Perhaps just more contenders.
Saturday : and i am hurting quite a bit after 2 and a half days at work, some exercise and pretty strict on the food. The extra half day was because one of the junior sisters caught me at a time when the wrong bit of my brain was driving my mouth and i said yes to an extra half shift because staffing was desperate and i really was her last chance of keeping things running. We had from my perspective a very busy few days in the department but that might just be me having slowed down a bit for a holiday and suddenly having to come back up to work speed on the job. Unfortunately my back is still at aching stage, one ankle is playing up and one knee is inflammed and sore…add to that some poor nights sleep and i feel like a train-wreck.
Today then i am having as a total day off : going to drink coffee and hold the sofa down in between working on the blog, what i working on more seriously here is my first attempt at a blog essay and its not going particularly well with a post-tired fuzzy head so i am going to think about boats for a while until normal (brain) service resumes.
I think for now i have made the first part of the selection for a small boat/cruising dinghy by making the first rejection : the first one off the list then is the Drascombe, fine boats i am sure but they don’t do it for me. To be honest the Devon Yawl is also outside my budget and a long way away to drive and collect so although a strong contender its just not a reasonable proposition and neither sadly is the National 18 which is in Cork (Eire) which bumps the price up a lot with 2 ferry trips at least and maybe a VAT problem too. If there was a Devon Yawl more locally i would go and have a real good look but what it really means is that i should be looking at any of the 3 available Wayfarers within a few hours drive of here. Just for fun here is the current crop :
Now i know what you are thinking : “hang on thats a 40 year old wooden Wayfarer”…its is but apparently its been epoxy-fied , it looks ok in the pictures and the trailer looks good.
2.Straightforward mark 1 GRP boat.
Bit scruffy and some of the gear is a bit mouse-chewed but its all basically there : this one is getting bids so people are definitely interested.
Wooden deck and a an original wooden stick (collars), boat and gear sound ok : new trailer 4 years ago, its got a boom tent which would be a bonus and a set of oars. No motor.
Just a thought is that i have an alloy stick of about the right size from the Osprey project boat.
Each of the 3 would i think be pretty easy to get home and get on the water, ideally some cash would need to go on a little motor (2 hp would do). The Wayfarer would definitely go in the drive as its slightly shorter than the Osprey and there was space for that.
The next 2 contenders though are the potential build projects : the Iain Oughtread Caledonia Yawl is still a great looking boat to me….hmm another double-ender, might be a struggle in the drive. The latest contender is the same boat that small boat guru Roger Barnes sails himself : the Ilur Dinghy.
I think Rogers version is s posh carvel original built by a proper boatbuilder but both the Ilur and the Caledonia Yawl are made as a kit by Jordan boats and both about the same price. With some modification to my shed i might just be able to do the Ilur at home but would almost certainly need space in the shed at the yard to contemplate the longer Caledonia.
There : an hour spent thinking about boats and some coffee and i feel better already.
Peter Cash wrote : “Ilur gets my vote for a build, lots of Wayfarers and clones here but l watch them struggle a bit with the foredeck when beach cruising. Go to France with Roger?
I am sold on the open boat al la Drascombe, but passing on the Longboat locally , tad too big for me at this point. Pity, was only 3200GBP with motor , dodger etc
Me : kind of reminds me that i should go and photograph the drive problem and see if i can’t just improve the access point a few degrees. I am very much with Roger on being a francophile, i wouldn’t mind the Ilur being a tad longer so i need to spend some time looking at other designs from the same board (Francois Vivier) but i have seen boats like the Ilur on the Breton coast and liked them….sturdy ‘chunky’ looking little seaboats.
Edit (Sunday) bid on the Wayfarer on ebay, had it until the last 5 seconds, outbid.