CRUISING YACHTS : By the Surgeon's Eye, Issue 84, New Year 2019

 Diana was built in 1928 to Harrison Butler's Cyclone design of 1919
She's pictured at Shinglehill Cove in Coombe Bay
(a little west of the entrance to Dartmouth)
Photograph by Allen Clarke, June 2018

Contents of Issue 84, New Year 2019

Contents of Issue 84
Cover: Diana
Editorial: The THB Logo
Dispatches To The Fleet, New Year 2019
First Award Made by John-Henry Bowden
Romadi's Wedding by Lizzie Bowen
Hamble Classics 2018 by Robert Griffiths
Massachusetts Welcomed Sea Salter by Colin Canham
Cobber & The Wayward Propeller by John-Henry Bowden
Message To The HBA from Jeremy Cresswell
A Trick Of The Light : Lauren Lowen by Aquina Wood
Boat Spotted: Destina by Martin Hansen
Boats For Sale, New Year 2019
Mist by Lee Shore

The THB Logo

Joan's Pattern
   It was with considerable pleasure that I bought one of the newly forged Brass Plaques that recently became available to owners of authenticated Harrison Butler designed boats. It carries the inscription “Designed by Dr T Harrison Butler” along with the Association's long established logo. It's good to be reminded that the doctor's full initials are THB as not everyone who is interested in his designs knows this, and consequently the cleverness of our logo, built with an overlapping T, H and B, is lost. The extra backwards B is there partly to give a satisfying geometry to the image but, more importantly, to give a design that when placed upon a sail, looks correct when the sunlight causes it to be seen through the sail on the other side. As is appropriate for the work of an Ophthalmic surgeon, there is an elongated and quarter-turn rotated B within the design that resembles a pair of spectacles.
   Our late President, Joan Jardine-Brown, who's 100th birthday was celebrated last year, was proud of the Thomas Harrison Butler logo she had designed. So much so that she produced a hand drawn tessellating pattern of it for use in her knitting, embroidery and weaving projects. She shared this with the Association in 1984 via a hand drawn image, reproduced above. The logo also, of course, features on the Association's Burgee and Members' Flag. The photograph below shows Joan as an octogenarian taking part in a rowing race between Buckler's Hard and Gins Farm on the Beaulieu River. The chap holding the swallow tailed President's Flag is a youthful Paul Leinthall-Cowman, the HBA's current Authentication Officer. He tells me that both he and Joan received a medal for managing to finish the race !

Joan and Paul 


!•¡•!   The long awaited “Designed by Dr T Harrison Butler” brass plaques are now available to owners of authenticated Harrison Butler designed boats.
!•¡•!   RECENTLY SOLD : Jane, Yarinya, Zircon, Constar (Harrison Butler), Dawn (Albert Strange), Lady Ailsa (Hillyard), Thendara (Buchanan), and Sally Of Kames, Tuloa (McGruer).
!•¡•!   NEW FOR SALE : Trade Wind, Kandoo, Zephon (Harrison Butler), Sea Harmony, (Albert Strange), Lady Ailsa, Wendy Woo (Hillyard), Caballo De Mar (Buchanan) and Judith (McGruer). The Harrison Butler designed Thalamege is back up for sale as a project. Another worthy project is Lalern (AR Luke).
!•¡•!   The 2019 HBA AGM will take place on Sunday 24th March at the St John's Chirch Centre, Guildford, Surrey, UK. It will be preceded by lunch 12 Noon for 12.30 pm. All members are invited.
!•¡•!   Jane Coombs paid a surprise visit to the Hamble Classics 2018  event in September to see the four Harrison Butler designed boats getting ready to race. She still owns Cora A, still stationed in Antigua. She kindly shared this recent photograph of Cora A under full sail. Jane is a nominee for Classic Boater of the Year 2019.

