Sailing a New York 30

Sail with Alera

Here’s a pleasant few minutes worth of some of the best boat porn imaginable – an Off Center Harbour video featuring the wonderful New York 30 sailing yacht Alera.

Read about the NY30s and their designer Nat Herreshoff on this lovingly tended Wikipedia page.


Tumlare 12 Schnapps for sale


Now you’d had a good long look… What if I were to say this lovely Knud Reimers-designed Tumlare is for sale for something under £10,000? Or that owner David Lea says she’s a wonderful boat to sail as well as a thoroughly beautiful sailing yacht?

Her hull is of Oregon pine on steamed or laminated oak frames (there are no steel frames!) with oak floors and a ply deck. she’s had an extensive re-fit by a previous owner, and the current owner did the cabin fit-out, scarfed-in some frames and strengthened some floors.

Details and more photos are available at the Woodenships website.

There’s a little more on the Tumlare class here.

Ann Davison’s 23ft Atlantic crossing yacht is being restored

Ann Davison’s little double-ended sailing yacht Felicity Ann is being restored at Port Hadlock, Washington.

It’s great news, and some of the webloggers have rightly picked up the story, including Bill Serjeant (he also wrote an earlier post), and this link (which doesn’t seem to be working right now).

Davison was quite a character: a woman who became a pilot in the 1930s at a time when few women flew, together with her husband she attempted to sail to the USA with a half-fitted out and overly-large boat, was shipwrecked off Portland Bill and lost her first husband to the sea, wrote a successful book about the affair (which I’ve read), and then made a second trip in the tiny four-tonner Felicity Ann. That trip, too, became a book that went on to sell well, (and which I mean to read some day).

You might say that by this point she had become a professional adventurer; she went on to write several books about further adventures, and one about her earlier life with her first husband.

The Wikipedia has some words about Davison here and The Smithsonian has a section from her 1952 boat about the Felicity Ann trip online. There’s also an interesting critique here about her voyaging, in which you can almost hear the writer’s brain separating in two parts as he struggles with the contradictions of Davison the gutsy optimist, indomitable spirit and highly trained aviator, and Davison the not-terribly competent sailor. (I’d argue that contradictions are normal for humans, but there it is.)

Anyway, let’s wish great good luck to the idealistic team restoring Ann Davison’s lovely little boat originally made by Mashford Brothers of Creymll in Cornwall, and now close to Washington. Here and here are two links describing their project.