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Alasdair Grant’s motor launch build Lewenie is on the water!

North Western coast of Scotlandboatbuilder Alasdair Grant’s recent build Lewenie has been launched.

She was built to his customer’s specification on a hull of Alasdair’s design, and the proprieter of Isle Ewe Boats is clearly very pleased. Here’s what he has to say:

Lewenie was launched a month early on Friday the 19th. All went well and she didn’t leak a drop – all she needed was a little fine tuning with some ballast.

‘She has a top speed of 7 knots but cruises along nicely at 6 knots with very little wake. She’s due to head south on a lorry on the 17th of July, which gives me plenty time to check her over and hopefully get her out in a gale to really see what she’s about in those conditions.

‘I emailed Steve (owner) on Friday night with a few photos and he replied “Superb , Can’t wait to get my hands on her”.’

Alasdair completed the long course at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis in 2009 after building a Beer beach boat, and went on to work at Cockwells , repairing yachts and completing new builds.

He then moved back to Scotland to work in the Mallaig Boatyard repairing fishing boats, and is now back on his home island of to Isle Ewe, where he has set up a boat building business.

See the Isle Ewe Facebook page, and contact Alasdair at .


Wivenhoe: a harbour stroll, and a little of the town

Here’s a set of photos from Wivenhoe – the sort of selection I call a harbour stroll, although this one includes a few scenes from the town itself, the view over to Rowhedge, the graves of a member of the legendary Sainty family of ship builders and Able Seaman Benjamin Clover Snood, who fought with Nelson at Trafalgar.

I’m intrigued by the small but elegant clinker-built sailing yachts with racing tendencies… Are they Folkboats up to their chins in mud, or something of the same idea fitted with a lifting keel or twin keels?

Beale’s shows The Riddle of the Sands

Riddle of the sands DVD

London chandlers Arthur Beale’s monthly talk on the 2nd of July is a screening the film Riddle of the Sands – the film of the first real spy novel, set in the seas off Germany and the lowlands, and written by Erskine Childers.

The story of the novel and film centres around two plucky British yachtsmen sailing around the Frisian Islands in an attempt to first discover and then to thwart a German plot to invade the UK.

The talk event is not just to be a screening – for the film is to be introduced by Lloyd Shepherd and Tim Wright of the only slightly bhonkers Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club.

These chaps plan a journey by foot, cycle and sail re-enacting the events of the book by Erskine Childers from which the film takes its story, and using the book as a guide. What could possibly go wrong?

Shepherd and Wright are to discuss their plans as part of their introduction, which I gather is likely to be highly entertaining – but more than that, the aim is also to explore some of the themes of the book and film, and their historical context.

Start time is 18:45 sharp – please arrive early, at Arthur Beale’s premises at, 194 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JP. Booking is essential, by email at or telephone 02078369034. Entry is 5.00 fee on the door, but this is waived if you buy anything on the day amounting to more than £15.00.

Riddle of the Sands