Cora A
Cora A was built in 1937 to Harrison Butler's Englyn design


First Award Made

~ Apprentice Boatbuilder Support Scheme ~

John-Henry Bowden
The HBA's Chairman

   The Harrison Butler Association has made its first award to an apprentice boatbuilder from the funds of its Apprentice Support Scheme. The committee met in August 2018 aboard the Harrison Butler designed Lindy II in her berth at Emsworth Yacht Haven. The officers present considered five candidates, three whose applications had been passed to us by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights' Billmeir Awards Committee, and the other two who had applied through the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) at Portsmouth Naval Base.

The Award Committee
The Award Committee of Marilyn Bowden, Janet Band,
John-Henry Bowden, Keith Band and Robert Griffiths
Photograph by Amanda Griffiths

   After an hour of careful deliberations, the committee was leaning towards one of the applicants, but wanted more detail than presented on paper. A text message was sent requesting contact with the applicant who immediately telephoned us. Convinced by the thoughtful responses we were able to make a decision; the successful candidate is Miss Jennie Collyer from Hampshire. She won us over with her enthusiasm and vision for her future. We were impressed with her carefully-laid plans for funding the course from savings, ongoing weekend work, and by attending the college from her home. Also, importantly, she came highly recommended by the staff at IBTC Portsmouth.
   Until this summer Jennie has been a Customer Enquiries Assistant and trainer of new-entrants at her local Waitrose stores, but she had been secretly nursing an interest in woodworking and its industry while exercising her creative skills in more domestic crafts. When she visited IBTC Portsmouth on an Open Day in 2017 she was so inspired by what she saw, and what she learnt of the Boatbuilding Training, that she applied to join the course starting September 2018.
   I visited the IBTC at Portsmouth in early October to meet Jennie and her tutors and see how she is getting on. The course begins with a 13 week module in the Joinery workshop where the students are taught to create a number of learning and exhibition pieces. This includes a substantial dovetailed tool chest which will serve them through their future career. Mark Rowland, the Joinery Tutor, saw me right away and said how pleased he was with Jennie's commitment and progress; all the more so given that she had started from not having picked up a plane before ! He was confident she will be able to complete all the Joinery Shop pieces in the time given.
  Mark's opinion was endorsed by Barnaby Sheppard, Head of Teaching, who was very generous in his time, showing me the various projects in hand on the floor of the boatshop, and how they use them to expand and consolidate what the students study and learn. While we were going round, I also met Bob Hunt, an old shipwright friend who did a lot of work on our own boat, Cobber, when he was at Tim Gilmore's Dolphin Quay Boatyard, now in Birdham Pool; Bob reckoned we had “picked a winner” with Jennie. Finally I met Jennie, and I could see she was full of enthusiasm for her work, and the training and support she's receiving. I saw some of what she'd already made, and the tool chest dovetails in the course of marking and cutting out. She told me that she's able to manage her 7-day week (Mon-to-Fri at IBTC, Sat and Sun working to fund it) because she's being carried along with the interest and satisfaction of learning the new skills. And, of course, she has youth on her side !
   Jennie also expressed great gratitude for the modest amount of help (£500) that the HBA has been able to give her. She confirmed that it had very nearly covered the whole cost of her initial toolkit - and there the tools were, on her bench, being put to good use. The grant is being paid out by the College against receipts that she presents for tools bought.
   Jennie is very willing to fulfil the HBA's expectation of her, to attend our AGM in March and give feedback on what she has learnt and her developing plans for the future.
   Now that you can see what good the Apprentice Support Fund can achieve in practice, I trust you will want to make a donation to enable us to support another apprentice, September 2019. At present the fund is about halfway towards being able to offer another £500. Paul Barnes our Treasurer  will always be ready to receive contributions via cheque, paypal, or internet transfer.


