Category Archives: Boatbuilders and restorers

Professional and amateur boat builders and restorers

The most magnificent shed

The Number 1 covered slipway at Plymouth really is the best shed ever, isn’t it? And the work of Stirling and Son that goes on inside it looks pretty cool too.

See the winter maintenance work Will Stirling and co have been doing on a Vertue, Tom Thumb, and a 1930s gaff cutter, Mirelle.

FCT’s proposals for the regeneration of Faversham Creek Basin

FCT proposals for the regeneration of Faversham Basin

The beautiful illustration encapsulates Faversham Creek Trust’s proposals for the Creek Basin. I think it’s wonderful. Read all about it here.

However, it needs support – strong and visible support from the public, and also money, because it depends on a new swing bridge being put into place, and the FCT is appealing for money for the project.

And while I’m on this topic, two upcoming FCT talks at the Fleur de Lys Centre are on the gunpowder history of Faversham Creek (19th March) and the wildlife of the creek (24th April). See the trust’s weblog.

Fowey River Dinghies for sale

Red Kite

Fowey boat builder Marcus Lewis writes to say that two Fowey River Dinghies are currently up for sale – Red Kite (No. 55)  pictured above and No. 51.

No. 55 was built in 2009, and is planked in spruce, and comes with sails and cover. She has no trailer. There is the possibility of a handy mooring in the river. The dinghy needs sanding and re-varnishing all over: the asking price is £8,000 as is, or £9,000 all done.

No. 51 was built in 2004, and is planked in mahogany. She was recently stripped and revarnished throughout, and comes with sails, cover, trailer and the possibility of a convenient mooringat an asking price of £6,500.

Contact Marcus via his website.

Fowey River Dinghies are based on the Yachting World 15ft Knockabout designed by Reg Freeman, and were published by the magazine in the late 1940s.

A Fowey dentist asked a local boatyard to build him one, and then others followed. Some owners go for plain sails, but the majority now get the coloured pencils out and design a unique sail pattern.

The class holds racing on a regular basis. At Fowey Regatta last year, Marcus tells me, there were 23 dinghies entered. There have been 67 Fowey River Dinghies built to date, with around probably half that number surviving.

PS – When he wrote, Marcus included these photos of a 14ft rowing boat that he’s recently completed for a client. Thanks Marcus!