The Gaff Rigg Cyclone sail plan of 1919.
Built in 1923, Kandoo was fitted with the Marconi (Bermudan) Rigg
rather than the Gaff Rigg of the 1919 design.
At the time this was revolutionary and controversial cutting edge technology.
Robert Griffiths has kindly sent me a scan of a letter Harrison Butler
wrote in 1925, published in Yacht Sales & Charter, in which he argues passionately
about the merits of the new Marconi Rigg, mentioning Kandoo as an example of
where it's been installed with success.
Kandoo's English Channel Gale
In 1928, Harrison Butler wrote; “Kandoo was caught in a moderate gale half-way across the Channel. Her tiller was carried away and the decks swept. The mainsheet block came out of its strop and the masthead shrouds came out of the notch in the spreaders. She got involved in Alderney race and her crew, tired out, hove her to and let her sail herself back to England while they slept. They awoke to find Kandoo inside the Dartmouth Mew-stone!”
I particularly like this story because of how Harrison Butler concludes it; “I mention these facts to show that the Cyclone model is eminently seaworthy”. Clearly, the boats sales pitch of 1928 was very much about selling 'adventure' and 'exploits' rather than the modern emphasis on 'health and safety'.
Reported to be Under Restoration, 2007
Kandoo was reported to be under restoration by owner Murray East in April 2007.
She's a little larger than the standard Cyclone.
Originally called Kandoo, she became Possum in 1952 until at least 1975. She's now Kandoo again, although I don't know the year in which the name was changed back to the original.
Built : 1922 by CJ Coxen of Portsmouth
LOA : 22' 0"
LWL : 20' 0"
Beam : 7' 5"
Draught : 3' 5"
Displacement : 4 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 185191, Southampton
Kandoo Custodians and Home Ports
Murray East (2007)
Bryony & Laurence Hebson (?-2001-?)
Eric & Margaret Thompson (past owners)
Bill Lamb (?-1984-?)
GL Davies (1970-1973-?) Whitby
Alan Norris (1967-1969) Hartlepool
James M Murray (1965-1966) Hartlepool
Lt Cdr CH Hayward VRG RNR ret (1961-1964) Whitby; Brough
Mrs DL Hill (1958-1960) Poole
SN Chapman (1957) Southampton
Geo H Burton (1951-1955) Southampton
RE Gatehouse (1951) Solent
Jocelyn H Drew (1949-1950) Chichester
Dr Stanley (1948) Bursledon
Air Commodore Sir H Broadhurst KBE CB DSO DFC AFC (?-1947) Bursledon
Dr Ian AM Paton (1939-?) Bursledon
Admiral Sir Edward Charlton KCB (1928-1938) Portsmouth
Miss Audrey Charlton (?-1927) Portsmouth
AGH Macpherson (?-1923-1924-?) Portsmouth
Admiral Sir Edward Charlton KCB
Kandoo's custodian in the 1930s
° None found (February 2017)
Page last updated : February 2017