Romadi's Wedding

Lizzie Bowen

The Bride & Groom
Dan and Lizzie Bowen getting married in 1979

   The saloon of a 29½ foot yacht might not spring to mind as the first choice for a wedding venue, but this was Romadi's saloon, and she had looked after us cruising from Falmouth to the British Virgin Islands. She was our home and we wanted to include her in the celebrations. Friends had offered us the use of their dock where we could moor stern to, and have room for a party and a steel band.
  Romadi was dressed overall with the THB burgee proudly flying from the spreaders. She had freshly painted topsides, bulwarks, toe rail and decks, and all new varnish. We too were all dressed to the nines. One of my presents to Dan was a dark blue tie onto which I'd embroidered the THB logo. I had a new dress and my bouquet was of the “free hedgerow” variety; beautiful flowers growing close to the anchorage.
   Down below the wedding celebrant stood under the hatch, then there were the two of us, two witnesses, Dan's sister and my Mum. We can probably lay claim to one of the most intimate (i.e. squashed) wedding ceremonies of all time. I still can not conceive of a more beautiful space in which to get married, surrounded by varnished wood and bronze portholes. Romadi had kept us safe in the bad weather so it was fitting that she enjoyed the good times too.
   Once the ceremony was complete all our friends came on board for the toast. Over 30 people on board saw the waterline plunge somewhat, but as Dan had closed the cockpit drains there was no sudden dash for the bilge pump. Turning cockpit drains off might not be near the top of everyone's “To Do” list on their wedding day, but it had been on ours.
   Romadi had her glass of champagne over the bow, along with one for Mr Frankin; the Aries self-steering gear. This was not their first as they always shared a bottle with us after an ocean passage. It was then into full party mode. The steel band cranked up and a bottle or two of Mount Gay (I lost count!) was drunk. At the end of the party our romantic vision had been of gracefully drifting serenely out into the anchorage. This theoretical “perfect honeymoon departure” ran aground in reality - literally - we were aground !
   The one foot of tide, that we'd never previously bothered to account for, had gone out. However, Romadi's keel was only just nestled into the mud, so a slight careen and some extra turbo-thrust from the Stuart Turner saw us free. What a unique and unforgettable start to married life !

Getting Ready; Romadi and Dan
Romadi dressed overall, and Dan with the THB logo tie which
was embroidered for the special day by Lizzie

   Romadi is a sister ship to Watermaiden. However, whereas Watermaiden was built just before the war, in 1939, Romadi was after, in 1949. Romadi's hull was Makore on Oak, copper riveted, and Makore was used for most of the rest of her construction. Makore, from Africa, was only used in British boat building for four years after the war. It was not popular, and when Dan visited Mashford's Plymouth boatyard, decades after they built her, they remembered Romadi and remembered all their tools being blunted. Makore has a dense cross grain and high silica content. She was designed as a sloop and Dan added the bowsprit in the 1970s converting her to a cutter. After Lizzie and Dan's wedding in 1979, the HBA continued to track Romadi through various changes of ownership. She was last heard of in the Caribbean in 1994.


Hamble Classics 2018

Robert Griffiths
The HBA's Membership Secretary

   This year's Hamble Classics took place over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of September. Four Harrison Butler designed boats, Destina, Lindy II, Mischief III and Sabrina took part. They competed in the Regatta 2 class, where boats are given event handicaps by the organiser. This was the class with the largest fleet in the event.
   On Saturday, the course took the fleet up Southampton Water and the River Hamble, where the wind fell away. The light airs suited Mischief III which gained first place with Sabrina second.
   On Sunday the wind was stronger, which suited more modern designs but Sabrina still managed third place, close behind a Nicholson 30' and a Contessa 26.
   In the overall results, Sabrina was second with equal points to the Contessa 26 which was awarded first place by being just ahead on the tie break system that used cumulative corrected time over both races. Mischief III also shared in the glory by gaining third place overall. Of the other two Harrison Butler boats, Lindy II came 11th overall but unfortunately Destina did not manage to complete the second race due to a collision with a non racing boat that misjudged passing astern and destroyed Destina's bumpkin. A fifth boat, Vindilis, had also entered this event but suffered engine problems on route and decided that it was prudent to withdraw and return to her home port.

