Fowey boat builder Marcus Lewis has got in touch to show us these photos (top) of the latest clinker-built Fowey River sailing dinghy that he has built.
‘This is number 61 in the long established local class. It was built in the spring and launched a couple of weeks ago.
‘Named Puffling, she is built of Canadian spruce with mahogany sheer strake, thwarts, gunnels and steamed oak ribs, all rivetted together with 1300 copper rivets.
‘She was built for champion Dart 18 catamaran sailors Kim and Sarah Furniss, who live near Fowey, and have now decided to sail something more sedate but still challenging given the fickle winds and frustrating tides of Fowey Harbour.
‘They have already raced Puffling successfully already in the Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon races.
‘My latest project is a 14ft Mayflower dinghy, which is gunter rigged and with a steel centreplate. These were formerly built by Skentlebery’s in Plymouth, (there’s an article in Classic Boat magazine in January 93 for those with an extensive collection).
The company has licensed me to build them, and am building one ‘on spec’, hopefully in time to show it on the Wooden Boatbuilders Trade Association stand at the Southampton Boat Show. If any reader’s in the market for a newly built gunter rigged dinghy of about this size, I might be well worth getting in touch with Marcus right now – his website is at www.woodenboatbuilder.co.uk.
Penguin is number 58 in the Fowey River Dinghy Class, and was built by Marcus Lewis for a local customer.
There’s much more about the class at Marcus’s website, but the class developed from 15ft knockabout dinghy designed in the late 1940s by Reg Freeman, and the plans were published in Yachting Monthly to encourage readers to go out and build a boat.
Marcus points out that Fowey River Dinghy number 1 was built in 1950, so in 60 years there have been nearly 60 boats.
Penguin is built of FSC mahogany, copper riveted, with steam bent oak ribs, finished with Hempel Woodseal and International Varnish. Her sails and cover were made by Mitchell Sails of Fowey.
Don’t you love the bunting? Fowey boatbuilder Marcus Lewis has just completed this new Fowey River dinghy, which was launched at the end of April. She’s number 56 in the class.
The new boat is built of spruce planking with a mahogany top strake, steamed oak timbers and mahogany seats, centre-box and gunwhales. She’s copper rivetted thoughout and finished with Blakes clear woodsealer and International varnish. Her sails and cover were made locally by Mitchell Sails of Fowey.
The photos show the boat during build, the happy owner – and the boat sailing and looking good last weekend.
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Marcus Lewis can be contacted at Fowey on telephone 07973 420568 and email email@example.com.
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