Category Archives: Sailing boat

Arthur Beale’s talk: the history of Whitstable block and yacht fittings maker Barton Marine

RSJ Barton Ltd of Whitstable

The history of East Coast block makers Barton Marine of Whitstable is the subject of next month’s talk at Arthur Beale Yacht Chandlers in Shaftsbury Avenue, London, from 6:45pm on Thursday the 5th March 2015.

The talk is to be presented by  Barton Marine sales manager Christian Brewer.

Barton Marine is well known for making blocks. The company was established as RSJ Barton in 1948 by Whitstable shipwright and boat builder Ron Barton, who was was one of the first to use the fabric-based laminated plastic known as Tufnol, and also one of the first to use stainless steel to make blocks for yachting that were much lighter and stronger than previously achievable.

In the 1960s the introduction of glass reinforced plastic boats brought sailing to a larger audience, and demand for Barton’s lightweight and cost effective products continued to grow.

Ron realised that Tufnol was labour-intensive and therefore costly – so set about re-designing the entire Barton product range to become the first marine company to use a new plastic injection moulding process using revolutionary fibre glass-reinforced plastic materials.

It should prove to be a fascinating tale, and there are rumours that there may be some interesting East Coast marine engineers in the audience.

Book a place by emailing: talks@arthurbeale.co.uk

The entry fee is £5.00 – but you’ll get their money back if you make a shop purchase to the value of £15.00 or more. Attendees will also get a special discount voucher to use when purchasing Barton Products from Arthur Beale’s.

 

Lord Belfast’s yacht Emily off the Mediterranean coast with a xebec off her port bow

John_Lynn_-_Lord_Belfast's_yacht_Emily

The combination of the mad sea and all that sail is hopeless, but I still love it. ‘Lord Belfast’s yacht Emily off the Mediterranean coast with a xebec off her port bow’, painted in the early 19th century by John Lynn.

And here she is hove-to. She’s waiting for her owner apparently. Well you wouldn’t get me in a boat in sea like that, except by accident!

 

Hathor relaunch and White Moth centenary celebrations on The Broads

The Wherry Yacht Charter folks are celebrating a special year on The Broads during 2015, which will include the relaunch of the wonderful 110 year-old wherry yacht Hathor and the centenary of the fabulous White Moth.

Hathor will be on view at How Hill ahead of her official relaunch celebrations on the 30th May, when four wherries including Hathor will sail together on the River Ant on a round trip from How Hill. Various tickets, viewing and sailing opportunities are available via the Wherry Yacht Charter website.

White Moth’s centenary events in July will include sailings on Ranworth Broad, with three wherries sailing together from Wroxham to Ranworth, viewings at Ranworth staithe, a concert with Patrick Hawes at Ranworth church, and an event with three wherry yachts providing short sails on Malthouse Broad from Ranworth Staithe.

Again, details for these and other events are available via the website.