Sabrina with her new suit of Sanders Sails showing her 'new' sail number
The photograph was taken as she was getting ready for the first race


Cowes Spring Classics 2019
Visit the Cowes Spring Classic FaceBook page


“Sold To USA”

 ~ Massachusetts Welcomed Sea Salter ~

Colin Canham

   I came across The Harrison Butler Association website while I was doing a Google search about an old family friend, Ronald Anker-Simmons who owned the Harrison Butler designed yacht Sea Salter in America in 1957.
   Confusingly, there were two Harrison Butler designed yachts called Seasalter. One was built in Australia in 1937 to the Aristene Design and is now owned by Jay Lawry. The one of interest to me was built in the UK in Whitstable, Kent, in 1931 to the Fastnet Design. In the Lloyd's Register for 1956 the UK built boat was recorded as “Sold to USA”. Ronald Anker-Simmons, or Ronnie as we called him, was the purchaser. He had her transported to Massachusetts where he renamed her Sea Salter.
   My father and I often sailed on Sea Salter with Ronnie, and I remember the boat well. I thought readers would like to see a picture I have of the boat running before the wind on Cape Cod Bay in 1957.

Sea Salter 1957

I don't know who the two men on the left are, but my father, Archie Canham is at the wheel and the owner, Ronnie Anker-Simmons, is sitting on the coach house roof on the starboard side. All were former Royal Navy officers living in the Boston area. Ronnie kept the boat in Marion, Massachusetts, and we often sailed up to Plymouth and Maine. The HBA last heard of Sea Salter in the Caribbean in 1968.


  Cobber & The Wayward Propeller

John-Henry Bowden
The HBA's Chairman

   This is the story of our summer afloat in our Harrison Butler designed Z4 called Cobber. Marilyn and I had no intention of being adventurous, aiming instead for relaxing and stress-free pottering about in Chichester Harbour and in and out of the Solent ports. Of course, as all who go to sea in boats know, the best laid plans oft go awry.
  To start with, the fine weather in May meant that we were able to get Cobber fitted-out to schedule, and were able to set sail at the end of that month, weeks sooner than any season we can remember. A resulting benefit was being able to join in the fun when many of the Harrison Butler South Coast boats sailed for Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight as a flotilla to take part in an Old Gaffers' Festival.
   As Bermudan, rather than Gaff rigged, boats we were allowed to attend by gracious concession, but not to race. That didn't stop us having a whale of a party to celebrate the late Joan Jardine-Brown's 100th birthday . On the pontoons we had four COB barbecues going and were soon mixing with many other crews. Old friendships were refreshed and new begun.

Yarmouth 2018
Four COB BBQs at the HBA's party at the OGA's Yarmouth Festival, 2018

