Don’t you wish she was yours? Adrian Nowotynski has written to report on the progress of the century-old Falmouth Quay punt Teal, which is now back in the water and sailing again following her restoration of the boat at Hegarty’s Boatyard near Cork.
The fabulous photos were taken by Tim Cooke, who writes the weblog An Ilur in Ireland, and are used here with his permission.
Here’s what Adrian has to say:
‘She was relaunched a few weeks ago with great success. We made it to Baltimore two days before the annual Wooden Boat Festival.
‘We had our first attempt of sailing her during the harbour race on Saturday in over 20 knots of wind. It was fantastic and we were very impressed by her.
‘On Sunday we had lighter wind, competed in the race and took part in the parade of sail, this time under full sail minus the topsail ( need more rope for that one).
‘On Monday we sailed her to her home port of Union Hall where she is now sitting on her mooring ready for adventure.
‘The project has been huge, but a fantastic experience that I am missing already, and Teal is absolute gem.
‘Thank you for posting the updates and I will be in touch if we succeed in any big adventures,
‘I will be getting started with the Apple Pie dinghy soon so will let you know.’
Adrian also adds that she will soon be getting a nice new set of sails.
Read Adrian’s weblog for more about Teal.
I’ve just been reading and greatly enjoying Adrian Nowotynski’s weblog about the restoration of the Teal, a well known Falmouth Quay punt.
The boat celebrated her 100th birthday just before Christmas, and from what I can see she’s not so far off returning to the water.
Like many of her kind, Teal makes a lovely looking little cruising boat and Adrian seems to be hugely enjoying the job – it’s a darned good thing from Teal’s point of view that he’s a carpenter by trade and so comes to the job with certain advantages many of us would lack.
One of the best things about Adrian’s weblog is his willingness to discuss the nitty gritty of the job – so there’s plenty to read and think about, another is good clear photographs. Read what he has to say here.
Falmouth quay punt Teal on the Baltic
Teal is for sale.
She’s a brave little gaff-rigged wooden Falmouth quay punt, and has quite a story to tell.
Teal was built in 1914 by the well-known Cornwall shipwright W E Thomas for the writer and artist Percy Woodcock, who called her Little Pal. At the time, Woodcock wrote an interesting article about her for Yachting Monthly, which includes her lines and layout, and some photos.
Since then she’s had an interesting life, having been rescued, renamed, restored and repaired many times, and has featured in Classic Boat on two occasions. Just back from the Baltic, she’s now in Tollesbury and I’m sure she would be a great buy for someone!
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