears that some of the information given to Derek was not quite right, but the truth is even more amazing…
It looks like Derek has quite a boat there… one wonders how many "stars" have walked on those decks!
|"Louly" Lloyd’s Register Vessel Data Sheet|
Monaco – "Louly" a selection of restoration pictures