   As the party drew to a close we thought, “Shall we go on to Poole now we're half-way ?” In a somewhat laissez-faire mood, we missed the tide and it seemed far more relaxing to simply return Eastbound by easy stages to our home port in Chichester - so much more peaceful to loaf about in Newtown Harbour on the way home instead, in the company of the seals, with the excuse of a now-forgotten shorebound appointment in a few days time.
   Later in June we had a few more days to spare between on-shore commitments and the sea and sun beckoned again. A beautiful sail took us direct from Chichester to Bembridge. It was some time since we had visited this end of the Isle of Wight and were somewhat flabbergasted at the cost of making a marina out of what had been a simple little harbour. None the less, we had a pleasant stay but again ran out of time to go further and visit Poole.
  Come July, there still remained 12 days of the 3 weeks we'd promised ourselves would be spent afloat; “Now we really have got time to get to Poole”. With a mass of stores aboard we cast off in brilliant weather. The stiff, favourable Easterly that had been blowing while relatives visited us ashore had abated, and I was pondering why it is that relatives from the other side of the world have to time their visit in the sailing season. However, a light wind helped along by a hot weather sea-breeze resulted in good progress, maintained by the engine when necessary.
  We rediscovered the surprising fact that from the Forts in the Eastern Solent, past the Bramble bank and right into the entrance to Beaulieu River, is all on the same compass heading. Shunning the crowds upriver at Buckler's Hard, we opted for the peaceful anchorage at Needs Ore point, at the end of the first reach of the river, and were lucky enough to pick up a visitors' buoy there (£10 per night). No need for an anchor watch. Instead, the next day, we were both able to swim ashore at the nearby Beaulieu River Sailing Club slip and take a beautiful sunny walk in that otherwise remote corner of the New Forest amongst the ponies, egrets, dunlings, and birdwatchers. Swimming back to Cobber, before boarding, I leant down to clear the propeller of some weed. It's easy to hang on to the bumkin stays to do this. What I found horrified me: the propeller was loose on its shaft !
  No amount of hoping the shaft might be turning a little in the gearbox could dispel the grisly discovery. It had been OK when we launched in May so how long had it been like this ? Lucky it hadn't fallen off in the Solent yesterday. Would it fall off the next time we tried the engine? Clambering aboard via Cobber's handy rudder step, I collected a selection of spanners, and a line to secure them to the boat, and went overboard again in an attempt to tighten up the propeller shaft nut. Alas, so far as I could tell it was tight even though not pinned. Yet the propeller was loose. What to do ? Of course, Sod's Law meant it had to be Saturday afternoon so there wasn't much we could do till Monday. My heart sank further as I considered the expense of a repair at Buckler's Hard, for it was clear we would have to get Cobber lifted out.
   It was then that we remembered Medina Yard in Cowes, and its manager Craig Nutter, custodian supremo of the Harrison Butler designed Sabrina. A quick text to establish if he would be there on Monday and could help, got the heart-warming answer, “Of course!”
   So when the tide was right on Sunday, we sailed off the mooring. Not daring to use the engine, we crossed the Solent. Contrary to usual practice, we continued under sail right into Cowes till past the chain ferry. There the steep sides of the River Medina cut off the breeze. On slow-ahead our stricken propeller manoeuvred Cobber on to Craig's pontoon.

Cobber being power washed at the Madina Yard, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Photograph by Craig Nutter, July 2018

   Craig, single-handed aboard Sabrina, turned up a few hours later. He was elated from a “cracking” night passage under sail from Hamble in order to be here to assist us. He immediately focused on our little problem, gave us the name and telephone number of Russell Jolliffe, “the best Marine Engineer in Cowes”. Although Russell couldn't promise, we were to be at the Medina Marine Services' workshops at Thetis wharf by the chain ferry, prompt at start of business next morning to see if and when Russell could help. Craig also promised to work his boatlift schedule (luckily not too tight that Monday) round Russell's availability for us. And so it turned out. By 10:00 next morning Craig had helped us navigate over to the boatlift pontoon, had lifted Cobber out, and Russell had arrived with an assistant and a van-load of tools. After removing our propeller, a close inspection revealed that the female cone inside the propeller centre was butting up against a small shoulder at the forward end of the male cone on the propeller shaft, so that it could not seat properly. How it had ever been tight, and why it should have become loose now, remain mysteries - but it had, for almost 20 years since the engine was replaced.
  Russell advised us of two options: a new propeller made to fit the shaft, which would take over a week to order; or he could take our propeller and machine a little off its forward edge at the centre to enable it to seat about 5 mm further forward, tight on its cone - about 2 hours of work. It wasn't a difficult decision, and Russell began work immediately. It actually took a bit longer than he'd thought, requiring a few trial fittings, but by 12:30 it was done. Craig provided a handful of packing washers to enable the nut to tighten on to the propeller in its new position before being pinned properly. Then he and his assistant lowered Cobber carefully back into the water. By 13:00 we were good to go.
   Even now, I continue to marvel at all that had been done, and so quickly. The charges for both the engineering work and the Medina Yard haul out were extremely reasonable. I am all too aware of the consequences had Craig and Russell not come to our rescue; Cobber ashore for weeks, drying out in hot weather, with other more profitable jobs being attended to first in an unknown yard. How lucky we are to have such good friends in the HBA, and particularly on this occasion, Craig. The only drawback was, with the loss of those two days, we still didn't make it to Poole. Maybe next year.


