Monday, May 25, 2015

Delphia 29

Yesterday I featured a wooden, shallow draught sailing yacht. Here is another shallow draught yacht, but, being constructed in GRP, she is completely different in style and structure. Luxury, quality and performance are her key features.

This up-market 28’ 2” LOA yacht is for sale on the books of Clarke and Carter at Burnham-on-Crouch Yacht Harbour. She was built in 2007, and she complies with the European Recreational Craft Directive as a category B vessel, classifying her as being suitable for offshore waters.  Her lifting keel and special foredeck ‘A’ frame mast lowering system gives her the added advantage of also being suitable for inland waterways.

According to your tastes, she’s the sort of yacht you either love or hate. If you are a traditionalist, you’ll hate her and if you are a modernist, you’ll love her. Whatever camp you find yourself in, you cannot deny her practicality.


LOA: 28' 2"
Beam: 9' 8"
Displacement: 4000 kilograms
Min Draft: 2' 0"
Max Draft: 5' 3"
Ballast: 1200 kilograms


Delphia 29 for Sale at Clarke and Carter, Burnham-on-Crouch - £39,750 (Reduced from £44,750 - see last photo above)

Delphia 29

Delphia Yachts

Recreational Craft Directive

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Shoal Draught Sailing Cruiser

I couldn’t resist photographing this traditional, clinker-built gaff cutter. More than likely she’s fitted with a steel centreplate.  I feel certain she has internal ballast, perhaps in the form of lead or cast iron ingots. There may be some external iron ballast forming part of her long, very shallow keel, which will give her support when taking the ground.

She is obviously designed for shallow water sailing, and she could appropriately be kept at a mud berth. She would be ideal for exploring the East Coast Rivers and the Thames Estuary.

I love the fact that she is sturdily built with strong fittings. It’s a shame that the prop has had to be offset to one side, and that it is rather large, but this is preferable to an outboard motor on the transom which would look rather ugly and be out of keeping with her wholesome appearance. There’s no way of knowing from the photographs what colour her sails are, but I expect they are tan in the style of old-fashioned cotton tanned sails. Her heavy duty road trailer is a bonus, which will allow her owner to take her to fresh cruising grounds, or to bring her to his home for winter lay-up and maintenance.

She’s a gem, well worth looking after – a vessel that can give satisfaction to her owner.

P.S. If anyone can identify her as one of a specific class, and her designer, I would be pleased to be informed. She’s similar to a Finesse or maybe a Dauntless; on the other hand, she may be a one-off.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Prelude, an Ian Proctor Small Sailboat - Part 2

Ian Proctor is well known for designing small sailing boats: both dinghies and cruisers. Perhaps his most versatile boat is the Wayferer, of which over 10,800 have been built. He designed the plywood Seagull and her bigger sister, the Seamew for the Bell Woodworking Company. Afterwards he designed a number of of GRP cruisers, including the Nimrod, the Eclipse, the Pirate and the Prelude.

The boat featured here is his Prelude 19. 300 were built by Rydgeway Marine, and 208 by Pegasus. Ridgeway Marine’s brochure states that three keel types were available: deep fin, (3’ 9”) swing keel, (2’ 0” to 4’ 6”) and bilge keels. (2’ 3”) New owners could choose to have a standard rig, which was the normal choice for cruising, or a masthead rig for racing. The latter has four headsails - one more than the standard rig.

Both versions have four berths, a galley and a sea toilet. There are lockers under all berths, and two large lockers either side of her spacious self-draining cockpit. Internal mouldings make for a clean and maintenance free interior. Headlining throughout eliminates condensation.

All in all, she’s a smart cruiser/racer, giving good value for money.


LOA                        19’ 3”
LWL                        17’ 0”
Beam                       6’ 10”


Prelude, an Ian Proctor Small Sailboat (Part 1)

The Prelude Owners Association

Prelude Brochure (PDF download)

Prelude 19 –

Ridgeway Marine Ltd

Prelude 19 for Sale (Sold, but good photos)

Ian Proctor

Prelude 19 Sailing – YouTube Video

Prelude 19 Sailing – YouTube Video

Prelude 19 Sailing N/E Scotland – YouTube Video

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jack’s ‘Opti-Plus’ Sailing Dinghy

Jack Fritz who lives in Missouri responded with a comment to my recent article about a Walker Bay 10 sailing dinghy. I mentioned I was looking for a small, stable sailing boat that I might use on my local river for day sailing. A Walker Bay 10 might have been suitable, but on looking at her more closely I found certain shortcomings; for example, her sail could not be reefed, and it was impossible to fit an outboard without first removing the rudder.

