Mark Savage has been in touch with the following message:
‘I am the owner of True Blue a 42 ft Morgan Giles narrowboat. I have spent the last three years working on her.
‘She is the last one left in her class and a fine example…
‘I have tried to find a home mooring for this beautiful craft, but cannot find one at a reasonable cost, and she is very much in danger of being struck by traditional metal narrowboat, this would be such a terrible loss, not only for me, but as a fine example of a Morgan Giles vessel built for the waterways.
‘I am trying to sell her – I am running out of time and I’m sad to say that this vessel will be lost for ever. She does indeed deserve to be preserved as part of the heritage of the waterways.’
There’s an ad on Apollo Duck – if you’re interested, click here and perhaps start researching vessel’s background…
The Cornish lugger Peter Goss and his crew used to sail to Australia a couple of years back (read this and this), Spirit of Mystery, is up for sale on eBay.
She was built in Millbrook, Cornwall by Chris Rees, and is heavily built in larch on oak, and has an open plan interior.
The owner says she is great fun to sail and can be sailed easily by a crew of two, though he has thended to sail her as standing lug so that no dipping is needed.
Frankly, it’s nearly impossible to describe how desirable I find this boat… if only I had the money and time!
Flute, a lovely yawl inspired by George Holmes’s Eel is said to be in fine condition and is for sale following an accident sustained by the owner.
She’s LOA 21ft (27ft over spars), beam 7ft, draught 3.5 ft.
She was built in 1978 by Ian Cooper at Waterhead, Windermere, of local larch on oak with clear pine spars, and was extensively rebuilt by Jamie Clay during 2000/01.
She sleeps 2 in a newly varnished and painted cabin. Her rigging is as new and FLUTE is ready to move on its purpose built trailer in North Yorkshire.
See the Canoeyawl weblog for details.