Nautic Ondastar, located in the Douro Marina (Porto) commissioned us in 2021 the restoration of the boat "Friendship I" of the company Pipadouro.
This legendary 66-foot ship was built in the South of England in 1957 by the now defunct E.F. Elkins shipyard in Christchurch. It was originally commissioned by the Royal Navy together with its twinship and designed for fast, safe navigation and for long journeys without refuelling. Its mission was to transport the officers of the navy to their respective destinations.
The hull is made of Honduras mahogany wood with copper nails, one of the most reliable and valuable construction techniques. The valuable port wine decanter, which has been on board since the ship's first mission, is one of the ship's distinguishing features.
In the summer of 2021 it was carry out a meticulous repair and refit in which NAUTEKA has played an important part. The replacement of the teak deck has been one of the important actions carried out maintaining both the configuration and the design and also respecting as much as possible the wooden construction techniques of this classic ship.
The result maintains the original identity of the boat, which has been one of the main concerns of both the owners and the nautical company and of course of Nauteka.
A spectacular teak deck and gunwales that will make this benchmark for sailing on the Douro look splendid for many years to come.