Pssst… How about an 18ft Thames Estuary One Design for the summer?
At this time of year, many people will be thinking about what to sail in the coming season – and for someone this could be the ideal boat.
Fiona, fomerly Mercury, was built in Burnham on Crouch in 1936, and is for sale by the International Boatbuilding Training College following a major restoration. The college folks say a few minor touches would be needed to finish her off.
The story goes that in 1911 Southend’s Alexandra Yacht Club asked designers to draw up a one-design boat that would be able to sit on the estuary mud at low tide. Both Morgan Giles and May of Hammersmith submitted plans for an 18ft sailing dinghy with a lifting keel and optional rig of up to 220 sq ft. The Morgan Giles boat was adopted, but with the sail area reduced to 210 sq ft.
A number of members agreed to purchase new boats at a meeting in December 1911. Drake Brothers of Tollesbury won a tender and built ten boats, and the first race took place in May 1912. Read more history here.
More detail about the boat is available at Sailboatdata.com.
This 12ft Stirling and Son dinghy now for sale might be the prettiest thing you see all day…
I’ve posted about this boat before – but this boat is now offered free to a good home. I do hope she finds one soon!
Pretty little gaff cutter for sale! Owner Rhodri Williams says she needs quite a lot of attention but is basically sound, although he has neither time nor energy to do the work required. He says he would be delighted and able to advise and help from a distance…
Jennie of Paglesham was built by Frank Shuttlewood in 1946/7 from the bones of his grandfather’s 1885 clinker-built boat Jennie. An article about Jennie by the late Maurice Griffiths appeared in YM April 1948 (see links below).
She is a gaff-rigged cutter measuring 24ft 6in by 8ft 3in by 4ft, she comes fully equipped including new standing rigging.
Jennie of Paglesham is currently ashore at Gosport where viewing may be arranged. Contact Rhodri Williams by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Read what old Mr Griffiths had to say about her here: The Other Man’s Boat
My thanks to Fowey boat builder Marcus Lewis for passing this enquiry on.