Friday, 19 September 2014

Folk Boat Friday No 17

One of the downsides of the folk boat is interior space, compared to modern cruisers with separate heads, showers, owners suites the folk boat is well, frankly tiny. Over the years there have been variations with modified coach roofs to increase head room.


I guess it's easy to understand the quest for more accommodation, but it;s really difficult adding volume to such an elegant and fine hull.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

National 18?

Lying just off the Christchurch Sailing Club club house we spotted this dinghy which I think is a National 18 although I could well be wrong.


She's kept up in fantastic condition and racing aside would make a great and fast day sailor for the protected waters on Christchurch harbour.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Of Schooners

There's been a lot written about schooners recently or at least about one in particular the schooner Everhopeful caught my eye down at Dell Quay unaware that Chris Partridge was at the helm, followed closely by Graham aboard his immaculate Coot dinghy.

Now beautiful as they are, schooners don't have the best reputation for speed as Chris relates in his sailing experience "great off the wind.." No real surprises there with those two lovely gaff sails pulling hard, but upwind is a different matter.


For those who love schooners and speed check out Goelette Mercator a French designed and built high speed schooner. From the limited information available mostly in French, she is intended as a sail trainer and while obviously suited to epoxy ply construction it seems that a production version is available using the delightfully named sandwich polyester.


If the thought of screaming around Chichester harbour looking like Tony the Tiger is all too much then take comfort in this beauty, Graham's Coot is about the nicest 11 foot dinghy I can think of and still for sale


Friday, 12 September 2014

Folk Boat Friday No 16

Another beautiful Folk Boat from the Pacific north west courtesy of Dory Man.


Apparently she was built in Denmark and recently restored in Port Townsend, how she arrived there is unknown.


I wonder what's taking their attention, maybe they're just not fans of wooden boats?


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Way On Down

The big harvest moon on Tuesday night signalled some big tides and sure enough, running down the river at 6.00 AM this morning the river was at the lowest level I've seen all year. By lunch time I'm sure the pathway will be flooded and impassable.


Out in the Solent the extreme low water will expose the Bramble Bank, a normally submerged sand bank between Cowes on the Isle of Wight and the mainland (or north island as the folks down there like to call it). A friend of mine has gone out for the annual game of cricket on the Bramble Bank this morning, start time was around 6. AM so it's likely to be a short match between daylight and the tide coming back.


 Above that's what your average mud mooring looks like, and below it's not often that Hamble based boats take the ground. It will all be back to normal by the time I'm write this.


Apologies for the poor photo quality they were taken with my Motorola Moto G but it could of course just me user error and I have it on the wrong settings.

Listening to Elvis.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Schooner Everhopeful

It's not often you see a schooner in UK waters and even more rare to see an open boat of this size with the famous 2 masted rig.


At first sight from a distance I thought perhaps it was a Phil Bolger designed light schooner, but as it came into closer view the curve to the sheer and tucked up stern suggested that it's something different.


Approaching the moorings they went about and headed off down Chichester harbour so I didn't get the chance for a closer look, but by happy co incidence investigation with friends reveals that she is a Oyster catcher designed by Conrad Natzio and called Everhopeful

Great to see a schooner out on the water.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

SCAMP

Anyone who is interested in the wooden boat building revival will be aware of Scamp the John Welsford designed 12 foot micro cruiser. SCAMP stands for Small Craft Advisor Magazine Project after the publication which sponsored the design and has been instrumental in it's success.

Although John's design is both  highly competent and original the idea of a diminutive cruiser has been around for many years. Walking through Keyhaven the other day we spotted this example of a tiny cabin sailing boat.


I'm pretty sure it's a West Wight Potter and given her location (in the western Solent opposite the Isle of Wight) seems entirely appropriate. Slightly larger than the Scamp at 15 feet (although you could probably loose a foot with a pram bow like Scamp).


There's a thread running on the woodenboat forum asking John to design a 15 foot version on the SCAMP which was started by Keep Turning Left impresario Dylan Winter, who points out that many of us middle aged sailors are becoming a little broad in the beam and have too much stuff for the 12 foot version.

Not sure what conclusion I'm trying to draw, but while I figure it out there's a good account of a recent SCAMP rally over on the Dory Man Blog