Message To The HBA

“Letter of the Month”
Jeremy Cresswell

   Dear HBA,
   I've recently discovered the Hillyard Boat List on the HBA website and was delighted to see that my boat Sequoiah is included as an Invited Friend. I was impressed at how up-to-date the page was regarding the new Nanni engine, a 50 bhp Kubota derivative. It was commissioned summer 2017 and has been a great success. This year's big job was overhauling the masts, investing in new standing rigging and replacing most of the running rigging.  We've just completed a couple of months dawdling on the West Coast of Scotland. We then raced back via Loch Ness to the boat's home port near Inverness under mizzen and genoa in under three hours. Sequoiah was going like a train; the Hillyard 13 tonners are good passage making boats. I've known about and liked Harrison Butler designed boats since I was a teenager. However, I cut my cruising teeth aboard a Hillyard aged 16 and look like going out on one too !

Jeremy Cresswell's Sequoiah photographed in Oban, Scotland


A Trick Of The Light

Aquina Wood

   I received this lively card on my birthday. It's over the top, whimsical, fun poking nature, still makes me chuckle every time I look at it. It was designed by Lauren Lowen who describes herself as an illustrator and who's found a way to be a full time artist through “art licensing” where her quirky art gets used on products such as tote bags, greeting cards, fabrics, book covers, wrapping paper and stationary. She does a little teaching too with presentations with titles such as “”Make Art that Sells”. This nautical offering from Lauren is a one-off but it hits the mark as far as I am concerned.

Lauren Lowen's Art


Boat Spotted : Destina

Martin Hansen
Editor of Cruising Yachts : By the Surgeon's Eye

 Destina photographed in the Solent by Craig Nutter, Summer 2015

   I've had this splendid photograph of Destina sitting in the archives for a few years. Taken by Craig Nutter, I love it's gritty, grainy character, which adds to the fact that it's a Harrison Butler designed boat coping splendidly with a choppy, unfriendly looking sea. She's the family boat of Mark, Susie, Tessa & Peggy Tomson who take her to many of the annual classic boat events in and around the Solent.
   Destina's one of nine well known boats built to the Yonne design. Intriguingly, in July 2018, news broke of a 'forgotten' tenth Yonne called Prunella. She was not in the HBA archives because she sank in Hong Kong in 1953.


For Sale
Featuring vessels designed by Thomas Harrison Butler,
Albert Strange, James McGruer, David Hillyard and Alan Buchanan.

 Worthy project : Lalern (AR Luke Design)

