Category Archives: Small boats

12ft Bevins Skiffs in a 60-mile sponsored sail


My American buddy Shawn Payment has been been working with the Lowcountry Maritime Society, local organisation that uses boat-building as a means of teach grade-school students maths and technology through hands-on learning. The projects have included coaching a group of 6th-8th graders at Simmons-Pinckney Middle School through building four 12ft Bevin’s Skiffs.

Right this minute, half a dozen of the adults involved in the programme are sailing those little 12ft boats about 60 miles from Charleston to Georgetown South Carolina, just in time for the Georgetown Wooden Boat Festival (warning – turn your speakers down a bit or you could be in for an surprise).

Why? To bring attention to the programme and perhaps raise a few dollars to keep the boatbuilding programme going in the future.

Shawn’s carrying a SPOT satellite tracker, so if you would like to follow his progress up the coast, click here.

Each skipper is trying to raise as much as possible, including Shawn. He asks that you go to PayPal and send a donation to All proceeds will be forwarded to the Lowcountry Maritime Society.

Overbeck’s Museum, Salcombe, and a few views of the estuary and beyond

Some photos from the museum at Overbeck’s Museum, Salcombe and a few views… The shots include:

  • a model of a famous sailing ship Herzogin Cecilie, which was wrecked nearby
  • a model Brixham trawler (and an explanation of their work beam trawling)
  • a portrait of Captain William Port of Salcombe, master of the brig Phoenix
  • a splendid phot of a seaman’s family dated 1880
  • a story about a pair of parrots
  • Herr Overbeck’s famous medical electric shocking machine, a couple of boats for sale in Island Street
  • a model of an old Salcombe clipper in the Sailing Club (grand building, good food and cheap beer, by the way)
  • also in the club, a painting by celebrated Victorian artist Henry Moore, and a photo through an alley between two buildings that I wish I had taken…
  • some Mirrors on a beach – this lot are all fitted with little outboards and their retired owners seemed to use them to picnic at a different spot around the estuary every day. Good for them!
  • beach guards at surfing beach and Bantham, and the famous hotel on Burgh Island
  • some local traditionally built boats picked out among the RIBs
  • a mass of RIBs awaiting their generally red-trousered and stripey-shirted owners (following that, I’ve included a shot of a cheery looking dog on the beach at Mill Bay to cheer everyone up… )

Intercoastal odyssey in two elegant sailing canoes