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Repair jobs, a new pram for two big shows, and a Mayflower dinghy sold

Boat building life goes on in Fowey for Marcus Lewis. Here’s what he has to say:

‘We’ve been ticking away down here in Cornwall, with several repair and renovation jobs, including a 15ft motor launch that came in for repainting and varnishing, and few other bits and pieces.

We are also just completing a pram dinghy that will be on display at the Plymouth Classic Yacht Rally 24/27 July, and also at the Henley Traditional Boat Festival 18/19 July.

The Mevagissey tosher I had has found a new home: she has gone to Essex to be restored. Hopefully the new owner will keep us updated with progress. [That would be great. Please get in touch tosher owner!]

We have also just delivered a 14ft Mayflower dinghy, Demelza, to her owner on the River Fal. It’s an ideal dinghy for exploring the creeks and beaches down there.

I have managed to buy the glass-reinforced plastic mould for the Mayflower dinghy, and I have a good friend who is a GRP laminator, so hopefully we will also be able to offer a plastic alternative – though I still say the wooden ones are best!

See Marcus’s work and contact him via his website, www.woodenboatbuilder.co.uk

For more posts from Marcus, click here.

Have fun on the Bessie Ellen

Charter History: Experience a Traditional English Ship – CLASSIC YACHT TV ‘Bessie Ellen’ from Classic Yacht TV on Vimeo.

My thanks to  Fowey traditional boat builder Marcus Lewis for this one as well!

 

Fowey River Dinghies for sale

Red Kite

Fowey boat builder Marcus Lewis writes to say that two Fowey River Dinghies are currently up for sale – Red Kite (No. 55)  pictured above and No. 51.

No. 55 was built in 2009, and is planked in spruce, and comes with sails and cover. She has no trailer. There is the possibility of a handy mooring in the river. The dinghy needs sanding and re-varnishing all over: the asking price is £8,000 as is, or £9,000 all done.

No. 51 was built in 2004, and is planked in mahogany. She was recently stripped and revarnished throughout, and comes with sails, cover, trailer and the possibility of a convenient mooringat an asking price of £6,500.

Contact Marcus via his website.

Fowey River Dinghies are based on the Yachting World 15ft Knockabout designed by Reg Freeman, and were published by the magazine in the late 1940s.

A Fowey dentist asked a local boatyard to build him one, and then others followed. Some owners go for plain sails, but the majority now get the coloured pencils out and design a unique sail pattern.

The class holds racing on a regular basis. At Fowey Regatta last year, Marcus tells me, there were 23 dinghies entered. There have been 67 Fowey River Dinghies built to date, with around probably half that number surviving.

PS – When he wrote, Marcus included these photos of a 14ft rowing boat that he’s recently completed for a client. Thanks Marcus!