Reader Julian Distin has been in touch to ask for information about another boat named Fiddle of Faversham – he noticed the recent post about a square-sterned Fiddle of Faversham, but the boat of the same name he wants to find out about has – or had – a counter stern.
Julian last saw her in Brixham harbour. She was getting a bit tatty but she was a pretty clinker-built boat of 22-26ft with low freeboard aft – possibly accentuated by water in the bilge – and had the all round appearance of a working boat pedigree. She looked like she could have been used for oyster dredging.
Julian’s hoping to find out whether this other Fiddle was built at or near Faversham, whether there are any surviving vessels of similar type in the area, and who the builder is likely to have been.
If you can help, please drop a line to me at email@example.com .
I’ve just remembered that I haven’t yet shared these photos to share of Lodestar publisher Richard Wynne’s new sail and oar dinghy – so here they are.
It’s an example of the very appealing François Vivier-designed Aber built for Richard at Rowhedge by Fabian Bush, who showed it at the Beale Park show last month.
Naturally, there was a bit of a party in and around Fabian’s yard on when she emerged into the light. Richard’s delighted with the boat I gather – that day he and Fabian took the little boat for a sail out past Mersea, and found that it both sails and rows like a dream. (It has two rowing positions.)
It’s striking to think that François designed this elegant and well developed looking boat as long ago as 1985.
There are more photos of examples of Abers built around the world here.
Robert Whitmore Jones is selling his 1936 canoe yawl Arklight II for £7500, or sensible offers.
Built by George Cardnell and sons at Maylandsea in Essex, Arklight II is said to be in sound condition and to sail well. Her hull is pitch pine planks on oak frames, with cabin and cockpit sides of mahogany.
Her paint, varnish and antifouling could all benefit from refreshing.
She has a recently (2011) installed secondhand Yanmar 1GM10 and is currently moored near Weston super Mare. If you’re interested, contact the Albert Strange Association and they’ll put you in touch with the owner.