Pepin Design : Published 1933 


Mayfly, a Pepin class Harrison Butler yacht

Mayfly : Small but Perfectly Formed
Mayfly has just been sold, Peter James being the proud new owner of this beautiful Harrison Butler designed thoroughbred. Mayfly's history includes a nomination for Classic Boat Magazine's 'Restoration of the Year Award' in 2010. The write up explained that “The 106-year-old Topsham boatyard of WC Trout and Sons took on the job, the last before retirement for Mike Trout”.
“Much of the teak deck structure had survived remarkably well, but the copper fastened larch oak hull had suffered badly from years of overcaulking. Complete refastening, glued splines and epoxy coating inside and out was the solution. The interior received a major rebuild and a new 9hp Yanmar engine; but above decks the original rig needed little work, except a lick of varnish and a new suit of sails”.
The image below (taken in 2016) gives a taste of Mayfly's beauty.

Name Plate

Mayfly Statistics
Built : 1936 by Walton Yacht and Launch Works on the Thames
LOA : 22' 2"
LWL : 19' 0"
Beam : 7' 2"
Draught : 3' 9"
Displacement : 4 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 164661, London
Signal Letters : 2IDN

Mayfly Custodians & Home Ports
Peter James (2016...) Dartmouth
Richard Hunn (2013-2016) Dartmouth
Harlock family (2010-2013) Dartmouth
Dr Andrew Scott (2007-2010)
Lt Cdr WM Harlock RN ret (1972-1980-?) Exmouth
Harold R Ellis (?-1970-1971) Exmouth
RJG Halden (1936-1937-?) London

Mayfly Links
Mayfly photographs at The Classic Yacht Brokerage

Page last updated : September 2016


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