Pipkin, Curlew and Aileen
The pontoon at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall is busy again, now that summer is here: after a winter in the museum workshop Curlew, Aileen and Pipkin are all in the water. All three can be seen sailing up and down the river Fal throughout the summer.
Curlew is the oldest boat returning to the pontoon. A Falmouth quay punt that has travelled the world as a yacht, her career is one of the most varied, as it ranges from fishing boat to leisure cruiser to race winner.
Aileen is the very first St Mawes One Design. She was designed by Frank Peters after he was defeated in races off St Mawes, and was built for speed. She won three Falmouth Town Regatta Class races.
Pipkin is based on the design of the Cape Cod catboats and is used by the volunteers to hone their sailing skills.
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2 thoughts on “Three of the NMMC’s exhibits are on the water – and please vote to support the museum”
Question- where can I find info (plans, lines, sail plan, rigging etc) on Pipkin? I can find nothing on the NMMC website.
And how do you get to sail her – or is that only for the favoured few? I'd love to try a catboat – there is so much disinformation about their sailing qualities put out that it's impossible to sift the truth.
John – I think the museum staff should be the best source, though from experience they're often very busy. Gavin