I was delighted that readers came up with suggestions as to a suitable craft. Jack said he was in his mid 70’s and wanted to downsize from a Capri 18. He went on to explain how he built a dinghy based on an Optimist dinghy and if I wanted to learn more about her, he would be pleased to send me photos.

He has given me permission to reproduce his email and photos.
Here’s the email:


I wanted to downsize from the Capri 18 and buy a used boat that would be 12' or less in length, as here in Missouri, it need not be titled or registered. And I did not want to have to step a long mast every time that I wanted to sail for an hour two. I also wanted something that could be dropped off of the trailer and ready to go in 15 or 20 minutes. I could not find that such an animal existed, so I hit upon the idea of expanding the Opti to 9'6" in length and 57" in beam.  In the attached photos, you can see that the boat fits one grandkid and me just fine. Like you, I really wanted to buy a used fixer-upper but could not find what I wanted. And my wood working skills and equipment were minimal so there was a steep learning curve.

I used the Opti sail and rig design for simplicity, ease of handling and low cost. For added power, I added the 10 square foot jib. Also have read that a sloop rig will outpoint a cat rig; however, I have not yet proved that premise.

One photo shows the wood frame made mostly of pine 1 X 2's. The keel board is 1 X 8. In the background, you can see the Dow .55" thick polystyrene which is epoxied to the outside of the wood frame. Two layers of glass cloth and epoxy cover inside and outside. The bare hull weighs about 150 pounds. Bought a trailer from Harbor Freight for $150 and modified it slightly. Works out well.

I feel that one could build the same design of 1/4" marine plywood at much less cost and effort. Menards sells that material at very reasonable cost on special order. Construction in the stitch and glue method should be rather simple and cost effective and result in a lightweight hull which could be more readily car-topped.

One photo shows me coming in to the dock with my grandson, age 12 with his sister age 10 waiting for a second ride. Winds were rather light but OK. Another photo shows me out in better winds checking out the new sails.

I wish you luck in whatever you decide to pursue.


Thank you, Jack. I have found a suitable boat, and in due course I’ll be telling people about her.


Walker Bay 10 Sailing Dinghy

Optimist Dinghy

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wave Line Inflatable Canoe/Kayak for Sale

Please note that this boat has been sold

My second-hand inflatable canoe/kayak is for sale. I’m open to offers from readers. If she is not sold within a week or so, I’ll be advertising her elsewhere.

A brand new one (without a pump) can be bought at Amazon for £59.58 + £8.40 delivery. That’s the cheapest I’ve seen for a one person model.

I bought mine 2 years ago and she has been used lightly.

The link below will put you in the picture, but since then I have improved on the pump-up time. I can do it in about 7 minutes.

The pump and double paddle will be included in the sale.

Collection or delivery from Hockley in Essex will have to be discussed and agreed before payment is made.

I will accept cash on collection or cashed cheque before posting – only within the UK.

Please do not make offers if you live outside of the UK.

Contact: This email address has been removed by the author.


Waveline Inflatable Kayak

Monday, May 18, 2015

Norfolk Gypsy 20 – Part 2

I’m simply adding photos of another Norfolk Gypsy to those posted at the page below.*

They are attractive, small gaff rigged cruisers designed Andrew Wolstenhome, and they are built by Neil Thompson Boats at Holt, Norfolk.


*Norfolk Gypsy (Part 1)

Norfolk Gypsy

Neil Tompson Boats

18 Norfolk Gypsy Yachts for Sale (Spoilt for choice!)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Curlew 9 Sailing Dinghy

I can find very little information on the Net about this 9’ Clark Craft sailing dinghy. She can be built from two-and-a-half sheets of quarter inch plywood resulting in a boat weighing only 100 lbs. With a beam of four feet she should be quite stable and very suitable for single-handed sailing.

Photographs above have been ‘borrowed’ from a recent advert at Ebay. I was surprised she was not sold, and I have been looking for a repeat advert. So far she has not been re-advertised.

I like the Gunter rig which allows the spars and sails to be stowed in the boat. She looks jaunty and she has a bit of character.


Curlew 9