Kittiwake and Chris.

A few weeks back i had an urgent message from my mate Chris asking me if i knew of anywhere he could borrow or hire a trailer to get his new boat project home.  I didn’t have one as i had given him the trailer that came with the Osprey dinghy project and didn’t know of another one kicking around. Chris is s very resourceful bloke and eventually did get the boat ashore and home with a lot of improvisation.

It turns out that Chris had responded to someone who was having to get rid of a boat project and was giving it away for free if the receiver could collect it : the same bloke then got messed around by people getting shirty just because there wasn’t a trailer with it. Our man then did get the boat but had a bit of an epic getting it home where its now sitting under a temporary cover and being worked on.  I caught up with Chris this week to go and take a look what he is up to.

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I think that the boat is an Iain Oughtread design although the hull is moulded GRP rather than clinker/lap plywood.  Its possible that a mold was taken off an original and this one was built from the mold.  Kittiwake is about 16-17 feet and has a long keel but also has a slot for a centerboard which is filled in so it was thought of as a sailing boat : she does however have a fixed diesel engine and sterngear so she is more workboat than dayboat/dinghy.

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Its a total refit and Chris seems to be doing a bit of everything all at once, she’s looking very neat with new paint : various of the Chris clan are working away at the underside sanding while Chris is sorting the engine and the leccy-tricks.  At some time he wants to put a rig in it..be nice as a lugger.  Engine i believe is a Faryman diesel.

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Nice project and being done on a tight budget.

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