Ian Standingford has been in touch to say that there’s an Essex-built example of the American-designed Seagull design up for sale on Apollo Duck.
Here’s what he says about it:
‘Browsing on “Apollo Duck” I see there is one such for sale.
‘Boy Martin is well known in the Benfleet and Leigh area and seems to be in nice order… I would be tempted to buy her myself but have others to look after!
‘I note she was built by Leslie Warland, whose yard was on Leigh marshes, near the bridge over to Two Tree island.
‘As a lad in the 1960s, I loved to wander around this ramshackle place, which was home to several barges…one I think was called Edith & Hilda, and there was also a Dutchman or two, and many yachts of all descriptions in various stages of decay. No trace remains now. Does anyone else remember it?
‘Best wishes, Ian’
You don’t see too many of these. West Country traditional boat builder Nick Smith is selling a new built 17ft carvel built launch fitted with a fully restored 10hp Bukh inboard – what he calls ‘a proper old thumper’.
He started building it from a 24ft, 36in log four years ago, but only completed a year and a half ago.
It’s an offer he’s unlikely to repeat – the centre line went together well enough, but once the planking started Nick realised that building in carvel even at this length and size wasn’t going to be an easy project. Really, he says, it needed two journeymen and was tough work on his own. From now on, it’ll be clinker all the way…
Due to a change in the original customer’s circumstances the boat hasn’t been afloat, but Nick has run the engine on the trailer, and has faired and repainted the topsides, which are still settling in.
The bilges have been filled for a few days so the planking has taken up.
See eBay for prices and details – but be quick, for the auction is only open for another day.
Fowey boatbuilder Marcus Lewis has written to let us know about this for sale offer – which I would guess might be a godsend for someone…
‘I am re-rigging my vintage wooden Folkboat over the winter and converting her to a gaff ketch! I will have for sale a Sitka spruce mast and boom, made to order for me just over a year ago, by Collars.
‘It comes fully rigged.
‘I would be prepared to accept either cash or a shorter wooden mast, and gaff. My new rig will feature a loose-footed mainsail. I am 73 and need a less lively set-up as I tend to sail single handed!
‘Regards, Nick Messinger, SY Oakleaf, Portland’
If you’re interested, email me at email@example.com and I’ll pass the message along.