US boat builder Thad Danielson of Redd’s Pond Boatworks fame came to the UK this summer to join a meet of the Albert Strange Association and to attend an Old Gaffer’s Association for a rally – and he took lots of photos.
Read his account and see his photos here. You’ll be glad you did – particularly if you don’t know the coast of Essex and Suffolk…
Dick Wynne is selling the lovely Albert Strange-designed yacht Charm, which was built 1922 (Intheboatshed.net attended her 90th birthday party this year) and lovingly restored 2000-2005 by Russell Read.
There are various posts and reports mentioning Charm on the Albert Strange Association site.
It’s what you might call a reluctant sale – it’s difficult to imagine parting with with a boat like Charm – Dick has struggled to find the time to get the good use from her while still keeping up the day job and managing his other commitments, which include running the wonderful Lodestar Books , and so is planning to return to sail-and-oar boating.
Charm’s condition is superb, she has five sails including a new topsail, a 20hp Beta diesel, Taylor’s paraffin cooking & heating, the usual electronics, and a brand new tailored over-the-boom winter deck cover to protect all her brightwork.
She’s 33ft LOA, has a beam 7ft 6in and a draught 5ft, and two comfortable berths. Contact Dick via the Albert Strange Association website’s contact page.
The Albert Strange Association’s meet this year was a little depleted in boat numbers, as two Albert Strange boats that had been expected weren’t able to make it on the day – one because it was wind-bound.
But the consolation was that after a generally variable summer the Strangers and their friends who were there enjoyed some classic August sunshine and peaceful weather.
I’d just like to say the Strangers made my pal Richard and I very welcome (we had a glorious sail over from North Kent for the event and greatly enjoyed the sail up to Rowhedge) and it was lovely to be able to celebrate the 90th birthdays of Jamie and Tessa Clay’s Firefly and Russell Read and Dick Wynne’s co-owned Charm on the rafted-up decks of Firefly and Galatea.
It was fascinating also to be able to take a long look at Fabian Bush’s cold-moulded sometimes-gaffer, sometimes Bermudan-rigged Hanser, a lean and fast lifting keel yacht that embodied some interesting ideas when it was built in the 1970s and has had quite a few new ones added (and I guess a few removed) since that time.