Reader Ronan Lee has got in touch to ask what the design of this boat in these photographs might be. Can anyone help?
He has been told that that it was built in the 1940s from plans that might have come from a magazine or book, and that his father learnt to sail in her in around 1947-8.
The boat’s builder has recently told Ronan that the boat his father learned to sail on was a Seagull 18 – though if so it’s clearly not the Bell Woodworking 18ft Seagull, which I think was a cabin boat and not a hard chine design like the vessel in the photographs.
‘The picture is one that I have been looking at in our old family album since my youth and has always inspired me as my father always spoke with great fondness of his time sailing in her.
‘A few years ago I started to research about her only to find out that it had been left for many years in the very harbour yard that I nosw sail from, but alas was now gone!’
I wonder whether there might be two separate boats involved in these family stories?