I just have boatplaypron envy!
What Type of Boat is this?
Amused/intrigued by the Salcombe Yawl love-in. The girlfriends parents have one (Stones built, I think) but it lives in Suffolk on the Deben these days. We spent some of today getting it off the trestles and back on the trailer ready for launching later this week.
Nice river the Deben, friends have a Najad at Waldringfield. Just nice boats Yawls, cost an absolute fortune for what they are though.
Hmmmm, Fireball! Old school cool!
Yawls* are a wonderful thing. Race hard and cruise leisurely in one boat. Also, lovely to look at. For a large part of my early days, I grew up on the Estuary so they'll always be special to me.
*Any other version just isn't a Yawl, IMHO.
It is a Stone's built yawl - I can't remember whether it was built by Hugh Cater before he moved to Bantham, but I think it might have been.
We also used to sail from Bantham in my grandfather's yawl (either 52 or 54), which had an inboard Turner engine - apparently they built her as a test, and then decided "Never again!"
The boat I really miss is our old Bantham boat; for anyone who's heard of them, she was one of the first 4 built, and had the original bamboo mast and spars, and the copper buoyancy tanks. We used to race her against the yawls in the handicap races at Bantham, and she was quite a handful. Hugh Cater was banned from racing her because he always won, and the people we sold her to had to get a smaller suit of sails made because she was too much for them!
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