81′ Thornycroft 1921
This is a boat with a lot of great history and character. Syrene I was built in 1921 in London for a Greek tobacco millionaire. In the 30s, she was brought to British Columbia to serve a mission boat for the Church of Canada. In 1941 she was purchased by the Forest Service of British Columbia to service the province’s forest lands. In 1977, she was purchased by a private owner and kept in a boathouse at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club until April of 2010. At that point she was purchased by her present owners, and now she is ready for her next voyage.
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Inch and a half double planked teak over bent oak frames with yew wood and copper sheathing below the waterline. Sheathing copper fastened
Fastening Copper Riveted
Decks Teak Planked
Deck Houses Teak Construction
Interior Materials African Mahogany, Maple Burl, Zebra Wood floors
Electrical 110 DC, 110 AC, 12 Volt
Navigation Decca Radar, Garmin (new 2012), sounder by Ekolite, standard compass Auto pilot, air horn
Fridge, freezer, Force 10 stove, Force 10 hot water, Stainless Steel counter tops at sink and fan.
Back up compressor serviced, 110 ac drive motor rebuilt, back up ac bilge pump, drive motor rebuilt and belts replaced.
At 2012 haul out all through hulls valves inspected, serviced and confirmed operational.
New 20 gallon head holding tank install to accommodate guest head aft.
Aft head and forward head replaced with Dometic fresh water heads. All hosing and valves replaced. Through deck fitting installed for both fore and aft holding tanks. Aft tank from poly forward tank from stainless
Both hawse pipes replaced with stainless from deck through hull. Hawse deck bezel and hull backing blocks replaced with locust wood at the same time in summer of 2011), Starboard anchor plate replaced.
Backing block over starboard shaft strut replaced 2012, port backing bloc found to be sound.
All hull fastener plugs removed and replaced 2012, hull sanded, primed and fresh painted 2012 using “Fine Paint of Europe.
Vessel hauled in 2010 and 2012 for below water line inspection. No faults found. Bottom painted summer 2012 all zincs replaced and new transponder installed on bottom. All of the above described work completed by Jensen Boatyard Seattle.
Salon sanded and stripped as needed, primed and repainted. Salon African mahogany ceiling caps removed, wooded out and finished in varnish. (2011)
Teak hand rails sanded and finished in varnish. (2012)
Mast stripped and varnish, air horn refurbished
Boat deck cleaned, sanded and resurfaced with water proofing and non skid application.
Canvas covers for large teak fordeck boxes replaced. (2012)
Boat cover canvas replaced (2012
Installation of new 12 volt system including auto charge battery servicer, wiring and switch/fuse box
Work In Progress
Sanding and varnish work on deck cabin exteriors.
Installation new head in owner’s cabin.
Replacement of non stainless counter top elements in galley
Fabrication of deck boxes for accommodation of propane tanks on the boat deck.
Fabrication and installation of storage cupboard and service counter on aft deck
Addition of 110 ac outlets to multiple areas of the vessel
Installation of 12 volt back up auto bilge pump systems
Owner Scheduled Work
Re-bed half round located at intersection of deck and hull, sand and varnish same
Pull and replace seam seal on forward deck. Caulking is tight with no leaks but sealer is somewhat worn
Replace canvas drops around vessel perimeter.
Lightly sand and oil decks
Upgrade salon settee
Design and fabricate radius bench across aft of stern deck
Usual seasonal maintanence
Notes To Work
The majority of work completed on Syrene has been done at the owners discretion and not due to a failure of materials or machinery.
Present Day Engines Diesel , Twin Gardner L3’s c/w Gardner gears, air start and air shift
Backup Power Plant Kohler; powering, air compressor, 110 AC and 12 volt
More Engine Room Fridge/Freezer compressor, domestic water pressure system, Full ac/ dc switching, back up bilge pumps, 30 gallon lube oil Storage,Constavolt ac/dc inverter, 12 volt auto charge, battery conditioner,
Open aft, Salon, Owners Cabin, Head, shower and Wheel House
Two berth guest cabin with head, Dining Saloon, Galley and Engine Room
Two double berth guest cabins, two heads, crews quarters, chain locker(s)
Information of Interest
Prior to the installation of the twin Gardner L3’s Syrene was powered by her original Thornycroft gasoline engines, Dormans, Widdop Keighleys, and Ruston & Hornsby engines.
Heating / Hot Water
Supplied with a single Waywolff diesel fired boiler system. Domestic hot water through an onboard heat exchanger / Force 10 (new) water heater and room heating through an on board hot water radiator system.
Ten knots at 850 RPM, combined fuel consumption of 4 gallons per hour
Aft via a mahogany spiral stair, forward via straight steps
Although build as a power yacht Syrene was originally equipped with two masts and a bowsprit complete with figure head.
She was sailed across the Atlantic, through the Canary Islands, the Panama Canal and up the Pacific coast
1921-1927 G. Dracoulis Ithaca Greece
1927-1931 G. Dracoulis Cannes France
1931-1936 Columbia Coast Mission British Columbia (re-named “John Antle)
1936-1938 Charles Henry Kennedy Vancouver, B.C. (Name back to Syrene )
1938-1942 Preston Locke Vancouver, B.C.
1942-1977 B.C. Forestry Service Vancouver, B.C.
1977-2010 Harry (Jerry) Rendell Vancouver, B.C.