Category Archives: Sailing cruisers

Sailing yachts used for cruising, or as cruiser-racers.

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.

The story of the Pestilence

Four youngsters rescued a derelict boat lying near Fort Lauderdale, named it the S/V Pestilence, and sailed south to Haiti. This film tells the story, and reminds us that there are a lot of cheap unwanted old boats around, if you’re determined enough to bring them back to life… Naturally, it helps to know what you’re doing and to be lucky.

Despite appearances it isn’t one of those tacky YouTube videos full of young women in bikinis.

I must say I don’t always like the look of the state of the boat. I trust those open hatches were never going to flood the boat if the cockpit ever filled!

There are more videos and one or two useful looking web pages associated with the Anarchist Yacht Clubb (sic) here.

My thanks to Mick Nolan for pointing the way to this one.

How mistress of cruising Carol Hasse sets up her Folkboat

Classic Boat picked this up first, but I think it’s worth repeating. Carol Hasse has her boat worked out seriously well, and for boat users there’s always something to learn – or at least to understand even if we don’t adopt the same methods.

And then there’s this:

Port Townsend Sails: A Woman, A Place, A Passion from Paul Shapiro on Vimeo.