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Professional and amateur boat builders and restorers

An invitation to the BBA student launch, 3rd December 2014

BBA invitation

This is the BBA’s invitation to its next launch extravaganza. As usual I can’t tear myself away from my desk of travail – because of the need to earn a living – but I’m sure it will be a great event, as always.

If you do go, please send photos you’d like to share to gmatkin@gmail.com.

‘Please join us for the next Boat Building Academy boat launch at 1200 on Wednesday 3 December.  Boats will process from the school on Monmouth Beach to Lyme Regis harbour at 1130.

‘Mayor of Lyme Regis Sally Holman and Director of the Academy Tim Gedge will say a few words before the boats go into the water for the first time.

‘The boats include a traditional clinker Thames skiff, a stitch and glued outboard-powered Broome runabout, a glued clinker Beg Meil design gaff-rigged dinghy, and a glued clinker Fleet trow.

‘We will be delighted if you can join us to celebrate the students’ achievements at the end of the course and to wish them all the best in their new careers.’

An outstanding new build from traditional boat builder Nick Smith

Introducing… boat builder Nick Smith’s latest head-turning build, Isla, a motor launch with a strikingly harmonious cuddy.

For comparison, some of these shots also show the 16ft Mona Louise, which came out of the workshop back in July.

Next time you find yourself saying ‘they don’t make ‘em like that anymore’ – well, some do. Thanks for the photos fella!

Contact Salcombe-trained Nick via his website.

Simon Papendick starts Anderson, Rigden and Perkins register

Gadfly II on the water pic 2

Professional Essex boat builder, restorer, travelling boat maintenance man and enthusiastic weblogger Simon Papendick (read his stuff here) is setting up a register of vessels built by the Whitstable firm of Anderson, Rigden and Perkins, and is calling for owners to get in touch.

Contact Simon at jstarboatservices1@gmail.com .

The boat photographed above is Simon’s Anderson, Rigden and Perkins-built Gadfly II before its current refit.

Part of the the aim is to demonstrate the range of yachts that Anderson, Rigden and Perkins built, and to provide a forum for yacht owners to get in touch with each other, piece together bits of history, help each other with technical issues and so on.

The company is the subject of a book by Faversham boat builder Alan Staley, but I gather there are gaps in the history because many of the records were burnt in a fire at the boatyard, while other material was destroyed after a local library was unable to provide a home for them.

Looking around the World Wide Web, I notice that there’s this article from The Whitstable Times that neatly summarises the Anderson, Rigden and Perkins’ history – which includes motor boats, vessels for the Admiralty and a lot of repair work during World War II. However, it likely dates from before the period of its success with the well known fibreglass Anderson 22 lifting keel sailing cruiser and racer.