Harrison Butler designed
Cyclone : Cyclone Design : 1941 : Netherlands : £13,000
Jane : Bogle Design : 1939 : Cornwall, UK : SOLD
Kandoo : Cyclone Design : 1922 : Kent, UK : £POA
La Bonne : Nursery Class : 1919 : Devon, UK : £POA
Quest of Sydney : Vindilis Design : 1936 : Queensland, Australia : £POA
Saltwind : Z4 : 1940 : Spain : £19,900
Thalamege : Yonne Design : 1935 : Medemblik, Netherlands : Less than £3,000
Trade Wind : Bogle Design : 1935 : Maine, USA: £POA
Thule : Yonne Design : 1934 : Netherlands : £17,700 - £22,200
Yarinya : Yonne Design : 1933 : Ijsselmeer, Netherlands : SOLD
Zebedee : Z4 : 1938 : Ireland : £4,750
Zephon : Zyklon Design : 1950 : Cornwall, UK : £2,000
Zircon : Z4 : 1938 : River Orwell, UK : SOLD
Albert Strange designed
Constance : 2006: Walton Backwaters, UK : £POA
Dawn : 1905 : Cowes, IoW, UK : WITHDRAWN (GU Laws designed)
Leona : 1906 : Woodbridge, UK : £POA
Sea Harmony : 1937 : Massachusetts, USA : Back on Sale : £25,000
Venture : 1920 : Ardfer Yacht Centre, Scotland : £125,000
McGruer designed or built
Camellia Of Rhu : 11 ton : 1959 : Chichester : £43,500
Elona : 13 ton : 1962 : Scotland : £95,000
Inismara : 12 ton : 1963 : UK : £87,500
Judith : 11 ton : 1929 : Dungarvan, Ireland : £20,000
Sally Of Kames : 8 ton : 1953 : Chichester : SOLD
Tiarella : 8 ton : 1953 : Rye : £19,500
Tuloa : 8 ton : 1951 : North Wales : SOLD
David Hillyard designed
Aeolus Of Wannock : 12 ton : 1970 : Shoreham : £14,500
Billy Blue : 9 ton : 1932 : Newhaven : £25,000
Civetta : 11 ton : 1969 : Palma, Mallorca : £35,000
Emeritus : 8 ton : 1967 : Rye : £12,950
Golden Beaver : 28 ton : 1954 : Inverness : £94,000
Lady Ailsa : 9 ton : 1955 : Dartmouth, UK : SOLD
Wendy Woo : 20 ton : 1965 : Dartmouth, UK : £35,000
Yeoman's Maid : 8 ton : 1965 : North Wales : £6,750
Alan Buchanan designed
Caballo De Mar : 7 ton : 1963 : Lancashire, UK : £2,000
Freydis : 9 ton : 1964 : Plymouth : £19,250
Kalina : 15 ton : 1966 : Jersey : £85,000
Merle Rose : 9 ton : 1968 : Italy : £17,750
Mintaka : 11 ton (Steel) : 1966 : Malysia : £34,400
Reina Cristina : 11 ton : 1963 : Australia : £21,300
She : 11 ton : 1962 : South Africa : £53,000
Sinbad of Abersoch : 10 ton : 1961 : Solent : £65,000
Sodalis : 9 ton : 1972 : Amsterdam : £26,000
Thendara : 8 ton : 1961 : Solent : SOLD
Willy Bolton : 35 ton : 1970 : New Zealand : £200,000



Lee Shore

Classic Boat Awards 2019

   Classic Boat has kicked off 2019 by posting the nominees for the Classic Boat 2019 Awards online along with an invitation for visitors to their website to vote. I was particularly pleased to see that the Albert Strange designed Mist is a contender for Restoration of the Year. Her restoration in Woodbridge from an abandoned wreck on a Scottish beach took John Krejsa 9 years. Poignantly, John was not well enough to be aboard when the completed restoration was relaunch at the Albert Strange Association's Meet on the Deben in September 2018. Instead, he watched from shore as she was sailed by Chris and Fran Burn, daughter and son of Mike Burn, well known for his involvement with the Albert Strange designed Sheila. For her to make it to the Classic Boat shortlist is heartwarming. I'll certainly be voting for her; I urge you to do likewise !
  The full story of Mist's restoration is to be found on the recently redesigned Albert Strange Association website.

John Krejsa
The late John Krejsa at work on his beloved Mist


CRUISING YACHTS : By The Surgeon's Eye

Editor : Martin Hansen
Proof Reading : Dr Helen Jones
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Albert Strange
“Fishing Boats” by Albert Strange, 1899
For Sale on eBay, October 2018 for £95


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