I’ve just remembered that I haven’t yet shared these photos to share of Lodestar publisher Richard Wynne’s new sail and oar dinghy – so here they are.
It’s an example of the very appealing François Vivier-designed Aber built for Richard at Rowhedge by Fabian Bush, who showed it at the Beale Park show last month.
Naturally, there was a bit of a party in and around Fabian’s yard on when she emerged into the light. Richard’s delighted with the boat I gather – that day he and Fabian took the little boat for a sail out past Mersea, and found that it both sails and rows like a dream. (It has two rowing positions.)
It’s striking to think that François designed this elegant and well developed looking boat as long ago as 1985.
There are more photos of examples of Abers built around the world here.