An astonishing sale of boats, many of the interesting and old, is going on at Turk’sof Chatham, Kent, apparently due to a relocation. See the lots here: Turk’s auction.
The story here is that this collection was part of a business providing boating film props that are no longer need – there’s more on this at Rowing for Pleasure. I do hope the important boats all go to good homes!
You don’t see a sharpie in the UK too often, and a Clapham-style Nonpareil sharpie’s even rarer – even though they’re clearly a good form for large areas of our coastline.
From memory, this particular boat for sale was designed by Colin Mudie and has been used for pleasure trips – but would nevertheless make the basis for a very nice centreboard cruiser, and would therefore would be perfect for the East Coast.
Heck, if I had the time to work this boat up into a suitable cruiser, I’d certainly consider buying it…