A pal and I dropped by Standard Quay at Faversham to see if we could spot a little lugger that we’d heard a friend is considering buying, so I took the opportunity to bag some photos of how things are there now. I’m sorry if you feel they’re not up to my usual standard – on arrival I discovered the battery of my usual camera was flat and so had to use my mobile phone, which seems to produce quite blue-grey images. I must get a spare.
Anyway, if you’re in the market for a steel-hulled schooner liveaboard, the one currently for sale at Standard Quay may be just what you’re looking for. It looked in pretty good shape to us, though neither of us has ever seen it sailing. The schooner’s pictured above.
On a more cheerful note, the first two shots above are of the lovely small Thames sailing barge Lady of the Lea, two shots of Bob Roberts’ old sailing barge Cambria in restoration and a nice little Roxane that lives on the creek here.
And below is the bow of another Thames sailing barge Lady Daphne, here in a dry dock being repaired after a racing accident (I believe) and the yuppie flats that have already encroached the area opposite Standard Quay. The blue banner reads ‘Save Standard Quay’. For more on the Standard Quay campaign, click here.
Regular intheboatshed.net correspondent and traditional West Country-style boatbuilder Nick Smith has written to tell us that Louise, the 16ft boat he built last year for David Eschbaeschers has been launched and pronounced a success. She certainly looks just the job to me!
David reports that she’s a little high in the water in these photos but says that he has ballast ready for this purpose. Apart from that, he says: ‘She’s a goodun and was much admired down at Queen Anne’s Battery.’
Click here and scroll down to see the series of posts during last year which followed Louise’s build in Nick’s workshop.
Nick will be exhibiting at the Beale Park Thames Boatshow (click here for more posts on the show) and Louise will be one of the boats he’ll be showing, along with some larger examples, and maybe one or two smaller ones.
Nick comes from Devon, learned boatbuilding the traditional way and specialises in new builds in clinker and carvel for sail, motor and rowing power from 8ft to 28ft with a special emphasis on West Country style and design, and also takes on repairs and refits from 25ft to 50ft. These days he’s based in Hampshire, and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone on phone on 07786 693370.
Chris Perkins shots of Aluna Ivy at Portsoy. As usual, click on the images for larger photos
These photos of the Aluna Ivy at Portsoy come from Intheboatshed.net supporter and award-winning amateur boatbuilder Chris Perkins, and follow some earlier shots provided by John Lamb. Thanks Chris!
Chris is currently heavily involved in building the first St Ayles skiff, an Iain Oughtred-designed rowing skiff developed for the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project, which plans to foster rowing racing.
Chris has also pointed out a web page showing and naming the parts of a traditional yole.
Click on this image for the fascinating background of the Aluna Ivy
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