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The boats of the Broads

An astonishing photographic record of Broads boats over thirty years:

Dear Father Christmas…

As it’s so nearly Christmas, I’d like to make my request for a present!

If I could please have just one more boat, I’d REALLY like this one:



Designer and builder Tom Dunderdale

Tom Dunderdale is a designer who draws and builds boats that have some appeal for those of us who admire traditional boats, but not got the time, skills or wherewithal to care for them.

Apple is a sweet-sheered, yawl-rigged, balanced lug day-sailer with a good turn of speed – Tom says her lines reflect modern thinking more than you might guess from the rig.

She was designed as an open day-sailer for large lakes, rivers and sheltered estuary waters that could be built in a modest single car garage on a very modest budget, and certainly hits that target.

The standard Apple is light in weight and not intended for cruising exposed coastal waters in strong winds, but Tom has also drawn up a decked and ballasted version more suited for this purpose in the hands of an experienced open-boat cruiser. I think both versions make a very nice boats.

See Tom’s site at http://www.campionboats.co.uk

For more designers see our links page http://intheboatshed.net/?page_id=12

Tom Dunderdale's Apple

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