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Saleroom
ONSLOWS “The brilliant blue of the sea in this series is something to marvel at.” So ran one review of the series of “East Coast Joys” rail posters, and east coast sailors used to drinking tea as thick as mud and sailing on water the colour of tea wo
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Scud Missile
In the late summer and early autumn of 2020, the clouds briefly parted between lockdowns and the world stepped outside for a short spell of freedom. Throughout spring and summer, boatbuilding and restoration work had continued around the world behind
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Letters
LETTER OF THE MONTH SUPPORTED BY OLD PULTENEY WHISKY Last month’s Letters took be back over 40 years in an instant. In the mid / late 1970s, as a teenager I sailed at Ullswater YC. I recall a beautiful home-built Trekka there, built by the brother of
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Wood Planing Stop & Bench Dogs
BY ROBIN GATES Half the secret of planing the face of a small board successfully is securing the work – the other half is using a well-tuned hand plane. The basic set-up is to butt the end of the board against a low planing stop with its far edge sup
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CHANCE TO SAVE AN Albert Strange yawl
The Albert Strange yawl Sheila II is famous for her title role in Adrian Hayter’s book Sheila in the Wind (Hodder and Stoughton, 1959), but while the book has recently enjoyed a major refit courtesy of Lodestar Books, the boat remains in dire need of
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We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea
The plan was simple. Beverly and I would have a sort of training cruise for navigating locks, rivers and bridges, and with uncertainty about how far we could go with the various Covid restrictions, we decided to explore as much as we could of the Tha
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Joiner’s Name Stamp
The relationship that develops between an artist or maker and his or her hand tools is difficult to describe, but the pain felt when a tool is lost might be compared to losing a finger – because it’s in the hand that the loss is most keenly felt. A r
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The Need For Speed
When someone is drowning out at sea there is always a need for speed but there are so many aspects to rescue at sea. Anyone going to the rescue has to first of all get to the wreck and then when they have rescued the survivors they have to get safely
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Classic Misuse Of A Word
Every so often a magazine other than this one arrives in the wooden letter box, up the stony track that leads down to Burnside Cottage. At the moment that entails a 200-yard trudge through deep snow, and one year the snow was so deep I had to borrow
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A Round-up Of The Latest BOOKS
BY AYLWARD EDWARD DINGLE One of the more obscure sailing classics out there but worth a read if you can get hold of a copy. The is the ‘autobiography’ of the wonderfully named Aylward Dingle, journalist and sailor who, after much adventure (misadvent
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Tell Tales
DEVON Newly launched Cremyll Maritime Training aims to create a community of people learning and sharing the skills of traditional boatbuilding and seamanship. Based at Cremyll in Devon, the project is part of a wider series of initiatives driven by
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Major Rebuild For Thames Sailing Barge Pudge
The last 12 months has been a very busy period for the team rebuilding the Thames sailing barge Pudge in dry dock at the Fullbrige in Maldon. The major overhaul led by Kevin Finch on behalf of the Thames Barge Sailing Trust includes a new deck and be
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Craftsmanship Yard News
Hughes: +44 (0)207 349 3758 Email: steffan@classicboat.co.uk KILRUSH, IRELAND The rebirth of an entire class sounds like the stuff of pipe dreams, but it is precisely what has been going on for the last few years at the Kilrush Boatyard in County Cla
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Strange Days, They Say
Yachts designed by Albert Strange are, in their own modest way, as desirable as those by the greatest names like Fife and Herreshoff. If you want a small sailing yacht and value aesthetics and rarity over all else, any of his little canoe-sterned yaw
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Robin Knox-johnston More Lost Photos Rediscovered
Five decades after Sir Robin Knox-Johnston won the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race to become the first person in history to sail solo and non-stop around the globe, a second cache of some 2,000 negatives covering his preparations and return to Falmout
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Andrillot: How Original Is She?
It has been wonderful to see Andrillot back on the water after her recent refit, making the swift passages for which she was designed (CB390). As the first of the legendary Vertues she is a pretty special boat: there can only, ever, be one first. How
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Getting Afloat
FARIDA Around the mid to late 20th century, British innovation in sailing boat design was at a pinnacle, with groundbreaking designers like Uff a Fox, Laurent Giles, John Illingworth and Angus Primrose leading the world. The 35ft cutter Farida, launc
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Bosun’s Bag
They’re at it again. Every time I settle in to enjoy a period film or TV drama, all credibility is expunged by what really is the simplest of errors. Cowboy films are a good example. Here comes The Man with No Name to shoot the forces of darkness bac
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Spruce-up For The Queen’s Gloriana
The Queen’s rowbarge Gloriana has arrived at Fox’s Marina and Boatyard for a winter refit. The work planned involves complete re-finishing of topsides, bottom and all exterior surfaces, including the specialist application of two pack-paints, varnish
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AFFORDABLE CLASSIC Salcombe Yawls
A friend and I once decided that walking might make a change from sailing. So we set forth to walk from Branscombe to Bigbury, a 100-mile stretch of the south-west coastal path marked by knackering climbs and knee-wrenching descents. As we hit the pa
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Tugboat Man
Born in the State of Washington in 1946, Doug Leen is a lover of nature. A veteran of the Vietnam War, during which he built airstrips with the US Navy for two years, he has owned a number of boats, including two wooden tugs, the first of which – Win
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Row Your Boat
Many of us will have looked longingly at large yachts and wished we owned one. Many will have bought or built their first boat as a teenager and will have seen their boat-owning life as a progression from small dinghy or canoe through to ever larger
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Growler Coming Together
The teenaged yacht conservator Ash Faire-Ring has been back at work on his restoration project after taking two months out to sail around the UK on his friend’s oyster smack Primrose. Since returning in November, he has been busy replanking his 34ft
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Next Month
The newly-launched 43ft wooden sloop Cass must be the first new wooden Holman yacht since the birth of the GRP era The debate is well rehearsed on the Med, but how does it play out on the East Coast smack racing scene? The 33ft Dick Carter yacht that
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River Rogue
Commissioned by the Norfolk Broads Yachting Company (NBYCo) during the golden age of Broadland charter sailing holidays, Rogue’s days as a hire yacht were brought to an early end by the consequences of war. Her subsequent passage through the hands of
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New Dinghies, Restored Yachts
It’s been business as usual at Stirling and Son, under the historic Number One Covered Slipway, and at the ‘sister yard’ in Treluggan, over the border in Cornwall. A huge Norwegian ice-class wooden motor yacht still dominates the east slip at Stirlin
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Objects Of Desire
An essential selection of items that might find a place on every traditional boat or boatyard. The sailmaker’s needles, palm, hook, beeswax and twine wouldn’t do Ben Ainslie much good as he races in the Prada Cup in Auckland, even if he does have ‘re
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Busy time at Harbour Marine Services
Harbour Marine Services have, like many other boatyards, showed no sign whatsoever of slowing down throughout the pandemic, as their current work list proves. “We’re flat out in both sheds” said yard owner John Buckley. The yard has become known for
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