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News from Fowey boatbuilder Marcus Lewis

Fowey boatbuilder Marcus Lewis has written to tell us about some of his recent yard news:

‘Hi Gavin, hope all is well. I just thought I would drop you an email with what has been happening.

‘Recently I’ve built a lovely little 8ft pram dinghy for a customer, replicating a dinghy of his grandfather’s that had been stored for years and is sadly now beyond economical repair. It is of spruce and mahogany on oak timbers, and was delivered a few weeks ago.

‘Also, earlier in the year, I had the chance of buyng the GRP mould for the Mayflower dinghy. The mould had been around for years, but had not been used lately – even though it is GRP, it is still a real classic, and we can now build the wooden version or supply the grp alternative, fitted out with top quality timber.

‘A friend of mine who has a lot of GRP experience has been renovating the mould, and after many hours polishing and waxing, we are just laying up the first hull.

‘The Mayflower is an ideal rowing boat, or with a small outboard, or as a sailing dinghy as originally intended, and all versions will be available, as customers require, with built in buoyancy and RCD compliance.

‘Cheers, Marcus’

Thanks Marcus – it’s good to hear from you. That’s a sweet pram, and I’m looking forward to seeing the first new Mayflower from that mould. I would think it would be quite a desirable little boat, particularly for folks who want a boat that won’t dry out and leak.

More shots of the Thames Traditional Boat Festival

This time, they’re from Fowey boat builder Marcus Lewis, a kind regular contributor to these pages. Like Chris Perkins, Marcus also found some amazing craft – including what looks like a Royal Barge, no less, a Bluebird, MTB102 and a couple of amphibious motor vehicles.

Many thanks Marcus! Check his boats for sale, which include a new 9ft clinker-built pram dinghy, a Troy class keelboat racer, and three Fowey River dinghies.


Old lifeboats rally at Fowey

Fowey held a rally for ex-lifeboats recently as these smashing photos by local chap Paul Richards show. Local boat builder Marcus Lewis reports that a great selection of ex-lifeboats turned up, and bright breezy weather helped the flags to fly.

All of the boats were made open to the public, who were asked for donations to the RNLI.

Thanks Marcus, and thanks also to Paul!