Falmouth Quay punt Teal starts a new life in Ireland

Teal in Ireland 2

 Teal in Ireland 1

The well known Falmouth quay punt cruising yacht named Teal has been sold a couple of times in recent years, and after a brief period in Kent is now in the hands of Adrian Nowotynski  and his pal Ken. She’s currently at a yard at Oldcourt in West CorkIreland – in fact she’s at Hegarty’s, where the AK Ilen is currently being restored.

Teal was built in 1914 by the Cornwall shipwright W E Thomas for the writer and artist Percy Woodcock, and came to national prominence through a series of magazine articles. The sailing yacht appeared on the cover of Classic Boat magazine following a trip to the Baltic, and also featured here at intheboatshed.net back in 2007.

Adrian’s a carpenter by trade, which is going to be very useful, as there’s a lot to do – as the weblog Teal’s life in Ireland: the restoration of a 1914 gaff yawl named Teal makes very clear.

The photos above tell some of the story of how much repair work is going to be needed; the rather dreamier shots below come from a few years ago.

Thanks for letting me use your photos Adrian! I’m very much looking forward to hearing that she’s once again in good shape, and looking good.


Lovely old 32ft yacht for sale in northern Germany – but who built her and when?

1930 30ft yacht for sale

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This lovely old gaff-rigged 32ft sailing yacht is for sale by a friend of reader and contributor Hans-Christian Rieck – but who built her and when?

The owner has no documents relating to her construction and would love to know more if anyone can help. Is she a Hillyard dating from 1930, as the owner suspects?

Read more here, but if you’re German language is a bit rough, stand ready to use Google Translate.


The mystery of Gadfly II – Simon hears from the builder’s daughter

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Gadfly II back on the water in August this year

Simon Papendick has written to remind us that he’s still looking for information about the history of his gaff cutter named Gadfly II, and to bring us up to date with what he’s learned.

For more on Simon’s Gadfly II project, click here.

If anyone can help fill in the remaining gaps, particularly in relation to the 50s and 60s, he would be very grateful. He’s known for some time that she was built by Anderson, Rigden & Perkins of Whitstable, but in the last few days has been in touch with a lady called Tisha – it seems her boatbuilder father, Bob Anderson, constructed a small yacht for himself, Mandamus, to a design of his own, and that Gadfly II was built as a sister ship and launched in 1946. Mandamus had a teak deck, Gadfly II did not, and Tisha believes there were some differences of detail between the rigs of the two boats.

Searching on the Internet for ‘Mandamus’ and ‘yacht’ reveals this obituary for Mr Anderson, who died only a couple of years ago at the grand old age of 100.

Tisha also confirmed that there were at least three Gadflies, which may explain why Simon has collected some widely different stories in relation to Gadfly II, but this one was built for and owned by a Harold Doughty, who Tisha believes was from Thanet and did some building work in Whitstable, including the rebuilding of the Anderson Regden & Perkins yard following a fire in the 1950s.

She doesn’t  know whether Mr Doughty had any children, but if there were she says she did not meet them crewing Gadfly II in her time.

Apparently, Gadfly II and Mandamus regularly raced each other at the Royal Temple Club, Ramsgate for a cup, which Tisha describes as ‘a huge silver thing, and it was later stolen’. She also told Simon that Mandamus usually beat Gadfly II – my guess is that might well be true, given that  Mr Anderson had spent his life on or by the water, while his opponent was an amateur sailor with a busy building business to keep him from practising his sailing.

Tisha remembers that Mandamus had two sets of figures carved into a beam, which she thinks were her Thames and Lloyds measurement tonnages, and that Mandamus was modified after Mr Anderson sold her: a bowsprit was added and the doghouse was moved more amidships. Both Tisha and her father were present at her re-launch.

The last Tisha heard of Mandamus, she was berthed at Cowes, but does not know where, which has led Simon to wonder whether she might be somewhere in the archives of Beken, the legendary local photographers.

So does this story ring any bells for intheboatshed.net readers? If it does, please let me know at gmatkin@gmail.com, and I’ll pass the information on to Simon.