A chap called Udo has been in touch to ask for information about a boat he has bought recently.
She’s a strip-planked 37ft gaff-rigged cutter named Medusa Bay and is currently in a marina at Hull – though he plans in the spring to sail her to Blankenberge, Belgium.
Udo was put in touch with intheboatshed.net because has been told that she was built at Faversham. We’ve since learned that she was actually built at Conyer, though her spars came from Faversham. Still, I’m sure Udo would be delighted to learn more about her story, and for any old photos readers may have to hand please!
PS Now in the autumn of 2012 Medusa Bay is for sale. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll put you in touch with the owner.
Bart Jan Bats has written to say the company will be at the Beale Park Boat Show (10-12 June) to show its distinctive Nigel Irens daysailer, the trailable BJ17 , which has a polyester hull with modern lines, a balanced lug rig (a single-masted gaff rig is also available) and a large self-draining cockpit.
The company says the two masted lug has several advantages: a higher rig, it drives the boat better, especially in light winds, and the mizzen makes it easy to keep the boat pointing into the wind when hoisting sails or anchoring. Also, the sheets of both sails come together near the helmsman, which
makes single-handed sailing easy, while the rest of the cockpit is free of lines, allowing four people to be seated in comfort.
Some buyers may prefer the more familiar gaff-rigged version, however.
Bart Jan Bats will also be showing a Thames launch currently available for sale. It is built in cedar strip covered with 7mm mahogany, and finished with epoxy and a two-component polyurethane varnish. The deck is maple with mahogany, while the floor is teak with koto lines. The motor is a Volvo Penta 10hp.
‘Proud builder’ and ‘thumbs-up’ photo featuring Ian Davidson’s wife Liddy were taken by Chelsea Davine and James Bird respectively; the last two were taken by Derek Thompson LRPS. Many thanks to you all for permission to use these shots
Emma Brice of the Boat Building Academy at Lyme has sent me the first of five instalments showcasing the boats built by the Academy’s class of March 2010.
Ian Davidson’s 18ft strip planked gaff rigged daysailer Annie, designed by Tom Dunderdale, is the first of its kind to be built. After a lot of thought, Ian invented the name Kisuli after the three women in his life, daughters Kimberley and Susy and wife Linda. Then he found out Kisuli means dizzy in Swahili – apparently the women in question have have forgiven him.
The 18ft boat built by Ian and Keian Gillett, among others, has a shallow draft and will be used for sailing outings on Chichester Harbour – it is big enough for Ian to take his family out. It’s a pretty craft, and it would be great to hear how it sails.
Ian’s a keen sailor, and boats and the sea have always been part of his life and describes himself as a fixer with a thing about wood. After serving in the army for 37 years, Ian joined the Academy to learn a skill that he could practice and be proud of.
In the New Year Ian will tackle a house fit out, and afterwards will look for work as a marine carpenter in Hampshire.
Keian, who was Ian’s main partner on the build is a chef who gained a reputation on the course for making excellent bacon sandwiches. From London, he also loves sailing and is now off to Singapore to help a friend with the complete refit of a 43ft strip-planked boat, and from there will join another friend in the Sailing for Sustainability community project in Fiji, building wooden catamarans.