Fowey held a rally for ex-lifeboats recently as these smashing photos by local chap Paul Richards show. Local boat builder Marcus Lewis reports that a great selection of ex-lifeboats turned up, and bright breezy weather helped the flags to fly.
All of the boats were made open to the public, who were asked for donations to the RNLI.
Thanks Marcus, and thanks also to Paul!
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
Mark Savage has been in touch with the following message:
‘I am the owner of True Blue a 42 ft Morgan Giles narrowboat. I have spent the last three years working on her.
‘She is the last one left in her class and a fine example…
‘I have tried to find a home mooring for this beautiful craft, but cannot find one at a reasonable cost, and she is very much in danger of being struck by traditional metal narrowboat, this would be such a terrible loss, not only for me, but as a fine example of a Morgan Giles vessel built for the waterways.
‘I am trying to sell her – I am running out of time and I’m sad to say that this vessel will be lost for ever. She does indeed deserve to be preserved as part of the heritage of the waterways.’
There’s an ad on Apollo Duck – if you’re interested, click here and perhaps start researching vessel’s background…