Category Archives: Small boats

Alasdair Grant’s Lewenie makes progress

Alasdair Grant has been in touch with these photos of his current self-designed project, a 21ft carvel motor launch named Lewenie, which has an interior layout specified by his customer.

Click on the thumbnails above to see much larger images.

Alasdair says she looks like she’ll be ready for her planned launch in July, all being well.

Read all about her here.

Little Gwennie 50-year-old clinker plywood dinghy

Here’s a photodiary of project undertaken at our friend boatbuilder Alan Thorne’s workshop in the Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building.

Little Gwennie is a little plywood clinker tender built 50 years ago, and the work has been done my Alan’s son Mark. I’d say he had some of his father’s perfectionist tendencies.

Contact Alan at kentmarineservices@gmail.com

 

Fowey River Dinghies for sale

Red Kite

Fowey boat builder Marcus Lewis writes to say that two Fowey River Dinghies are currently up for sale – Red Kite (No. 55)  pictured above and No. 51.

No. 55 was built in 2009, and is planked in spruce, and comes with sails and cover. She has no trailer. There is the possibility of a handy mooring in the river. The dinghy needs sanding and re-varnishing all over: the asking price is £8,000 as is, or £9,000 all done.

No. 51 was built in 2004, and is planked in mahogany. She was recently stripped and revarnished throughout, and comes with sails, cover, trailer and the possibility of a convenient mooringat an asking price of £6,500.

Contact Marcus via his website.

Fowey River Dinghies are based on the Yachting World 15ft Knockabout designed by Reg Freeman, and were published by the magazine in the late 1940s.

A Fowey dentist asked a local boatyard to build him one, and then others followed. Some owners go for plain sails, but the majority now get the coloured pencils out and design a unique sail pattern.

The class holds racing on a regular basis. At Fowey Regatta last year, Marcus tells me, there were 23 dinghies entered. There have been 67 Fowey River Dinghies built to date, with around probably half that number surviving.

PS – When he wrote, Marcus included these photos of a 14ft rowing boat that he’s recently completed for a client. Thanks Marcus!