Win Cnoops of Star Yachts sent over these photos of the official launch of the Andrew Wolstenholme-designed Bristol 22 strip-built cabin motor launch his company is offering these days.
I think it’s a pretty thing and I hope it catches on – it’s not exactly old fashioned, but has some old fashioned ideas about it that make a handsome craft that serves to show how strange, angular and droopy-nosed motor boat design has become.
Among other things, it would make a very appropriate committee boat for an up-market yacht club looking for a bit of class rather than the usual plastic club-tub.
Combining features of a 1920s gentleman’s launch and a more sturdy harbour launch, the Bristol 22 has a narrow, easily-driven hull that requires needing only a relatively small engine – so much so that on a river or canal an all-electric version is practical. The layout of the boat provides for overnight or short holiday accommodation in the forward cuddy.
If you’re a Facebooker, why not ‘like’ the new Star Yachts Facebook page, where you’ll be able to follow the building of the 27ft version?
Win Cnoops of new Bristol-based Star Yachts has written to tell us about a new boat, the Bristol 22.
‘We had it in an unfinished state at the Southampton Boatshow, next to the Wooden Boatbuilding Trade Association stand, and now she is in the water, though still not completely finished.
‘Designed by Andrew Wolstenholme, she is strip planked and looks as sweet as anything. She is powered by a 27 hp Yanmar diesel at the moment, but the plan is to either add a Bellman electric drive or replace the whole unit with a Nanni or Beta hybrid.
‘Thanks to the exhibition showing we received a commission to build a 27ft version (not the one on the website), which, thanks to the longer length and the addition of a fixed windscreen, has a racier appearance. I’ll send you a preview of the design when it’s more worked out. We are very excited!
‘We are also two months in the build of a new Cornish gig for the new Clevedon Gig Club, so really it’s our best year ever, as far as work is concerned, and that in these meagre times. We must be doing some things right!’
‘Best wishes, Win’
Cheers Win. Well done to you and to Mr Wolstenholme, and do please keep us up to date with developments.
By the way, I understand that Win’s new venture Star Yachts does not mean the end for the Slipway Co-operative – it still exists but will focus on maintenance and repairs.
Contact Win at 0117 907 9938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.